Who is Mr. Murf?

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Michael Murphy is a science teacher at Ridgefield High School, in Ridgefield, CT.  Mr. Murf has a passion for science, technology, nature, and space, and enjoys sharing that passion with others.  He believes in the value of a strong public education system and has decided to make his career there.  Mr. Murphy has taught physics, physical science and engineering with an emphasis on engaging, hands-on experiences and authentic learner performances.  He has been involved in the curriculum writing process for most of the courses he has taught, and is working to help create new STEM education opportunities.

Mr. Murf taught at Nonnewaug High School from 2006 – 2015.  Alongside a group of passionate students and adult mentors, Mr. Murphy helped to found and was advisor for Team Beta, an organization for students of Nonnewaug High School to promote science and technology by participating in the FIRST Robotics Competition, the CT Electrathon Challenge, and outreach to the community.  In 2012 Mr. Murphy was awarded the prestigious Connecticut Regional Woodie Flowers Finalist Award that recognizes mentors who “lead, empower, and inspire using excellent communication skills… in the art  and science of engineering and design.” He also helped to put on Connecticut Tech Fest, a free event hosted by Team Beta to showcase science and technology companies and groups from across the state for the general public.  Mr. Murf continues to facilitate student participation in the Yale Physics Olympics.

Mr. Murf has a BS in Physics from Southern Connecticut State University and a master’s degree in Earth and Planetary Sciences from Western Connecticut State University.