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    My name is Lisa Burke and I am proud to be your  teacher this year! I live in Cortina and am so glad to be part of the SMS family. My goal this year is to see how my students grow as readers and writers, and develop a love of both and encourage reading with a variety of rich text. With your imagination, a book and pencil, the possibilities are endless.
    This is my eight year teaching at HUSD, and my first year at SMS. Previously I taught 6th at Cortina, and 4th grade at FUSD.   My undergraduate work is in Business Economics at SUNY Oneonta. After working in the business world, I decided to go back to school for my Masters in Elementary Education at CW Post College in Long Island, New York. Teaching has to be the most rewarding job I have ever had, and I love every moment I am in the classroom.

    I am originally from New York and lived there most of my life. My husband retired from the NYC Police Department, and we decided to move to Arizona. We have been living here for 10 years now. Although I miss our family and the beach, we love it here and enjoy the sunny, warm climate. Since his retirement, my husband decided to become a teacher as well after 20 years as a police officer. Mr. Burke teaches at Sossaman Middle School as well.  We have four children. My youngest daughter, Bella is at HHS starting her sophrmore year.  Mary, one of the middle children, is in 11th grade at HHS,  My son, John, is a sophmore at CGCC, and my oldest son, Christian, is a senior at ASU.   Our children keep us very busy. We are a soccer family and lots of our time is spent on soccer fields. Besides cheering on my children, I love to read, run and go to the gym.  I recently began riding with my husband, so you may see me around town on my bike!! :)
    I am looking forward to a wonderful school year!! 

    Lisa Burke    
    MA Education                              
    Sossaman Middle School