Mr. Murray

June 15, 2020

Scott Murray is a math teacher at Los Altos spending his quarantine with his wife and daughter.

Courtesy Scott Murray

Scott Murray is a math teacher at Los Altos spending his quarantine with his wife and daughter.

What is something you’re grateful for as a teacher during this time?

I am extremely grateful that I have my family here with me. I would have a difficult time if I were by myself. More importantly, though, I am grateful that I have a job, especially one that allows me to have a positive impact on my students. The interaction with my students, whether it is through Zoom or over email, has been really important in getting me through my motivational lapses.

What is one thing that you wish students knew about the experience of being a teacher
in quarantine?

Wow, what a question. I wish students knew that we are struggling with the same issues: motivation, isolation, fear and frustration that they are, but also know that they are one of the driving forces that keep us going. I spend a lot of time in front of my computer, working on new material, reviewing homework or waiting for students in office hours. It almost feels like being back as an engineer at Intel at times. So, when a student shows up for office hours or responds to an email, it really makes my day.

What is an activity you’ve been doing in your free time (any new hobbies)?

Ever watch “Groundhog Day”? Seriously, though, I have been doing a lot of much-needed housework: installing a new doggy door, working on the yard, cleaning the garage, painting, bike repair and then really getting started with the lesson planning for the new Computer Science class that I am teaching next year.

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