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New Teacher Interviews: Mr. Murphy


Q: What is your name?

A: Mr. Murphy

Q: What subject do you teach?

A: Geometry and Trig/Functions

Q: What would you like your students to know about you?

A: There is nothing more important to me than helping my students increase their confidence and find ways to be successful.

Q: What’s your favorite topic/unit that you teach and why?

A: I would say introducing students to the basics of trigonometry is my favorite (which. we will cover in both of my courses) because it is has so many interesting applications

Q: Where can students find you for extra help?

A: I’m usually in W30 or under the tent in the courtyard.

Q: What do you like about Hamden Hall thus far?

A: Absolutely everything! I knew immediately when I came to HH for the first time and met with Mrs. Porto, Mrs. Barnstable and Mr. Izzo that I would be completely comfortable from day 1. There were so many similarities to Chase Collegiate School, where I taught for the previous 15 years, that I was certain I would feel at home.

Q: What’s your favorite color?

A: Hunter green (which coincidentally is one of HH’s colors)

Q: What is your pet peeve?

A: Oh, I have so many, but they all boil down to people who for some unknown reason think they somehow are special (e.g., people who cut in line, or park in handicapped spots when they aren’t handicapped, or fly down the interstate at 90 mph and swerve without signaling, or tailgate, etc.).

Q: What is your catchphrase?

A: “Scoot, skedaddle, and begone”

Q: Do you have a hidden talent?

A: I love to sing (and having seen my favorite musical Les Misérables

on stage at least a dozen times, I could sing you the entire show).

Q: What was your favorite subject in school as a kid?

A: Actually, not math. Because when I was in 6th grade, something called “New Math” was introduced nationwide. Frankly, it made absolutely no sense, not only to me but to pretty much all math students, so science was my favorite.

Q: Favorite thing to do in your free time (hobbies)?

A: Listen to my favorite music (Broadway Musicals and Oldies from the 60s and 70s), and read, read, read!!


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