Q&A with Stall High School Aeronautics Teacher and Boeing Professional, Mr. LeRone Murphy
Stall High School’s Assistant Principal, Vanessa Brown, couldn’t stress enough the positive impact that new Aeronautics teacher LaRone Murphy is making at her school. “Having Mr. Murphy at R.B. Stall means that our students have the opportunity to learn the skills for aircraft maintenance and manufacturing from someone who is currently a part of the industry. It means there is no second guessing about what our students will need to study because Mr.Murphy's knowledge and experience is current and relevant. He is teaching and exposing our students to the same technology that adults at the ReadySC* and Boeing training facility receive.”
Mrs. Brown called Mr. Murphy’s presence at Stall a “game changer for our students and our community. This innovative program is helping to create a pipeline for student success.”
Mr. Murphy talked to the Office of Career and Technology Education about his career change from industry to the classroom, and it was a delight to witness his passion for students, and his enthusiasm for the future of Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing.
What brought you from industry to the classroom?
I was a teacher for 18 and a half years at Davis Aerospace in Michigan. After coming to Charleston to work for Boeing I had a moment one afternoon in getting my ninth grade son ready for school. We were walking down the hallway at his school and I said, “I’m ready to be back in the classroom.”
What is unique about the Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing program?
The collaboration we have with the Stall community, Trident Technical College, and Boeing. Students are learning how to build an airplane and will be able to witness the end result.
How do you see this program growing?
I see us building upon the opportunities for students to excel in a 21st century career while obtaining the skill set to work in aircraft manufacturing.
How does Boeing benefit from this program?
The location is perfect. Graduating students who complete the Aircraft Manufacturing courses leave Stall with fundamental knowledge and training to, potentially, only be required to complete three more months at Trident Technical College. Successful students will have all the prerequisites and certification needed to become a Manufacturing Technician for Boeing.
What do you love, or think you will enjoy, most about teaching students?
Young minds working together. While working at Boeing full time I was able to meet some of the Robotics students from Stall. Now, some of these students are in my class. The connection is rewarding and seeing this makes me feel passionate about my job.
What are you personal hobbies?
Weight training. I get up every morning at 5 a.m. and work out before I start my day. I’m a Certified Personal Trainer and was a Martial Arts instructor for 17 years.
Mr. Murphy is excited to be back in the classroom. Aeronautics has been his career focus for over twenty years. If you can’t find him at Stall teaching Aircraft Maintenance and Manufacturing, you will find him at Boeing where he teaches new hires in the evenings as a ReadySC Boeing instructor. His wife is also a Boeing employee working as an A&P Mechanic. They hope their five boys will follow in their footsteps.
*ReadySC, a division of the SC Technical College System, helps prepare South Carolina's workforce to meet the needs of area companies. It is one of the oldest and most respected workforce training programs in the United States.