Hello, my name is Kristy Murphy and I have been teaching at Horse Branch for 20+ years. I attended Horse Branch Elementary as a child and love my community. I am the mother of 4 and have been married to my part time military soldier/full time electrician husband for 20+ years. I better watch out, I am about to give away my age! I can not put into words how much I love the students, families, and staff at Horse Branch Elementary.
I am the school's Literacy Coach and Reading Recovery Teacher. As Literacy Coach, I work with students in grades K-6 in reading and writing as well as work with classroom teachers to provide the best literacy instruction for our students. As Reading Recovery Teacher, I work individually with low performing 1st grade students to accelerate their reading and writing skills to help them have the tools and skills they need to be on or above grade level before they leave 1st grade.
I encourage you to read with or to your children daily. Ten to fifteen minutes of reading will greatly improve their chances for success in school. According to the US Department of Education, "helping your child become a reader is the single most important thing that you can do to help the child to succeed in school—and in life. The importance of reading simply can't be overstated. Reading helps children in all school subjects. More important, it is the key to lifelong learning."