MMS Teachers of the Year


Congratulations to Candace Norris for winning Teacher of the Year and Neha Jaimini for winning Beginning Teacher of the Year!


Dena McCutcheon, Special Education Structured Teacher


Beau Hooten, 8th U.S. History/P.E./7th Boys Athletics


Buffy Edenkrans, ELA Teacher, 6th Grade Team Leader


Buffy Edenkrans teaches 6th grade English at Murphy Middle School but her experience spans over 20 years as well as several grade levels. Buffy grew up in the Northeast, attended Syracuse University, and proudly touts her bright orange as her family legacy. Moving to Charleston, South Carolina for Buffy’s first teaching position also provided an opportunity for her to attend The Citadel and complete a Master’s Degree in Reading. After 7 years working with second graders in South Carolina, Buffy joined the PISD team at Miller Elementary in 1998. Taking time off from teaching until her two children were school age, she then resumed her career at Boggess Elementary where Buffy remained for 10 years, with the last six as 5th Grade Team Leader. Buffy feels Maverick pride, honor and humility being announced Murphy Middle School Teacher of the Year.


Aaron Adams, Art and Information Technology Teacher


Aaron Adams is excited to be spending his first year teaching at Murphy Middle School. Aaron grew up in Roswell, Georgia a suburb of Atlanta. After graduating high school, Aaron attended Georgia State University where he became interested in art activism, as well as film and photography. Following his stint at Georgia State, he worked the film and photography industries all around the southeast. Aaron has been fortunate enough to work on many interesting projects. Aaron spent many weekends working with local artists and volunteering at nonprofit art galleries around the Atlanta area. One day, after working on his third regional commercial in a row, he decided to go back to school for education. Aaron moved to Dallas to be closer to family, applied to UNT; and has not looked back. Aaron is very happy with the decision to come to Texas, especially to Murphy.