Shorecrest Preparatory School Blog

Mike Murphy

Mike Murphy is the Headmaster at Shorecrest Preparatory School, a role he's held since 2005. Prior to moving to Saint Petersburg, Florida Mike was the Headmaster at Pace Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. He has served as a teacher and administrator at five other schools including four years at the John F. Kennedy School in Berlin, Germany. Mike and his wife Robin have three grown sons. When not at school Mike chooses to bird, kayak, travel, read and camp.
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Recent Posts

Parent or Friend?

Posted by Mike Murphy on Feb 19, 2018 8:00:00 AM

At what point does the friendship a parent shares with an adult child supersede the requirements of good parenting?

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Topics: Parenting

Outdoor Play and Summer Opportunities

Posted by Mike Murphy on May 10, 2017 8:00:00 AM

Unlike many children today, I was reared in a time and place where my parents expected us to be out the door as soon as breakfast was over, maybe return for lunch, then back outside. We'd usually leave with the warning to be on time for dinner ending with the words, "Be in by dark."

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Topics: Summer, play

Evolving Issues for Independent Schools

Posted by Mike Murphy on Dec 28, 2016 8:00:00 AM

Transgender students. Wage and hour laws. Uber. These topics were not in the syllabus of any classes I had in undergraduate and graduate course work. Administrators and teachers at independent schools must continue to stay abreast of current topics in education. These three were among those discussed at the recent FCIS conference for Florida private school leadership.

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Topics: Indpendent Schools

Emotional Intelligence following the Presidential Election

Posted by Mike Murphy on Nov 18, 2016 11:33:36 AM
The result of the Presidential Election was not nearly as surprising as the behavior of people I know and respect. While reading an article from Dr. Travis Bradberry, author of the best seller Emotional Intelligence 2.0 , it occurred to me that we all need to take a moment and evaluate our own behavior. Bradberry notes nine habits of emotionally intelligent people.
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Topics: Social-Emotional Development, Election

Investing in Preschool and Early Childhood Education

Posted by Mike Murphy on Nov 2, 2016 8:00:00 PM

I do not think that one has to be an educator, researcher or child development specialist to realize that positive development in the early years of life is a predictor of future success.  The child who has been reared in a loving and language-rich home and school environment in the early years of life has a huge advantage for future development.

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Topics: Preschool