Erica Murphy, School Director
School Director Erica Murphy joined the Ascend network as a second-grade teacher, team leader and instructional coach at Brooklyn Ascend Lower School. In this role, she led her scholars to achieve some of the highest math scores in the network, while successfully completing the Ascend Aspiring Leaders Program. Before joining Ascend, she was a research associate at the New York City Department of Education’s Research and Policy Support Group. Murphy spent several years previously as a teacher in a district school in New York City and earlier tutored elementary school students in English, math, and state test preparation. She holds a master’s degree in public administration from Columbia University, School of International and Public Affairs; a master’s in elementary education from Lehman College; and a bachelor’s from Washington University in Saint Louis.