Makenzie Barron Murray

I spent the majority of my childhood eating ice cream and playing barefoot soccer with my brothers in our backyard in Southern Illinois.  After graduation from Principia Upper School, I felt little impetus or inspiration to further pursue academic instruction.  Rather than enroll in college, I spent two years backpacking through the American West, Southwest and Mexico, traveling throughout China and Thailand and working in a variety of teaching positions.  My time away from school helped me establish a newfound appreciation for the intellectual challenges, community support and teacher-student relationships awarded through formal education.  Seeking these opportunities, I moved to Portland, OR to attend Reed College.  At Reed, I discovered something wonderful–I love to learn!  As a result of my Reed experience, I am not only a better Frisbee player, but also a motivated academic.  I believe that, given a network of support and an environment that feels like the right fit, all individuals may uncover in themselves a curious, intelligent, engaged student.

Following my Reed graduation, I moved to Jackson, WY, where I worked for Teton Science Schools teaching place-based education throughout Wyoming.  I then moved to Victor, ID on the west side of the Tetons, where I recently completed a position at Teton Valley Community School.  Having worked predominantly seasonal positions, I valued the opportunities I found during my longer stay at the Community School to invest time in new activities such as telemark skiing, and to develop lasting relationships with students and fellow staff members.  I am eager to form relationships of equal depth with Link School community members.

My newest adventure is marriage!  I married Steve Murray this August. We are both excited to include The Link School community in our first year of marriage.  When not reading or writing, frolicking in the mountains or floating on the river, I can most likely be found petting other people’s dogs or thinking about the colossal size of the average polar bear.