About Murphy...
Position: Gifted 1st Grade
Room: 4
Phone: 480-812-6634
Email: Murphy

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Welcome to first grade at Weinberg Gifted Academy! I am so pleased to be on this amazing learning journey with you and your child! Families are a very important part in this process and I look forward to working with all of you. This year will be an adventure into a world of the unknown including creativity, collaboration, growth, and curiosity.

My Education and Professional Background

I am a third-generation educator. I am originally from Ohio. My teaching career began in 2001. I have taught kindergarten, first, and third grade. I am a proud parent of four wonderful children. I received a Master of Education degree from The Ohio State University with a certification in elementary education (K-8) and also my Bachelor of Fine Arts cum laude in Dance Performance from The Ohio State University. In addition to my classroom teaching experiences, I am a classically trained dancer and choreographer. During undergrad I performed as a member of The Ohio State University Dance Company. I have a special interest in working with students in such extracurricular activities as school musicals and other dance and choreographed movement opportunities including being a ballet mistress for a youth company, and a teacher of pre-ballet, ballet, and modern dance.

My Educational Philosophy

A teacher is blessed with an opportunity to interact with a student for an entire year. I am involved in the development of a human mind; I witness along with the family the stages the child processes through life. I feel the greatest reward of teaching is when I see a breakthrough with a student who has been struggling with an aspect of their learning. This is exciting because we accomplished something together. Also, I enjoy the challenge of teaching. Enriching the learning environment for a highly motivated student watching him or her move to the next level or unlocking a puzzle for a child who is struggling is hard work but very rewarding. Finally, I decided to become a teacher because I like learning. The process of acquiring education is an adventure into the unknown. I would like to be a part of a student’s adventure and to encourage him or her to take risks and develop his or her own ideas.

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