Jaydene Morrison has been passionate about the wellbeing of children since a formative age. Desiring to make a difference in children’s lives and look for answers regarding life’s greatest questions, she began her career as a teacher at Cushing Public Schools in Oklahoma in 1955 and Indianapolis Public Schools in 1958. Between the years 1965 and 1973, she was a counselor and special education teacher at Helena-Goltry Public Schools in Oklahoma, which opened her eyes to the realm of counseling, psychology and contributing to the mental health of students across the nation.
As her career progressed, Ms. Morrison advanced to higher levels of authority and served as a psychometrist for the Oklahoma State Title III program. From 1977 to 1985, she notably served as a school psychologist for the Oklahoma State Department of Education. Throughout her career, she has accrued several certifications and is now a certified counselor, school psychologist, and licensed marriage and family therapist. Although retired from education and counseling, she is the current president and director of Ventures in Learning, Inc.
Alongside her professional endeavors, Ms. Morrison is an accomplished and well-respected author, having written three books with several more on the way. The author of the acclaimed “I Hate You, Miss Bliss” from 2012, she is working on a sequel titled “Finding Aspen,” which is currently seeking publication. Following the story of a young girl named Aspen, the book details her experiences with ADD/ADHD and how it contributes to her creativity.
Ms. Morrison has greatly valued her immense experience in working with teenagers on career guidance and counseling, and over the course of her life, she has benefited greatly from her own understanding and acceptance of adolescent behavior and children’s perspectives on life. Inspired by her colleagues, patients and clients as she navigated her career, her life philosophy is a culmination of their feedback, which is to keep moving forward.
As a testament to her success, Ms. Morrison has accrued numerous accolades and honors. She was named Outstanding Citizen of the Year by the Oklahoma chapter of the National Association of Social Workers in 1988, a feat that she considers a career highlight. Alongside this honor, she was the recipient of the Special Award from Oklahoma Women for Agriculture in 1979 and the Teacher of the Year Award from the Helena Masonic Lodge in 1967.
A celebrated Marquis listee, Ms. Morrison has also been included in myriad editions of Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in the World and Who’s Who of American Women. Additionally, she has been recognized as a Top Professional Woman, was featured in the Wall Street Journal, received the Marquis Humanitarian Awards and earned the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award.