Business in the Front, Party in the Back

Who doesn’t love Shari Murphy? Am I right? Am I right? Lemme get a mullet woosh for this gal: *clap* *clap* *clap* Business in the front, party in the back, where is my Camaro at? WOOSH!

But seriously, I had the pleasure of spending my day today with one of my most favorite people. I never imagined meeting someone so powerfully inspirational, real and encouraging as Shari. She puts her subjects in silly, awkward situations that feel totally uncomfortable and a little like Fifth Grade Camp. She makes us wake up, like REALLY wake up, way before it’s socially appropriate. She has the wait time of a ninja and will make your skin crawl and crickets come out of hibernating before jumping in to move it along. Shari makes driving an hour and a half through morning rush hour, haphazardly applying your make up and constructing a sideways ponytail worth it.

Upon meeting Shari a little over a year ago I immediately felt like I had known her for years. She is a consultant for our district and she also puts on workshops for Quantum Learning. Look it up – it’ll be a game changer! Shari is a classroom management guru. She has been able to help me tweak things in my room for optimal learning and optimal fun! She has so much knowledge about the brain and how it processes new information and how learning works. She could show up to these conferences ready to impart all of her wisdom on people, ready to flex her muscle on how awesome she is (because she is) – but she doesn’t. This incredible model SHOWS teachers how to reach new levels by DOING all of the things that help the brain learn.

Shari is infuses this all day workshop with a continuous stream of humor, laughing, celebrations, movement and music. All of these things are my favorite things so she is thereby my favorite. Like I said, I feel like we could totally be besties. I feel like this because she shares who she is outside of these 4 walls, she asks about my life, she focuses on what I’m saying, she remembers things I told her the last time we were together. We share a lot of common interests, experiences and personality traits. She makes me feel valued and she understands how important that is to me (and to most people, I’m assuming). She hugs me… *shudder*… and I like it! Most of the time people touching me is a little like going to a fancy steakhouse with a 3 year old – I would just prefer to save the happy feelings for other occasions.

In all seriousness, I end up taking away so much more from my encounters with Shari than just new management techniques, brain based learning strategies, and fun ways to affirm students effort. I leave with a renewed jive for my job, a huge smile, energy to last that long ass drive home and a really great feeling on who I am and why I rock. Thank you Shari for reminding me to do what I do with passion and purpose!



  1. Kim K · March 30, 2016

    Oh how I love this and oh how you must share it with her! Like for reals! If I had a tenth of that girl’s zest for life I would be golden!


  2. lindsayogean · March 30, 2016

    I couldn’t agree more! She’s amazing. I’ve learned so much from her over these past two years. Every encounter leaves you refreshed and ready to take on the day!


  3. travelinma · March 30, 2016

    It sounds like it is more than the information she imparts, but her efforts toward connecting on a personal level that really make a difference. Aren’t you fortunate to be so excited and energized! A win-win!


  4. ccahill2013 · March 30, 2016

    Yeah!!!!!!! Well written tribute to a super fantastic person! Loved your opening – drew me right in!


  5. sallydonnelly11 · March 30, 2016

    I don’t know Shari but after reading your Slice, I feel I do know her and understand the great review! As I read it, I was thinking that the things she makes you feel, are exactly what I want my students to feel after being in my room for the day!!


  6. Samantha Marquardt · April 1, 2016

    Shari sounds like someone to check into…sounds very inspiring. Your words make ME want to meet her! And who doesn’t love a good mullet? 🙂


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