Interim Superintendent

Interim Superintendent Kathleen Murphy

Kathleen A. Murphy
Interim Superintendent of Schools

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

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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