• Dear Ira A. Murphy Families,

    My name is John Wallander and I am proud to be the principal of Ira A. Murphy Elementary, home of the Mustangs.  I began my teaching career at Murphy as a student teacher, and I have been in the district ever since.  During my years in Peoria, I have taught 2nd through 6th grades, been a gifted coach, and served as an assistant principal at multiple schools.  My wife is a teacher in our district.  We have three grown children who attended PUSD schools from kindergarten through senior year.  I am excited to be at Murphy, and I look forward to working with everyone in our community to ensure a positive educational experience for our students.  Thank you for your support!


    John Wallander