Superintendent Dr. Erin Murphy has made District 31 her home since 2008. From July 2008-June 2019 she served as the Principal of Field Middle School. During her time as Field principal, she was pleased to note enhancements to the curriculum, a 1:1 iPad initiative and a new schedule designed to support the learning of all students. In 2019, The Board of Education named Dr. Murphy the Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Murphy is honored to continue her career in the District 31 community and feels privileged to work with a wonderful and diverse group of students and families and a professional and dedicated staff.
Before becoming an administrator, Dr. Murphy worked as a 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher at Nichols Middle School in Evanston-Skokie School District 65 for nine years (1999-2008), as well as serving as the middle school social studies department chair for several years. During her time in Evanston, she earned her National Board Certification in Early Adolescent Social Studies in 2006. She began her career teaching inmates at the Cook County Boot Camp from 1997-1999.
Dr. Murphy graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign with a degree in Secondary Education Social Studies in 1997. She earned a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Missouri-Columbia in 2004, a Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Leadership from National Louis University in 2008 and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from National Louis University in 2014.
Dr. Murphy, along with her son Finn, resides in Evanston.