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January 11, 2013

After traumatic accident, Charlestown teacher Nicole Keith-Morrison finds herself where she belongs



Rowland said just as Christmas break began two weeks ago, they found out Keith-Morrison’s doctors released her to go back to work. The district got everything in order for her to start on Jan. 7.

“it’s a relief,” Rowland said. “We’re glad that we have a veteran teacher back. I really think she’s going to be more focused on her academic and instruction needs more than ever because it’s kind of like teaching for the first time again.”

Keith-Morrison is also the sponsor of the senior class. She advises students on applying for scholarships and college as they approach graduation. Hall said that makes her job even more personal than just teaching.

At least through the beginning of April, Hall will serve as her job coach and help with anything she needs in the classroom. She said she doesn’t have to help her much, just with a lost word from time to time. But she seems at home in front of a group of students.

“I am amazed at how well she’s doing,” Hall said. “I think for most of us, she looked a lot better than we thought she would. She just seems like she’s going about her regular way of just teaching. I don’t think students recognize anything different about her.”

Keith-Morrison said initially, she was worried about whether students would notice a difference in how she looked. So far, they’ve only seen a different haircut and a teacher with a smile.

But she said the whole experience raised her awareness of the problems faced by victims of traumatic brain injury. She said she hopes to get more involved with groups that help victims, including soldiers coming back from war.

For now, she said she’s glad to have classroom again.

“I just hoped students would know that when I was in the classroom, they understood that I wanted to be there,” Keith-Morrison said. “Even if it’s just talking to them and giving them advice about graduation, I want them to know that I’m here for them.”


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