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.

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Teacher Profiles

List of 4 news stories.

  • 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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  • 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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  • Faculty Profile: Zach Swan

    It's always a striking sight the first time you see it — a tall California surfer type leading a line of the tiniest Burke's girls toward the playground. Zach Swan has been shepherding kindergarteners throughout the Burke's campus for over a decade, starting in the 2007-08 school year.
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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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