"I've enjoyed, and tried to make the most of, the privilege of leading our Woodside staff, community and students," she said. "As an educator for 38 years, what I've embraced is the pace and the rock-n-roll of student life on a large public high school campus. Helping teens navigate their learning, their changing lives, and the changing world has been my career's work as a teacher of English, activity director, coach and administrator. I've valued my opportunities to help teens make sense of our world in the moment — when even the campus adults are sometimes struggling to make sense."
Burbank noted that she is working with campus colleagues to help students respond to social injustice and navigate the isolation of the pandemic.
"While it won't be my work after this year, it will be your work," she said.
The Silicon Valley Chamber of Commerce named Burbank principal of the year in 2011, according to The Almanac's archives.
Prior to joining Woodside, she was principal of Prospect High School in Saratoga from 2008 to 2012, according to the school's website, and at Aptos High in Santa Cruz County from 2003 to 2008. Prior to that, she worked at Cupertino and Gunn high schools, Jane Lathrop Stanford Middle School in Palo Alto and Newark Junior High School in Newark, where she began her teaching career in 1984.
The district will also have a new superintendent joining in July, officials announced two weeks ago.
Burbank closed her message to families by saying, "As I'm fond of reminding people, 'We let our students graduate; we have to let our adults, too.' As I'm fond of ending, let me roar (beneath a face mask) 'Go WILDCATS!'"
The district posted an application for Burbank's position on April 26. The application deadline is May 15 at noon and the salary is listed as between $182,617 and $210,698, plus $1,456 if the person selected holds a master's or doctorate degree.
"The position has been posted in both EdCal and EdJoin and we will be conducting stakeholder meetings at Woodside within the next two weeks," said district spokesperson Ana Maria Pulido in an April 26 email. Burbank's final day with the district is June 30. "A recommendation to the Board (of Trustees) for the appointment of the next principal of Woodside will be at the first board meeting in June."
Last week, the district conducted stakeholder meetings at M-A to gather input regarding the characteristics and skills that staff, parents and students would like to see in that school's next principal, Pulido said. The board will vote on a finalist for the role at its last meeting in May.
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