Maryann Woods-Murphy, Ed.D is passionate about teacher leadership. Her October 2016 presentation to her DKG New Jersey Alpha Chapter, entitled “Teacher Leadership Ignites New Jersey,” was based on her doctoral dissertation, “Perceptions of Highly Recognized Teachers about Approaches to Teacher Leadership.” She left Alpha members energized to lead their schools.
Woods-Murphy leads by example. The 2010 New Jersey Teacher of the Year has served in many leadership roles, including the Board of Directors of the National Education Association Foundation, a public charity founded by educators for educators to improve public education for all students. Woods-Murphy was also an American Achieves Fellow from 2011-2015. This organization works to align education to economic opportunity in ways that work for all, preparing everyone to succeed in the 21st century by building a thriving economy and democracy. From 2011-2012, Woods-Murphy held a Fellowship as a United States Department of Education Teaching Ambassador where she shared her classroom and school expertise within a national education dialogue and facilitated discussions with educators across the country. For the last fourteen years, she has co-chaired Teens Talk About Racism, a New Jersey leadership conference held at Fairleigh Dickinson University for teens who want to create strategies to understand and stand up to racism in their schools and communities.
Woods-Murphy has more than 30 years in public education and currently holds a hybrid role as an Elementary Gifted and Talented Teacher and professional learning instructor for the Nutley, New Jersey School District she has been a member of Delta Kappa Gamma since April 2014.
She also has spread her educational message in appearances on The Katie Couric Show, MSNBC, Telemundo and Univision and been published in blogs for EdWeek, US Department of Education, Center for Teaching Quality and the National Network of State Teachers of the Year to name a few. This DKG member really makes a difference locally and nationally as a key woman educator.