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.

  • Professional Development Institute 2021

    Burke's faculty and staff ended the year with reflection, discussion, and planning for the future. 
  • 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. 

Teacher Profiles

List of 4 news stories.

  • Faculty Profile: Fran Yang

    After working in public schools for over 25 years, Fran Yang joined the Burke’s community as the Makery Facilitator and Technology Integration Specialist in the midst of a pandemic. In the 2021-22 school year, she will take on the role of Director of Curriculum and Innovation. 
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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: Tammi Abad

    Tammi Abad is on a mission to create mathematicians. For the past four years, she has worked as the math and social studies teacher during the bridge year of 4th grade to prepare her students for the Upper School. “I believe the mathematician we are creating here is more empowered. I see these girls taking many more risks and becoming increasingly receptive to the idea that anyone can be a mathematician.”
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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: 5
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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