Chief Human Resources Officer

Chief Human Resources Officer


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Erika Newkirk

Human Resources Division
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Erika Murphy Newkirk has over 20 years of experience in North Carolina’s public schools. Newkirk is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who has taught Kindergarten, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, and 6th grades in Pender County Schools, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools and Durham Public Schools.

She has also held numerous leadership roles in the aforementioned school districts. She has served as an adjunct instructor at Winston-Salem State University to pre-service teachers and at North Carolina Central University to teachers seeking add-on licensure in gifted education. Additionally, she studied Spanish and taught Calculus to high school seniors abroad in Monterrey, Mexico at Prepa Tec de Santa Catarina.

Newkirk is a National Board Certified Teacher and served as a DREAM Team consultant for NBPTS for four years. As an educator, she was selected to Governor Bev Perdue’s Education Advisory Council.

Prior to joining Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Newkirk served as a regional education facilitator at the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She was responsible for working with school districts, charter schools and colleges/universities in the north central region of North Carolina.

Newkirk holds a degree in Elementary Education from North Carolina Central University, and she has a master's degree in Elementary Education from Winston-Salem State University, both on a full scholarship. She received an add-on license in Academically and Intellectually Gifted Education (K-12) from North Carolina Central University. She earned a full scholarship and began work on a master’s degree in school administration at North Carolina State University in 2018.

Newkirk is a member of Phi Delta Kappa International and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Newkirk was named a Kenan Fellow and an Education Policy Fellowship Program Fellow. She was also recognized by her alma mater in 2014, as a top 40 alumnus under 40.