The Hancock-Henderson Quill, Inc.

Meet Your Neighbor

by Jenna Clayton, Quill Reporter

Meet your neighbor Sandi Morrison born in Ft. Madison, IA and raised in Carthage.

Her parents are Eldon and Darlene Harrell.

She was raised the youngest of three children on a farm six miles from Carthage. Her mother was a stay at home mom who raised dogs for extra spending money. Morrison spent a lot of her time growing up, outside playing with the animals. They had the usual animals you would find on a farm; cattle, pigs, sheep, chickens, dogs, and horses. But, they had unusual animals too; ducks, a jumping mule and a raccoon.

She graduated from Carthage High School in 1988 and from Western Illinois University in 1991. She majored in Math Education and minored in Physical Education.

Morrison is now the Geometry Teacher at Illini West High School. She teaches Geometry and Business Math. She also taught at Nauvoo-Colusa, Dallas City, St. Mary's Academy in Nauvoo and V.I.T. She has also been a lifeguard.

She and her husband, Jim, have two children; John who is twelve, and Miranda who is nine. They are members of the Trinity Lutheran Church.

A few moments in Morrison's life that stand out is when her husband proposed to her on Valentine's Day, when her children were born and that she has played in five State Championship games; three softball, one basketball, and one volleyball.

Morrison's students know her as easy-going and always happy. Her philosophy on life is: "Life is too short to be unhappy."