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Culture of Kindness Spotlight: Caitlin Morrison, Meadows Elementary School

Caitlin stands with her arm around a student in her officeEach month we feature a staff member who embodies our 2023-24 district theme, Culture of Kindness. Caitlin Morrison is the school counselor at Meadows Elementary School.

Caitlin always has students’ best interest at heart and works tirelessly to provide resources for families in need. She will reach out to families to offer specific resources and help guide them through the process of getting support with bills, car payments, extra food, clothing, and other basic needs. Whether running lunchtime discussion groups or talking with students who need a kind heart to listen, Caitlin loves the students at Meadows wholeheartedly!  

Tell us about yourself. 

I am the school counselor at the largest elementary school in NTPS, Meadows Elementary, serving pre-k through 5th grade. This is my sixth year at Meadows and I come from a large family of educators, which is really fun. I completed my master's in counseling and education at Saint Martin’s University and had a great experience with their counseling program. My husband and I love spending time with our family and enjoy hobbies such as fishing/sports/traveling and being outdoors with our chocolate lab in tow!

What do you like best about your job?

What I like best about my job is building relationships with my students and families. If there is one thing that can make a difference in a child’s life it is listening to them and being there for them. I do not always have a magic wand to fix people’s problems but letting someone be heard can create magic within itself. 

Caitlin using a feelings poster with students eating lunchI believe in the whole child approach and honoring everyone as a human first not just a student. I love getting to learn about others and what they are going through in life and at home through counseling. I enjoy getting to do lunch groups to create connection and community at my school. I love that my role as a counselor has a foundation of instilling social and emotional well-being. This helps support our children as they grow into adults to utilize coping skills and prioritize their mental health. I also love working on a school team that works hard to meet our children’s needs every day. Working in education can be very challenging and demanding but being on a team that advocates and takes care of students and each other makes all the difference. My teachers and leadership at Meadows truly care for “our kids” and I am proud to be a part of a community that values equity and humanity.

What does a Culture of Kindness mean to you?

Creating and being a part of a culture of kindness starts within myself. Choosing to have compassion and empathy with others is a conscious choice that I try to make every day. We create this kind of culture and community at our schools and model to our students how to treat others. Life can be very challenging and trying for all of us at times and choosing to be gentle and kind with others always makes life sweeter and worthwhile. I believe having authenticity and being down to earth and being approachable creates a culture of warmth and kindness.