Longtime South Sound educator Burke to lead WSSDA

Longtime South Sound educator Alan Burke has been tapped to lead the Washington State School Directors’ Association. He will begin on Aug. 1.

Burke is deputy superintendent of the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, where he oversees statewide programs in teaching and learning, assessment, career and college readiness, among others. Before arriving at OSPI in Feb. 2009, he worked in public education for 35 years as a middle school teacher, a principal and administrator. From 1998 to 2009, Burke was superintendent of Yelm Community Schools.

“He has a spectacular combination of public school experience and savvy understanding of how things get done, both here and nationally,” WSSDA president Mari Taylor said in a news release.

Burke has a doctorate in education from the University of Washington.