RCS Hires Director of Athletics, Physical Education, Health & Wellness –  Welcome, Ms. Murphy!

With the retirement of long-time Athletic Director Bob Dorrance, RCS has hired a new Director of Athletics, Physical Education, Health & Wellness to support our community in a variety of ways. 

Ms. Jennifer Murphy was appointed as the new Director at the July 13 Board of Education Meeting. Learn a little more about Ms. Murphy and her hopes for RCS in the questions and answers below:

Can you tell RCS a little bit about yourself? 

I'm originally from Niagara Falls, NY, and I am who I am today because of my family and my involvement with Athletics, Physical Education, and health-related activities. I have a twin sister, an older sister, and an older brother, and growing up, we were always playing outside. We had fun keeping each other occupied! More specifically, my main sports were soccer and softball, and I have enjoyed coaching those sports over the years as well. 

Professionally, I have experience as a Health & Physical Education Teacher, a Coach, and an Administrator. 

In my free time, I enjoy being physically active and really like hiking and distance running. I also enjoy watching HGTV and learning how to restore older homes. I met my husband at SUNY Cortland. He is a Physical Education Teacher and Coach as well. We stay busy with our little boy, a dog, and a cat at home!

What motivates you? 

I would say many things motivate me. Seeing students and staff have a positive experience is incredibly motivating to me. Working alongside colleagues that give their all every day motivates me to work harder and do better for all of us. I would also say I am a lifelong learner. I love to learn new things and soak up as much information as possible to help me be more successful in my work. Checking things off to-do lists and work towards an end goal or project that will benefit the students or school community are also a huge driving factor for me. I am looking forward to meeting folks and creating partnerships with our community groups and organizations. 

What inspired you to work in the education field? 

I have always felt at home in the educational field. My mother was a Social Studies Teacher who consistently inspired me. She gave it her all in her classroom and made a great effort to connect with all of her students. Additionally, my older sister was born with Down Syndrome, and my mom served as her advocate. Our conversations at home led to my interest in Special Education and working with students and individuals of all abilities. 

Lastly, my closest mentor has always been my Elementary Physical Education Teacher. We continue to stay in contact and see each other when our schedule allows. All of these facets, in combination, helped influence me toward my career path in education. 

What are some of your goals within your new position? 

  1. Connecting with students and seeing them in action at school events.

  2. Meeting and getting to know our staff and supporting them with their needs and goals. 

  3. Help offer a variety of wellness opportunities for students and staff. 

  4. Learn more about our RCS community and make connections with a variety of stakeholders. 

  5. Uphold the RCS tradition of quality athletic and academic programs while clearing a path for them to continue to grow.

How can the families, students, or community get in contact with you? 

People can reach me at my district email address (jmurphy@rcscsd.org) or office phone (Ext. 2016). 

My office is located at the high school. I am also happy to make appointments to meet with folks in person. 

I am very thankful for the opportunity to join the team at RCS and looking forward to getting started!