SDE: Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Award - Historical Background

Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Award - Historical Background

In March 2013, the Connecticut State Department of Education (CSDE) and the School Paraprofessional Advisory Council have renamed the Connecticut Paraeducator of the Year Award to the Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Award in honor of Anne Marie Murphy, a special education paraprofessional who was killed in Newtown. Anne Marie was born July 25, 1960 in Mount Kisco, NY, the daughter of Dr. Hugh and Alice McGowan of Katonah and graduated from St. Mary's School in Katonah, John F. Kennedy H.S. in Somers, NY and Southern CT State University with an MS degree in Education. Anne leaves behind 4 courageous young adults, Kelly, a teacher at Newtown High School, Colleen, recently graduated from The University of New Haven, Thomas, a second year nursing student at WCSU and Paige a senior at Newtown High School who will be attending UCONN.

Anne Marie, wrapped 6-year old Dylan Hockley in her arms as they both fell in a hail of bullets at Sandy Hook Elementary School. She worked one-to-one with Dylan, who had special education needs.

{Portrait of Anne Marie Murphy}

After the tragedy, the family of Dylan Hockley released a statement saying that their 6-year old baby boy died in the loving arms of Mrs. Murphy:

"We take great comfort in knowing that Dylan was not alone when he died, but was wrapped in the arms of his amazing aide, Anne Marie Murphy."
"Dylan loved Mrs. Murphy so much and pointed at her picture on our refrigerator every day." "Though our hearts break for Dylan, they are also filled with love for these and other beautiful women who all selflessly died trying to save our children," the family said.

The Anne Marie Murphy Paraeducator of the Year Program recognizes outstanding paraeducator contributions to schools and communities. The program honors one paraeducator who has demonstrated exceptional skill and dedication in the performance of his/her job, thereby earning them the respect and admiration of students, teachers, administrators, coworkers, and parents.

For more information, please contact:

Teresa Boyd Cowles, Ph.d.
Education Consultant
Talent Office
Connecticut State Department of Education
165 Capitol Ave.
Hartford, CT 06106
Phone: (860) 713-6842
Fax: (860) 713-7028

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