George Morris began his education career in 1970 in
the Yonkers Public Schools, teaching
Spanish, Latin, and French for the first few years, and then changed to the
teaching of English as a Second Language, (now known as ENL) which became his
main specialty. He taught in Yonkers for
32 years, mostly at the high school level.
While teaching, he also sponsored high school senior class activities
and student government, and was theatre director for several years. He also served the district as an
English-Spanish translator for literature connected with magnet programs.
retiring from full-time teaching in 2002, George continued with the school
district until 2014 as a part-time intake examiner for English Language
Learners, testing new students for ENL and Bilingual services, regularly using
his other world languages in his work. In
addition, he was a volunteer ENL teacher at the Adult Learning Center in New
Rochelle, from 1999 until it closed in 2016.
Currently, he is planning a Workplace ENL course for adults employed at
Iona College, which he will begin teaching in January.
of the South Bronx, where he attended elementary and high schools, George then attended
Iona College in New Rochelle, where he still resides, receiving a B.A. in 1970,
and M.S. in Ed. in 1974, with concentrations in Spanish and Education.
been an active member of the NYS TESOL for 42 years, attending, planning, and
working at numerous regional and statewide conferences, which he refers to as a
"mobile graduate school" for professional development . He served two
terms as president, in 1997 and 2004, and has continued to assist with the annual fall conference.
home community, George has been on the staff of the "Relig" Catholic
Youth Community, a teen youth ministry, since 1966. He facilitates communications with
Spanish-speaking parents and arranges community-service projects for the
students. He is Immediate Past President
of the Interreligious Council of New Rochelle, and actively participates in
their refugee-resettlement efforts, serving on the education committee as an
ENL specialist. He also serves as a lay
minister and trilingual lector (English, Spanish, and French) at his church.
leisure time, George enjoys dining out with friends, visiting friends and family, travel, music,
reading, crossword puzzles, and getting his hands dirty with Habitat for