Frank Murphy, this week’s #TeacherTuesday, who hails from Council Rock School District’s Holland Elementary School, leads by example.
In addition to teaching, he’s an author who writes fun, historical fiction books for young readers and he’s a popular speaker, too. His love of teaching and public schools shines through brightly.
Frank’s books are published by Penguin Random House under the Step into Reading series with subjects including Ben Franklin, George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Babe Ruth, Teddy Roosevelt and Clara Barton, his most recent! Scholastic published his book about Thomas Edison and Sleeping Bear Press issued The Legend of the Teddy Bear.
Says Frank, “I remember reading or hearing Michelle Obama say that public education is America’s greatest pathway to opportunity. I think she is right! From public kindergartens to public universities, if communities and families and individuals invest in public education it pays dividends for generations.”
Frank adds, “Public education doesn’t exclude people like Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Oprah Winfrey, Ronald Reagan and Clara Barton – all attended or worked in public schools. In fact, the list of difference-makers who attended or taught in public schools is a long one.”
While Frank loves to teach many subjects, his favorite one centers on leadership and he finds ways to incorporate it into the curriculum. “If I have students who encounter a situation in the future and they remember a lesson we studied about growth mindset and embracing struggle or that kindness is common sense, then my teaching mattered.”
Tell us who else goes beyond the everyday to offer an extraordinary experience to his or her students and we’ll feature that person in an upcoming #TeacherTuesday.