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PASSIONATE + QUALIFIED + PROFESSIONAL TEACHERS

"TEACHING IS OUR LIFE'S PASSION"

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VARSHA AGRAWAL

Founder & Math teacher

I started my career in India where I had my Masters in Engineering, and worked as a data analyst for 15 years in the U.S. I also volunteered as a part-time tutor to refugees in Dallas ISD, coming up with a custom curriculum that helped them prepare for the SAT.

Inspired by my two daughters, Esha and Juhi, doing amazing in school, I created Murphy Learning Center in order to get back to doing what I love. I specialize in math, and my favorite feeling is when I can help kids have that "aha!" moment. At Murphy Learning Center, we know exactly what your child needs to meet their educational goals, and we'll do everything to make it happen.

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ROBERT JONES

Chess Director and Coach

Rob's accomplishments as a chess coach:

  • 30 students achieve top 100 listings (by age)

  • A half-dozen state champions

  • A dozen regional champions

  • Two national championship finalists

  • Three all-USA World Youth team members

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CHRISTINE OWENS

Art Instructor

Taught by a local artist, Mrs. Owens is an accomplished artist who:

  • Holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Wayne State University

  • Previously worked as an Art Director for an arts and cultural center in Michigan

  • Now enjoys running our art classes and camps

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DR. MUKUL SARAN

SAT Prep Instructor

  • Developing a new educational coaching service focused on SAT training and remedial training in Physics & Mathematics, leveraging years of experience gained volunteering as a tutor/coordinator for high-school refugee children in Dallas

  • Senior member of technical staff with over 25 yrs of experience in the semiconductor industry, he has contributed to diverse areas including IC process development, manufacturing, package design, customer applications and reliability evaluation

  • Has published in refereed journals, conferences, and holds 12 patents

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Ramon Martinez

Math, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, SAT, PSAT, & ACT Instructor

  • Extensive experience in helping students master challenging Math and Science classes.

  • Graduated from the University of California at Berkeley in Genetics and Life Sciences.

  • Masters in Biology from the University of Oregon in Eugene. 

  • Taught Biology at the college level at Lone Star College and Chemistry, Physics, and Forensic Science in Texas public schools.

  • Standardized tests like PSAT, SAT, and ACT are a particular strength.  Helps students organize their English essays ahead of time and break down their Math and Science questions into Find, Know, and Solve categories.

  • Public speaking experience in Toastmasters.  He believes that students who can learn to speak in public will also make great leaders in business and other areas.

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WALTER CLINTON

Chess Instructor

Mr. Clinton is a  very dedicated chess teacher.

  • He has been working for this center for the past 10 years

  • Aside from working at the center, Walter works at A+ Charter Schools as an assistant director of professional learning

  • Experience with mathematics, data analysis, and professional development

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Ken Thorpe

Chess Instructor

  • Has over 10 years of Chess experience and has been playing all his life

  • Graduate of CSUF in Computer Science

  • Played over 40,000 Chess games

  • Holds a Class A rating of 1800 on Chess.com

  • Is a Software Developer

  • Fluent in openings & middle/end game tactics

  • Great communicator

  • Passionate about playing and teaching Chess

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