Melissa Murphy

Assistant Principal

Years of teaching: 25



What is your favorite thing about teaching?

Building a unique relationship with each student as the year progresses.

Please describe anything unique or interesting in your background that is relevant to the job.

I have taught all age groups - from Kindergarten to university.

Who is someone you really admire and why?

My mother. She’s taught me that equanimity and compassion are like superpowers that I can use in any situation.

Can you share any favorite quotes?

“A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.” ~ Robert Heinlein

"I am happiest when..."

... all my work is done and I have a cup of tea and a book nearby.

Tell us something that might surprise us about you.

I can bake bread!

If you could learn to do anything, what would it be?

Speak more languages.

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