While Lynnae Morris may be a relatively new face on the GRACE administrative team, she is certainly not new to education. As a an only child growing up in King, North Carolina, Lynnae “absolutely LOVED school” which, she says, may be why she spent so many years in school and chose education as a career for herself. In the ten years prior to her arrival at GRACE, Lynnae worked in school administration at both elementary and middle schools in Durham and Wake counties and brings tremendous knowledge and experience to the GRACE team.
Lynnae received her undergraduate degree in science education from UNC-Chapel Hill as part of their Teaching Fellows Program and taught high school science for five years after graduating. While some may live in a house divided, Lynnae could be described as a person divided as she later earned both her masters and doctorate degrees in science education from NC State. During this time, she taught undergraduate science labs, worked with student teachers, and intended on becoming a college professor. Lynnae met her husband, DeShannon, while at NC State and they started their family as she was finishing up her PhD. Later, Lynnae returned to Carolina in their Principal Fellows Program and earned her masters in school administration.When asked which school has her loyalty, Lynnae was quick to respond “Go HEELS!”
Lynnae shares that her journey to GRACE started a few years ago when God first brought her husband here to coach basketball, then to teach. The following year, they enrolled their three children, Hannah, Kynndal, and Colinn. Then, last year, He made His plan clear to Lynnae and made a way for her gifts to be used to serve Him at GRACE. Lynnae shares that she loves working within a community of believers, and feels fortunate to be able to share her faith freely at work, something that has not always been possible. Lynnae views her work as an educator as a calling rather than as a job and believes that God equipped her for her responsibilities and expects her to use them to advance His kingdom and glorify His Name.
When asked to share her favorite Bible verse, Lynnae quoted Deuteronomy 31:6, “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid… for the Lord your God… will never leave you nor forsake you.” This verse serves as a reminder that God wants us to be bold in Him. He is always with us, so there is no need to be fearful of any situation or circumstance with which we may be faced. Lynnae believes that one of the best ways to serve God is to serve others. She learned this lesson from her parents as she observed them constantly looking for ways to give back to the church, to their local community, and to individuals in need. Her parents taught Lynnae the value of service at a young age and she and her husband desire to instill this in their own children as well.
Lynnae was asked to share what she enjoys the most about her role at GRACE, In response, she said, “The thing I love most is connecting with the children and their families. My favorite part of the day is morning carpool, when I get to welcome everyone coming into the building. Relationships are really important to me, and I always find joy in knowing that I have made a difference in the life of a child. Children need to feel welcome and loved at school in order to learn, and I enjoy finding new ways to make that happen! I also enjoy building relationships with the staff and love finding creative ways to highlight and best utilize the God-given talents that they all bring to our school and community.”
Lynnae is an avid sports fan and has been for as long as she can remember. She played a variety of sports growing up including playing softball for Carolina. When asked what her favorite sport is, she stated that basketball has always been her favorite. Given that she is married to GRACE’s varsity basketball coach, and her daughter is on the varsity girl’s team, she’s glad she loves the game so much as she spends a lot of time courtside.