Regina teacher who beat the odds helps other teen moms graduate

June 14, 2017

Regina Shirley Schneider Support Centre teacher and coordinator Nicole Morrow helps Indigenous teen moms graduate through a unique program, reports CBC. Morrow earned her high school diploma over seven years while giving birth to three children, and then went on to earn her teaching certificate from the Saskatchewan Urban Native Teacher Education Program (SUNTEP) at the University of Regina. Now, Morrow coordinates a daycare that currently houses 36 infants and 12 toddlers while the children'sā€™ mothers attend Balfour Collegiate. Various resources are made available to both the mothers and babies through the support centre that Morrow coordinates, including food, bus passes, and clothing; two full-time support workers; a nurse practitioner and health workers; an addictions counsellor; and an Elder. ā€œI'm always happy to come to school. [...] They're very understanding because they know we have children," commented Taye Starr Bellegarde of the Star Blanket Cree Nation, who moved to Regina to enroll in the program. ā€œI'm getting good grades and I'm able to just walk down the hall to daycare to see her.ā€ CBC