Teaching was something that Carla Murray, a third grade teacher at Granby Elementary School, had always wanted to do.


Teaching was something that Carla Murray, a third grade teacher at Granby Elementary School, had always wanted to do.

“I worked at (Neosho High School) as a cook for five years, and Neosho Christian Schools as a secretary for five years and it kind of led into teaching,” Murray said. “My kids have always had great teachers and I have admired them.”

This is Murray’s first year as a teacher. She did her student teaching both at Granby as a kindergarten teacher and also in Arkansas as a second grade teacher.

“I loved how (Granby) cared for its students,” commented Murray.

While being in school for just a few weeks, the students have been learning a lot of information.

“Right now, we are doing place values up to 100,000, we are working on writing, trying to get them prepared for the MAP tests,” Murray said.

Murray also comes from a list of family members who are also teachers.

“My grandmother was a teacher, and my mother taught until they required teachers to get a four year certificate,” said Murray. “My in-laws are teachers as well. And my husband, Tim, teaches at the Neosho Christian Schools.”

Q and A

What are some goals that you would like to pass on to the students?

“First and foremost, I want them to know that just because something happened in the past, doesn’t mean that has to affect them for the rest of their life. They can change it. They can be who they want to be. They can do anything, they can set their minds to it and they can accomplish anything.”

Is it hard to be a teacher?

“Teaching is challenging. But I knew that going in. but it is a lot of fun. And it is very rewarding.”

How are your students?

“I have some sweet, wonderful kids.”

What advice would you give the students?

“Don’t give up on yourself.”

What advice would you give someone that would like to go into teaching?

“Go for it.”

What are your hobbies?
“I love to read, but if I pick up a book, I don’t sit it down. So I limit my reading to holidays. I love to knit and garden. I have been to Honduras twice.”

So as the school bell rings, her students come back into the classroom, with their minds ready for the next school lessons.