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Wander Often, Wonder Always
Claudia Murphy - Director & Head Teacher
Claudia is originally from Argentina where she lived until she was 10 years old. She grew up in New Jersey and attended Rutgers University where she earned a BA in Psychology and Early Childhood Education. After graduating she chose to pursue a career in finance where she spent 20 years as a Foreign Equity Trader in an International Investment Bank. Claudia took a couple of years off after leaving Wall Street and eventually decided to go back to her first passion – teaching. She worked as an ESL tutor for the New Canaan School District in grades K-8. She joined The New Canaan Nature Center and in 2011 working with children ranging in ages from 2-5. While at the Nature Center, Claudia along with her team conducted the majority of their classroom “work” outdoors. There, the daily curriculum consisted of writing on snow or forming letters using sticks, tapping maple trees and making syrup, creating igloos or lean-to’s and feeding the animals in the school’s 40 wooded acres. Claudia relocated to RI in 2017 with her husband, four children, and 2 black Labs where she enjoys all things to do with life at the beach. Claudia loves paddle boarding, boating, is an avid beach walker and knitter, but she also treasures the art of just sitting in quiet contemplation.
Kathy’s career began as a bookkeeper over 25 years ago. The thought of working with children in some capacity finally overtook her and she decided to become a nanny. She worked with several local families throughout her second career. Many of the children she cared for and inspired were CNS families, but she always felt she still had more to give. That’s when her third career change happened. Kathy fell in love with Calvary, its philosophy, and the campus. She felt that all the creativity that lived within her would be put to great use being part of this wonderful school.
Kathy resides in North Stonington with her husband and two children. Her passion for being creative outside the classroom includes her love of gardening with vegetables, clamming, crabbing, and fishing. When she does find time to relax, she most of all enjoys game nights and golfing with her family.
Kathy White - AssistTeacher
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