Early Childhood and Elementary Education

Heather Morphew

2010

The professors are extraordinary! Even after graduation, they are still supportive and always encouraging me in my career. They helped me succeed, not only in their classrooms, but also in my every day life.

Heather Morphew chose to attend USAO based on a legacy created by her mother and her sister, but what she took away from the college was so much more.

“USAO taught me to expect more of myself; mediocrity is not something to strive for,” she said. “I learned to go above and beyond the minimum. College is what you make of it.”

When she graduated in 2010, Morphew became a second-generation alumna, joining her mother and her sister in the ever-growing list of alumnae of the institution.

Morphew, who double majored in early childhood and elementary education, is currently a fifth-grade teacher at Horace Mann Elementary of Duncan Public Schools.

She said she learned to be a reassuring and inspiring teacher because of the examples she had at USAO.

“The professors are extraordinary,” she said. “Even after graduation, they are still supportive and always encouraging me in my career. They helped me succeed, not only in their classrooms, but also in my every day life … They care about you and want you to succeed as a person.”