Degrees and Certifications:
B.A. in Early Childhood and Elementary Education from the UAB M.A. in Reading Specialist from UAB
Mrs. Leea-Merica Murphy
Greetings all, I’m Leea-Merica Murphy, the Instructional Coach here at Wilkerson Middle School. This is my first year working with these dynamic team of teachers and eager to learn students. I am excited about what this school year will hold. I was born and raised in Washington, D.C., but ended up finishing my high school years in Mobile, AL. After graduating high school, I immediately began to pursue my passion and calling as an educator. I attended the University of Alabama at Birmingham to receive a dual bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education. Since graduation, I have been an educator for over 14 years, now working in both elementary and middle school settings. After many years in the classroom, I grew a desire to learn more about the reading process as it relates to brain research and research-based practices to effectively teach children how to read. This desire led me to the pursuit of my second degree, a master’s degree in Reading Specialist at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. My heart’s desire is to be on the front line in closing the gap between children who are struggling to read. It is no secret that reading is a necessity in this life and is needed to be successful in all content areas. With my passion being literacy, I want to support our middle school teachers with research-based practices, postive student engagement, and the infusion of STEM and LITERACY across all grade-levels and content areas.
I strive to create a loving, safe, positive environment for students to enable them to take risks, so they will always give their best. I believe in building relationships with both teachers and students. Establishing a positive relationship is the foundation to building trust and creating a space where one feels comfortable taking risks, seeking help, and the willingness to learn from others. I want every teacher and student I encounter to grow into a better version of themselves in some capacity.