The Harker Heights High School staff member of the month for November is Darya Murk.
Each month the faculty and staff at Harker Heights High gives a shout out to any staff member they believe deserves one, from just going above and beyond their job duties once the month ends they add up all the shout outs and the two teachers that receive the most for that month end up as Staff of the Month.
For November, that award went to Darya Murk of Fort Hood.
Murk, 38, is from Clarkrange, Tennessee. (home of World War II hero Alvin C. York, aka Sergeant York). She graduated high school in 1997 and she comes from a line of educators.
In 2015 she moved from Fort Campbell, Kentucky, to Fort Hood. In March 2016 she started working with Killeen Independent School. District as a Special Education Inclusion Aide; then in August 2016 she was hired for the Special Education Secretary.
When asked what she liked about her job, Murk said, “The faculty and staff are the greatest people that I have had the privilege to work with. I have made several close friendships. I love the people and the students. I have developed a good relationship with the parents and the students.
“I have a wonderful coordinator who is actually from Tennessee also. I overall love the entire school and the people.”
Murk has a 14-year-old son named Elijah Hradek that attends Audie Murphy, a 19-year-old daughter who is a freshmen at Texas A&M University in College Station. a husband named Shawn of eight years, and three dogs, Chuck, Jax and Roo.
Murk said,” Most of my shout outs I received were due to the fact that I help others out all the time. I keep candy, chocolate and food always. I try to do everything to the best of my ability, if I don’t have a answer to something, I will find someone who does.
I am also known as the person who teaches everyone the correct color orange, which is, of course, Tennessee and the real UT stands for University of Tennessee. Everyone gets a real laugh at that.”
Murk is known as Mrs. Tennessee on campus.
Murk said, “Coach Robinson said he was honored to work with Davy Crockett’s granddaughter.”