2019 Carver Dual Language Elementary Teacher of the Year

Andrew Murphy


Andrew Murphy
Carver Dual Language
3rd Grade, English Medium Teacher

How are you working to increase equity in education and opportunity for students in your school?
I strongly believe that all students should be aware of the power they each hold and the responsibility they have in becoming active members of society and advocating for whatever it is that’s important to them. To ground them in this idea, I initiated a yearly trip to Jefferson City in which we get to meet the representative, see the governor’s mansion, the capital building and the supreme court. This trip widens their perspective and gives them the opportunity to see how they themselves could fit into a broader system that’s working for educational equity.

What message about public education do you want to share?
I believe the greatest issue in public education is adequate funding to provide an excellent education. My thoughts are summed up perfectly in this quote from the political TV show The West Wing. “Education is the silver bullet. Education is everything. We don’t need little changes, we need gigantic, monumental changes. Schools should be palaces. Competition for the best teachers should be fierce; they should be making six-figure salaries. Schools should be incredibly expensive for government and absolutely free of charge to its citizens, just like national defense.”