Ms. Nicole Burdick

English Department Head & English Teacher

  • BA Literature – Emory University
  • MSc Creative Writing – University of Edinburgh

WHO AM I?

I love learning, traveling and meeting new ideas. My greatest classroom has been people and places I’ve explored around the world. Most recently, I’m from Denver, Colorado in the United States. I taught in the public education scene for six years and the non-profit world, working with both adults and children, for many years prior to that. Over a decade as a freelance writer and a love of reading all things makes me perfectly suited for teaching. Plus, teenagers rock.

MY EDUCATIONAL PHILOSOPHY:

The literature classroom is a place we can explore the world through texts and all the cultures and histories they hold. Learning to read and express (writing and speaking) are core human characteristics. We value a great conversation, the opportunity to open our minds to a wide variety of ideas and possibilities – and that is exactly what a classroom can offer. A safe space to intellectually and academically explore is important. Texts are not just bound paper with letters; they are advertisements, art, newspapers, and songs among other things. Learning is an inevitable part of life. Even a rock learns its shape from a river. In the literature classroom we’ll see that argument, storytelling, and passing information are worth engaging in and honing our skills in preparation for now and what each child’s unique future holds.

FUN FACT:

I write and read, paint abstract stories, do crafty arts, and try to cook like I am from everywhere. Cheese is a food group and trees and spiders are my friends.