Our second “I am BCE” profile is of Richard Moran, McKinley’s Elementary’s BCE Site Director. A technology and software consultant, Richard has three children at McKinley.
When did you move to Burlingame?
I moved to Burlingame in January 2002 to join my wife in this community and enjoyed the small town feel and close proximity to both San Francisco and the South Bay.
Why did you become involved with BCE?
I became involved with BCE because I feel that the best way to ensure that my 3 children get the best education possible is to be an actively involved parent. BCE plays a very important role in raising funds to help provide a well rounded education for all of the K-8 children in Burlingame. For me, volunteering for BCE, educating other families about the merits of BCE, and helping BCE achieve its annual fundraising goals was a great way to get involved with both McKinley Elementary School and the educational community in Burlingame as a whole.
What makes your school/school community special?
The teachers, the staff and the families all make McKinley Elementary very special. The dedication and enthusiasm of the teachers and the staff clearly illustrate their passion as educators. Personally, I think they all deserve our support and a huge round of applause.
McKinley has an amazing sense of community and pride. The families at McKinley are friendly, caring, and creative and have an unmatched enthusiasm for crafting memorable experiences for all of our children. Our main community event during the school year is Harvest Festival, which, in addition to having great food, games and music, highlights a true Burlingame classic, The Haunted House. In the weeks leading up to the 2 night event most McKinley Dads can be found at school or in a nearby garage fashioning the required elements for the current year’s haunted house. At the same time, McKinley Moms are adding their own creative touches to other parts of this school-wide operation. It is truly an inspiration to watch as our families come together night after night to build, decorate and transform our school site for the Festival which draws crowds from all over the Bay Area. It is an amazing sight to see and it is even more amazing to be a part of it. The McKinley families work hard and take pride in making McKinley a special place for our children.
What do your kids say about their day at McKinley?
When my oldest daughter started kindergarten I asked each day, “How was school? What did you learn today?” and each day she couldn’t stop raving about something that happened in PE with Mr. D. “Today we learned soccer, now we’re doing basketball, I like when we play baseball.” So of course, I thought how wonderful it was to see a big smile on her face as she described all of these fun activities. It also struck me how important it was that that we have a PE teacher showing the kids all of these different sports and getting my daughter so excited about physical education. Well, as the year progressed I met this infamous “Mr. D” and I was very pleasantly surprised at how knowledgeable, enthusiastic and very dedicated to the kids he was. It came as no surprise that when my other two daughters joined McKinley that they too had the same reaction to Mr. D’s PE class.
What three words do your children use to describe you?
Funny, Fun, Thoughtful and Awesome! (they couldn’t stop at just 3)