Shakespeare wrote, "All the world's a stage." Thanks to Spanish teacher Jeff Morgenstein, all the world is on stage. Through a National Endowment for the Humanities grant, Mr. Morgenstein initiated a program called World Lit Night, in which students from the school's German, Spanish, French and drama classes prepare and perform plays for the community in both English and their respective foreign languages. Nearly 300 students over the past several years have participated in this second-language theater opportunity, which has won acclaim from fellow students and the community alike. An energetic and enthusiastic teacher, Mr. Morgenstein often extends his students' educational experiences beyond the classroom, reinforcing his lessons through real-life experiences. He is an expert in the use of technology in the classroom, incorporating it often into his lessons and training fellow teachers to do the same. Chair of the school's International Baccalaureate (IB) learning community, Mr. Morgenstein is not only one of the school's most respected IB teachers, but was a member of the program's original writing team. He has authored academic software in both Spanish and French, as well as ancillary Spanish materials for a high school sociology textbook. It all translates to first-rate teaching by a first-class educator.
Being part of the Milken experience is only the kick-off to a future of change and growth. It is an honor and a privilege to be included among so esteemed a group of individuals focused upon the education of all students in our nation's schools.