Some Beautiful Murals at Morgan
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By Donna Hayek
Morgan Elementary School
JUNE 9, 2021 – We have a retired art teacher, Joe Sereika, who has painted some beautiful murals on the columns in our lobby.
They are truly a work of art!
Joe started his career as an industrial designer for an office products company in New Jersey and worked there for 20 years until he was laid off. For the next seven years he was an independent contractor.
He moved to North Carolina and became the art teacher at Petree Elementary, where he worked for eight years, then worked as an itinerant art teacher for a year and landed at Southwest Elementary where he retired in 2012 and joined the “Sub List.
He has subbed at Morgan in many capacities, including Exceptional Children (EC), Art, and all grade levels. During the 2019–20 school year, he was hired as an art teacher at Morgan Elementary and started mapping out his design on the columns in between and after classes.
This year he has volunteered his time to complete his project by painting the columns in between subbing assignments.
Ms. Caitlyn Workinger, one of our EC teachers, had this to say about Mr. S subbing in her class: “Mr. S has a very special presence in our classroom. He doesn't realize the impact he has had on my students.”
“He is always willing to help wherever is needed. Everything that he does it out of love and he never expects anything in return. Mr. S has such a genuine heart for these kids, has a great amount of patience and never complains when the job gets hard.”
“He is a very special man, and we are so thankful to have him in our class from time to time!”
Principal Stephanie Sanders said: “In a year with a lot of inconsistency, Mr. S. has been consistent. He served as our COVID sub through the second half of the year, and it was nice to be able to depend on him to be here every day that he was assigned.”
“ Mr. S is dependable, kind, creative, and has never met a stranger. As we get ready to celebrate our 10th year at Morgan, this mural serves as a way to celebrate our past, our present, and our future.”