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Meet Patricia Murray, New Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

MyRye.com will be introducing readers to some of the new faces in the Rye City School District, and some others with new and expanding responsibilities. Today meet Patricia Murray, the new Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment.

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(PHOTO: Dr. Patricia Murray, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment for the Rye City School District.)

Your name: Patricia Murray

Your Title / Role: Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

MyRye.com: Describe your role on a day-to-day basis.

Murray: My role is to work closely with administrators, teachers, staff developers, department coordinators (formerly known as department heads), and parents to support the implementation of curriculum across the district, as well as to utilize an assessment plan that measures our progress. In addition, I coordinate professional learning opportunities for teachers that contribute to their knowledge and use of current and best instructional practices.

What drew you into the field of education?

Murray: I knew that I wanted to be an educator from a very young age. I enjoy helping people and being an educator allows me the opportunity to get to know individuals and their needs and find various ways to support them.

What lessons did you learn early in your career that you still apply today?

Murray: Early in my career I learned that relationships matter. Taking the time to get to know your colleagues and building trusting relationships is key to moving any organization forward.

How did you find your position in Rye and why did you decide it was the best place for you?

Murray: I decided that Rye would be the best place for me because the ideals behind the Rye Commitment are very closely aligned with my own ideals as an educator. I believe that we need to teach children to be collaborative, think creatively and critically, and be responsible citizens.

What are your three top priorities for the 2021-22 school year?

Murray:

  1. Build relationships with administrators, faculty, students, and parents;
  2. Implement an entry plan that will help me to gain a historical perspective of the district and the needs that exist;
  3. Continue to support teachers with implementing active learning strategies and supporting the instructional programs that are within their first few years of implementation.

Over the last year, people have followed the recent Black Lives Matter and LGBTQ+ activity and news in Rye and around the world. What is your prescription for students, teachers and staff? How can the schools make the best positive contribution?

Murray: Schools can make a positive contribution by creating environments that are equitable and inclusive for all students. Part of doing that is teaching students the importance of being caring, open, and empathetic.

Where did you grow up?

Murray: I grew up in a suburban town about 1 ½ hours north of Detroit in Michigan.

What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

Murray: My husband and I have two daughters (ages 9 and 11) who keep us pretty busy. We like to spend as much time outside as possible with them. I also enjoy running and cooking when I have the time!

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