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Dr. Esther Seward

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I have a passion for children and strive to make a positive impact in the lives of the students I encounter daily. My career as an educator began 20 years ago in the Broward County Public Schools as a 6th grade teacher. I taught middle school for eight years, which includes serving students at Fruit Cove and Pacetti Bay Middle.

Prior to coming to Murray, I served as an Assistant Principal here in St. Johns County for six years at John A. Crookshank, Cunningham Creek, and The Webster School. My administrative experience also extends to the secondary level where I served for three years in Jacksonville, Florida for Duval County Public Schools.

Schools at Highlands Middle School, and two years in Northern Virginia for Prince William County Schools at Rippon Middle School.

My educational experience includes a Bachelor’s Degree in Business from Barry University in Miami, Florida; Master’s Degree in Math Education, Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership, and a Doctorate Degree in Education with a major in Organizational Leadership and a minor in Human Resource Development from Nova Southeastern University in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

I am thrilled to be part of a community committed to and invested in the success of our student body. Thank you for the opportunity to serve the students, parents, staff, and community of R. J. Murray Middle School.

One Team!!! No Limits!!!


Assistant Principal

Mr. Chris Cofield

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I am grateful for the opportunity to be an educational leader at R. J. Murray Middle School.  I strongly believe that building trust and relationships with students, families, and staff is essential for fostering a learning environment where ALL students can find their individual success.

I began my career as an educator in St. Johns County 13 years ago at Pedro Menendez High School.  8 years as a teacher in Architectural Drafting and AVID, 2 years as a Dean of Students, and 3 years as the Program Specialist in charge of the career and technical education programs.

My education includes a Bachelors Degree in Building Construction Management from the University of North Florida and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the University of West Florida.

I am excited to grow as an educational leader and learn from the amazing staff at R.J. Murray Middle School.  I look forward to fully embracing the “One Team, No Limits” motto as a team player and be someone who helps students and staff reach their fullest potential.

Go Bulldogs!

Assistant Principal

Ms. Holly Smith






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I am excited to be part of the R.J. Murray Middle School Bulldog team.  My passion as an educator is driven by the belief that students can dream, believe, and achieve when provided with a nurturing environment surrounded by champions for children. Each child deserves our very best everyday to help them become their very best, and that is my commitment to every student who walks the halls of Murray Middle School. 

I began my career in Duval County at Wolfson High School before I moved to Highlands County, Florida. I taught English/Reading and International Baccalaureate, Theory of Knowledge at Sebring High School for 13 years before moving to Fred Wild Elementary as an Instructional Literacy Coach.  The following year I was named Assistant Principal at Lake Placid High School where I remained for five years before moving back home to St. Johns County to serve as an Assistant Principal at Nease High School.

My education includes a Bachelor’s Degree in English and a second Bachelor’s Degree in Communication from University of North Florida.  I completed my Master’s in Educational Leadership from American College of Education in Indianapolis, Indiana.

My passion for serving students has led me to R.J. Murray Middle School.  The staff welcomed me with open arms, and I cannot wait to do the same for each Bulldog this school year. I am a servant leader at heart.  It is with this mentality that I aim to provide support to the staff, students, parents, and community we serve to ensure our students become the best versions of themselves.

One Team! No Limits!

Stephanie Fultz  – Executive Secretary/Bookkeeper

Norma Wilbur Computer Operator/Records Requests

Paul Pelletier – Maintenance Coordinator

Rhonda Ponce – Cafeteria Manager

Natashia Berry – Dean of students (6th and 7th)

Brandon James – Dean of Students (7th and 8th)