READING TEACHER OF THE YEAR CALLS WEST PORT HIGH HOME
September 17, 2014 MARION COUNTY
Natasha Murphy, an intensive reading teacher at West Port High School in Ocala, is Florida’s Reading Teacher of the Year.
Murphy, a 12-year full-time employee of the district, recently received the news from the Florida Reading Association, a professional organization made up of reading teachers, literacy specialists, and others with professional reading interests.
Murphy will formally accept her award in mid-October at the Florida Reading Conference in Orlando. As part of the honor, her registration and accommodation fees are complimentary.
Why did she win? Murphy says it’s because she takes her students on multiple field trips each year to bring reading alive. Her “reluctant readers,” as she calls them, quickly learn how words on a page translate to real-life experiences.
Murphy first worked for Marion County Public Schools as a substitute teacher and paraprofessional. She later moved to full-time teaching at West Port Middle and Liberty Middle before moving to her current position at West Port High. She was also Teacher of the Year at West Port Middle (2005-06) and West Port High (2012-13).
A Lake Weir High alumna, Murphy graduated from the College of Central Florida and earned her bachelor’s degree in religion at St. Leo University.
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Graphic Arts students who recently traveled to Orlando to battle it out in the Specialty and Graphic Imaging Association’s annual competition. They walked away with five honors including an Award of Excellence and four Certificates of Merit. Wining students included Courtney Dupree, McKenzie Johnson, Saylor Deas, Travis Mauldin, and Mallory Proue-Yarbrough. Graphic Arts Teacher Tom Natalino accompanied the students on their award-winning journey.
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