About Murphy...
Subject / Grade K
Room: 2
Phone: (480) 812-7432
Email: Murphy
"Every child deserves a champion; an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be."
-- Rita Pierson

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Welcome to Kindergarten! I am so pleased that your child will be part of our leaders learning community! Your child's unique gifts can help them learn to their highest potential. Families are a very important part in this process and I look forward to working with you!

My Education and Professional Background

I am a third-generation educator. This is my seventeenth year as a teacher. I began my career in Ohio. I have taught kindergarten, first, and third grade. My husband and I are proud parents of four wonderful children. I received a Master of Education degree from The Ohio State University with 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 the ballet mistress for a youth dance 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 progresses through life. I feel the greatest reward of teaching is when I see a break through 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 highly motivated student and 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. Teaching is where I want to be!

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