| Piedmont principal earns
prestigious national award
Katie Murphy, principal at Corpus Christi Elementary School in Piedmont, has been selected to receive the 2012 National Catholic Education Association Distinguished Award. The award — given to only 12 principals in the US — recognizes Murphy's outstanding contributions and commitment to Catholic education over the past 31 years.
Murphy was recognized for outstanding leadership benefiting curriculum, staff morale, community support, and maintaining a high level of student achievement. Holy Names Sister Barbara Bray, superintendent of schools for the Oakland diocese, nominated Murphy for the award.
During her 23-year tenure at Corpus Christi, the school has shown substantive growth and commitment in many areas including faculty development (with 100 percent of teachers credentialed, five with master's degrees, a full-time special needs teacher and part-time school psychologist); community involvement (with multiple schoolwide community projects throughout the year and parent volunteers logging more than 10,000 hours of participation); and financial integrity, (growing the endowment to $2 million in 2011, tuition assistance for families in need and capital improvements in technology, science lab and facilities).
The award is given annually by the Department of Elementary Schools of the National Catholic Educational Association, a private professional organization comprised of more than 200,000 educators in Catholic elementary and secondary schools, in religious education programs, and in colleges, universities and seminaries.
This year's awards will be presented April 11, the opening night of the NCEA Convention in Boston.
Murphy, the West Region awardee, will be accompanied to the event by two long-time colleagues from the school, Dorothy Lee, first grade teacher, and Raewyn Cummings, vice principal.