"Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent." — Victor Hugo
My name is Jason Morton and I am the Assistant Band Director at White Oak High School. I am a native of Onslow County, where I was born and raised in Jacksonville, North Carolina. I did not graduate from White Oak High School, but from a different "rival" high school in Onslow County...it is not too hard to guess which school! I decided to return to this area to begin my teaching career, because I thought it would serve as a perfect way for me to offer my gratitude to those who enabled me to be successful in my education. It is my goal as a teacher at White Oak High School to repay this deed by developing creative, innovative, and imaginative students who are empowered to achieve excellence in education, pursue college, and become well-rounded American citizens.
In May 2010, I graduated Summa Cum Laude with University Honors from East Carolina University with a Bachelor of Music in Music Education. During my time at East Carolina University, I continuously fulfilled the school's motto servire, or “to serve,” through my participation and leadership in many organizations, both on and off campus. In the summer of 2007, I was the first music student in the state to participate in the UNC in Washington Program, where I interned at the National Education Association in Washington, D.C. During the summer of 2008, I had the opportunity to be an ECU Orientation Assistant, and in the summer of 2009, I participated in a Semester at Sea, where I spent 67 days on a ship with 750 students from 350 universities around the world, traveling to eight different countries in Europe and North Africa. In addition, I was the student body President of the ECU School of Music for two years and the Collegiate President of the North Carolina Music Educators Association. Because of my service to the university, in May of 2010 I was awarded the Robert H. Wright Leadership Award, the highest honor given to undergraduates, as well as the distinction of Outstanding Senior for the ECU School of Music Class of 2010.
When I am not at school teaching, I enjoy outdoor activities such as long-distance running, swimming, hiking, and kayaking. I also enjoy traveling, listening to music, hanging out with friends, and catching up on the newest releases from the box office.
Parents and Students: Please do not hesitate to email me if you have any questions. I wish each of you the best of luck this year. Remember...
"You must be the change you wish to see in the world." — Mahatma Ghandi