Erin Murphy was born and raised in Dorchester and is a veteran BPS classroom teacher and community volunteer and advocate.
Erin has been recognized by Mayor Walsh and Governor Baker for her leadership and service to the residents of Boston. After raising awareness and more than $60,000 for recovery services to people struggling with addiction, she was honored with the James F. Gavin Award in 2015. In 2016, she received the Extraordinary Woman of Boston Award for her devotion to her community, and in particular her passion to help individuals struggling with addiction and mental illness while supporting their families. She was recognized by the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women as an Unsung Heroine in 2016 for always showing up to volunteer, no matter the cause, as long as it benefits the neighborhood.
Erin pushes herself to be better and to help others in their journeys to brighter futures — whether it’s nudging hundreds of four and five year olds toward successful academic careers as a BPS early education teacher, running the Boston Marathon to support the recovery programs at Boston’s Gavin House, or reminding neighbors of the beauty of our City with daily sunrise photos — Erin looks to raise up children, the vulnerable, and all her neighbors as she strives to make Boston more caring, more livable, and more inclusive for all of us.
I was born in Dorchester, stayed true to my roots and raised my children here while teaching in the Boston Public Schools for more than twenty years. As a single mother to four children, I lived the financial struggles and shouldered the stigma of raising children alone. I experienced first-hand the immeasurable pain and fear of confronting the fact that my child was addicted to drugs, as well as the complicated and frustrating process of getting help for him. I’ve cried with too many parents who have lost a child to addiction. I have dealt daily with the frustration of navigating BPS, and renting in an ever-increasingly unaffordable city, while desperate for safe streets to ride my bike and walk my dog. I work hard at everything I do and I will continue to work hard for my family, neighbors, community, and all the residents of Boston.
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