SHEBOYGAN — Whether it’s innovative teaching methods, volunteering to make the school community a better place or writing grants, Julie Murphy has been a dedicated teacher for over 15 years.
After taking an intense, systematic thirty-hour course on reading, she taught her first-grade students a multi-sensory approach to writing their ABC’s. She then had them practice until they could write their lowercase ABC’s in 30 seconds or less. Most students achieved this in the first two weeks of school.
As a result of her teaching method and quality literature, most of her students at Jefferson Elementary School could read and enjoy books at several levels above the first grade which built confidence and made learning fun.
Murphy is described as going above and beyond her career as a teacher to improve the lives of students by volunteering countless hours as a coach, using her lunch hour and breaks to help students, and assisting at family fun nights.
She has written several grants, including a grant that provided underprivileged students the opportunity to experience our State Capitol in Madison and travel outside of Sheboygan County for the first time.