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How a former Houston-area superintendent hopes to address the teacher shortage

Dr. Heath Morrison explains why he recently left Montgomery ISD to lead Teachers of Tomorrow, a Houston-based alternative certification program.


Dr. Heath Morrison, CEO of Teachers of Tomorrow and a longtime superintendent at districts across the country, including in the Houston area at Montgomery ISD.


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Last month, Heath Morrison left his job as superintendent of Montgomery ISD to take on one of the great challenges facing public education these days: the teacher shortage.

He's now the CEO of Teachers of Tomorrow, a Houston-based company offering alternative certification programs for those who want to become teachers.

Morrison has been the superintendent at several districts across the country, including in Reno, Nev., where he was named the national superintendent of the year back in 2012. In those days, he was a frequent guest on a public TV show in Reno hosted, coincidentally, by Houston Matters producer Michael Hagerty.

In the audio above, the two reconnect to discuss Morrison's hopes to attract more people to teaching, and what led Morrison to leave the private sector and return to public education at Montgomery ISD in the middle of the pandemic.

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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