Janet Murphy – Director of Religious Education
Many of you know me from UUSLO positions I have held. Throughout the years, I have been a member of the Aesthetics team, Board of Trustees, BlUUmers, Worship Arts committee, Leadership Development Team, Ministry of Generosity, PSWD Board and the RE committee. I am a birthright UU raised in the Berkeley, CA congregation. When I was a child, my mother was very active in RE and I have fond memories of serving lunches and selling items at our fare trade booth in our social hall on Sundays. I came to San Luis Obispo to attend Cal Poly in 1980 and haven’t left (except for a short stint in the Pasadena-Claremont area to get my Masters Degree in Human Development and teaching credential from Pacific Oaks College). I have spent my life working with and advocating for children. Having taught all ages, from babies to college students, throughout my 35 year education career. Twenty of those, I taught at CP in the Child Development and Psychology department. My favorite position was as Director of the on campus Preschool lab. In this position, I was able to foster compassionate anti-bias curriculum with students and empower them to engage in developmentally appropriate practices with the children enrolled in the lab program. In my personal life, my husband, Tom and I have raised three boys here on the Central Coast and enjoy the wonderful weather, outdoor opportunities, friends & family we have right here in our backyard. I’m enthusiastic about embracing the DRE position and combining my passion for children and youth with my lifelong UU values.