Jeremy Murphy, Assistant Principal, Sterling School/Charles Townes Center
As assistant principal at Sterling School/Charles Townes Center in Greenville, Jeremy Murphy supports children and their academic success but also connects families to additional support.
“Educational success is reliant on family stability and success, so it is important for schools to serve as hubs for community support,” he said. “Our school’s mission centers on supporting the whole child, not only in academics, but also in their physical wellbeing and their social-emotional development. In my current role, I have the privilege of working to ensure that all children in our school have the opportunity to live safe, supported, engaged, challenged, and healthy lives.”
Murphy said education is a collaborative effort.
“Successful educators facilitate partnerships between schools, parents, community agencies, and everyone else that makes up each child’s village,” he said.
When he isn’t at school, Murphy enjoys spending time with his family. Currently, they are reading the Harry Potter series together. And what he brings to his students involves a little magic, too.
“The thing that really excites me about education is that it has the capacity to improve lives,” he said. “Every child comes to school with a variety of experiences, talents, abilities, weaknesses, and backgrounds. The challenge is to provide individualized instructional opportunities to build on kids’ strengths while also improving upon their weaknesses. It is amazing to bring a diverse group of people together every day and to explore the world and unlock new knowledge together. I love working with teachers to develop opportunities for kids to learn new skills and think about the world from new perspectives. I love to see former students, sometimes years after I taught or worked with them, meet their families, and catch up on their latest happenings.”