Danielle Murphy 1st Grade Teacher Twain Elementary School
"Ms. Murphy inspired my son to not only focus on the academic tasks of the classroom, but also the social. She had a keen, compassionate way of creating community in the classroom, inspiring my son to reach out to peers and create friendships that will have a lasting impact on him and his classmates.
We were surprised and grateful when, midsummer, my son received a letter from Danielle asking about his baby brother, his new cat, and his summer plans. She included a self-addressed, stamped envelope for his reply, going above and beyond the requirements of her job of the academic year. This has fostered not only a life-long love of learning, but, for my son and no doubt others, a real sense of how our love of learning is anchored in human connection, empathy, and compassion."