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Kelly Murphy

Jan 09, 2017 03:55PM ● By Cate Reynolds

Kelly Murphy

School of the Incarnation, Gambrills

Years teaching at Incarnation: 6

Currently teaching: Kindergarten–8th grade Art

Proudest teaching moment: “My proudest teaching moment is when my students use what they learn in my classroom in other subjects and at home. It makes me so proud to see their excitement when they learn a new skill or when they come see me to tell me they saw an artist that they learned about at home or at a museum.”

Teaching philosophy: “I believe that every child is an artist. My role as their teacher is to foster their creativity and help guide them through their own individual artistic growth.”

Toughest challenge facing educators: “One of the toughest challenges to overcome is the acceptance and understanding that every child learns differently. Differentiation and modification takes time, but is essential in keeping students engaged and motivated in schools today regardless of the subject being taught. Be accepting, patient, and consistent.”

Enthusiastic. Creative. Energetic. Humble. These are just a few words that describe Kelly. Her classroom is a rich, vibrant learning environment where every kindergarten through eighth grade child has the opportunity to develop an appreciation for art, explore, create, and reach success. Kelly also is a member of the school’s Positive Behavioral Intervention System team; helping the entire community practice and celebrate our school’s core values of integrity, initiative, and inclusion. She helps students and fellow teachers connect art across the curriculum through integrated art lessons and works with other teachers to extend student learning through field experiences. She opens her door to provide students with individual help during her lunch and planning times. Kelly consistently shares her time and talent to support school events and can always be counted on to happily pitch in to help with any job to be done” —Lisa Shipley, Principal

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