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The Suburbanite
  • Lifelong resident gives back in the classroom

  • This month's featured teacher from Jackson Local Schools has been teaching with the district for 16 years and at Lake Cable Elementary for two years, but she has been at Jackson Local Schools since she started elementary school.

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  • This month's featured teacher from Jackson Local Schools has been teaching with the district for 16 years and at Lake Cable Elementary for two years, but she has been at Jackson Local Schools since she started elementary school.
    Lori Morton attended kindergarten through 12th grade at Jackson and is a graduate of the district. She attended 1st grade at the very school she teaches at today, where the late Marilyn Jones was her teacher. All of her children also went to Jackson Schools, and her three adult children are graduates of Jackson High School.
    “My entire family has purple and gold blood,” Morton said. “I love this school and this is the perfect job for me,” she said.
    Home: Morton was born, raised and continues to live in Jackson Township.
    Family: She is married to Jack, a marketing director for Eagle Manufacturing and Harvest Barn in Sugarcreek. She has three adult children, three grandchildren and three dogs: Frazer, Niles and Parker. Her parents and grandfather also live in the township.
    Teaching position: Morton teaches 4th grade technology classes at Lake Cable Elementary in the mornings and works with program development for the gifted program in the afternoons.
    Credentials: She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education with a reading endorsement from the University of Akron and a gifted endorsement from Kent State University. Morton also has a master's degree in literacy from the University of Akron.
    Likes to quote:  “I don't really have a quote, but I am a stickler for good manners,” Morton said. “I like my students to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you.’ Good manners go a long way in life.”
    Memorable book: Morton loves reading the Harry Potter series. She said that her students got her interested in the books.    
    Role model: “My parents are my role models because they support one another in everything. They are amazing people down to the bone — they are really good people.”
    Favorite time of the year: Christmas. She loves to decorate and give gifts.
    “My dad's mother loved to decorate, and my mother loves to bake, two favorite activities for the Christmas season.”
    Favorite color: Pink because it makes her feel good
    Music: Country. “My two favorites are Rascal Flatts and Lady Antebellum.”
    Watches on TV: “Modern Family” and “The Office”
    Favorite food: Anything chocolate or Chick-fil-A.
    Three things to do in this lifetime:
    1. Visit all 50 states
    2. Visit Europe
    3. Learn to play the piano
    Three words she would use to describe herself:
    1. Happy
    2. Energetic
    3. Organized
    Most creative when: Under pressure and surrounded by good people. She said that she has worked with really great teams while at Jackson.
    Page 2 of 2 - I really wish I knew how to: Sing
    Secret talent: She can sew.
    A take-your-breath-away moment: “Being a grandma is really nice. You can play with the kids and spoil them. You look at grandchildren differently. You can see how you raised your own kids through your grandchildren.” Morton has three grandchildren: Addie, 5; Owen, 3; and Mia, 2.
    “A-ha” moment that changed her life: “Meeting my husband was life-changing. He is such a good person with a big heart. We've been married for two years. My daughter-in-law actually fixed us up. We went to a Cleveland Indians game on our first date.”
    Special comment: “I didn't go to college until I was an adult with three children. JoAnne Mascaro was the principal at the time at Amherst Elementary when my children were attending there. I was the PTO president and she encouraged me to go to college for my teaching degree. I loved being around the kids then and still do today.”
    What others are saying: “Mrs. Morton provides valuable leadership at our building and district levels,” said Lake Cable Elementary Principal John Reindel. “Our students and staff appreciate her knowledge of curriculum, technology and differentiation strategies.”