Mandi Murphy, School Principal
I am honored to have the opportunity to serve the families and staff at Leonard Middle School. I am committed to providing innovative leadership that supports authentic learning experiences for students.
I earned a bachelor’s degree from Texas Woman’s University and Master of Education degree from Lamar University in education and educational leadership. I am currently working on my doctoral degree from Dallas Baptist University in Educational Leadership with an emphasis on Social Emotional Learning and enrichment opportunities.
My teaching and coaching experience includes Lubbock High School, Lake Travis High School, Argyle Middle and Argyle High School. I taught English Arts, Reading, Biology, and Special Education. My journey includes time as a Youth Director at Leander Methodist Church, an Educational Therapist at Texas NeroRehab Center, and a Camp Counselor for multiple sports camps. Administratively, I have served as an AP and Principal at Hilltop Elementary. We housed almost a thousand students while implementing leadership opportunities for students, advances in STEM education, and prioritized small group instruction to maximize growth for all students. Culturally, Hilltop implemented the Ron Clark House system to build character, relationships, and school spirit.
I am returning to Middle School because I believe this is a pivotal time in children’s lives. Preteen and early teens are not simply older elementary students, but there are dramatic changes in their biological development that requires a unique approach to learning. There is a profound impact upon cognitive, emotional and social lives of young teens. Students need a mentor relationship between teacher and student, opportunities for small communities of learning, and implementation of flexible interdisciplinary connection that encourages active and personalized learning. Extracurricular opportunities offer opportunities to work together as units, recognize their talents, and encourage teammates.
No doubt, students and staff will receive the majority of my time and energy. However, to best serve students, Leonard Middle School will team with our families. Not only do we commit to share information with you, we will also look forward to meeting you and seeking your input.
My family is my joy! This supportive crew includes my husband, Chris, and children Payton(23), Gannon(17), Chloe(13), and of course our golden doodle puppy, Tika. I enjoy running trails, reading historical fiction, listening to podcasts, and cooking if someone will volunteer to clean the kitchen after I’m done.
I am looking forward to a wonderful year serving as the principal of Leonard Middle School. We will not fear or worry about Covid and online learning. Instead we will prepare diligently, enhance communication, and surpass expectations.