Superintendent Message

  • Dear Parents, Students, and Staff,

    Welcome to the Rim of the World Unified School District web site.

    We hope to enhance our communication and connection with the community on the mountain by updating our website along with our social media accounts. Our administrative team produces positive news every Friday which can be found on this website under Weekly Spotlight. Please also look at our student videos highlighting programs and events in our district under Rim Spotlight. All school sites have brochures that can be found on their websites. Our district also has a new brochure created by a Rim HS 2019 graduate. You can follow me on Facebook under RIMSD Superintendent.  A committee formed called the ABC TEAM (Always Be Communicating) includes certificated and classified staff along with community members. The ABC TEAM has 2 purposes to focus on a positive media presence and celebration of people and employees in our community.

    Our primary focus is to provide a quality educational program in our schools.  Student achievement continues to improve.  Various opportunities for students to be involved in the performing arts, 18 sports, and community service projects are available to augment learning experiences.  We have quality staff that is dedicated and passionate about providing for and leading our young people.

    Our administrative team is continually looking at the 11 High Performing School Standards: Time on Task, Clear Vision, Aligned Curriculum, Collaboration Time, Frequent Monitoring, Strong Leadership, High Expectations, Home/School Communication, Safe Schools, and Heart for ALL Students. Heart for ALL is our theme for the 2018/2019 school year and our administrative team is focusing on Heart for ALL Students, High Expectations, and Clear Vision along with Knowledge of the Best Practices. Each School Site selected their own 3 standards as a focus. I look forward to serving the community and the district for my third year in ROWUSD. Thank you!

    Michelle Murphy

Biographical Sketch

  • Michelle Murphy began her tenure as Superintendent of the Rim of the World Unified School District on July 1, 2017.  She came to the District well prepared with extensive experience in education.  Michelle earned her B. A., M.A, and her teaching credential from Point Loma Nazarene College, and completed her course work for an Administrative Credential at Azusa Pacific University.

    Michelle has worked in education for over 30 years.  She began her career in the Hesperia Unified School District where she taught grades K-6 and served the community for 24 years.  14 years into her career there Michelle became the Assistant Principal at Kingston Elementary and three years later became Principal at Summit Elementary then opened Mission Crest Elementary.  After eight years as a site leader, she went to Coachella Valley Unified as the Director of Elementary Education and then spent 4 years as their CTO (Chief Technology Officer). She is proud of several recognitions she received during these first 30 years: California Principal of the Year Top Candidate and National Top 30 Educational Technology Professionals. She enjoyed during her time as a CTO speaking all over the country about technology integration, WiFi on Wheels, and women’s roles in Technology. 

    Michelle has been coming to Lake Arrowhead since she was a child.  Her great uncle, Elmer Franzen, retired from ROWUSD as the head of maintenance and operations in the 60’s. Michelle and her husband have 4 children and grandchildren they love spending time with.  Michelle enjoys traveling, golfing, fishing, reading, and cooking.


Superintendent Recommended Reading List

    • Focus on the Good Stuff by Mike Robbins
    • Teach Like Your Hair is on Fire by Rafe Esquith
    • Teaching with your Strengths and Strengths Based Leadership both from Gallop
    • The Mind of the Leader by Rasmus Hougaard and Jaqueline Carter
    • Hacking Leadership by Joe Sanfelippo and Tony Sinanis
    • How To Become a Great Boss by Jeffrey Fox
    • Teaching with Love and Logic by Jim Fay and David Funk
    • Shifting the Monkey by Todd Whitaker
    • Digital Leadership by Eric Sheninger
    • Failure is not an Option by Alan Blankstein
    • Be Yourself by Mike Robbins
    • School Leadership that Works by Robert Marzano, Timothy Waters and Brian McNulty
    • The Essential 55 and The Excellent 11 both by Ron Clarkz