About

Leadership

Here at Burke's, we are lucky to be guided by a number of people who are fully committed to our mission to educate, encourage, and empower girls. Look below for introductions to each of the bodies that governs our school and click the links to learn more.

Head of School

Michele Williams is Burke's eighth head of school, a position she has held since July 1, 2012. Prior to that, she was the Head of the Pebble Beach Campus (Grades 9-12) of the Stevenson School since 1998, where she was instrumental in building a co-ed culture at an institution that had previously educated all boys. At Stevenson, she also served as Director of Residence and Dean of Students. Michele is a graduate of Smith College, where she earned a degree in American Studies, and she holds a master's degree in nonprofit management from Regis University.

She lives at the Delmar House, a school-owned property in Sea Cliff, with her husband Pete and their sons, Andrew and Patrick.

Board of Trustees

Like all other NAIS member independent schools and CAIS-accredited independent schools, Burke’s is governed by an independent, self-perpetuating Board of Trustees. The Board determines Burke's mission, strategic goals, and policy positions. The Board also acts as fiduciaries for future generations of Burke’s girls—exercising oversight of the school’s financial health, approving the school’s annual budget, and overseeing the school’s endowment, physical assets, and fundraising. Importantly, the board selects, evaluates and supports the Head of School. The Board does not get involved in the day-to-day affairs of the school, disciplinary or personnel issues, or admissions decisions—which are the responsibility of the Head of School. In short, the trustees act as stewards of the school, while serving as ambassadors of Burke’s mission.

Strategic Plan

The Katherine Delmar Burke School Board of Trustees is pleased to present our four-year, strategic plan. This plan will serve as a road map for guidance over the coming years as Burke’s strives to fulfill its mission and provide the best education possible to girls in grades kindergarten through eighth grade. Our Community. Our Campus. Our Commitment. is Burke’s first comprehensive strategic plan since 2007. Its recommendations are informed by broad community input, professional consultation, and careful research. The plan works in synergy with Michele’s vision for Burke’s: ensuring that innovative teachers, who truly know their students, help to provide a joyful learning environment.
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.

Katherine Delmar Burke School

An independent K–8 school for girls
7070 California Street, San Francisco, CA 94121
Phone: 415.751.0177 Fax: 415.666.0535
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