Chief Human Resources Officer

Chief Human Resources Officer

Erika New Kirk Photo

Erika Newkirk

Human Resources Division
enewkirk@chccs.k12.nc.us
919-967-8211 x28230

Erika Murphy Newkirk is the Senior Executive Director of Human Resources for Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools. With over twenty years of experience in North Carolina’s public schools, Erika is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow that 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. Erika 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. Erika received a degree in Elementary Education from North Carolina Central University, and she received her 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. Prior to joining Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools, Erika 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. Erika is a member of Phi Delta Kappa International and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated. Erika 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.