Staff Spotlight

Mrs. Murphy, AP Biology Teacher

1. Faves:

Meal? Chicken
Color? Yellow
Song? Ave Maria- Celtic Women
Book? The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein
Subject? Science and math based classes

2. Do you have any pets?
“A golden doodle named Brady!”

3. Where did you go to school?
“University of Illinois at Chicago (Biology Degree), Illinois State (Education Degree), and Governors State (Masters in Educational Administration)”

4. What was your first job before teaching?
“During high school, I worked at TCBY and then at a shoe store. I worked two jobs!”

5. Were you in any sports or clubs in high school?
“I was in student government and the honors society. I also was the basketball manager, ran track for a year, and played softball.”

6. Was there any other career you were interested in as a child or teen?
“Not as a child, but in college I got a double major: I was a biology major and an athletic trainer major. I thought I would use the athletic training major as a stepping stone to go into physical therapy. But I got a teaching job, fell in love with it, and never went into physical therapy.”

7. What motivated you to become a science teacher?
“I was motivated because I wasn’t in all honors classes during high school, and I think that I wanted to make sure all students were challenged.  It is such an early time in their lives, and just because a student is not labeled “honors” does not mean that student can not be challenged.”

8. Do you have a quote to live by?
“Work hard so you can play hard!”

9. How does it make you feel knowing that you are making a lasting impact in students’ lives?
“I feel like I’ve always been able to make an impact on students, but teaching seniors has been the coolest thing. Their maturity level is higher, and they really appreciate you in the now. Not to say freshmen don’t, but the maturity level is not there. So the best part of teaching is watching a kid grow and learn and develop into a young adult.”

10. Is there anything you really want the students to know about you?
“I would hope if they take AP Bio, they are ready to work and up for a challenge. But they should also know that I’m here to teach them and work as hard as they do. As long as you put in the effort, you can succeed. It’s about what you put into it.”

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