We are pleased to announce that Nancy Burke, Ed.D., longtime educator and former principal of Trinity High School in Camp Hill, Pa. is the recipient of this year’s F. Laird Evans Outstanding Volunteer Award.
Presented annually, the F. Laird Evans Outstanding Volunteer Award recognizes a dedicated volunteer who has advanced the mission of the Middle States Association to foster continuous school improvement through accreditation, so all students receive the highest quality education possible. Volunteers serve on accreditation teams that evaluate schools based on an established set of protocols and standards designed to reflect proven practices in education.
Burke, who served as Trinity High School’s principal until her retirement in 2009, has led teams of educators on visits to schools around the world, including Catholic, Islamic, charter, and a school for the deaf.
“Nancy’s professional experience and leadership style have made her an asset to Middle States and to our member schools,” said Lisa Marie McCauley, Ed.D., president of the Middle States Association Commissions on Elementary and Secondary Schools. “Middle States volunteers share a passion for improving education and making a difference for schools and students throughout the world, and Nancy is proof of that.”
In addition to serving as principal, Burke has held adjunct faculty positions at Harrisburg Area Community College in Harrisburg, Pa., and Pennsylvania State University’s Harrisburg campus. Burke earned her undergraduate degree in biology and a doctorate in educational leadership from Immaculata University, Immaculata, Pa. She also holds a master of science degree in biology from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, Pa.
“This is a wonderful honor, and I have deeply enjoyed my time as a Middle States volunteer. The Middle States accreditation process gives schools and school systems the opportunity to bring students, teachers, administrators and parents together to create plans aimed at ongoing growth and improvement. It’s a rewarding process to be a part of.” Nancy Burke, Ed.D