Grad Profile: Morgan McLain

Morgan McLain is a 2021 graduate from Roseburg, Oregon. He completed an Elementary Master of Arts in Teaching degree.


Are you a transfer student? If so, where did you transfer from and what has the experience been like?

The eMAT Graduate Program was my first experience at Western Oregon University. The experience that I’ve had throughout this program has certainly enhanced my perspective on what a community feels like; this was immediately evident through the authentic relationships built with professors and colleagues. 


Why did you choose WOU? 

My mom attended Western Oregon University, where she too is an elementary educator. She has always been a major role model in my life, beyond being my mother, and I’ve always strived to teach at a passionate level that she does. Yes, I did bring her old Student ID into the eMAT interview. 


Student wearing a black mask and holding a little plastic, gold trophy.
Morgan McLain

What has been your most memorable class? 

During the first term of the program we had two courses–ED 674: Integrating the Creative Arts,  and ED 665: Reading and Writing through Children’s Literature. We created our own picture book through combining skills, and it was certainly a memorable experience. 


Do you have any advice for current and prospective students? 

Organize everything and enjoy the process.


Who stands out from your time at WOU and why?

All of the 16 professors that I’ve learned from throughout this program stand out in my mind for taking great efforts into creating relationships and making our group feel like a learning family. Dr. Alicia Wenzel, Dr. Chloë Hughes, Dr. Joshua Schulze and Courtney Fortenberry have all had a big impact on my academic success; and a big shout out to Maddie Hannah in the WOU Writing Center! 


What is your favorite building on campus? Why? 

The Press coffee shop and the Hamersly Library combination. 


What will you miss the most about WOU? 

The interactions with processors and colleagues. 


What has been your biggest achievement in college?

Creating and completing the eMAT Graduate Portfolio was one of the most challenging experiences I’ve had at the collegiate level and is my biggest achievement thus far. 

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