New Principal of Orange Avenue School
The Cranford Board of Education is pleased to announce Lourdes Murphy as the new principal of Orange Avenue School, beginning July 1. Mrs. Murphy, who currently serves as the principal of Bloomingdale Avenue School, will be replacing Lori Lubieski-Hutmaker, who is retiring.
Mrs. Murphy began her career as a teacher in Newark, New Jersey at Lafayette Street School (PreK-8). She taught 2nd grade and then became a grade 6 math teacher. In 2003, Mrs. Murphy became assistant principal of the school. Among her many accomplishments, she collaboratively planned and participated in weekly meetings with teachers to conduct ongoing analysis of student data and facilitate the learning of research-based practices. She also had the unique experience of forming a partnership with Cranford High School to provide culturally responsive experiences for students from Cranford and Newark.
In 2014, Mrs. Murphy joined the Cranford community as the principal of Bloomingdale Avenue School. As an administrator in Cranford, Mrs. Murphy has created positive relationships in the school and community. She works with stakeholders to support student needs both academically and social-emotionally. Lourdes Murphy is part of the district’s New Jersey Tiered System of Support (NJTSS) committee which developed a systematic approach to identify student needs and implement targeted academic instruction.
Lourdes Murphy holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and a Master of Arts in Education: Administration and Supervision from Seton Hall University.
Mrs. Lourdes Murphy is very excited to continue her service with the Cranford Community in this new capacity.