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Aya Murata, P’19, ’21

Associate Director, College Counseling and Ninth Grade Course Head, Empathy, Balance & Inclusion Program

Aya began working at Phillips Academy in 1992 and during that time has filled a variety of roles.  She has worked in the Admission Office (1992-1998), in the Community and Multicultural Development Office (CAMD) as the Advisor to Asian and Asian American Students (1994-2015), the International Student Coordinator (2000-2005) and the Coordinator of the CAMD Scholar Program (2010-2015), and as the Cluster Dean for Pine Knoll Cluster (2005-2013). Over the years, she has served as a House Counselor and Complementary House Counselor in both large and small upperclassmen girls’ dorms, served as an Advisor and coached field hockey and lacrosse at the JV-level. 

Aya currently is a member of the College Counseling Office and is the Ninth Grade Course Head for the Empathy, Balance & Inclusion Program. Additionally, she is an Advisor, a Complementary House Counselor, and Faculty Advisor to two student organizations: the Andover Japanese Connection and MOSAIC (mixed heritage affinity group).

Aya graduated from Bates College in 1992 with a B.A. degree in Japanese Studies, with a minor concentration in Japanese language. In June 2000, she graduated from Harvard University with a master's degree in Regional Studies: East Asia.

She lives on campus with her husband and two sons (PA 2019 and 2021) and enjoys traveling, yoga, skiing and other outdoor activities.

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