Conor Murtagh was one of fifteen graduates of teacher preparation programs in New Jersey who received the 2017 Distinguished Clinical Intern Award for his excellence as a clinical intern and his work in education. Conor graduated as a Secondary Education and Honors English major with a minor in Creative Writing. According to Dr. Jim Daly, Associate Professor in Educational Studies, Conor is highly regarded by his professors, classmates, and students. The College of Education and Human Services is proud to highlight some of the characteristics, and work that Mr. Murtagh has exemplified here during his time at Seton Hall University.
Conor served four years in the Marines with a tour in Afghanistan in 2010, where he fostered a passion for working with fellow Marines who were not native speakers of English as well as an appreciation for the global community. This appreciation for diversity and cultural sensitivity led him to apply for and receive a Fulbright grant which will provide him with the opportunity to teach English in Malaysia in 2018. Conor is excited to work with students with special needs, to learn from and interact with the multi-ethnic culture that Malaysia embodies, and to cultivate his teaching skills. He also hopes to nurture students' skills through a potential young writers club, and to build camaraderie with the students, all while exchanging mutual, and meaningful language skills. Dr. Daly asserted that Conor's talent in academics, commitment to the service of others, and quiet style of leading through example will serve him well as a teacher. Educational Studies Chair and Secondary Education Program Director Dr. Daniel Katz agreed, "Conor is a born mentor who helps others fulfill their own potential. I am thrilled that he is a teacher."
Conor has deferred acceptance into the English department's master's program for when he returns from his Fulbright grant next year. Currently, Conor plans to continue his teaching/aide position at the high school level for students with emotional difficulties and learning disabilities, and ultimately is looking toward earning a Ph.D. Upon reflecting on this recognition, Conor acknowledged that the bar has been set and he intends on continuing to work and try even harder.
For this award, Conor thanks his cooperating teachers from his last two field placements, Mr. Joey Braccino (West Morris Mendham) and Mr. Jeff Hogan (West Morris Central). In addition, he remarks, "I could honestly list every professor I've had in both the English and Education departments, but for this particular award, I will limit specific shout outs to those who either helped me through letters of rec, or numerous deadline reminders: Dr. Thomas Killeen, Dr. James Daly, Dr. John Wargacki, Dr. Daniel Katz, Director Karen Grove, and Dr. Omayra Arocho." It is clear that Mr. Murtagh will continue to make the College of Education and Human Services proud through his service, leadership, and commitment to diversity in education as an alumnus.