We Are Stewards: Kate, Dylan, and Connor

Katherine Porter Murray '92 shares what he enjoys about having a Spartan family.

We are fortunate to have a diverse array of alumni making strong contributions to our community near and far. We are even more fortunate when alumni choose to send their children to Steward, forging a lasting bond with our school that spans generations.

Not only is Katherine Porter Murray ’92 heavily involved with Steward as an alumna, but we have the pleasure of having her sons, Dylan ’21 and Connor ’24, with us as well. Find out what Mrs. Murray enjoys most about having a Spartan family.

What are the biggest benefits of having a Steward education?

I came to Steward in sixth grade and had very low self-esteem. I was definitely in need of encouragement to reach my potential. Within a week, I felt such warmth from the faculty and staff, and eventually, I started coming out of my shell. I had never gotten up and performed in front of anyone, but during my time at Steward, I became heavily involved in chorus and cheerleading. The great academic rigor at Steward helped me get into college at Hollins University, which I graduated from in 1996 with degrees in sociology and psychology. Now, I co-manage a women’s boutique store called Irresistibles in Richmond. I owe it all to Steward because this school gave me the ability to be confident and form lasting relationships with others, as well as the drive to succeed that I didn’t have before.

Why did you decide to send your sons to Steward?

My sons have been at Steward since kindergarten because my husband and I love its child-focused, supportive learning environment. You can tell that the faculty and staff here truly love their jobs and want to help students succeed. They recognize that every student has strengths and weaknesses, and it’s their goal to foster students’ talents to get them to be the best they can be. For example, my boys have very different learning styles. Steward works with them on an individual level to best support their needs. It shows that the teachers here truly care about students’ development and growth.

What is your favorite part of having your family involved at Steward?

I was obviously a student once, and now it’s really fun to play the parent role. It’s so interesting to look back on my positive experience and see it through my sons’ eyes. It’s remarkable that they’ve even had some of the same teachers that I did, including music teacher Bonnie Anderson. That just goes to show that Steward has a supportive community that spans decades—everyone is so close-knit and helpful towards one another, and that’s the kind of community that I want my sons to grow up in. It’s truly a unique, special place to be, and I know they’ll look back fondly on their time here.

Interesting in having your children at Steward? Click here to learn more about our application process!

This story was originally published in the 2018 edition of Steward's magazine, "The Colonnade." Click here to see the complete digital edition.





Copyright 2019 The Steward School

The Steward School Mission

Our mission at The Steward School is to prepare our students for college and for life in a community defined by robust academics, inspiration, engagement, and care. We invite you to learn why so many families have chosen to become part of our community.


Explore Campus      Learn from the Experts

Experience "The Steward Way"

The Steward School is committed to the kind of education that recognizes individuality and fosters potential through a differentiated approach. If you value small class sizes, close connections with faculty and fellow students, and a challenging yet supportive academic environment with broad opportunities, then Steward may be the right school for you.


Learn More     Schedule a Visit    Apply Online

An Education as Unique as Your Child

We are proud to offer a comprehensive curriculum to students in junior kindergarten through twelfth grade. Discover the incredible opportunities we provide for each learner.


Lower School     Middle School     Upper School

Explore the World of the Arts

Whether setting the stage, striking a chord, creating a masterpiece, or simply exploring individual talents and interests, exposure to the arts develops important life skills necessary for students to succeed in academic areas and everyday life experiences. By providing our students with multiple creative outlets, we seek to nurture talents, build confidence, and help students discover passions.


Visual Arts     Music     Theatre

One School. One Team.

Participation, skill building, and sportsmanship are the cornerstones of The Steward School’s athletic program. At all levels, our coaching program is dedicated to giving students the training and experience necessary to develop a lifelong appreciation of physical activity, skill development, and, above all, teamwork.


Athletic Calendar     Sports Programs

A New Way of Learning

The Bryan Innovation Lab is a 21st-century, problem-solving environment. Through experiential learning in this cutting-edge facility, students are able to grapple with real world issues, challenging their critical thinking and resourcefulness.


Explore the Lab

Beyond the Classroom

The Steward School is a place of learning for the greater Richmond community through various campus programs. Whether you're interested in attending our annual gala, signing your child up for one of our summer camps, or learning more about LEAP, we welcome you to the Steward community.


Special Events     Summer Experience

It's for Steward Students!

Your gift helps ensure that each student recieves the best educational experieance at Steward. Learn more about the Steward50 campaign, annual giving, and other ways to support Steward.


Learn More     Give Today