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Mr. Murdock, in His Own Words

Paul Murdock, 26, is a first-year, fifth-grade teacher at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School in Langley Park.
Paul Murdock, 26, is a first-year, fifth-grade teacher at Langley Park-McCormick Elementary School in Langley Park. (By Katherine Frey -- The Washington Post)
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Monday, December 1, 2008

Mr. Murdock, in His Own Words

Everyone told me that teaching was hard, but until I tried it, I had no idea. However, everyone who knew me said that I would love it and I do. Every morning I am excited for a new day, a day that is fresh for the children, and fresh for me. A day that has no mistakes in it, where there is the possibility that what I say is something they will hear and understand, and together we will learn.

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It is very humbling to realize that I am responsible for them in a way different from their parents, but still very important. I am charged with taking whatever these children bring to the table that day and ensuring that they have left my classroom a better, smarter person than when they entered it. I am very aware of many things that I could be doing to make my classroom better, my teaching style better and my classroom management better, but I know that I am still learning my role as a teacher. I will keep working at it.

Teaching is incredibly difficult, yet very rewarding. The wonderful children I have the privilege of working with give me the drive I need to help them reach their potential. They challenge me and surprise me each day I am with them. To them, I am grateful for their patience and perseverance. To my beautiful wife and daughter, without your support and love, I would not make it. Thanks for listening and being willing to help no matter how often I ask.

-- Paul Murdock


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