Tim Burke

District Partnership Director

Tim began his journey into education when he was selected as a New York City Teaching Fellow, teaching second grade in the South Bronx while pursuing a Master’s degree in Elementary Education at CUNY Lehman College. After completing his fellowship, Tim transitioned to work as a lead teacher with Uncommon Schools at the Excellence Boys Charter School of Bedford-Stuyvesant. Later, he was awarded a Fulbright grant to teach at the University of Valparaíso in Chile, where he mentored and coached undergraduates during their teaching practica. Upon completion of his grant, Tim returned to New York to work as the founding Director of Curriculum and Instruction at PAVE Academy Charter School in Red Hook, New York. Allured by the Pacific coastline, Tim moved west to work as the founding Dean of Students at the East Palo Alto Phoenix Academy, an Aspire Public School. Prior to joining Partners, Tim worked as the Director of School Partnerships at Gooru, an ed tech non-profit, helping principals and teachers integrate technology seamlessly into their instructional pedagogy. Tim graduated from Boston College with a B.A. in English. In his free time, he enjoys cooking with his wife, playing with his daughter, and taking long hikes, one of which led him more than five hundred miles across Northern Spain on the Camino de Santiago de Compostela.

I believe that we learn by practice. Whether it means to learn to dance by practicing dancing or to learn to live by practicing living, the principles are the same. In each, it is the performance of a dedicated precise set of acts, physical or intellectual, from which comes shape of achievement, a sense of one’s being, a satisfaction of spirit…Practice means to perform, over and over again in the face of all obstacles, some act of vision, of faith, of desire. Practice is a means of inviting the perfection desired.” – Martha Graham