Friday, 03 May 2013 00:00
The Harvard Club of Long Island named Mineola High School Eileen Burke a Distinguished Teacher of 2013 on April 7.
Burke has been teaching English for 34 years, 25 of which have been at Mineola. She received her BA in English from College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA, and her masters in reading from NYU.
Burke “particularly likes teaching juniors and seniors,” and feels a “responsibility to help them tell their story to college admissions officers.” For the past nine years, Burke has been co-director of the Falk-Sysak Student Service at the high school, the umbrella for the school’s community service and service learning programs since 2004.
“Our awards recognize people who transform the future,” explained Dr. Judith Esterquest, a board member of the Long Island Harvard Club.
Former Mineola student Luke Escobar nominated Burke. He will graduate from Harvard College in May 2015.
Escobar said Burke is great at “instilling the values of hard work and service in all her students. Ms. Burke spends countless hours every fall semester going over students’ college essays and is an invaluable resource to students applying to colleges. She is also a phenomenal English teacher.”
Edward Escobar, Principal of Mineola High School and Luke’s father, added, “Ms. Burke is the epitome of an educator - one who cares about her students, is passionate about her subject and one who believes in the importance of giving back to the community.”
“Ms. Burke shows true compassion, dedication and commitment to service learning,” District Superintendent Michael Nagler said. “We are proud of her accomplishments and join the Harvard club in recognizing her as a distinguished educator.”