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Teacher of the Week: Meet Julie Murray from Dorothy Simon Elementary


Some say patience is a virtue and also an important attribute for teachers to have.   Dorothy Simon Elementary School Teacher Julie Murray possesses this quality and was nominated for Teacher of the Week because of it. 

"It's very important that you have a good teacher that can take time with you because there's like 20 some kids in the class and you know they are all different," Jean Lane, grandmother of student Taylor Boyce said.

Lane nominated her granddaughter's teacher.

"She has helped Taylor a lot," Lane said, overwhelmed with tears. "She's just an excellent teacher and she keeps Taylor under control."

Murray is a first grade teacher.  She has taught for more than 25 years and 20 of those at Dorothy Simon. 

"I couldn't be any happier than having her on staff," school principal Frank Mandera said.   

 He said Murray has a skill of developing different programs to reach students with different learning needs.

"She spends a lot of hours here, not just during the day, but she's also here on the weekend," Murray said.  "She's out here on holidays."

Murray said she has worked with students with different needs.

 "I don't mind having challenging students," Murray said.   

She says spending extra time is not unusual.

"I don't think that leaving at 3:15 is that important," Murray said. "At the end of my life I will be glad that I was there for my students and it's just been the most rewarding career I could imagine.  It's all I ever have wanted to do."  

Her students also speak highly of her

I like how she teaches non-fiction and real," said 1st grade student Taylor Boyce. 

1st grade students Anna Hartmann and Gwen Jones agreed she is the best.

 "She's really nice and she teaches us real things," 1st grade student David Cunningham said.

Murray said she is appreciative of her family's patience for the time she spends with her students.

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