Meet Jennifer Murphy, 2014 SHOUT OUT! Cast Member!
JENNIFER MURPHY is originally from Ohio and completed all of her schooling there, from kindergarten through college. She was an elementary music specialist for seven years before she became a stay-at-home-mom to four Kaneland students: a fifth grader at Blackberry Creek, a seventh grader at KHMS, and a sophomore and a senior at KHS. She recently jumped back in to the educational arena as a paraprofessional at KHMS. She is also a musician that performs with the Fox Valley Concert Band and occasionally with KAI for their summer theater productions. This is her first stage production without an instrument in her hands! She would like to dedicate this performance to her husband and her kids as a thank you for putting up with her insanity.
Jennifer was the first person who stepped up to the plate and auditioned for the SHOUT OUT! and boy are we glad she did! Here is her spotlight!
- What is your educational background? I have a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education from Bowling Green State University in Ohio.
- What do you want to be when you grow up? Some day (far, FAR from now!) I would like to be a Grandma. I hear it’s great fun!
- If you are already employed, what do you do? Currently, I am a paraprofessional at Kaneland Harter Middle School.
- Do you have a favorite story (that you’re not telling for the SHOUT OUT) that happened to you during your education? Once, when I was at fifth grade camp, I woke up very early. When I went into the bathroom, all 3 of the fifth grade teachers were standing at the sink in their bras putting on makeup. That image is burned in my memory forever!
- Do you have any favorite teachers? If so, why were they your favorite? Carol Dolgosh was my Spanish teacher in high school. She was there for me when I needed a shoulder to cry on and I will never forget her kindness.
- What subject in school was your LEAST favorite and why? Physical Education was my least favorite subject. I am just NOT an athletic person!
- Who do you feel is the hardest working person in an educational system and why? Absolutely the teachers! They are responsible for so much content and curriculum, while at the same time they must tend to the needs of each individual student. That is no easy task!
- What teacher in your life would you like to hear from during a future KAI SHOUT OUT? I would love to hear from a middle school special education teacher. The stories of how the students overcome their struggles and finally achieve something they are working towards is amazing to witness. These are the stories that help us remember why we do what we do.
- Did you walk to elementary school or ride a bus? Any funny memories? I walked to elementary school – back and forth twice a day because they let us go home for lunch. I remember that my next door neighbor was the crossing guard and I was so scared that if I misbehaved she would tell my mom and I would get into big trouble.
- What excites you the most about education? The growth that the students achieve is exciting. I love seeing how far they go from the beginning of the year to the end – academically, socially and emotionally.
Jennifer will be reading her speech, 5 Lessons, on Monday, November 17th at 7:00 pm in the Kaneland Auditorium. Tickets are $5 are on sale now at www.kaneland.org and will be available to purchase at the door.