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Teacher Highlight: Janet Morford
  • How long have you been at Uni?
    • I have been teaching at Uni since the fall of 2006. The Class of 2011 were my first "crop" of subbies. They were a wonderful group, and I feel the same way about every other class of subbies I have had since then. Every fall, I am surprised when I am asked, "How are this year's subbies?" Each class has its own personality, its own chemistry, but I haven't had any at Uni that I did not genuinely enjoy.
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
    • I love to cook and to do all the things that precede and result from that, such as going to the farmers' market, finding new recipes, having family and friends over for a meal, and of course eating delicious food! I like to read, to stay in touch with friends who live far away, and to sing and listen to music (I joined a local women's chorus, Amasong, about a year ago, and I have sung in several other choirs, including a barbershop quarter with friends when we were in high school). When I am in a place that has forests or mountains, I love to go hiking, climb on rocks, and swim in lakes and streams.
  • What is your all-time favorite movie?
    • When I was in college I lived in France for a year, and I spoke only French 99% of the time. The first full-length feature film I saw in France was called "Les Uns et les Autres" (in French), and it was about the contrasting stories of four families - American, French, German and Russian - before, during and after the Second World War. (I think it was called "Bolero" in English.) I don't know whether it was the music, my own naiveté about the horrors of the war, or simply the experience of sitting through a film in French and actually understanding it, but this film just blew me away. I still remember how impressed and dazed I felt leaving the theatre and wandering through the streets of Paris. The world looked totally different to me. Otherwise, I like documentaries and I am a big fan of anything with Queen Latifah in it!
  • What is your favorite board game?
    • I love word games: Scrabble, Bananagrams, Quiddler, etc. In fact, my family has to be bribed to play with me, because they say I'm too enthusiastic (read: competitive). I also love a game called "Bowls" that Mr Sutton and his family taught to us on one of the Habitat trips to MS. It's kind of a version of charades that gets pretty spirited and silly, especially when you have a number of Uni students involved!
  • Do you have any pets?
    • To the chagrin of my kids, no, because I am allergic to almost every animal that you would want to hold or cuddle with. When I was a child, my siblings and I had (in turn) a rabbit, a gerbil, a dog, a cat, and four box turtles, but one after another, they met with a sad demise - either before or after my allergies were confirmed. My good friend Sally Walker (of Uni fame) has two dogs, Rudi and Allie, who treat me like their adopted aunt. Maybe it's because I slip them some salmon skin every time I see them.
  • What made you want to become a teacher?
    • I have always loved school: learning new things, being with interesting people, reading and writing, doing art and music, learning languages and solving problems. My mother and my maternal grandfather were teachers, and throughout my years of schooling, I was fortunate to have many talented and devoted teachers and mentors. When I was in high school, I volunteered at my former grade school and did a lot of work with kids through Girl Scouts, summer camps, and a "birthday party business" that a friend and I ran together. I love the challenge of finding ways to get a group of people interested in something that fascinates me. When my daughter, Isabel, was a subbie (in 2010-11), she asked me, during our unit on the U.S. Constitution, if I could try to be a little less enthusiastic. I'm still working on that.
  • What was your favorite class in school besides the one you currently teach?
    • I have always loved learning languages: French was my first love and my major in college, but I also speak Portuguese (thanks to my husband, who is Brazilian), a little bit of German (which I studied in France) as well as a smidgen of Spanish. In college, I discovered the social sciences and especially how interesting it is to do ethnographic fieldwork and talk with people about their lives, and so that's what I went on to do in grad school. After going back and forth between the social sciences and French (which I taught for many years before to coming to Uni), I have been very happy to make my home in the social studies department here. Nonetheless, it's fun to sub for classes in French and to banter with students and colleagues at Uni in various languages. I also think that art and art history are really cool!
Uni Bell Schedules
  • Monday, Wednesday, Friday

    1st Period 8:00 - 8:45
    2nd Period 8:50 - 9:35
    3rd Period 9:40 -10:25
    4th Period 10:30 -11:15
    Lunch 11:15 - 11:45
    5th Period 11:50 - 12:35
    6th Period 12:40 - 1:25
    UNI PERIOD 1:25-2:10
    7th Period 2:15 - 3:00
    8th Period 3:05 - 3:50
  • Tuesday & Thursday

    1st Period 8:00 - 8:45
    2nd Period 8:50 - 9:35
    3rd Period 9:40 -10:25
    4th Period 10:30 -11:15
    Lunch 11:15 - 11:45
    5th Period 11:50 - 12:35
    6th Period 12:40 - 1:25
    7th Period 1:30 - 2:15
    8th Period 2:20 - 3:05
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