Richard and Cindy Morley Teaching Endowment

For many years Cindy Morley taught 6th grade at DeLaveaga Elementary School. She also worked as an advisor for the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project, mentoring first- and second-year teachers in the county.

Cindy and Rick, both UCSC alumni, with two of their five grandchildren.
Cindy and Rick, both UCSC alumni, with two of their five grandchildren.
The Richard and Cindy Morley Award in Education was established in 2001 by Richard and Cindy Morley to assist students who are currently enrolled in the Master of Arts in Education: Teaching Program. It was first awarded in honor of Cindy’s mentor, Professor Emeritus Art Pearl.

Cindy Morley has a degree in psychology from UCSC with an emphasis on child development and is a graduate of the UC Santa Cruz Teacher Education Program (now the Master Credential Program in Education.) For many years she taught 6th grade at DeLaveaga Elementary School. She also worked as an advisor for the Santa Cruz New Teacher Project, mentoring first- and second-year teachers in the county. After her retirement in in June of 2006, she is enjoying spending time with her grandchildren, quilting, gardening, and writing. 

Rick Morley also attended UC Santa Cruz and is a mechanical engineer working in the technology industry, after having spent many years in field service and product support. He remembers the teachers, both the good and the bad, who all contributed to his ability to think and solve problems. His troubleshooting abilities have prompted managers to ask how they could teach others those thinking methods. He feels that, since those abilities come from skills and confidence developed throughout life experiences, supporting teachers in all they do, without dictating the methodology, is the way to accomplish that task. It takes a comedian to twist our language around, yet provide us with a simple, profound truth:  “Give kids an esteem bath daily, and the rest will follow!”

The Richard and Cindy Morley Award in Education is based on financial need and academic merit and is awarded annually to two or more students. Preference is given to students in their final student-teaching placement.

For more information about this award, please contact Education Department Credential Analyst Kim Jackson by telephone (831) 459-2200 or email.

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