School Leadership

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Pictured, Mr. Burke (second from right) surrounded by his family at their home

Meet Our Headmaster

Often, we have people tour our school, thinking about investing in an education for their children. Such tours are conducted by our student ambassadors, and we often receive comments about how direct, polite, thoughtful, and friendly they are. Most parents want their children to be just like the students who conducted the tour. It is our best guide to how others see us: their delight in meeting our students.

The students behave the way they do, of course, because families and the school share values, because we come to know each other, because we insist on similar things, because we stay involved with each other, and because virtually everyone here is noticed and is important.

We are attached, all of us: old and young, students, teachers, parents, and staff, joined in the common cause of education that will make a difference to our children, and a difference to the world they will inherit and will lead. We have a community of concern, and one that will help our children to grow into fine young adults. It is a pleasure to watch my own children grow up within this fine community, and I know I share this pleasure with the parents of all of our students from Junior Kindergarten through to Grade 12.

Hugh Burke, Headmaster

Hugh Burke Bio & Experience

Biography of Hugh Burke

Hugh Burke grew up in the Vancouver area, graduating from Vancouver College, and then attending Simon Fraser University, where he earned his B.A., P.D.P., and M.A. Mr. Burke has taught at the primary, intermediate, and secondary levels, as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate courses at the university level. He has also been a curriculum coordinator in the public school system, where he focused on Writing and Gifted Education. He later became a Faculty Associate and a Program Coordinator in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University.

Having served in the public education system as a teacher, a coordinator, and a union representative, and subsequently as an independent school teacher and administrator, he offers a unique perspective on educational choice. Mr. Burke has consulted with numerous school districts in the areas of instruction, gifted education, writing, administration, and systemic change, and has published works in the area of teacher education. He has also operated his own company, providing advice to the private sector in the area of strategic planning and staff development.

As an administrator, Mr. Burke has worked in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, and the Vancouver Talmud Torah (where he was the first non-Jewish principal of the school). He is a Past President of the Independent Schools’ Association of British Columbia (ISABC), is a past member of the Board of the Federation of Independent Schools’ Associations, and currently serves as Headmaster of Meadowridge School, which is an International Baccalaureate Continuum School with multiple accreditation.

Academic Credentials 
B.A (English) Simon Fraser University
P.D.P. (specific minor learning disabilities) Simon Fraser University
M.A. (teacher Education) Simon Fraser University

Years of Experience 

Areas Taught/Covered 
Elementary (4,5,6,7, Special Education)
Secondary (Drama, English, Theatre, Social Studies, Humanities, Literature, Mathematics, Philosophy, Theory of Knowledge)
Faculty Associate, Simon Fraser University
Lower Mainland Coordinator, P.D.P. Faculty of Education, Simon Fraser

Sessional Instructor 
Designs for Learning: Drama, Reading, Language Across the Curriculum; Critical Thinking (Special Topics); Classroom Management; Instructor in the Alaska Highway Consortium on Teacher Education (Terrace, Prince George, Kamloops). 

District Coordinator for School District #37 (Delta)
Secondary Writing; Gifted Education; Social Studies; English; Instruction

Other Qualifications 
Past Board Member, Federation of Independent Schools Associations (FISA) of BC (15 years)

Past President, ISABC

Teacher, elementary, secondary (multiple subjects)
Sessional Instructor, undergraduate, graduate studies, in multiple subjects
Department Head, English, Drama;
District Program Coordinator and Curriculum Development, multiple areas
Faculty Associate, Simon Fraser for elementary and secondary modules, and for certifying foreign teachers
Vice Principal, Vancouver Talmud Torah
Principal, Vancouver Talmud Torah
Headmaster, Meadowridge School
Program Coordinator, Lower Mainland Program, Simon Fraser University

Meet Our Deputy Headmaster

My name is Jason Parker and I am very proud to be your Deputy Headmaster. Our school is, indeed, world class in terms of the calibre of education it offers our students.

My experience is that Meadowridge staff and parents are among the most dedicated I have had the pleasure of meeting, and working with, during my 22 years of experience as an educator. I live in Vancouver with my wife, Nancy (whom I met while teaching in Colombia, South America), and our son, Liam (a student at Meadowridge). We are longstanding members of Whonnock House!

Meadowridge has been a key influence in my professional and personal life, shaping the values I have taken forward into other environments. Critically important to me, has been the opportunity that schools like Meadowridge provide to “do good in the world”, by serving and working alongside others.

I look forward to meeting you in person (perhaps curbside or at our regular monthly coffee events) and co-creating a path forward, as our school continues to set both local and global standards as an exemplary IB World School.

Prior to my arrival to Meadowridge in 2012, I was working as a public school administrator, but I also have extensive experience in independent school settings, both domestic and international. I’ve had exposure to American, Canadian, British and the International Baccalaureate (IB) curricular models.

In addition to teaching (grades 4 to 12), I have enjoyed employment as a Grade Team Leader, Curricular Department Head, Community Service Program Coordinator, Chair of Professional Development, Vice Principal and Principal. Previously employed at Meadowridge for a period of three years, I taught Spanish, Social Studies, P.E. and chaired our Staff Professional Development Committee. I also completed my graduate work during this time.

I know Meadowridge to be a school where attention to instructional excellence, and a focus on helping youth to develop the skills and qualities required to live well, with others and for others, all combine to create an unparalleled educational experience.

Kindest regards,

Jason Parker, Deputy Headmaster

Man smiling in front of building with international flags

Pictured, Mr. Jason Parker