Headmaster Hugh Burke & His Family

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

Meet the 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

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.

University/College Graduated
Simon fraser University

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

Years of Experience

Areas Taught/Covered
Elementary (4,5,6,7)
Special Education, elementary
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; Designs for Learning: Reading; Designs for Learning: 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 (S.D. 37, Delta) for:
Secondary Writing; Gifted Education; Social Studies; English; Instruction.

Department Head, Drama; Department Head, English.

  • 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
Other Qualifications
  • Past Board Member, Federation of Independent Schools Associations of B.C. (15 years)
  • Past President, ISABC