RANDOLPH, NJ- Ironia first grade teacher Cathy Murphy was recently recognized by WDHA Radio Station as a "Teacher Who Rocks".

Mrs. Murphy was nominated by Ironia paraprofessional Andria Barosi-Stampone, who wrote the following in her nomination. "Mrs. Murphy is a true role model not just for her students, but for her coworkers as well," she said. "She is a building representative for the REA and makes sure to pass along important information in a timely manner from union meetings that she attends. She also attends the school PTO meetings as the teacher / staff representative and is often in charge of staff events including the holiday party and end of year party.

"Mrs. Murphy has been teaching in the district for the past 14 years and has been a first grade teacher for the past 3 years. Students that are still at Ironia Elementary often stop by the room to give their favorite teacher a hug and to tell her about their day. This isn’t a once in awhile thing, students stop by on a daily basis because she has made such an impact on their life. She cares deeply about each and every one of her students. Mrs. Murphy has had students of all academic levels come through her classroom. She teaches each of them with the same love and compassion. She can always be found modifying lesson plans for students that are having difficulties and often works through her prep and even stays after school to help her students. Mrs. Murphy works with the student’s parents to make sure that their children are doing their very best. She has an outstanding ability to be patient and is not afraid to own up to any mistake that she makes. She teaches her students that “mistakes mean you’re trying.” For being such a caring, understanding, and passionate teacher, we honor Mrs. Murphy as a Teacher Who Rocks."

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Mrs. Murphy said she was "thrilled" to receive this honor. "I never thought I would be picked," she said in between playing math games with her students. "I am very honored."

First grade student Connor Novak said he was very happy that his teacher Mrs. Murphy was selected as a "Teacher Who Rocks" because "I love math and I love playing math games with Mrs. Murphy."

Mrs. Murphy is among many of the teachers who were selected by the radio station for the Class of 2018 Teachers Who Rock and was recognized on the air.