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Stephen D. Murray    

Class of 1988

Stephen D. Murray graduated from Chelmsford High School in 1988. During his high school years he was active on Student Council, ran Cross Country, and was an excellent student. Steve received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Rhode Island as a history major in 1992. His Post Baccaluareate teaching certificate was earned at Framingham State College in 1995. He received a Master of Education in Administration from University of Massachusetts, Lowell in 2000.

Steve is the all-around “Chelmsfordian.” He loves the town of Chelmsford and has dedicated much of his professional career and his personal time to the town, its children and its school system. He has fond memories of growing up in the town and is happy to be living in Chelmsford and raising his family here.

Steve worked for 10 years at McCarthy Middle School as a seventh grade Social Studies teacher and Assistant Principal. While at McCarthy the Principal at the time, Curt Bates, started a Stephen D. Murray Spirit Award in Steve's honor. This award is given each June to one 8th grade boy and girl who best represent the McCarthy school spirit. These two students much be ones who have demonstrated enthusiasm and a positive outlook during their years at McCarthy. They have shown by example what it means to be loyal to their school and to serve as role models for the fellow students. Steve still does his best every year to return for the presentation at the 8th Grade graduation.

Steve's dedication to his students and colleagues of Chelmsford and Andover is most evident in the personal moments he shares with his students. People are unaware of the many things he does behind the scenes. Steve has helped so many students who need guidance by taking the time to sit with them at lunch and ask about how things are going. When he hears of a situation affecting the family of a current or past student, Steve will send a card or make a phone call to inquire about that situation. He is the perfect example of a professional who is selfless and passionate about his job. He is an excellent role model to his middle school students and is highly respected as a result.

Steve has been involved with many community programs in town. From 1998-2002 Steve was the assistant basketball coach for CHS Girls Varsity team. He has shown his love for the game of basketball by serving on the board of CYBL. He has also assisted with many summer leagues and has worked actively with the board to make the program a continued success. Steve has served as an IAABO referee and additionally has helped out with the Special Olympics Tournament through the IAABO.