Sheila Burleigh

Burleigh Recognized for Excellence in Education

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Thursday October 22, 2015

Sheila Burleigh, who has taught physical education and coached at South Burlington High School (SBHS) for the past 40 years, received recognition from the Excellence in Education Foundation. “Burls” as she has been known to generations of SBHS students, received a Foundation lapel pin, a plaque, and a $5,000 honorarium. Miles Heller, a trustee for the Excellence in Education Foundation, presented the award to Burleigh at a SBHS in-service program.

Over the years, Coach Burleigh’s basketball teams have won 588 games and several state championships. She also coached field hockey and developed a successful walking program in her physical education program. Burleigh’s “there is no free lunch” approach to teaching and coaching, fosters the ideal that you must work hard to be successful in life as well as sports. She is recognized by her students and peers as being one of the top teachers in her discipline.

Burleigh is also active professionally at the school. She has been a long time member of the Local Standards Board, a board that works to ensure that academic work done by faculty is appropriate to the professional development of South Burlington faculty members.

Burleigh is the fourth educator to be recognized by the Excellence in Education Foundation. Ed Krasnow, founder and director of the Access Program at CVU, David Szabo, a social studies teacher at Missisquoi Valley Union Middle School, and Jessica Tomkowicz of the Imagine School House in Fletcher, have previously been recognized. The foundation hopes to recognize one Vermont educator per month during the school year.