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About David L. Morgan

"There is no life I know to compare with pure imagination!" ~ Willy Wonka

It ain't easy being cheesy!

I am currently in my 16th year of teaching of teaching high school in South Carolina. The first eight years of my teaching career were spent at Central High School in Pageland, SC where I taught Desktop Publishing, Multimedia, Web Design, and Yearbook. I moved to Cheraw High School in 2009 and am currently teaching Integrated Business Apps, Flash Animation and Web Design. In addition to my teaching duties, I also serve as the Network Administrator for Apple computers in our District.

I live in Cheraw with my wife Shelley. We have been married 16 years and stay busy keeping our older home restored/repaired. In my spare time, I enjoy spending time with friends and family (we both grew up in Cheraw, so we are blessed to be close to our families), following Clemson sports, taking pictures, playing video games, and watching movies.

I graduated from Cheraw High School in 1989 then attended and graduated from Clemson University in 1993 with a degree in Accounting.  Immediately after graduating from college, I went to work as an Internal Auditor for NationsBank (now Bank of America).  It was a great opportunity and I was surrounded by many financially minded folks.  Unfortunately, I was certain I did not want to work in this field for long.  My heart just was not into banking.  I did meet some wonderful people that I am still friends with today.

After working for a few years as an Auditor, I moved back to Cheraw at the end of 1996 to open a small business with my Mother.  We opened Palmetto Gifts and Custom Framing in February of 1997.  It was a great time and I enjoyed framing pictures.  I was able to unleash some creativity that I had not been able to express while working in the corporate world.  Owning your own business is both rewarding and risky.  Our business survived for five years and we closed at the end of 2001 so I could pursue my career of teaching.

I starting teaching in the Fall of 2000.  I was really excited about entering the classroom.  Deep down, I had always had a desire to become a teacher, but because of the stigma connected to “teachers do not make a lot of money” I did not pursue this earlier.  After working in the corporate world, I realized that there is more to a career than just making money.  I was so happy with my decision and have had no regrets since I made this decision eight years ago.  I obtained my certification through the Critical Needs/Alternative Certification Program (now called P.A.C.E.) through the SC State Dept. of Education and Coastal Carolina University.

When I first started teaching, all of my classes were related to Business Education: Computer Technology I, Accounting I & II, Entrepreneurship, and Business Law.  Gradually, over the last few years, my teaching load has shifted from traditional Business Education to the Graphic Design area.  I have finally found my niche and true calling.  The creativity and design I have always yearned to express is being revealed through my current course load.

I have used Adobe Photoshop (and other Adobe graphics programs) since 2001 and it is a continuous learning experience.  Adobe continues to set new standards with each new release of their software titles.  Since acquiring Macromedia in 2006, the release of Creative Suite 4 is by far the best line up of software titles used by professionals to create print and web graphics.

David MorganProfessionally, I took a major leap during the 2007-08 school year by switching to the Apple Macintosh platform.  I had been wanting to make this conversion, and only by the grace of having a forward thinking Director of C.A.T.E. was this possible.  The hardware and software being produced by Apple is truly phenomenal.  The seamless integration, ease of use, and overall “fun factor” of the Macs makes me never want to use a PC again!  I honestly feel that my students are being offered an experience like no other by having access to the Macs and Adobe software.

To enhance my teaching and to stay current with the newest software titles, I have attended the Digital Media Academy to learn the iLife Suite, Final Cut Studio, and Photoshop. By attending these courses and through online training at Lynda.com, I have been able to become an Adobe Certified Associate in Dreamweaver, Flash, and Photoshop. And to think, all of this started with my infatuation with Lego as a child!

In the spring of 2012 I began a Master's in Administration program at Grand Canyon University. I finished my coursework in December of 2013 and successfully passed the Praxis certification exam. I have enjoyed my time in the classroom, but look forward to making the transition into administration. I am interested in attaining an assistant principal position in one of my District's middle or high schools.

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