An Alumnus Returns to Teach – A Profile of Mr. Murphy

By Jayden J., Alvaro S., Leo B.


Our Northmount Alumni News reporting team had a chance to interview one of our newest teachers, Mr. Murphy, who is also an alumnus of Northmount. Below are our questions and his answers.

1. Why did you come back to Northmount?

A: Northmount gave me the opportunity to teach my favourite class: Physical Education. I also had very fond memories of Northmount, and, lastly, Mr. Yeow encouraged me to come back.

2. What year did you graduate from Northmount?

A: I was a graduate in the class of 2009. I started at Northmount in the second week of Grade 1 because my mom was upset about my previous school. I loved the first day and the tour.

3. What do you find special about Northmount?

A: The teachers and my relationship with the teachers was very close, the co- curriculars were very nice since anyone could join, and I love the “tight knit” small community since everyone knew each other. It boosted my self-esteem, until I went to St. Mikes in Grade 9 and “got humbled”. I loved how everyone could be involved in the sports teams at Northmount.

4. What classes do you teach?

A: I teach Physical Education, and Grades 2 & 3 Science.

5. Why do you like teaching?           

A: I love to see people get better at sports and other stuff. I also love to see progress and to entertain people. Lastly, I love to help people and inspire them.

6. How old are you?

A: I am 27 years old, and I am the second youngest teacher, after Mr. Kassouf.

7. What do you do in your free time?

A: I love to play basketball, workout, and spend time with my friends and family. I am a very active person and can’t sit still for long.

8. What House is your favourite and why? 

A: Fox is my favourite because it is the original house that I was knighted into. Also, in the past I would note that you would have a crest of the colour of your House on your tie, so you would feel very proud of your house. I also love Terry Fox, who was a Canadian legend and hero.

9. Who was your favourite teacher when you were at Northmount?

A: Mr. Yeow and Mr Bacardi. Mr Yeow was like a mentor to me, and I loved him, and he truly cared about me. I know this because I was a troublemaker, so I spent lots of time in his office. Mr. Bacardi on the other hand would allow me to try to one up him during his lessons and debate which answer was correct.

10. What is your favourite sport to play and teach?

A: Basketball because I had memories of getting a Vince Carter jersey, and I believe I have a talent for basketball, then and now.

11. Where are you from?   

A: I come from an Irish background, I was born in Toronto, North York and went to the University of Waterloo, I live and was raised in Toronto.