Brenda Morales ’09

Brenda MoralesBorn and raised in Abilene, Texas, Brenda Morales ’09, is giving back to her community in a way she never would have thought of doing: teaching.

A Wylie High School graduate, Morales took a year off after graduation to think about her future before she attended McMurry.

“I graduated in 2009 from McMurry with a double major in graphic design and Spanish,” stated Morales. “It wasn’t until my last semester at McMurry that I decided I wanted to be a teacher and I decided to join the Navy for four years.”

While in the Navy, Morales was stationed in Norfolk, Virginia for her basic training. She was able to get a job in the engineering field as a damage control officer. Morales traveled around the world with the Navy.

In Norfolk, Morales met her husband who is originally from Philadelphia. After marrying, the couple decided to move to Philadelphia to settle down. Morales enrolled in graduate school at Arcadia University to get certified as a teacher and obtain a master’s degree in education. However, the big city was not a good fit for Morales and homesickness prevailed for the couple, who along with their daughter, decided to move back to Abilene.

“I used the Fast Track program at McMurry to pick back up where I left off, and I got a job at Cooper High School, where I teach Spanish,” said Morales.

“For me, art and Spanish saved me throughout high school because those are my two favorite subjects. I felt compelled to teach these kids art because I couldn’t imagine a life without art and I ended up falling in love with teaching.”

“McMurry was like home to me. It’s so small and because of that, all of my professors were willing to help me out anyway they can, they actually care about you and you’re not just another student,” said Morales. “Everybody at McMurry was like a close family and I felt at home right away.”