CHESHIRE – Ryan Murphy, Cheshire Public School’s newest recruit, has begun his role of bridging the gap between pupils and families of some of the town’s most vulnerable pupils.
“I will primarily serve as a liaison for ESL learners,” Murphy told The Herald. “I want these families to feel welcome in our community.
On October 13, Murphy was officially named Family and Community Engagement Coordinator. It’s a position Tony Perugini, chairman of the Board of Education, and Jeff Solan, superintendent of schools, have wanted to fill for several months. He took up his new post on Monday.
“As Family and Community Engagement Coordinator, Ryan will be the Director of Adult Education as well as the Summer School,” Solan said. “He will also serve as a liaison for our Open Choice program, as well as for English learners.”
The Open Choice program offers students living in more urban areas the opportunity to attend a public school in another city.
“I’m excited to start working with students and really get the chance to learn more about the community,” Murphy said. “I also want to reach out to local businesses and get an idea of what is needed here in Cheshire.”
Before coming to Cheshire, Murphy worked in Bethany and East Hartford as a Kindergarten to Year 6 teacher. Murphy received his bachelor’s degree in marketing and advertising from Quinnipiac University and earned his master’s degree in education from the University of New Haven, as well as a sixth-year degree from Southern Connecticut University in instructional leadership.
Murphy would like to bring parents of Open Choice and English Learners to the fore and involve them as much as possible in their child’s education.
“It can be difficult for some parents, especially if there’s a language or cultural barrier,” he said. “There is a lot of work to do.”
As Murphy has just started his post, he is delighted to meet the whole of Cheshire’s diverse student body and hopes to become a familiar face.
“I’m very excited to start and meet everyone,” he said. “I hope I will become a valuable resource for the district and be able to share what I have learned from my past experiences here.”