Former District 117 Student Taking Classes at Stagg AND Moraine
Morgan Moran wears a smile that lights up a room and has the personality to fill it. She exudes a quiet confidence that belies her 17 years.
Morgan is a senior at Stagg High School where she arrives most mornings by 5 a.m. for softball practice, followed by classes until around noon. There’s anatomy, college prep writing, dance and fashion design.
She then hops in her car for the short drive down 111th Street to Moraine Valley Community College where she is enrolled in a Certified Nursing Assistant program.
“It makes for a really busy day, but I love it,” Morgan said. “I wouldn’t have it any other way.”
After school, she returns to Stagg where she practices as part of the school’s pom (dance) squad that competes against other schools. And softball just started, so there are games to be played.
“I’ve been really lucky to have so much family support,” Morgan said. “My mom and dad (Melissa and Ron) are always encouraging and come to watch me play and dance.”
She said she and her older sister (Brittany, 25) and younger sister Erin, (14) are close and “are always there for each other.” “Family is the most important thing and we learned that from our parents.”
Morgan said she always thought about a career in the health care field from the time she was a little girl. But what confirmed her career choice was watching the television show “Grey’s Anatomy” four years ago that sealed the deal. “I know it was a show, but everyone in the hospital was so happy and excited to be there,” she said. “I just remember wanting to work in that kind of environment.”
She said the CNA program (which ends in May) teaches students how to take blood pressure and pulse readings and other basic care to patients in hospitals and nursing homes.
Morgan said she would like to get some work experience as a certified nursing assistant before applying to nursing school to become a registered nurse.
She said she remembers two teachers who had an impact on her during her time at North Palos School District 117. Mrs. Valentine at Dorn “really related to us,” Morgan said. “Plus, she coached with my dad our recreational softball team.”
Morgan said the other District 117 teacher who impacted her was Ms. Sweiss at Conrady. “Ms. Sweiss was the teacher who really got me to read,” she said. “I remember we were reading Edgar Allan Poe and I didn’t like reading. But she had a way of encouraging me to read. And I enjoyed it.”