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Martin Murphy Middle School 

Principal's Message


Dear Martin Murphy Community,

I am honored and humbled to introduce myself as the acting principal of Martin Murphy Middle School and to join this wonderful school community.  I share in the school community’s caring commitment to create conditions for learning that allow all students to succeed and make meaningful contributions to our ever changing global society.

I arrive at Martin Murphy as a seasoned school and district leader.  Although I am a passionate educator I am also a wife, a mother of five, and a grandmother of five with a sixth grandson due in July, 2022.  Three of our children live in California, our youngest, Amanda, is in San Diego, our oldest, Justin, is in Modesto and the second oldest, Ricardo, is in San Jose.  Our youngest son, Jaran lives in Arkansas and our middle daughter, Katie lives in North Carolina.  It is an amazing time to be surrounded by a third generation.

The 2021-2022 school year marks my 22nd year in education.  In 2018 I accepted the Principal position at the state’s largest Career and Technical Education Center at Silicon Valley Career and Technical Education (SVCTE) for students in grades 10-12, it was in 2019 when I asked to serve as both Director of Programs & Student Support Services and as Principal at both SVCTE and Metropolitan Adult Education.  Prior to accepting the role at SVCTE in 2018 I served as a Coordinator of Instruction,  Assessment and Technology in Lammersville Unified.  I have assumed the role of Director of Secondary Education and served as a High School Principal.  Most recently I have focused on professional development for both administrators and teachers and continued developing a variety of ways for students to access learning through learning management systems.  

I firmly believe that all students can excel in learning, and that the collaboration between home and school builds trust and increases students’ self esteem.  With the goal of creating conditions of learning for all at Martin Murphy I am committed to continuously investigating the most effective strategies in cultivating a safe and engaging learning environment for all students.  I am excited to unite my experiences, belief that all students can excel, and the goal of creating an engaging student experience that serves our community.  I look forward to meeting you soon!


Alecia Kelley
Acting Principal