Degrees and Certifications:
Bachelor of Arts, Rehabilitation Education Penn State University English Certification Robert Morris University Master of Science, Instructional Technology Duquesne University
Mrs. Jacqueline Goodburn
I feel strongly that leadership is best displayed through service. I believe that growth and learning occur in an environment where learners feel welcome, safe, and supported. Working with my Burgettstown educational community, I strive to create that safe place for our faculty, staff, and students.
In 2001, I transitioned from a career in social work to one teaching English. I was fortunate to secure a long-term teaching assignment at Burgettstown. That time provided me with the opportunity to grow as an educator and to get to know the school district and community. When a permanent position teaching English at the middle school level was available, I was glad to return to Burgettstown and start a career. During my years in the middle school, I served my grade level as the team leader. That experience offered me insight into the "bigger picture" beyond my own classroom. In my time at Burgettstown, my path has continued to widen my view of our responsibility to prepare our students for their futures.
In 2007, at the request of administration, I stepped away from my classroom for what was intended to be a one-year assignment as the Getting to One Technology Mentor. While in that role, I was able to work closely with teachers while they integrated new ideas and technologies into their classrooms. During this time, I also took the webmaster role for our district website. I worked in this position until July 2016 when Dr. Walsh, our superintendent, created the Director of Staff Development position that I currently hold.
My focus for the 2016-17 school year was to design professional development for teachers that included more teacher choice and opportunities for our teachers to lead sessions by presenting to their peers. Our teachers responded by sharing their talents on choice days and inviting each other to visit their classrooms to see new ideas in action. In addition to our In-Service day sessions, teachers used Google Classroom to create and teach professional development topics throughout the year. To support our teachers, I started an online group. I used the Remind app to send weekly messages of encouragement and support without adding to the teachers' email inboxes. Together with Mrs. Burton, our Supervisor of Special Education, we created new learning opportunities for our paraprofessionals as well. We all play a role in the success of our students, so including them seemed to be a natural extension. In June 2017, our professional development committee held its first meeting. This committee brings together administration and faculty with a goal of increasing the impact of the money available for our professional development needs.
In 2017-2018, I continued to develop our teacher leaders as well as opportunities for teacher choice. We started our Pineapple system where teachers can hang their pineapple on their door handle to welcome any visitors or questions on their activities that day. Our department heads facilitated monthly sessions on Growth Mindset experiences. We held menu choice days where teachers presented and shared their best practices with their peers. I organized by first Wellness themed day as well. In addition to these opportunities, our online micro-credential courses were offered to our faculty through a pilot program. We hope to roll out the courses to more faculty during 2018-19.
In 2018-19, the first micro-credentials were available for the faculty and another topic was piloted. I was able to add a Saturday, off-campus PD experience at the Carnegie Museums of Arts of Natural History in Oakland during which we learned about gamification in education through a Goosechase scavenger hunt activity. Walkabout Wednesdays were also started this year so that we can connect as educators in an informal way. Some of the best ideas come from simply chatting with a fellow educator! PD in your PJs opportunies were also shared this year in an effort to enhance teacher flexibility with their learning. During this school year, I have completed courses in Professional Learning Communities, Professional Development in Action, and Personalized Learning through Gaming. I look forward to incorporating this learning into our experiences.