Bainbridge native named District Teacher of the Year

Published 10:32 am Thursday, November 2, 2023

Jalin Murphy, a seventh-grade teacher at Harris County Carver Middle School (HCCMS), has been chosen as the District Teacher of the Year. Murphy, in his fourth year at HCCMS, holds a Bachelor of Arts in English Language Literature _and a Master of Arts in Secondary Education from Columbus State University. He passionately imparts self-identity, critical thinking, and creativity to his students. Murphy also holds significant positions within the school system, including English Language Arts Department Chair, Jr. Beta Club sponsor, basketball cheer co-coach, assistant coach of girls’ track and field, and the new president of the Harris County Association of Educators. “Winning the District Teacher of the Year title is an immense honor made possible through the support and expertise I’ve garnered from the dedicated faculty and staff at Harris County Carver Middle School, Harris County High School, and the district office. Additionally, the support from my incredibly creative and talented students and the Harris County community motivates me in countless ways,” Murphy shared regarding receiving the honor. “I see it as an opportunity to offer a different perspective in education and a form of representation for the students who typically go unseen, unnoticed, or unheard, as well as students I relate to, students who relate to me, and every student in between.” HCCMS Principal Jennifer Taylor praised her teacher’s honor: “Mr. Murphy’s dedication to his students and his passion for educating all types of students have set a standard of excellence that inspires our school and district. He is a shining star in his craft, and his achievement as District Teacher of the Year is a testament to his outstanding contributions to education.” Murphy, originally from Bainbridge, Ga., resides in Columbus, Ga. He is the son of Ms. Nakisha Rambeau and Mr. Lorenza Murphy and the grandson of Mr. and Mrs. Winston Rollins all of Bainbridge, Ga. He will now represent Harris County in the selection process for the Georgia Teacher of the Year and, if successful, in the subsequent selection process for the National Teacher of the Year.

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