About the Principal

Phone: 847-270-9950


Degrees and Certifications:

Dr. James Tohme

Murphy School Community: 

Welcome to the 2022-2023 school year. My name is Dr. James Tohme and I have the privilege of being the principal at Murphy Elementary School. I am excited to begin my third year at Murphy and look forward to collaborating alongside our staff and parents to ensure that our students have a successful year of learning and growing academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.

My goal as the instructional leader at Murphy Elementary School is to work in a collaborative manner with students, parents, and staff to foster a safe, enriching, and engaging school environment. I am excited that this school year, we will open up our building doors to students and parents for a variety of evening events, such as family nights, concerts and parent teacher conferences. I am excited to invite you all to your first opportunity to come into school, which will be our “Meet the Teacher and Supply Drop-off”. This event will take place on Thursday, August 11th from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. This will be a great opportunity for you and your child to meet teachers and drop off school supplies. I look forward to seeing you all in person, next Thursday, August 11th!! 

As Principal at Murphy Elementary School, I look forward to getting to know you and your child. Building relationships with students, parents, and staff is critically important to me, so do not hesitate to reach out to me by email or phone if I can be in support of you or your family.


Dr. James Tohme, Principal

Murphy Elementary School

220 North Greenwood Drive

Round Lake Park




Comunidad de la Escuela Murphy:

Bienvenidos al año escolar 2022-2023. Mi nombre es Dr. James Tohme y tengo el privilegio de ser el director de la Escuela Primaria Murphy. Estoy emocionado de comenzar mi tercer año en Murphy y espero colaborar con nuestro personal y los padres para asegurar que nuestros estudiantes tengan un año exitoso de aprendizaje y crecimiento académico, social, emocional y físico.

Mi objetivo como líder de instrucción en la Escuela Primaria Murphy es trabajar de manera colaborativa con los estudiantes, los padres y el personal para fomentar un ambiente escolar seguro, enriquecedor y atractivo. Estoy emocionado de que este año escolar, abriremos las puertas de nuestro edificio a los estudiantes y padres para una variedad de eventos de noche, como noches familiares, conciertos y conferencias de padres y maestros. Estoy emocionado de invitarlos a todos a su primera oportunidad de venir a la escuela, que será nuestro "Conozca al maestro y entrega de útiles". Este evento se llevará a cabo el jueves 11 de agosto de 5:30 a 7:00 pm. Esta será una gran oportunidad para que usted y su hijo conozcan a los maestros y dejen los útiles escolares. ¡Espero verlos a todos en persona el próximo jueves 11 de agosto!

Como director de la Escuela Primaria Murphy, espero conocerlos a ustedes ya sus hijos. Establecer relaciones con los estudiantes, los padres y el personal es de vital importancia para mí, así que no dude en comunicarse conmigo por correo electrónico o por teléfono si puedo ayudarlo a usted o a su familia.


Dr. James Tohme, Director

Escuela Primaria Murphy

220 Greenwood Drive

Round Lake Park



Assistant Principal

Phone: 224.842.2252


Degrees and Certifications:

Mrs. Jennifer Malecke

Welcome back Mustangs!  My name is Jennifer Malecke and this is my second year as Assistant Principal at Murphy Elementary.  This school year, I am starting my 16th year in education.  Throughout this time in education, I have had experiences teaching Special Education, Dual Language Education, and I have been an Elementary Instructional Coach. We are so excited to start the 2022-2023 school year.  

Our continuing focus for our school is to provide your child with the best education and a safe, and inclusive learning environment.  This year our theme is Team Mustangs!  During the year we will be providing various opportunities for our  students to  build community and practice teamwork across grade levels and with different classrooms. We want to continue to foster great relationships between our staff and students so Murphy is a positive experience for your child at every grade. 

Our school/family partnership is one of the key factors in success for your child.  I look forward to working together to make this year one of the best for our students. Together, we can help our students to be the best they can be and to reach their greatest potential. Go Mustangs!

Jennifer Malecke