Interim Superintendent

Interim Superintendent Kathleen Murphy

Kathleen A. Murphy
Interim Superintendent of Schools
kmurphy@sau8.org


Superintendent Murphy comes to Concord from Hampton, where she served as Superintendent since 2011 and Superintendent in Newmarket from 2003 to 2008; she also oversaw the Division of Instruction in the N.H. Department of Education for four years. She has a strong background in special education and student services, has successfully overseen a middle school redesign and reconstruction project, taught elementary school for many years, and served as a building Principal at the elementary and middle school levels. In 2017, Ms. Murphy was honored as Superintendent of the Year by the N.H. School Administrators Association. Her experience includes:

Superintendent of Schools, 2011 to 2020: Hampton School District Hampton, NH: established a new SAU for the district; developed systems to address curriculum, assessment and instruction; created a systemic framework for teacher effectiveness and professional development; engaged with community stakeholders to respond to the needs in the community; led the renovation and construction of a $26 million middle school

Commissioner for Military Interstate Children’s Compact Commission, 2014 to present, State of New Hampshire: represented NH on National MIC3 Commission; led state council to support children of active duty military; monitored Title IV Chapter 110-D

Director, Division of Instruction, New Hampshire Department of Education: provided leadership to the Bureau of Accountability/Assessment/Curriculum, Bureau of Special Education and Bureau of Integrated Programs; lead for the statewide initiative for Systems of Support; provided oversight to the Office of Technology and Health Services; lead for the development of a state-wide grant management system; fiscal and policy development for Executive and Legislative branches

Superintendent of Schools, Newmarket School District Newmarket, NH: provided leadership in the development of school bond proposals; refined Emergency Management Plan for the District; created a five-year Strategic Plan for the District; negotiated two professional contracts with teacher union; improved budget process; enhanced communications to all stakeholders; established a mentorship process for tenured teachers; developed a systematic review of curriculum K-12; enhanced technology district-wide

Instructional Supervisor, Nashua School District Nashua, NH: had oversight of hiring all professional teaching and administrative staff; provided support Peer Coaches and Curriculum Specialists; supervised/observed first-, second- and third-year teachers; participated in the planning and delivery of the professional development plan for staff

Assistant Superintendent, Derry Cooperative School District Derry, NH: revised Math, Social Studies, Science, Language Arts and Humanities Curriculum; spearheaded effort to raise student achievement on the New Hampshire State Assessment; coordinated effort to ensure a successful transition of students to the high school; developed and implemented professional development for all District employees; responsible for the hiring of all professional staff

School Principal at the following schools: West Running Brook Middle School Derry, NH; Gilbert H. Hood Middle School Derry, NH; Grinnell Elementary School Derry, NH; Candia Moore School Candia, NH. In these positions, participated in the planning, design, construction and opening of a 650-pupil middle school; implemented Advisor/Advisee program; initiated formation of the Parent Teacher Association (PTSA), School Volunteer program, and Stage Bear Productions; managed the 1200-pupil middle school; integrated technology into the curriculum; facilitated reorganization from a junior high school to a middle school; provided construction oversight and coordination of a $2.1 million addition; developed and implemented a levelized reading program; initiated and facilitated Homework Hotline; developed and implemented a Readiness Program.

Classroom Teacher for 13 years, Grinnell Elementary School Derry, NH: taught grades four, five and six

Professional Responsibilities: serves on Commission for Mental Health in education; Leadership Advisor to NH Commissioner of Education (Lyonel Tracy) while at DOE; Past Chair of Seacoast School of Technology Governing Board; Strategic Plan Facilitator; Technology Committee Facilitator; Professional Development Committee for NHASA; Facilities Planning Committee; Mentor to administrative staff

Education
Plymouth State College Plymouth, NH – BS Education

Rivier College Nashua, NH – M.S. Educational Administration

UNH Durham, NH – C.A.G.S. Administration

Community: Board of Directors Endowment for Health 2012-2018; Board of Directors Region 10 Community Services 1980-2011; Rotary Club Member Derry, NH 1988-2002; Main Street Project Committee Town of Newmarket 2004-2008; Seacoast School of Technology/Governing Board/Chair; Seacoast Learning Collaborative Governing Board; NH Autism Council; NH Council for Chronically Ill Children and Adolescence

Honors and Recognition: Paul Harris Fellowship Award Derry Rotary Club 2002; NH Superintendent of the Year 2017



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