Boys Home is excited to welcome John Murray to the staff as houseparent and English teacher. John has a Bachelor of English degree from Marietta College in Ohio. John worked for Roanoke City Public Schools as a teacher and a coach from 1985-2006. He was lead teacher for HopeTree WOODS School from 2006-2018. He is also author of 42 novels and a professional editor of 100+ novels. John took a short sabbatical after HopeTree WOODS closed its doors in November 2018 and wrote two novels. He says while that time was peaceful and soothing, he found himself missing teaching. He says his favorite thing about Boys Home so far are the views of the mountains from campus, the oatmeal raisin cookies in the dining hall, and the cooler air. He has also thoroughly enjoyed meeting and getting to know an extremely enthusiastic staff. John looks forward to helping “the village” turn boys into productive young men.