Office of Alumni Engagement

Michael Murphy

My hometown when I was a student was

Sterling Heights, MI

I graduated in


I studied

English and Social Studies

I currently live in

South Lyon, MI with my wife, Lauren, and dog, Dublin.

I am now

Teaching English at South Lyon High School. I also am a Co-Coordinator for our school’s Link Crew and I am a Co-Advisor for our school’s Key Club. I enjoy going to our school’s athletic events and performing arts events as well!

Since graduating from Alma

I taught in Mesick for two years before teaching at Richmond High School from 2004-2017. I loved my time at RHS as I was heavily involved in teaching English, coaching baseball, announcing basketball games, and advising Key Club, Yearbook, and the Newspaper. Four years ago, I was blessed and met the love of my life (Lauren) and moved to South Lyon where we are currently living. Since moving to SL, I have taught at South Lyon High School since the 2017-18 school year. I have gotten involved at SL by being a faculty co-advisory for the Link Crew and Key Club. My wife and I love to travel and explore the world as much as well can. We also enjoy spending time with our family. I have also earned two Masters Degrees from CMU (Masters of Humanities and Masters of Educational Technology).

My Alma education

It was a wonderful, challenging experience.  It empowered me to extend myself and learn about the world.  I learned how to make connections and draw conclusions.  I felt like I was a part of something bigger.  It also gave me the opportunity to study abroad, which I took advantage of.  I traveled to the Aberdeen, Scotland and studied there. AC provided me with an opportunity to learn how to learn.  It gave me the skills needed to lead, speak, research, synthesize information, connect with people, and help others.  I learned how to plan and envision goals and outcomes.  It also helped instill within me leadership opportunities as various extracurricular activities allowed me to develop as a leader and speaker.  The professors – the way they taught and interacted with the students – also inspired me to become the type of teacher I am today.

My favorite place(s) on campus included

The Sigma Chi Fraternity House, Saga, the Library, and just the campus itself.

My most vivid/best memory of my time at Alma is

How people cared for each other and how you felt like you were a part of a community.