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School District Names Jennifer Murrihy Teacher Of The Year

Plainville Community Schools has named Frank T. Wheeler Elementary School fifth grade teacher Jennifer Murrihy 2011-2012 Teacher of the Year. Murrihy was nominated by Wheeler colleague Marianne Hogan. "Jen is the epitome of a great teacher! She is enthusiastic about inspiring children and she has a passion for learning herself. This zeal for knowledge inspires her students and colleagues. She is an outstanding choice for the Teacher of the Year," said Hogan.

Murrihy has been an educator for eight years, serving as a fifth grade teacher at Wheeler for the past five years. She is the founding faculty advisor of the Wheeler School Green Team, which plans a week long Earth Week celebration, serves as faculty advisor for the Wheeler School Drama Club, and has participated on a number of school district committees. She has also served as a presenter at the Web 2.0 Is Elementary at the Connecticut Computer Educators Conference, and was awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for professional development. In addition, she is troop leader for Daisy Troop #10215, member of the Wethersfield Home Garden Club and Wethersfield Historical Society, and remains an active volunteer in her church parish and Highcrest School in Wethersfield.
When asked about her philosophy of teaching, Murrihy noted, "Effective teaching has three components: passion for learning, community building, and collaboration. My philosophy is to incorporate these three elements to create an environment where students feel valued, excited and safe to explore what really motivates them to learn."

As Teacher of the Year in Plainville, Murrihy will also participate as a candidate for Connecticut’s 2012 Teacher of the Year Program. Each district Teacher of the Year will be individually recognized at an awards ceremony later this year hosted by the Connecticut Department of Education.

"When Jennifer first interviewed for a teaching position at Wheeler, she was enthusiastic about teaching and learning. With creativity and energy, she encourages students every day to do their best. The Wheeler School community is very proud that Jennifer is the Teacher of the Year!" said Wheeler Principal, Catherine Frayler.

"Jen is a terrific role model for all educators. Her classroom setting is designed to reach the needs of all students to very high levels! I am very proud of her work and the achievement of her students is evident," commented Superintendent of Schools, Dr. Kathleen Binkowski.

Murrihy, a Wethersfield resident, holds both a bachelor of science degree and master of education degree from Saint Michael’s College. She also holds a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Study from the University of New England. Murrihy was honored at the June 13 Plainville Board of Education meeting.

-Posted on June 21, 2011 at 10:48 AM


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