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Alumni Profile: Lynn Burek, '05, M.A. Educational Leadership

Morristown, N.J. (July 14, 2015) – Lynn Burek, M.A. Educational Leadership, '05, is the new principal at the Academy of Saint Elizabeth, an all-girls high school, located on the same campus as the College of Saint Elizabeth. Starting her duties in July 2015, Lynn comes from an assistant principal position at Parsippany High School in Parsippany, N.J.

Back in the early part of the 2000 decade, CSE recruited teachers to enroll in the Master's in Educational Leadership program which was held on-site at Parsippany High School.

"This was perfect for me," says Lynn. "I was pondering my options in my educational career when I learned of the CSE Master's in Educational Leadership program. It was one night a week at a location that was convenient for everybody. We formed a cohort class and stayed together throughout."

The Master's in Educational Leadership is an off-site program that brings classes to the students. For fall 2016, the program will be offered in new locations of Red Bank, Paterson, and Union as well as the exiting sites of Irvington, Parsippany and Bound Brook. Classes begin in early September.

Her district promoted the idea among its faculty and the program included some teachers from local parochial schools as well.

"Our cohort was very diverse and we learned much from one another," she explains. "The educational leadership program was intense and we all came to it with different strengths to share."

Graduating in 2005, little did she know that she would come back to the campus that helped her fulfill her dream. "I did not see myself as a public school principal," she says. "When I saw the job posting for the Academy, I knew this would be a wonderful opportunity to not only use my CSE education, but to help the Academy grow." She is pleased that she is part of a faith-based community and has high expectations of the Academy going forward.

"I want to involve the Academy's whole community: students, parents, teachers, staff, and alumni," she explains. "The Academy is a gem that needs to be polished to bring back the luster!"

She feels that by involving the community of stakeholders, the education of the whole child can happen – academic, social, emotional and spiritual – and to foster a life-long love of learning.

Dr. Joseph Ciccone, director of education programs and one of Lynn's teachers and mentors has this to say of Lynn, "She is an outstanding school leader who embodies the true meaning of servant leadership."

Lynn is the first lay principal in the Academy's 160-year history. "Today I enjoy a rewarding career as a school leader and attribute my success to the excellent preparation I received at the College of Saint Elizabeth."

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