Academics

Meet Our Teachers

In order to educate 21st-century students, you have to have 21st-century teachers. We are proud at Burke's to say that we have 66 of the best 21st-century teachers in the Bay Area. They continually push themselves to stay at the forefront of educational trends and spend their summers enriching themselves through professional development that trickles down into their classrooms the following year.

This page features an ever-growing list of profiles of just some of our fabulous faculty members, as well as stories about what they're doing and learning through professional development.

Teacher Directory

Professional Development News

List of 3 news stories.

  • Affinity Spaces and Collaboration

    Director of Inclusivity & Community Building, Quise Rodriguez Edwards, is a member of The San Francisco Equity Leaders (SFEL), a cohort of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Directors from five Bay Area independent schools.
     
  • Burke's Presents at NAIS People of Color Conference

    For more than a decade, participating annually in the NAIS People of Color Conference has been part of Burke’s commitment to equitable and inclusive school practices. 
  • Buck Institute PBL Works Team Comes to Burke's

    In the Spring of 2019, Burke's launched a multi-year project to further Project Based Learning (PBL) in our classrooms.
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Teacher Profiles

List of 4 news stories.

  • Faculty Profile: Fran Yang

    What brings you pride, pleasure, and purpose? A tough question to answer, but a common question posed by Fran Yang to her students and herself, on a daily basis. In the midst of a pandemic, Fran realized that marrying curriculum development and technology brought her all of the above and after working in public schools for over 25 years, joined the Burke’s community as the Makery Facilitator and Technology Integration Specialist.
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  • Faculty Profile: Jessica Goldstein

    Jessica Goldstein joined Burke’s math faculty as the Upper School Math Specialist, a role created to offer more opportunities to further math skills and extend comprehension of concepts as well as to provide extra support and practice. 
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  • Faculty Profile: Sheena Tart-Zelvin

    It has been one of the more unusual ways to start a new job, but Upper School Director Sheena Tart-Zelvin has been thrilled to be part of the Burke’s community as it navigated teaching and learning in the midst of a pandemic. “While the sound of kids laughing on campus is sorely missed, it has been energizing and heartwarming to stop by their virtual classrooms and to see them in action with their teachers. Students are strong and resilient. Not only are they growing in important ways right now, but they can even play a lead role in modeling adaptability and flexibility for the whole community in this moment.”
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  • Faculty Profile: Quise Edwards

    Quise Edwards joined Burke’s in 2017 as the Director of Inclusivity and Community Building. She hit the ground running and her contributions to the culture and community at Burke’s were felt immediately. As a product of K-12 independent schools, Quise has a unique perspective on the amazing opportunities these institutions create for their students, while also being able to speak to the challenges some families can face in the independent school community.
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Quick Faculty Facts

Number of faculty: 62
Teacher to student ratio: 1:6
Average faculty tenure at Burke’s: 16 years
Percentage of faculty and staff of color: 29%
Number of National Board Certified teachers: 3
Burke's mission is to educate, encourage and empower girls. Our school combines academic excellence with an appreciation for childhood so that students thrive as learners, develop a strong sense of self, contribute to community, and fulfill their potential, now and throughout life.

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