When Orange Middle School students return to school at the end of August, they’ll be greeted by a new leader. Kathy Burke began her new job as principal on July 1. Burke formerly taught math and history at Rochambeau Middle School in Southbury, where she was an instructional leader and curriculum leader. In 2011 she became assistant principal at Helen Keller Middle School in Easton. She’s looking forward to the start of school and coming in on that first day to see all of the students and staff in action.
“In working with the staff so far, I see a lot of great things going on. I’m looking forward to supporting what is already in place and moving forward,” she said.
Through her leadership, Burke plans to emphasize personalized learning and making connections to the real world through education. She feels it is important for education to be relatable to real world issues and experiences. “I want their learning experience to be meaningful and important. When they go home and their parents ask how school was, I don’t want them to say ‘okay,’ I want them to say, ‘you’re not going to believe this!’” she said.
When asked if she had any plans for change in the upcoming year, she said, “The middle school is on a great path and I am excited to move it forward.” She visited the school during sixth grade orientation last spring and is looking forward to meeting the incoming class of seventh grade students.
“The transition so far has been wonderful. I feel like part of the Amity family already,” she said. “I’m so looking forward to meeting the students on the first day of school and meeting parents at back-to-school night on September 14 at 6:30.”
By Melissa Nicefaro – Orange Town News Correspondent