Laura Burke

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Title: Elementary School Educator
Company: Cranbury Board of Education
Location: Manalapan, New Jersey, United States

Laura Burke, Elementary School Educator, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in special education.

For Ms. Burke, becoming a teacher was a goal of hers since she was a child and would hear stories from her grandmother, Helen French Galer, who was a school teacher in a one-room schoolhouse in upstate New York. After earning a Bachelor of Arts from Kean College in 1984, Ms. Burke became a Certified Teacher of the Handicapped. In 1999, she earned an MAT from Marygrove College. After earning a BA, Ms. Burke taught for a year at Damon House High School in New Brunswick, New Jersey before joining the faculty at Cranbury Elementary School in 1985 as a teacher of the resource center. After calling this school home for more than three decades, Ms. Burke retired in 2019. Prior to retiring, she served as an advisor of the Kindness Club and was the creator of the before-school homework program, The Learning Club (T.L.C). She founded the club in 2005.

In addition to her academic contributions, Ms. Burke is a leader also by example. She is active in charity work and since 2009 has served as a trustee for Raising Hope for Others, Inc. She has also assisted in the “Hats for Hope” fundraiser which raised $13,000. Her achievements have been recognized on numerous occasions and she was named the Governor’s Teacher of the Year in 2004 and received the Albert Nelson Marquis Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. The highlight of her career has been watching students attain success and build confidence to take on new and challenging tasks. Ms. Burke believes the most rewarding aspect of teaching is learning alongside students and colleagues.

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