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Donna Burke: Alabama Assistant Principal of the Year

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Congratulations to Ms. Donna Burke (pictured center), newly-named Alabama Assistant Principal of the Year (CLAS).  Also depicted: Principal, Dr. Tamala Maddox, Superintendent, Dr. Kathy Murphy, CLAS Asst. Executive Director, Ms. Katrina Akers, and CLAS Executive Director, Dr. Vic Wilson.

December 7, 2018

Donna Burke (RFBMS) - R.F. Bumpus Middle School Assistant Principal Donna Burke has been named Alabama Assistant Principal of the Year by the Council for Leaders in Alabama Schools (CLAS).  The surprise announcement came in early December and serves as a crowning achievement for this career educator. 

Burke, a member of CLAS since 2011, earned the Alabama Assistant Principal of the Year designation thanks in large part to her administrative prowess, cooperative nature, leadership qualities, and overall commitment to her craft.  In her role as assistant principal for R.F. Bumpus Middle School, Burke assists with curriculum/instruction; discipline; scheduling; and overall day-to-day operations of the school.  She even created the B.E.S.T. Program - "Bumpus Embraces Students at Trace" - a mentoring program for female students at nearby Trace Crossings Elementary School.

"I was brought up in a family with the attitude to work hard and do whatever it takes.  This attitude has been my focus in education every day for the last 30 years.  I believe that every child is important and every child has the potential to be something great," Burke said.

Burke holds BS/MA degrees in physical education, a Master's in Educational Leadership, and an AA in Educational Leadership, all from the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB).  She has served on a number of local, regional, and state committees and has been recognized several times by the Alabama State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance (ASAHPERD).   

R.F. Bumpus Middle School Principal Dr. Tamala Maddox appreciates the "contagious growth mindset" that Burke brings to the culture and climate of the school.

"Bumpus has a very collaborative culture and (Burke) utilizes that to obtain input for those most impacted by the decisions we make," Maddox said.

Burke will be recognized at an upcoming CLAS conference.  For more information, contact Susie Ellison, CLAS Communications Coordinator, at 334.265.3610 or at