Homegrown in Aspen View: Elise Murphy

Elise MurphyI started school at Grassland Community School in Kindergarten with Mrs. Duplessis. She is one of the many teachers I remember from my years as a student in Grassland before transferring to Edwin Parr Composite High School. I graduated in 2010 and while recollecting, I was able to list dozens of teachers who all made me feel at home while at school. However, I couldn’t help but list the names of bus drivers, coaches and parents who all shaped the experience I had growing up in the community. One memory that stands out is the Grassland School Turkey Trot. It always felt like such a big event as a student, and as a staff member I know the effort that went into this fundraising event. As a school we were supported by the fire department, the RCMP, parent council, among many others who made sure we were warm, fed, and each student had a positive experience at the end of the day. It was a chance for the entire school and community to be together and I am grateful I was a part of it for so many years. These are the kinds of things that our schools get to offer to their students.

In high school I was a student athlete and cannot say enough about the teachers and coaches who supported me. Rarely was there a week that went by without a practice or tournament to attend, and this meant my family was busy as I had two sisters in school as well. My parents held value in these programs though because they knew that we weren’t just learning a new sport or new skill; we were learning valuable life skills. There are so many teachers and community coaches to thank for shaping me into the adult I am today and I continue to hold respect for those who donate their time for these programs. Some of the people who have left an impact are Wade Hicks, Glenda & Scott Gray, Darrell Bergmann, and Donnie Kravontka (of course, my Dad).

As a young teacher who had connections in the community, it was intimidating to begin working as a professional with families. However, I have grown to be grateful for each contact made within the school and community as it strengthens the opportunities provided for a child. I am a stronger professional because of the community that I came from and the community that I contribute to. I feel supported as an educator in Aspen View.

Today I am a proud educator at Boyle School. My husband, Daniel and I live on an acreage with our growing family and we are so grateful to have this community behind us. He graduated from Boyle School and many of our friends, who we consider family, are his friends from school (and now our children will go to school together as well). We know we are taken care of here and our children will be raised with the same values that were instilled upon us.

Aspen View Public SchoolsElise Murphy
Senior Science, Elem/JH Phys. Ed. teacher
Boyle School

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