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Christopher Burke Appointed Dean of St. Dominic School

burke-fam-stdom-deanMEMPHIS, TN - St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School is honored to announce the appointment of Mr. Christopher Burke as the next Dean of St. Dominic School. Mr. Burke is currently serving as the Assistant Principal and Middle School Teacher at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School in Indialantic, FL, a position he has held for three years. He also has experience as an Admission Counselor for both the University of Alabama in Huntsville and Florida Institute of Technology and as a Learning Lab Coordinator at St. Joseph Catholic School in Bryan, TX. He has served as a varsity basketball and soccer coach at three separate schools leading two of the schools to state rankings and a "Final Four" finish. "We are grateful that we have identified such a professional educator, strong leader and devoted Catholic to be the next Dean of St. Dominic School," said Barbara Daush, President, St. Agnes Academy-St. Dominic School. Mr. Burke graduated from Auburn University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and earned a Master of Science degree in College Student Personnel from Arkansas Tech University. In addition to his roles as a teacher and coach, he has also served as an Accreditation Team Member for the Florida Catholic Conference and as a Board member for the Holy Name of Jesus Catholic School. He is a trainer for the Play Like a Champion program at the University of Notre Dame and co-created and directed GO Camp, a summer organizational camp for students in grades 4-8 at Holy Name of Jesus. His references describe him as patient, understanding, and a gifted team-builder and gentleman who is devoted to collaboration. He is the chair of the academic excellence committee at Holy Name of Jesus and is leading the faculty in a curriculum project, mapping the scope and sequence of skills at all grade levels and in all academic disciplines. He is a very hands-on leader whom students respect and whom teachers trust. Mr. Burke and his wife Martha have a five-month-old daughter, Lizzie. Martha will also join the St. Agnes-St. Dominic family as a lower school counselor at St. Agnes Academy beginning in August 2016. Martha earnedd her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from Southern Methodist University and her Master of Education in Human Development Counseling from Vanderbilt University. She has six years of experience as a school counselor, teacher, softball and basketball coach and college advisor. She is a graduate of St. Mary's Episcopal School in Memphis and the daughter of retired President of St. George's Independent School, Rick Ferguson. Mr. Burke and his family are parishioners at Holy Name of Jesus Catholic Church in Indialantic where he is a third degree Knight with the parish's Knights of Columbus. He is an outdoors enthusiast who enjoys hiking, biking, and camping, and he plays in a men's soccer league year round with other teachers and coaches from the local Catholic High School. "My wife and I have known of the outstanding reputation of St. Agnes Academy and St. Dominic School for many years," said Mr. Burke. "Having grown up in Catholic schools, I now feel exceedingly fortunate to join a school in which I sense shared beliefs, mission, philosophy, and genuine resonance. I am excited and full of energy, gratitude, and appreciation for this opportunity to serve as St. Dominic's next dean. I enthusiastically look forward to meeting each student, his family, and our entire school community as together, we begin our relationship," he said.

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