Wildcat of The Week
Wildcat of The Week
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Wildcat of the Week

Devin McMurray

Science Teacher, West Bridgewater Middle-Senior High School

What is your educational background?

I grew up on the cape and went to Barnstable high school.  I received an undergraduate degree in Biology and Chemistry from Bridgewater State and then went on to receive a masters of teaching Physics from BSU as well.

What made you choose teaching as a career?

I actually didn't choose teaching really, it chose me.  I had graduated with a biology and chemistry degree and had not done anything with it my first year out of college.  I was playing classical guitar at night to make ends meet.  I took an intro to teaching class to see if teaching was something that interested me.  A guidance counselor from WBHS was teaching the class.  She informed me of a chemistry opening at the high school that needed to be filled.  I interviewed, was hired, and the rest is history.  I loved it from day one. 

Can you describe a favorite teaching moment?

My favorite teaching moments are when students teach me new things.  It happens more often than you think.  It could be a technology trick I did not know, a current event they share, or even a novel approach to solving a problem.

What do you do for fun?

For fun I like to spend time with my family. We have two young girls who have endless energy right now.  I do quite a bit of wood working and stone work during the summers.  I am also a committed musician focusing primarily on classical guitar.  For any of you alumni out there I like putting numbers over 1.

What are your favorite foods?

 Anything my wife makes, she is a great cook.  However when I was in first grade I had been known to love thanksgiving stuffing and that has not changed.

What kind of music do you enjoy?

Almost anything instrumental.  Baroque, Jazz, Bluegrass, Flamenco, Blues, any kind of classical guitar, etc. 

 

What movies do you like?

With my busy schedule I actually have not watched an adult movie in quite some time.  I watch Frozen at least once a week though...

What books do you enjoy?

Lately, with the young kids I don't read many books (last night I read Seaweed Soup 3x), however I am constantly reading music.  Right now I am reading through Bach's 6 cello suites for guitar and Joaquin Rodrigo's three pieces for guitar. 

What Is your favorite way to spend a weekend?

Ideally, I prefer to have nothing pressing to do.  Play with the kids, play some guitar, enjoy great weather, and have an outdoor fire at night would be great.

What do you love about teaching in West Bridgewater?

The sense of community here has always been fantastic.  I keep in touch with students for years after they graduate.  The educators and administration in the district have a real sense of ownership and pride everything they do.  I am proud to be one of them.

A fun fact about you?

Years ago here at WB I had a break dancing club and I am still known to bust a move on special occasions. 

 

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