Jenna Phillips Murphy is an alum of the St. Joe class of 2002. For her undergraduate degree she attended the University of Mississippi where she majored in Anthropology and minored in Political Science. While at Ole Miss, Mrs. Murphy was a member of Alpha Omicron Pi sorority and was inducted into Phi Kappa Phi and Phi Beta Kappa honor societies. She was awarded the university's highest academic award, a Marcus Elvis Taylor Memorial Medal which recognizes no more than one percent of the student body for meritorious scholarship and deportment.
Upon completing her studies in Oxford, Mrs. Murphy moved back to Jackson in order to attend Mississippi College School of Law (she likes to say she went to law school "by accident"). She worked for firm writing and administering large governmental grants before deciding to stay home with her young children. While working at the Mississippi Children's Museum and Assisi Early Learning Center, Mrs. Murphy realized she really wanted to teach and completed the Teach Mississippi Alternate Route to Teacher Certification program. She taught English at Clinton Junior High School before St. Joe called her home.
At St. Joe, Mrs. Murphy teaches 9th grade American History and 9th grade Honors American History. She sponsors LEAD Mississippi's Youth Legislature program and coaches the Academic Competition team. She was a 2019 Buchenwald Fellow at Ashland University in Ashland, Ohio.
Mrs. Murphy is married to fellow St. Joe alum, Yale Murphy ('02) who is a CPA with HUB, International. They have four children: Jonah (11), Susannah (8), Rosemary (6), and Fiona (1). The Murphys attend St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church in Madison. In her very little spare time, Mrs. Murphy enjoys true crime podcasts, documentaries, and very boring biographies of European monarchs.