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Sean Burke, Assistant Principal of curriculum at McMinnville High School, has been named Oregon’s 2012 Assistant Principal of the Year.  Burke was selected by the Oregon Association of Secondary School Administrators (OASSA).

An educator for 18 years, he has served as an assistant principal with the McMinnville School District for the last 10 years.  Under Burke’s leadership over the past three years the MHS state assessment results have increased in all subjects: reading by 23%, math by 18.5%, writing by 21.9% and science by 6.6%.   More students are enrolled in dual credit and AP courses than ever before.  Career Pathway participation is continuing to grow with over 21 career paths designed and implemented.  In addition, Sean has led the development of the Engineering and Aerospace Sciences Academy (EASA), a joint venture between McMinnville HS and the Evergreen Air and Space Museum.

Sean Burke believes his role is to encourage, challenge, motivate, support and guide the members of the MHS learning community.  He has demonstrated this by his dedication to smaller learning communities (SLC’s), career pathways, College Credit Now (CCN) programs, positive behavioral support program, embedded staff development, and personalizing the learning environment.

Kerrie Savage, a teacher at MHS, asked her students to find the perfect quote to characterize Mr.Burke and they quoted a fellow administrator (Harry Potter Series), Albus Dumbledore, “It is a curious thing, but perhaps those who are best suited to power are those who have never sought it.  Those who have leadership thrust upon them, and take up the mantle because they must, and find to their own surprise they wear it well.”  Her students sum it up well by stating “Mr. Burke wears it well.”

Burke will be honored at the COSA Assistant Principals Conference in March, and at the COSA Seaside Conference in June.  He will attend the State and National Assistant Principals Forum and awards dinner in Washington D.C. sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Administrators and VIRCO, Inc. later this year.

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