I began my education in Eureka Springs in the middle 1960's. I graduated from Eureka Springs High School in 1979. My parents and children also are Highlander Alumnus.
Of course, my BSE is from the University of Arkansas.
I am certified in Arkansas to teach first grade through sixth grade. I am also endorsed to teach Middle School Social Studies, and Gifted and Talented K-12.
Over my 25 years in education, I have had lots of opportunity to hone my craft in a wide variety of professional development classes. While literacy remains at the heart of my instructional life, I have spent several years studying mathematical cognitive development. Last year we focussed on developing a new science curriculum. This year, we are continuing this and also implementing The Leader in Me.
I now teach third grade. This is my third year at this grade level. It is a complete joy.
Our curriculum focuses on Literacy and Mathematics, but we also guide our students in critical life skills. Third grade is a challenging year academically, and teamwork between parents, students and staff is critical to our success. I work very hard to earn the trust our parents and students have placed in me.
I love getting to work closely with a group of students, and then watching them grow up through their school career. Nothing makes me happier than to greet a former student at Hart's, see them at the Alumni Banquet, or (this is the best...) watch them bring their children down the school hallway every morning.
I treasure being able to have a part in my students’ lives.
I started teaching at Eureka Springs in 1986. Over the years, I have taught: fifth grade (3 years), second grade (2 years), Gifted and Talented (5 years, but one of those years was elsewhere), Title 1 Math Interventionist (4 years), first grade (ten years), and third grade (two years).
I took off four years in the middle of all that to stay home to raise the Murphy children.
Contrary to popular belief, I am NOT 103 years old.
I have been married to Mr. Murphy for 32 years.
I have a step-son, Jason. I have a son, Ryan. I have a daughter, Kate. They are all fine people. They have degrees from the U of A, and are all gainfully employed.
They were all 'challenges' to raise. I learned a lot about teaching from being their mother. Fortunately, they had some truly wonderful (and some not-so-great) teachers. Those men and women (competent and otherwise) taught me about the profession by example, filtered through the eyes of beautiful (but ornery) children.
This summer, we added a new son-in-law to our family! Our daughter married her first grade best-friend, Brandon Jacobs. We are so excited for them. They live in Japan.
Mr. Murphy and I are very proud of our children.
We are also proud of our Granddog, Tucker, and our Grandcat, Duncan.
I am a total nerd when it comes to history. I like to tell stories.
I am a pretty fierce cook. I can sew, knit, crochet, embroidery, tat, paint, garden, refinish furniture and quilt.
I do not like to dust. Or fly coach.