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Meet The New Faculty: Mrs. Jill Morey

The following article by senior Will Todt was printed in the Friday, Nov. 16 edition of The Record.

Editor’s Note: Priory has been fortunate enough to hire another member of the Morey family, Mrs. Jill Morey, as a French teacher in the Modern Languages Department. She attended Principia College and graduated with a B.A. in French and History, and pursued her Master’s in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) at the Monterey Institute of International Studies at Middlebury College. She also helps with vocals in the Priory faculty band, “The Proctors.” Senior Will Todt sat down with Mrs. Morey and interviewed her in French; he then translated the interview into English for the non-French speaking audience.

Jill MoreyI am here with Mrs. Morey, the new French teacher. Hello, Madame. Thank you for meeting with me.

Oh, but it’s my pleasure, a great pleasure.

How did you find your job at Priory?

So, my husband was here, he is still here, and… Well, I worked for Parkway for a long time. And before that, I taught at a private school, where I taught English and French. It’s always a tough choice between the two because I am so passionate about French. And as well, we have our little daughter who is 4 and a half, and when she was born we decided I would stay at home.  And that’s great because I could be a mother before everything else. And that was great! Especially because we are a little older than most parents with a little kid; we have been married for 21 years. So, it was like a new chapter for us. Like our life before Nina and our life after — well, with Nina.

So what do you think of Priory?

Honestly I was a little worried at first because this is my first time teaching at an all-boys school. So I was worried, but I knew that I had taught for 23 or 24 years and I knew it would work out. It took me a little time to habituate myself to the environment, and I think it also took the students a little time, because I know Mr. Morey is well-liked. And I knew my students would learn that I am more than Mr. Morey’s wife. I am me, myself. I think it took a little time but now I’ve been accepted by everyone. They understand that I am different from my husband but I’ve been teaching for a long time and I have my own talents to offer. And when I am the youngest of 5, with 3 brothers, so the atmosphere here reminds me of my childhood a little. And since I’m a mother, I think the kids respect me a little more [than otherwise] and they listen to me.

You mentioned being accepted by the students, but the teachers as well right? I saw you play with the teacher band.

Oh, yeah. My husband was invited because he plays the bass and he sings quite well, that’s how the relationship started. But they chose a song that was too high for all the men to sing, so they asked me to see if I could do it. I almost had the impression that they were testing me. We were at Mr. Bussen’s house and everyone was very serious.

Really? Mr. Bussen was very serious?

He laughs and he tells jokes, but they were all very passionate. And they were serious and wanted to see if I could sing. And I think if they decided no, they would have told me no. I was nervous but, in the end, they said “Good, yeah, ok.”

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Je suis ici avec Mme. Morey, la nouvelle prof du français. Bonjour, Madame. Merci pour être ici avec moi.

Ah! Mais c’est un plaisir, c’est un grand plaisir!

Comment est-ce que vous avez trouvé votre position à Priory?

Alors, mon mari était là, il est là toujours, et.. en fait je travaillais pour Parkway pendant longtemps. Et avant ca, je travaillais dans un école privé, aussi j’enseignais le français et l’anglais. Et j’adorais enseigner francais mais j’adore aussi enseigner anglais. Alors c’est toujours une chois entre les deux, parce que je suis passionné par le français alors et de plus nous avons une petite fille, et voilà elle a quatre ans et demi, et quand elle est ne nous avons décidé que je resterai à la maison, et ca c’est super parce que j’aurais pu être mère avant tout Et ca c’etait super…  bien sur parce que nous sommes plus âgée que la plupart de parents qui ont une petite… nous sommes mariés depuis 21 ans. Alors, c'était un nouveau chapitre pour nous, n’est pas? C’est comme notre vie avant Nina et notre Vie apres- de Nina.

Que pensez-vous de Priory?

Honnêtement j’ai m'inquiète un peu parce que c’est la première fois que j’enseigne pour un école tout a fait coup de garçon, n’est pas? Alors, j’ai m'inquiète mais je sais que c’est 23 ou 24 ans que j’ai enseigné alors je savais que ca ira. Ca m’a pris un peu de temps pour m’habituer à l’ambiance aussi je crois que ca pris les élèves un peu temps aussi, parce que je sais que M. Morey est bien aime. Et je savais que les élèves vont apprendre que je suis plus que la femme de M. Morey, je suis moi, moi-meme. Je crois que ç'a pris un peu de temps mais tout le monde m’a accepté tout de suite. Ils ont compris que je suis différente que mon mari mais ca fait longtemps que nous enseignons et j’ai mes talents à offrir. Et aussi je suis la plus jeune de cinq, avec 3 frères, donc l’ambiance me fait penser de ma jeunesse. Et puisque je suis mère, je crois que les enfants sont plus respectueux et il m'écoute.

Vous avez mentionné que les jeunes vous ont accepté, mais les profs aussi, n’est pas. Je vous ai vu jouer avec la group musicale.

Ah! Oui mon mari est invité parce qu’il joue la bass et pour chanter, c’est comment il a commencé cette relation avec la group. Mais ils ont choisi un chanson trop haut pour tous les hommes et il m’ont demandé si je veux le faire. Et j’avais l’impression qu’ils me tester. Nous sommes allés chez M. Bussen et tout le monde était très sérieux.

Vraiment, M. Bussen?

Il rigole tout le temps et il fait des blagues mais ils étaient passionnants. Et de plus ils étaient sérieux et ils ont voulu voir si je peux chanter la chanson. Et je crois que, si non, il m’auraient dire non. J'étais nerveuse mais a la fin ils ont dit “Bon, D’accord, OK, tu peux rester.”

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Prologue, 1

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Prologue, 1

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Prologue, 4

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Prologue, 17

“Clothed then with faith and the performance of good works, let us set out on this way, with the Gospel for our guide, that we may deserve to see him who has called us to his kingdom (1 Thess 2:12).”

Prologue, 21

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Prologue, 22

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Prologue, 41

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Prologue, 45

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Prologue, 47

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Chapter 4, 20-21

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Chapter 4, 41

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Chapter 4, 70-71

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Chapter 4, 72

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Chapter 4, 73

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Chapter 5, 1-2

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Chapter 6, 6

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Chapter 22, 8

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Chapter 30, 1

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Chapter 63, 17

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Chapter 68, 5

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