special education focusing on positive behavior, mental health, and academic achievement

Everyone at TMS extends best wishes to Principal Debbie Countouriotis who will retire on June 30, 2017. Debbie began her career with us in 1997, first as a classroom aide and then as a teacher until 2008 when she accepted the offer to serve as our principal. In that time, she has led the school with distinction. Her career at TMS has been defined by hard work, dedication, and her endless commitment to the success of our students. We are grateful for the countless contributions Ms. Countouriotis has made to Timothy Murphy School over a span of 20 years, particularly the positive values and beliefs Debbie’s mentorship continues to instill in our educational community. We extend sincere and heartfelt goodbyes to Debbie and wish her utmost happiness in her retirement.

TMS is a non-public special education school serving students challenged with behavior and emotional struggles

We are a nonsectarian non-public school committed to helping special education students achieve academic success. Founded in 1985 in San Rafael, CA, we proudly serve students in grades 1-12 from the St. Vincent’s treatment home for boys as well as students from all over the Bay Area, including Marin County and San Francisco.

Our programs are built upon decades of experience with children who struggle with profound emotional disturbances and behavioral challenges, often due to early trauma and exposure to domestic abuse and neglect. As such, positive behavior supports and professional mental health services are deeply interwoven into our comprehensive state-adopted curriculum. Our evidence-based programs provide students with a unique opportunity to grow, heal, and learn in a safe and nurturing educational environment.

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