Advanced Placement teacher named to national AP Advocates Program

Diane Morrow teaches an AP English class at Davis High School, April 14, 2014. (Houston ISD/Dave Einsel)

Diane Morrow teaches an AP English class at Davis High School, April 14, 2014.

As an Advanced Placement literature and language teacher at Davis High School, Diana Morrow takes pride in challenging and pushing her students to pursue rigorous coursework in order to prepare them for life after high school.

“I tell my students this is going to be the hardest class they’ll take in their life,” Morrow said. “They need this class to understand analyzing, synthesizing, how to defend an argument, how to write. These are the skills they need for college. So, I have such a big responsibility to help these kids be successful.”

In addition to being an advocate for her students, Morrow was recently selected as one of 170 teachers from five states to be an AP Advocate by the College Board, a non-profit organization that connects students across the country to college success. The AP Advocates Program is a new initiative engaging AP teachers from Texas, California, Florida, Georgia and New York in College Board’s efforts to provide every student with access to opportunities that prepare them for college.

As an AP Advocate, Morrow will receive professional development and meet directly with leading policymakers to help them understand teachers’ views and present teacher-generated solutions.

Morrow says she’s successful at her job because she understands the challenges her students face. Some are teen parents or a child of an incarcerated parent. But she won’t let their circumstances prevent them from excelling in her classroom.

“My students can’t dare tell me they can’t do the work because I did,” says Morrow, who once cleaned houses and offices for a living and began college at the age of 41. “Education changed me. When I walked into my first college class, I walked into knowledge. For the first time in my life, I wasn’t dusting, vacuuming. I was learning…this is why I push my students so hard.”

2 thoughts on “Advanced Placement teacher named to national AP Advocates Program

  1. Ms. Sheila Gatterson

    Diane I appreciate your commitment to helping students reach their academic potential. As a middle school teacher, I have experienced many challenges, particularly in pushing students to do their best to be the best. It is so refreshing to know that our efforts are being noticed because many go unnoticed. Keep up the good work!
    Sheila Gatterson
    6th Grade Teacher
    Dowling Middle School

  2. Laura Arrazolo

    Yay, Diane! This article made my day! You are one of the most passionate, caring, committed, inspiring teachers I’ve ever met. I LOVED getting to work with you in teacher training, and I’m so glad you are still teaching! Keep on keeping on! We need that legacy you are creating. May EVERY Houston student have a teacher like you at some point in his or her life. Make us proud in your new advocacy role! And take care of yourself. We need you for years to come!
    –your fan, Laura Arrazolo

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