Meet Mike Burke
Michael Burke has served on the Board of Education since 2014. In addition to his general board duties, Michael is the Chair of the Board's Policy Committee. He has also served on the Negotiations Committee which successfully reached agreement with Darien teachers during the last two negotiation cycles. Michael said of his time on the Board of Education:
I believe that our work on the Policy Committee in the near term will be even more critical as we continue to adapt our educational environment to the challenges posed by the pandemic and its aftermath. Our work on the Negotiations Committee has been especially gratifying as we were able to reach two agreements that honor the important work of our teachers and are mindful of taxpayer dollars.
Michael is a graduate of Skidmore College and Fordham University School of Law. He is Senior Trial Counsel for the law firm of Traub Liberman Straus and Shrewsberry where he litigates matters in the federal and state courts of Connecticut and New York. "As a litigator, I listen, assess and advocate. I think those skills have brought value to the Board over the course of the last six years."
Michael and his wife Kathleen have two sons, Matthew and Nolan, who are rising Seniors at Darien High School. Of his nomination, Michael said:
Our sons have been so fortunate to have been educated in this wonderful school district. Their teachers and coaches through their years at Holmes, MMS and DHS have been enthusiastic, highly skilled and kind. This has been especially so over the last three months as teachers have adapted to our new, and hopefully temporary, E-Learning environment. If I am fortunate enough to be elected to serve another term, I will work with my fellow Board members to continue to create school environments that allow all of our learners to prosper academically and learn the value of community and kindness.