HONOUR: Geographical Society of NSW vice-president Emma Power (left) presents former Grafton High student Tegan Morgan with her award at the society’s awards night.
HONOUR: Geographical Society of NSW vice-president Emma Power (left) presents former Grafton High student Tegan Morgan with her award at the society’s awards night.

Student keen to return as teacher

FORMER Grafton High School student Tegan Morgan is pretty sure that one day she'll be back at her old school as a geography teacher.

Tegan on Monday night received the Geographical Society of NSW award for the best second-year geography student at the University of New England, where she is studying for a teaching degree.

"I studied modern history in Years 11-12 and had decided I wanted to teach ancient history and English," Tegan said.

"My modern history teacher, Stacey Martin, suggested I try history and geography at uni and it turned out that I really enjoyed geography and was quite good at it.

"Winning this award has helped me decide to make geography my second major, so I'll graduate as a teacher of history and geography."

Ms Martin was excited and happy for Tegan when told of her success.

"That's what you teach for, to inspire your students and that she's doing so well is amazing," Ms Martin said.

"We picked her for that success because she was so hard-working and able to excel."

Although Tegan did not study geography for her HSC, she said she had always taken a keen interest in environmental issues, particularly climate change.

Tegan doesn't really care too much about where she'd like to start out her teaching career but she's sure one day she eventually will end up back at Grafton High, which was like a 'second home' to her.

Her mum, Margaret, helps at the canteen, her dad, Don, is on the P&C and the school planted a memorial garden to honour her little sister, Kelly, who died a few years ago.

"I know when they're at the school many students might not appreciate it, but I always enjoyed my time there and as the years go on I'm sure most of them will also look fondly on their time at Grafton High," Kelly said.



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