About Matthew J. Murphy, Ed. D.
“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.” — John Dewey
Dr. Murphy has proudly served as Superintendent of the Ramsey Public Schools since 2012, and brings broad educational experience to the role. He began his career in Wyckoff, New Jersey, as a teacher, a building-based technology coordinator, and as Vice Principal. He then served as the Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, Director of Elementary Education and Principal in the Westwood Regional School District. Prior to his superintendent’s role in Ramsey, Dr. Murphy was the School Superintendent of River Vale Public Schools.
Dr. Murphy is also an adjunct professor at Ramapo College, where he teaches in the Educational Leadership program, designed to equip prospective educators and administrators with essential content knowledge and skills for contemporary leadership in curriculum and supervision.
Born and raised in Pearl River, New York, Dr. Murphy earned a bachelor’s degree in elementary education from the University of Rhode Island. He received a master’s of science/technology from Long Island University, and completed his doctorate and professional diploma at Fordham University.
The Ramsey Public School District has a hard-earned reputation for excellence, and has received recognition at the county, state and national levels. Under Dr. Murphy’s leadership, the district has been awarded the Apple Distinguished Program designation for “innovation, leadership, and educational excellence, and demonstration of exemplary learning environments.” He also helped implement the district’s 21st Century Learning Initiative, which identifies and fosters specific higher level competencies and dispositions that Ramsey graduates will need in both college and career paths, through the utilization of cutting-edge technology integration, and innovative workshops and courses.
An emphasis on using and applying content thoughtfully and productively, thinking critically and creatively, and demonstrating social and civic responsibility all make Ramsey education a source of distinction and pride. Dr. Murphy credits the district’s success to the support of its dedicated school board and a talented leadership team, all of whom embody a shared mission: to achieve excellence, one student at a time.
- Engaging Diverse Learners Through Student Choice - AASA National Conference, Feb. 2018
- Transform Student Thinking and Digital Citizenship for School Leaders, NJASA TechSpo, Jan. 2018
- Elevating and Celebrating Effective Teachers and Teaching Convening NJPA Oct. 2017 - "#GetToHow"
- NJASA TECHSPO & NJASA Spring Conference 2014 – “The SGO Solution: An Offering of a Virtual Learning Community”
- NJDOE Presentation – “The Principal’s Role in Leading Implementation of the Common Core Standards”
- “Unified to Advance Instructional Practice in a New Age of Accountability”
- “The New CCCC: Connecting the Common in the Core to Create Coherence”
- NJASA Workshop– “Becoming a 21st Century Communication District”
- ASCD National Conference – “National Awards for Significant School Change: Critical Lessons About School Renewal
- 2018: NJ Governor's Council Ambassador Award on Mental Health (Ramsey Public Schools)
- 2017: Bergen County Association of Schools Administrators Distinguished Service Award
- 2016: Apple Distinguished Program (Ramsey Public Schools)
- 2015: New Jersey Administrator's Association Northern Regional Superintendent of the Year Award
- 2006: New Jersey Principals and Supervisors Association Principal of the Year: Rewarding Visionary Leadership Award
- 2002: David L. Clark National Graduate Student Research award winner for doctoral research
- Ramsey Stigma Free Committee - (The Ramsey Stigma-Free Campaign is a community program which aims to reduce the stigma associated with mental illness. Through powerful words and actions, we aim to shift the social and systemic barriers for those living with mental health conditions. We are dedicated to raising awareness of the disease of mental illness and create a culture wherein residents who have the disease feel supported by their community and neighbors and feel free to seek treatment for the disease without fear of stigma.)
- West Bergen Mental Health Care Trustee (a not-for-profit mental health organization that offers comprehensive treatment and supportive services) - Jan 2014 to Present
- Camp Venture Trustee (a not-for-profit care and service provider for children and adults with developmental disabilities) - March 2015 to Present
- Ramsey Municipal Alliance - April 2018 - Present
I Love to Read!!! What Should I Read Next?
Currently Reading/Read - 2018
- The Culture Code by Daniel Coyle
- When by Daniel Pink
- What School Could Be by Ted Dintersmith
- Educated: A Memoir by Tara Westover
- Lost Connections by Johann Hari
- Endure by Alex Hutchinson
- Boys in the Boat by Daniel James Brown
Some Of My Current Favorites
- Most Likely to Succeed by Tony Wagner and Ted Dintersmith
- Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action By Simon Sinek
- What Made Maddy Run by Kate Fagan
- Where You Go Is Not Who You'll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania by Frank Bruni
- How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims
- The Smartest Kids in the World by Amanda Ripley
- Education to Better the World by Marc Prensky
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