Degrees and Certifications:
Mr. Brian Burke
As you know, my name is Mr. Burke, and I am your history teacher for this year. I am originally from Maryland, but I have been teaching in the Ridgefield School District for 17 years. I graduated from Lebanon Valley College with a major in History and Secondary Education. In addition, I have a Masters degree in Educational Leadership from Long Island University.
My personal philosophy of education and fundamental goal of teaching is to promote learning and personal development. Although everyone is capable of learning, a student's desire to learn is a vital pre-condition to effectively master new concepts and skills. The purpose of education within this framework is to help students grow and mature emotionally, intellectually, physically, and socially while meeting their fullest potential. To achieve this I as teacher must provide students with an environment that is safe, supports risk-taking, and prompts the sharing of ideas.
I am extremely excited to dive into American history this year! Please use this site to guide you through any classwork, updates, additional resources, or homework assigned. I have high expectations for you all this year, and I know that you are more than capable of meeting these expectations.
If you have any questions feel free to contact me at email@example.com.