My name is Beth Burkhart. I’ve been a teacher in Chicago Public Schools for 12 years. I teach middle school math at Goudy Elementary School in Chicago’s Uptown neighborhood. I also work as an adjunct professor at Loyola University Chicago where I work with undergraduate and graduate student teachers.
I believe that students in Chicago deserve the best teachers and that we have a responsibility to continue to grow as professionals. I love the daily challenges of teaching; it’s exciting that there is always something new to learn.
I’ve earned National Board Certification, participated in an Action Research Fellowship with the Chicago Foundation for Education, and this year I will travel to Wellington, New Zealand for the Fulbright Distinguished Award in Teaching.
I’m interested in learning about how to improve teacher retention. In the United States more than half of new teachers leave the profession within the first five years. The situation is worse in large urban districts. Our students need professionals who will provide consistency and stability. Our new teachers need strong support and mentoring. I’m excited to learn from this experience what we can do to encourage American teachers to stay and grow in the profession.
Outide of work, I swim on the Evanston Wild Catfish Master’s swim team, play banjo, and hang out with my husband, Geoff and our daughter, Eliza.