2017-12-14 / Life in Leelanau

Talk of the County

Having a conversation with Kathryn Murphy


SINCE MOVING to Leelanau County for a teaching position at Leland Public Schools, Kathryn Murphy has also taken on coaching the high school’s cross country team, as running is a hobby she's always enjoyed and is passionate about sharing. SINCE MOVING to Leelanau County for a teaching position at Leland Public Schools, Kathryn Murphy has also taken on coaching the high school’s cross country team, as running is a hobby she's always enjoyed and is passionate about sharing. Name: Kathryn Murphy

Town or township of residence: Northport

Resident since: June of 2006

Age and birthplace: 39 and Lansing, MI

Occupation: Art educator

Marital status: Married

You live in Leelanau County because: I moved here because of a dream job offer I got in Leland as an art teacher and I had always loved visiting the area.

Last good movie you saw: “Deep Water Horizon,” which was about the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico. I already knew the basics on what had happened from watching the news, but this was more from the workers’ perspective and it was really interesting to see their side of the story and the dangers of their job.

Last good book you read: “Isadore’s Secret.” I picked it up when I needed a book to read at the Traverse City Airport and was fascinated by it. The book is based on the true story of the disappearance and murder of a young nun of Holy Rosary Church in Cedar.

If you could trade places with one person for one day, it would be: Kate Middleton. I tell my students, athletes, and own children to stop acting like princesses when they need to hear it, but in all honesty, it would be pretty awesome to be a princess for a day.

Things important to you that you’ve accomplished so far: Being a mom - my son is a senior this year, so it’s something special to see how he’s grown. Additionally, I’m thankful for the degrees I’ve earned, very happy with my career, and proud of my athletic accomplishments, which include qualifying for the Boston Marathon.

What you hope to be doing in 10 years: I hope to be still teaching (although maybe having earned a higher degree or more certification), continuing my professional life as an artist, and living in the same area.

Things you lose sleep over: Environmental issues, specifically climate change.

If you could change one thing in Leelanau County it would be: Even though we put a lot of emphasis on the tourism industry, I feel like the county can be a little closed off, evidenced by all the bickering about short-term rentals. Northern Michigan is a beautiful place and I would want to make it more inviting to stay here.

Favorite dessert: I love any kind of pie, but pumpkin pie is my favorite since I have an October birthday.

Are you a coffee drinker? I am. My favorite is the French Roast with cream and sugar that we make at home.

Favorite place in Leelanau County: The Leelanau State Park at the end of Densmore Rd., north of the Woolsey Airport in Northport. The trails are great for hiking and skiing and there’s a beach right there as well for swimming.

If you had more time you would: I would be outside more, doing the things I love: hiking, skiing, running, boating, and swimming.

The words that best describe you are: Hardworking, passionate, and creative

Northwestern Michigan College student Kelsey Pease of Suttons Bay provides our “Talk of the County” to readers each week, and welcomes suggestions. She may be reached at kelsey@leelanaunews.com.

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