Thursday, July 2, 2015

Hi all,

My name is Mike Murray, and I'm a Senior Harbor Educator. We had a great one week orientation, and I am super excited for the summer to start!

 I have been studying martial arts for close to twenty years, and I earned my black belt when I was sixteen. My instructor, or sifu, taught us that because we had been given so much help and knowledge to reach our goal, it is our responsibility to give back to others. He told us that, by teaching, we will learn the meaning of being a black belt. For me, teaching is about sharing what we have with other people.

Teaching is one of my great loves because learning is an act of discovery. The world is filled with hidden treasure, and the job of a teacher is to show us the way to go about finding it. I have one of the best jobs in the world. I get to help people uncover new horizons of knowledge. I am so excited to be part of this program because it allows me to share the amazing piece of nature that we, here in Boston, have been given. We live in a place that is full of undiscovered treasure––sea glass, striped bass, lobsters, and skates. All of this is waiting to be found.

Growing up my dad took me hiking and camping in the spring and fall, and in the summer we would spend time by the ocean. I remember crabbing, swimming and snorkeling every weekend in the summer. My parents gave me the experience of the ocean, and of nature. This is one of the most important and best gifts I have ever received. I am here because I want to share my experience of the natural world with other people––and all of the joy and wonder that comes along with it.

We live in an amazing, magical place with a stunning harbor full of hidden treasure. We are going to have an incredible summer uncovering all that it has to teach us.

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