Thank you for visiting the Robert J. Burch Elementary School website! Burch is a wonderful place where we practice being our personal best and being kind by being safe, responsible, and respectful every single day! It is an honor and a privilege to serve as the principal of this amazing Title I school. This begins my 30th year as an educator, my ninth year as a principal, and my fifth year as principal in Fayette County. I believe that Burch is the very best school because of our awesome students and parents, and because of a highly intelligent staff that believes all students can learn at high levels.
Spending time with my family is certainly the highlight of my life. I have been married to my husband Ronnie, for 33 years and have two grown children, Sara and Andrew. I am one of those grown-ups who now says frequently, “Don’t blink, because your children grow up so fast!” My new “word” to live by is savor...I learned last year in a big way that savoring the moments you have with friends and family is of utmost importance. Raising children is a most difficult, challenging, and wonderful job, and even the most frustrating moments are worth remembering and learning from. With my children grown, my biggest challenges are Bruce Wayne and Clark Kent, two adorable, mischievous, miniature dachshunds. They struggle with the fact that I love being a principal and that I must leave the house on a daily basis to go to work.
As an educational leader, I believe that all students deserve the best education possible, and that teachers deserve to work in a positive environment where they are supported and encouraged on a daily basis. I believe in building relationships with the school community and fostering a climate and culture with high expectations for all, and a warmth that is enticing and evident upon entering the building.
Our staff and students will continue our adventure in leadership and character utilizing “The Voyage” curriculum developed by our partner, ADDO. The teachers and students at Burch have played a huge part in the development of this curriculum offering feedback and ideas to the creators. This year, we will focus on the attributes of responsibility, honesty, humility, generosity, cooperation, perseverance, kindness and courage. We continue to be grateful for our partnership with ADDO and their support of our school.
Businesses and leaders in the community are continuously supportive of our school. What is most impressive is the group of community members who support us because they support a high quality education for all, not because they have chidren or grandchildren in our school. Because of these supporters, we not only have a school garden where children practice engaging STEM activities, but we also have community gardens where families learn the art of growing their own fruits and vegetables and become skilled in what to do with them after harvest! Another business partner provides professional learning funds for our teachers, additional technology for our students, and tools and supplies that enhance student activities. Another supports our teachers with a gift basket of goodies each month, and they offer the use of their parking lot and facilities whenever we need additional space. Still another supports our students and teachers by providing volunteers three days a week to work in our cafe, and on any given day, you may find the mayor of Tyrone or members of his team at Burch. Please make yourself familiar with our partners on the P.I.E. tab on our home page and take the time to support and appreciate them whenever you can.
My goal for the last four years has been to clock 1000 volunteer hours for our school. The goal hasn’t happened yet, but I believe this will be the year. If you are not plugged in to volunteer somewhere, please contact our PTO via Facebook (Burch PTO) or our front office. How wonderful it would be if all families committed to giving 5 hours of volunteer time to our school!
Beyond Burch, I have a passion for JENKINS ROAD. I take very personally the responsibility for having our students ready to go across the road to Flat Rock Middle School. If they leave here having mastered the academic standards, and with a true love of learning, I know they will experience success as their educational journey continues!
I’m looking forward to spending the 2016-2017 school year learning and growing with the Burch community!