Kelly Murphy, 8th Grade English and Special Education Teacher, Benjamin Turner Middle School

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Kelly Murphy, 8th Grade English and Special Education Teacher, Benjamin Turner Middle School

Ms. Murphy has been a teacher in the Mount Vernon City School district for four years, serving as a special education and English teacher for 8th grade students at Benjamin Turner Middle School.

Ms. Murphy graduated from SUNY Albany with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in English before competing her master’s degree at Manhattanville College in Purchase, N.Y. Ms. Murphy’s master’s degree is focused on English education and special education.

“Teaching is a very interpersonal career,” said Ms. Murphy. “The best part about my job is the connections I’ve made with my students and my peers.”

When asked about her favorite memory as a teacher in the District, Ms. Murphy said, “Every year, I facilitate a Socratic seminar, which is a student-driven discussion forum. The first seminar I hosted three years ago was based on two women’s rights speeches. I remember being so impressed and surprised at my students’ ability to articulate their point of view.”