Murphy teaches Speech, Forensics and Debate at Denver East High School. His classroom has a case that is full of trophies. His students have won local and national competitions. He says that's cool - but it's not the reason they compete.
"They don't go there as performers or speech kids", Matt said. "They go in thinking 'I have something to say and it has the power of changing the way someone thinks.'"
The day 9NEWS visited his class, we got to watch some of his varsity students recite their dramatic and comedy readings. They were amazing. Murphy is part coach, part director, part teacher and full-time friend to the kids. He has a way of getting the most out of them, often using humor to coax them along. And the kids adore him, and you can tell by the way the react.
One of his former students, Elliot Mamet, says Matt Murphy taught him "how to connect with others, how to speak, write, laugh and cry...and above all how to treat others with kidness, grace and respect."
That's pretty high praise. It's also all in a days work for this wonderful teacher.
Congratulations Matthew Murphy for being selected our December winner of the 9Teachers Who Care Award.
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