New ISR Review

Checking ISR reviews for the American School of Kuwait reveals that a few new ISR reviews have posted for Michael Murphy. Michael was previously the High School Principal, though he is scheduled to move into a new role next year. We have one of the reviews below:

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Some additional comments were left:

Mike is a good ‘ol average guy that, at an expedient pace, has found himself in assistant principal, principal, and apparently soon, superintendent positions. Rather than distinguished professional performance, I believe the uncanny situation is an indication of American School of Kuwait’s desperation to stay alive. Mike’s leadership does improves with each passing year of experience. He seems most comfortable fraternizing with students and I find is awkwardly cold with his faculty. In my opinion, engaging authentically with faculty with authenticity and genuinely nurturing staff morale is his kryptonite. But I think, for ASK to stay afloat, the school will need a proper credentialed, experienced superintendent to intervene and save the day.

We find it interesting that the reviewer only gave one “Good” check, and that was for strong ability to relate to kids. The reviewer then went on to describe this as a weakness in their comments. We’ll post some other administrator reviews, both old and new, over the course of the next few weeks.


  1. Mike is not a qualified educator let alone a qualified principal or assistant superintendent. He’s lied to me personally on two different occasions and because of my experiences with him I have come to believe he’s a compulsive liar with no integrity or compassion. It’s unfortunate for ASK and the students. I bet he was picked on and bullied as a kid and now he’s trying to compensate for his childhood misfortune by betraying the authority given to him by being a bully to students who remind him of his own bullies.


  2. Mike Murphy has been propelled up the educational ladder without any true evaluation of his abilities. Some who read this may think that it is a personal attack and that is fine to think that, I will direct you to ask questions. First, find any high student who attended ASK from the year 2007 – 2009. Ask them about Mr. Murphy’s classroom policies and teaching capabilities. Once you get the answer then ask how was he selected to become an administrator. Inquire about the tutoring policy at ASK, then ask any student, they have to be Kuwaiti if Mr. Murphy tutored them at school when he was an admin. Ask any teacher who was at the school when the former principal left mid-year, Mr. Bokolswki, name spelled wrong, how Mr. Murphy interacted with him as his vice principal. Ask any counselor, teacher or staff member there currently about his track record with supporting the staff against any outside disturbance. (parents or students). Once you find these answer, then ask your self how is he in a leadership role and who supports him? You would probably find that he is covered by the top because he keeps the status quo of the school and that is to keep the money flowing by any means necessary.


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