Degrees and Certifications:
Here is my educational and professional background from my Curriculum Vitae: Education/ Certification Arizona Department of Education Certificate Standard Secondary Education 7-12 Approved Areas: English, Psychology, Structured English Immersion Bachelor of Science in Education May 1977 Magna Cum Laude Central Michigan University, Psychology Major; Minor in Teaching Reading Honors and Awards Excelling Website Designation – Sonoran Trails Middle School 1st sem. 2013-2014 H.U.G. (Helping Us Grow) Award – CCUSD May 2012 National Board Certification in Early Adolescence English Language Arts Nov. 2002 Employee of the Month Feb. 2014, Jan. 2008, Oct. 2006 Nominated by CCUSD for Arizona Teacher of the Year Award 2004 Phoenix Suns/America West Airlines Educator award 1995 Work Experience Cave Creek Unified School District English Teacher 6th-12th Grades Cactus Shadows High School, Honors 9th and 10th grade English Aug. 2015 to present. Sonoran Trails Middle School, 7th grade Language Arts Aug. 2013 to May 2014 Substitute Teacher CCUSD Aug. 2012 to May 2013 Cactus Shadows High School Aug. 2011 to May 2012 SmartSchools (Cactus Shadows HS) Aug. 2010 to May 2011 Cactus Shadows HS, Sonoran Trails MS, Black Mountain ES Jan. 1981 to May 2010 Substitute Teacher, Black Mountain Elementary School Aug. 1980 to Dec. 1980 Title 1 Reading Teacher, Peoria High School Aug. 1979 to May 1980 Substitute Teacher, various districts Jan. 1979 to May 1979 TrainingReceived Common Core Standards Unwrapping Standards Co-Teaching with Special Education Cognitive Coaching Curriculum Alignment Curriculum Mapping Creating Moodle Online Courses Lee Jenkins L to J Training Differentiated Learning Kagan Cooperative Learning Kagan Multiple Intelligences Kagan Character Development Understanding by Design Six Traits Writing Greater Phoenix Area Writing Project Advanced Placement English Training Quality Tools Love and Logic Clinical Supervision Arizona State Assessment Plan Essential Elements of Instruction Advanced EEI Classroom Management Leadership Positions English Department Chair, CSHS 2007-2010, 1982-1999 Language Arts Content Lead, STMS 1999 – 2006 Language Arts Textbook Committee Member 2011, 1997, 1984 Myaccess Online Writing Program Building Administrator 2009-2012 ASU Mentor Teacher 2013, 2010,2008, 2004, 1997, 1994, 1988 Career Ladder Co-Director 2005- 2010 Career Ladder Steering Committee Member 2000-2005 New Middle School Planning Committee 1998 Career Ladder Peer Evaluator 1990s Teacher Advisor for STMS Kiwanis Builders Club 1999-2006 Teacher Advisor for CSHS National Honor Society 1990-1999 Teacher Advisor for CSHS Kiwanis Key Club 1982-1990 District Professional Growth Committee 1990s STAR Team Member for Substance Abuse Prevention 1984-1986 Curriculum Committee Member/Writer throughout career Trainer of Teachers Common Core: Unwrapping Standards My Access Online Writing Program Curriculum Mapping Lee Jenkins L to J Process Six Traits Writing Understanding by Design Cave Creek Writing Project (Ottawa U.) Arizona State Assessment Plan Computer/Technical Skills gomyaccess.com ws.hmhpub.com my.hrw.com turnitin.com quia.com Googledocs Moodle PowerPoint Excel Word 2010 Infinite Campus GradePro School Center Website Groupwise email/calendar remind.com CommonLit.org Google Classroom
Mrs. Lorraine Burke
Meet Mrs. Burke
Hello students and parents! I am Mrs. Lorraine Burke, and I am so pleased to be able to work with you this year!
I have taught English Language Arts in the Cave Creek Unified School District for 39 years. I am a National Board Certified Teacher. I have taught every grade level and course from 6th grade Language Arts to 12th grade Advanced Placement English, including at Black Mountain Elementary, Cactus Shadows High School, and Sonoran Trails Middle School. I "retired" in 2013 and then promptly came back to do three long-term substitute positions, ending the year substituting for Mrs. Pope at STMS when she had her baby. I enjoyed teaching 7th grade again so much that when Mrs. Pope decided to stay at home to enjoy being a mom, I requested to take her place for the 2013-2014 school year. (You can take the teacher out of the classroom, but it is very difficult to take the classroom away from the teacher!) Then I took a true year-long sabbatical (I've given up saying "retired") 2014-2015 and returned to teach 10th grade again in 2015-2016. In 2016-2017 I continued my work with 10th graders as well as returning to teach Honors 9th grade which is one of my all-time favorite levels with which to work. I am continuing to teach 9th grade English. This year we are using an exciting curriculum for Pre-AP English! I am doing what I love, and I am here to help students and parents have a productive and happy year. Welcome to my class and my ever-growing community of "my kids."
I was raised in the Upper Peninsula of Michigan in Marquette, so I am what some have come to call a "Yooper" meaning someone from the U.P. I attended Northern Michigan University in the Upper Peninsula and finished my degree at Central Michigan University in Mt. Pleasant, Michigan. I moved to Arizona in 1978 and live in Black Canyon City.
In addition to my professional life at CCUSD, I have been a district parent. My daughter, Emily, attended the district Preschool Program, Desert Sun Elementary School, Black Mountain Elementary School, Sonoran Trails Middle School, and Cactus Shadows High School. After graduating from CSHS with the AIMS scholarship, she attended Northern Arizona University, graduating with majors in English and Anthropology and a minor in French. She completed her Masters Degree at Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana and is currently working on her PhD in Folklore at IU. My husband is an author of two books: The Blue Moon Boys: The Story of Elvis Presley's Band and Country Music Changed My Life: Tales of Tough Times and Triumph from Country's Legends. He is a contributor to multiple biographical encyclopedias and magazines. We are animal lovers and currently the parents of our "fur-babies" Jack the Puppy and Mickie and Minnie our kittens.