The El Dorado Union High School District office announced the appointment of Paul Burke as principal of Oak Ridge High School in El Dorado Hills, and Pamela Bartlett as director of special education.
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Paul Burke has spent his educational career in the Elk Grove Unified School District — a district with 64 schools housing more than 62,000 students in grades K–12. After 15 years, Burke, a resident of El Dorado Hills, has finally come home. Prior to joining El Dorado Union High School District, Burke served as principal of Samuel Jackman Middle School.
Prior to Jackman, Burke’s experience spanned four other district school sites, which included serving as vice principal at both the middle school and high school levels, a teacher of business at the high school level, a department chair for business and industrial technology at the middle school level, and a business and regional occupational program teacher at the high school level.
Burke brings to El Dorado Union High School a strong administrative resume, including successfully managing more than $600,000 of yearly categorical and grant fundings, achieving a school API gain of 46 points in two years, successfully reducing the home suspensions and expulsions rates, upgrading the school’s instructional technology, among numerous other accomplishments.
His leadership skills have focused on building the leadership capacity of current and future school leaders. He is also well versed in the implementation of Positive Behavior Interventions Systems (PBIS) and in the Building Effective Schools Together (BEST) program.
Burke has also built the school’s After School Education and Safety (ASES) program into a district model program focusing on student academic intervention and enrichment.
“I am a strong supporter of parental involvement and partnership,” Bruke said.” Student success is my utmost focus, and the entire educational community working together in a collaborative and meaningful way helps to increase student achievement and promotes student pride as well as school pride. It will be such an exciting day to step onto the campus for the first time and officially become part of the Trojan community. I look forward to meeting ‘my kids,’ their parents, and staff. I know we can continue to make a great school even greater.”
Burke has a bachelor’s degree in business administration (accountancy concentration) from California State University, Sacramento; a master’s degree in teaching (secondary education focus) from Chapman University, a Clear Single Subject Teaching Credential, and a Clear Administrative Services Credential. He has also served, for three years, as a Core Adjunct Professor at National University’s School of Education where he delivered instruction for courses as Curriculum Development for Secondary Schools, Instruction and Classroom Management for Secondary Schools, Computer-Based Technology in the Classroom, Technology for Persons with Disabilities, and Issues and Trends in Educational Technology.
Burke will replace current Principal Stephen Wehr who was promoted to assistant superintendent of human resources at the District Office. Burke resides in El Dorado Hills with his wife, Pam, and three children.
Pam Bartlett is well known to El Dorado Union High School District and the community. Bartlett has served as assistant principal for 14 years at various campuses in the district and, most recently, at Oak Ridge High School.
At Oak Ridge, she was responsible for the development of Iindividual Education Plans and 504 accommodation plans for special education and 504 students as well as refining the 504 plan process, including initiation of 504 plan transition meetings, and mentoring and coaching the school’s employees in the Special Education Department. In addition to this role, Bartlett’s accomplishments are extensive including collaboration with parent participation groups, spearheading the California High School Exit Exam preparation program, facilitating the school Community Culture Task Force, and spearheading the school climate initiative “Respect for All.”
Prior to joining El Dorado Union High School District, Bartlett taught for four years at Cupertino High School in the Fremont Union High School District. Bartlett taught social science to regular education, special education, and alternative education students as well as English Language Learners. She has participated in a number of collaborative efforts which included The World Core collaborative teaching team; school site council, technology committee and WASC team leader, club advisor, and supervising teacher for student teachers.
Bartlett holds a master’s degree in educational leadership from California State University, Sacramento; a Clear Administrative Services Credential — Education, a Single Subject Teaching Credential in Social Science Education, and a BA from CSU Chico in Social Science.
Bartlett’s first love is serving the students who receive special education services or Section 504 accommodations where she feels she can make a positive difference in their lives.
“All students in our schools deserve the best opportunity for learning that we may provide,” Bartlett said. “We are committed to providing each child with an outstanding educational experience to ensure that they are college or career ready when the graduate from the El Dorado Union High School District.”
Bartlett will be replacing retiring Director of Special Education Karen Schrick.
Superintendent Christopher Hoffman said, “We have been in a hiring trend to fill a number of key positions in our district for the upcoming fiscal year. The timing has been fortunate that we are able to have such a high caliber of applicants to choose from — Paul Burke and Pam Bartlett among the core of recent hires. We look forward to an exciting year, new faces and new perspectives.”
Both Burke and Bartlett assumed their new roles on July 1.