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Unsung Hero: Elise Murphy, The Lamplighter School

By Net Assets posted 08-14-2017 09:16 AM

Elise Murphy

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The Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award is given to business officers who have made extraordinary contributions to their schools and exemplify exceptional integrity, knowledge and motivation. At the end of each school year, new Unsung Heroes receive their award from their head of school, often at a significant school occasion such as a board meeting or an all-school ceremony. What makes these Unsung Heroes so special? The highlights below come straight from their colleagues' nominations. 

See a full list of the 2017 recipients. Stay tuned to for additional profiles.

Title: Assistant Head of School for Finance and Operations

School: The Lamplighter School, Dallas, Texas

Years in current position: 20

Years in an independent school business office: 20 (retired this year)

Superpower: Payroll – her "Goldmine" presentation on the chart of accounts at the NBOA Annual Meeting has been packed each of the three years she has offered it. 

Soft touch: Willing mentor — three neighboring schools recently hired new business officers within a short period of time, and she reached out to each as a colleague and friend.

Additional accolades: Selected by a well-regarded audit firm to present on the independent school sector at the Texas Society of CPAs conference.

In the classroom: Teaches basic business principles and entrepreneurship to fourth-graders involved in The Lamplighter Layers, a student-run, Texas-incorporated business.

After school: Has worked for 38 years with the Junior League of Dallas, a women’s organization devoted to community service, serving as a treasurer and board member and still assists with endowment activities.

See a full list of the 2017 recipients and read more about the Will J. Hancock Unsung Hero Award. will post additional profiles of Unsung Heroes over the summer and into the fall — check in to learn more about other recipients. 

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