Dayton teacher in top 5 for state teacher of the year

Rachael Murdock, who has taught 19 years at Dayton’s Stivers School for the Arts, is one of five finalists for 2018 Ohio Teacher of the Year, according to state schools Superintendent Paolo DeMaria.

Murdock, who has nearly 30 total years of teaching experience, teaches multiple language arts and Advanced Placement English courses.

RELATED: Dayton test scores rise, early results show

“Rachael is highly respected and a role model to her peers – she has high standards for her own performance and has been able to help her colleagues improve theirs,” Stivers Principal Erin Dooley said. “She has exemplary instructional skills and has found ways to connect classical literature to 21st century urban students.”

Murdock was named teacher of the year for state board of education District 3, which covers Miami, Montgomery, Butler, Preble and some of Darke County. School districts nominated teachers for the District 3 award, and state board of education member Charlotte McGuire of Centerville worked with a committee of educators, parents and business leaders to select Murdock as the recipient.

RELATED: Dayton changes school start times for 2017-18

Of the 10 district teachers of the year, only five were named finalists for the overall state honor, which will be announced this fall.

“Teachers are changing lives and creating futures – not only for the students, but for our communities, our state and our nation,” DeMaria said. “The Ohio Teacher of the Year program recognizes these influential and inspiring educators and demonstrates one of the things I love most about teachers: they take our system to higher heights and continue the path toward excellence.”

RELATED: Corr lays out differences between district, teachers union

About the Author