Meet Mrs. Burks

Mrs. Burks

I am super excited to be teaching kindergarten at Ray Elementary!  I wanted to give you a little background of my experience in the education world…so here we go.

I graduated from the University of Central Arkansas with a B.A. in Family and Consumer Science with an emphasis in Design (I am a very art driven individual).  After graduating I got married to my college sweetheart and we moved to Chicago, which was quite a change from a small town in Arkansas, but we LOVE it.  I began my design career and was not quite fulfilled and knew something was missing so I began to explore.  I started substitute teaching and actually loved it; not many people can say that.  I immediately enrolled at National Louis University to work towards my Master in Education.  While I was going back to school I became a paraprofessional for Kindergarten, First grade and preschool.  Those positions gave me a lot of experience working alongside great teachers and students.  When it was time to start my student teaching I knew I wanted to go out of the country to complete my degree.  I enrolled in a global student teaching program and we packed our bags and moved to London, England.  The experience was amazing and I would never change it for the world.  After four months we moved back to Chicago and I began teaching kindergarten in the suburbs, where I taught a.m. and p.m. classes for two years.  The position at Ray opened up for me and I believe it was a perfect fit.  I am thrilled to be working along such a caring staff and such sweet kiddos.

My Educational Philosophy

My education philosophy revolves around my love for children, regardless of their social standing or background.  That love brings out my passion for educating kids because I believe every child has the right to a positive learning environment and experience.  I focus on my classroom environment because outside of their home the classroom can be the single most influential setting for a child.  I show acceptance and respect to each student, giving praise to each one daily.  I hold high expectations for my students because they should hold high expectations for themselves.  I feel that showing respect and love for each other is one of the most important gifts I can give to my students; celebrating diversity is very important for their individual growth.  Most importantly, I want an opportunity to apply this philosophy so that I may impact kids in my own community.

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