Jenna Phillips Murphy is a 2006 graduate, summa cum laude, of the University of Mississippi. While at Ole Miss, she was inducted into Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi honor societies and was honored to be named a member of the 2006 Marcus Elvis Taylor Medal class.
Mrs. Murphy was graduated from Mississippi College School of Law in 2009 as a doctor of jurisprudence, after which she worked in various arenas before completing an alternate route to teacher licensure program in 2015. She taught in the Clinton Public School District before returning in 2018 to teach at her alma mater, St. Joe.
At St. Joe, Mrs. Murphy teaches various United States History classes and makes up the entire Anthropology department. She sponsors the Youth Legislature program and is a past coach of the St. Joe Academic Competition team.
In 2019, Mrs. Murphy was awarded a fellowship to continue her academic pursuits through the Ashbrooke Center located at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio and was nominated twice for the Gilder-Lehrman Teacher of the Year Award, 2020-2021 and 2021-2022 school years.
In her very limited free time, Mrs. Murphy is a huge supporter of the St. Joe Theater program. She also enjoys wandering around Lemuria Bookstore to add books to her never-ending “To Read” pile, wearing ugly hats while she gardens, and working on genealogical research.
Mrs. Murphy is married to Yale Murphy, a fellow St. Joe alum, and they along with their four children are members of St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Madison.