Growing up in the U.K., Morgan Belgrave attended a small well-regarded private school. Her school experience instilled in her a love for learning, the importance of individualized education, and a deep understanding of the need for strong teacher-student relationships. That foundation remained with her throughout her educational journey, and Morgan now relishes the knowledge that she can pass on her strong educational philosophy to her students.
Morgan received her B.A. in English Language, Linguistics, and Human Communication from York St. John University in the U.K. and moved to New York shortly after. As a graduate student at Touro College, Morgan was fortunate to experience diverse teaching environments. She was a student teacher at a District 75 school with students on the Autism spectrum, as well as a Title 1 school and a Saturday School Enrichment program affiliated with Queens College.
Morgan Belgrave has experience teaching and tutoring learners of all skill and proficiency levels, including students with special needs, such as those with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, Down syndrome, and cerebral palsy. Upon graduating from Touro College with an M.S. in Childhood Education and Special Education, Morgan taught 2nd and later 1st grade at the Stephen Gaynor School. Morgan spent the next four years as a teacher at Manhattan Star Academy, a school for elementary-aged students with mild to moderate cognitive and developmental disabilities. Morgan now teaches Kindergarten at The School at Columbia University, a private mainstream school on the Upper West Side of Manhattan.
Morgan is a master at teaching literacy skills; she joins us with a wealth of experience teaching phonics, reading, and writing skills. She is trained in teaching a variety of curricula, including Orton-Gillingham based programs, Writer’s Workshop, Handwriting Without Tears, the Fountas and Pinnell reading program, and Sounds in Motion. Morgan is also trained in SPELL-Links, a newer, innovative literacy instruction program. Morgan is well-versed in delivering targeted numeracy instruction using Stern Structural Arithmetic, Singapore Math, TERC, and AbleNet Equals.
Morgan believes in creating opportunities for enjoying the learning process and building on the natural curiosity that children have about the world around them. Her goal is to create a safe and nurturing learning environment where a passion for learning will flourish. Her broad-ranging elementary school teaching experiences with diverse learning groups mean that she is adaptive to the needs of each child and supports their social and emotional needs.
In her time outside of the classroom, Morgan enjoys volunteering in support of food-insecure New Yorkers, flower arranging, and crocheting knitwear.