Ms. Murray


Ms. Amy Murray

DHH+ Teacher
Voicemail:  (303) 982-8386
Subjects taught: Foundational English, Foundational Math, Foundational Social Studies, Foundational Science, Life Skills  

Biographical Sketch:

Originally from Texas, I visited Colorado when I was 12 years old.  I made up my mind then that this awesome state was where I wanted to call "home."  I have lived here for over 20 years, primarily in the mountain areas, and I absolutely love all that Colorado has to offer. I especially enjoy reading, traveling, crafting, jewelry-making and spending time outdoors.  I have been actively involved in scouting (both boy and girl) with my kiddos and I love all things "high adventure", including hot air ballooning, scuba diving, and riding wild roller coasters (Yes, that includes the Tower of Doom!).

Both my son and my daughter have graduated CU-Boulder.  My son is a manager at Men's Wearhouse and my daughter is pursuing a law degree.  Although it is becoming more difficult to do as my children get older, I seize every opportunity to spend time with them.

I myself graduated Lamar University (Beaumont, TX) with a B.S. in Communication Disorders with a M.S. in Deaf Education.  I have worn several hats while  working in the Jeffco School district for the last 10+ years, most of which have been in the field of Special Education.  Four years ago, I was invited to pilot the D/HH+ program here at Everitt and I am anticipating that this year will be the best one yet!

Philosophy Statement:

It is my aspiration to instill within my students a life-long love of learning.  My goal is to adapt the expectations that I have and the curriculum that I use to fit their individual needs, ability levels, and learning styles so that they will be able to apply what they study to life experiences and, thus, the concepts they learn can become a part of who they are.   I strive to maintain a positive attitude and put forth my best effort and will encourage students and others to do the same.  

With students having extreme challenges, I feel it is especially critical to build up both the receptive and expressive communication skills and to work through many of the emotional aspects that are linked to these types of struggles.  In an environment where safety is a primary concern, I will encourage my students to make wise choices and empower them with affirmative coping mmechanisms to deal with stress and develop interpersonal relationships through respect.

I believe in the importance of the team approach and desire to work with staff, parents, and other support personnel to facilitate each student in setting and achieving reasonable, yet challenging goals, especially as they relate to their academic and life skills success.  It is my hope that we, as a core team, can help to "bridge the gap" between each student and their community, their country, and their world. 


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