“Education is not to reform students or amuse them or to make them expert technicians. It is to unsettle their minds, widen their horizons, [and] inflame their intellects.”

—Robert M. Hutchins

I have worked in Texas education for the past 11 years. I’ve taught in both urban public schools as well as in urban charter networks.  I have taught Social Studies in grades 6-8 as well as English in grades 6-10. I have also worked as a professional development facilitator for new teachers, a middle school academic dean, and as a model teacher and instructional coach. I am certified in grades 4-8 (all subjects), 8-12 English Language Arts and Reading, Talented and Gifted, International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme, and Pre-AP English. While Texas is not a Common Core state, I was greatly inspired at a Lucy Calkin’s Writer’s Workshop in 2010 and adapted my classroom to align with the strands of the Common Core. I am currently working in an all-boys independent school teaching middle school humanities. I also am the advisor for the middle school literary magazine.

A lot of my instructional routines and practices are hodgepodged from the greats who came before me: my mother, Jim Burke, Kelly Gallagher, Gretchen Bernabei, Ralph Fletcher, and Carol Jago to name a few.

Many of the images you see on the site are courtesy of my wonderful students.