Retirement Spotlights: Ms. Marcel

By: Lily Swidler

This year, Ms. Murphy has decided to retire after 33 years of teaching. She is beloved by all and will be missed very much. One of my personal favorite things that she has implemented during health class was yoga. It would make everyone feel more comfortable and relaxed as they went back to the classroom. That was just one of the many talents of Ms. Murphy, making her students comfortable. She says, “The most important thing that I have learned while teaching is that although each one of us is different in beautiful ways, all students want to be seen and heard for who they are.” But this attitude has also been put towards her own life, which is why Ms. Murphy has decided to retire. “I am at a place in my career where I know that it is a good time to leave so that I can focus my positive energy on myself.” But Ms. Murphy will always treasure the memories she has made as a teacher, saying “I had some really good mentors in the beginning of my career. I was just really happy about where I was. Regarding students, it is really gratifying when a student comes up to me thanking me about what I taught today in class or if it is a parent telling me I helped their child.” Ms. Murphy will miss laughing with the kids and her colleagues, as well as the keen insight that they have offered me throughout my career to help make me a better teacher/person. Thank you Ms. Murphy for all the hard work you have done over your 33 years of teaching. I have had the pleasure of being taught by you and thank you for all of the guidance you have provided me throughout my years of knowing you. Briarcliff Schools will miss you.


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