A female teacher sits at a table covered in her new book.
Division Avenue High School English teacher Melanie Murphy recently launched her first book, The Extraordinary Adventures of Anna Parke. (Contributed photo)

Division Avenue Teacher Follows Dream To Become An Author

An English teacher at Division Avenue High School in the Levittown School District recently pursued her dream to author an original novel, which has been enjoyed by some of her students.

Melanie Murphy’s first book, The Extraordinary Anna Parke, was released earlier this year and is described as an adult fiction coming-of-age story. The story follows Anna Parke, who has a special connection to nature and discovers her unique talents through a tale of mystery and family drama. Taking place in upstate New York, Mrs. Murphy was inspired by her surroundings and relationships in her own life – including those with her own students.

“Every day, we write in our own notebooks. One student asked, ‘Have you ever written anything?’” Mrs. Murphy said. “I had always wanted to, but never a full-length text.”

Mrs. Murphy has enjoyed a successful book launch by hosting signings and sharing her work with her students. One student who read Anna Parke re-created a scene in graphic novel format for a project.

“I wanted to show students and my own children that you can pursue your dreams,” Mrs. Murphy said. “It’s important to take time for yourself – be creative and lose yourself in the process. Just because it’s hard doesn’t mean it’s impossible.”

—Submitted by Levittown Public Schools

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