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.

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

 

 

 

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