Charleston Day School
Category Icon

Faculty Features

Meet our Team: Kerry Murphy

April 24

The Prize is in the Process, Third Grade Teacher Reminds Self, Students

Third Grade Teacher

Kerry Murphy has taught third grade at CDS for 11 years. When CDS opened up a 2nd section of third grade 10 years ago, Emily Shortridge joined her.

What do you most enjoy about your job?

The kids, of course!  Their laughter, their smiles, the ah-ha moment when they learn something new, their hugs — I love it all!

What is the best advice you have ever received?

The best advice I have ever received is that the prize is in the process. I actually keep it hanging up by my computer.  It’s a good reminder to live in the moment, be present, and to have gratitude for the here and now.  If I could tell my younger self anything, it would be to enjoy the journey!

What are you reading now?

I love to read!  I’m reading Becoming by Michelle Obama right now.

murphy 3rd
Favorite vacation spot?

My favorite vacation spot is Nantucket.  My perfect day would include a long bike ride to grab sandwiches for the beach.  Then a few hours on the beach with a good book would be a great way to spend an afternoon.  I’d follow that up with dinner out with family for lobster rolls and ice cream at The Juice Bar!

What is your favorite spot on campus and why?

My favorite spot on campus is the garden.  I love to take my class there on a sunny afternoon for reading or cursive.  We spread out, enjoy the sunshine, listen for the church bells, and do our best thinking!

Want to join the Charleston Day community?
Tell Me More