USJ Graduate Named West Hartford’s 2023 Teacher of the Year 

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Emily McMurray, M’ 04, has been named West Hartford, Conn.’s 2023 Teacher of the Year. McMurray, who received her Master of Arts in Early Childhood/Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Saint Joseph, is a Pre-K teacher at Charter Oak International Academy in West Hartford. 

McMurray has been teaching at Charter Oak since 2016. Before that, she taught either kindergarten or first grade at West Hartford’s Norfeldt, Whiting Lane, and Wolcott elementary schools. 

McMurray was chosen through a process that began with a nomination, submission of a resume and essay, recommendation letters, and videotaping of a lesson, as well as formal interviews by the Teacher of the Year Committee.

“Without question she has made a difference in our district, the school community, and the lives of the children she inspires every day,” said West Hartford School Superintendent Paul Vicinus