Get to Know Washington Site Director Margaret Burke

This fall Margaret Burke will start the second of her two-year term as BCE Site Director at Washington. She has a fourth grader at Washington and an eighth grader at BIS.

Margaret Burke, Washington Site Director.

Margaret Burke, Washington Site Director.

So Why Burlingame?

We moved to the Bay Area in 2010 from San Diego for my husband to pursue a new job. We landed in Burlingame partly due to the excellent public school system.

Why did you become involved with BCE?

As parents, we want to provide the best education we can for our children. We want them to have art, music, science, math, technology, and physical education – and smaller class sizes. But we know that public funding is not enough to cover all of this. BCE provides the financial resources to create the education we want for our children, beyond what is possible with public funding. I want to be part of this mission and the role of site director provides a great opportunity for me to contribute.

What makes Washington special?

Washington is a small school with a wonderful community feeling that lends itself to getting to know one another, building friendships inside and outside of school. Washington families are great volunteers and make so much happen at our school. Our Dad’s Club is a great example of this spirit — they get so much done while having a lot of fun in the process. We have great events at Washington. A personal favorite is Family Lunch Day on the first Friday of each month – my daughter is always thrilled to have a special lunch treat and I love to sit and chat with her and her friends, and other parents. I also love Open House at the end of the school year – the kids are always so proud to show off their work from throughout the year and it’s a great opportunity for the families to see the contribution and dedication of the teachers.

What three words do your children use to describe you?

Caring, fun and snuggles with me.

— Jaime Smith, Washington New Family Representative

About Jaime

Jaime is one of the BCE new family representatives at Washington. She has a daughter in kindergartener and son in second grade, plus a preschooler.