Shala Murray Teaches Students More Than Just A New Language

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ARAB, Ala. (WHNT) - Our Tools for Teachers spotlight this week shines on Shala Murray, a veteran Spanish teacher at Arab High School. We surprised Ms. Murray at her school recently with 319 dollars to spend as she sees fit in her classroom. She  was nominated for this award by current student Lindsey Dukeminier, who wanted so say thanks to this special teacher for opening a whole new world of culture to Arab High School students.

"[Ms. Murray] does more than teach us the Spanish language. She shows her students how to be culturally aware and become involved with charitable projects," Lindsey told us in her nomination letter.  "I wish there were more people like Mrs. Murray in our society today, the world would be a much happier place."

Ms. Murray tells us that she sees language as not just a means of communicating with other human beings, but as an avenue to the heart of a culture.

"Spanish is so important because it opens doors. It connects people. When you learn another language, you can communicate with a person in that language, and you really can't understand a person through translation," Murray says. "To know a person and to know a culture, you really have to do it in that language."

If you know a worthy teacher, coach, principal, or aide, tell us about them through the Tools for Teachers nomination form.


  • Alisha Estes-George

    This lady is AMAZING! She was always my favorite teacher at AHS! I took three years of Spanish with her, and seven years later I can still remember quite a bit of what she taught me. I even remember how to make sopapilla and flan for my kids! She really makes it easy and fun for kids to learn, and I am so glad someone nominated her for this because she definitely deserves it!

  • Holli

    Mrs. Murray is one of the most inspirational, heartfelt, and knowledgeable teachers I’ve ever had. Her love for the language and the culture is contagious, and I love coming to her class everyday. She has inspired to me pursue Spanish into college, and make it part of my career. She is an amazing woman, and I could not have asked for a better Spanish teacher.

  • Kyle Bailey

    This woman was my spanish techer for 2 years. She was by far one of the most influential people in my life to date. She had a way of looking at the world that can only be admired. She taught me a second language as well as how to make it in the real world. I miss her very much but I’m glad to see that she is getting the recognition she deserves.

  • megan

    I had mrs. Murray for spanish 2, and she’s the reason i am in School fpr spanish now. She is easily the best teacher I’ve ever had.

  • Jeremy C. Motte

    I had Mrs. Murray for Spanish 2 and 3 13+ years ago. I absolutely loved her! She made it fun and interesting and was extremely patient with all of the students. She is well deserving of this honor.

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