‘Be Golden’ Staff Member of the Week: Mrs. Suzanne Burket


Hailey Vanish

Mrs. Burket has been teaching for 29 years.

The “Be Golden” award is a faculty and staff recognition program at the high school. It is given to a teacher or staff that is making a difference at Tyrone.

This award is given weekly by a faculty/staff member to another faculty/staff member. Whoever receives the trophy on Friday is responsible for awarding it to someone else the following week. The only criteria are to give it to someone who has done something to make the school a better place.

“With the Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) initiative in our school, we want to not only recognize students for being golden but staff members as well,” said Shannon Davis, the award program coordinator. “This is a way to personally thank people we work with every day, but don’t always have the chance to show them how much they are appreciated.”

Last week the award went to World Cultures or American History teacher Mrs.Tracy Redinger.

She chose to give the award to ninth grade and DE history teacher Mrs. Suzanne Burket.

Mrs. Redinger’s “poetic” quote:

Mrs. Burket is who I’m passing the Be Golden award to.

She’s intelligent, entertaining, and a US Historical guru.

She’s thoughtful and thorough from planning a field trip to a department meeting.

And, be sure she’ll find out and catch any cheating.

During the 1920s unit, her 9th graders enjoy her beautiful voice.

And, past DE students are happy with their choice.

That they took her course while in high school.

Because when in their freshman year of college, they were able to keep their cool.

She deserves this week’s Golden Eagle award.

Because of her dedication and love towards her students, colleagues, family, and friends.

Who wish her the best and all of the happiness they can send.

The Eagle Eye interviewed Mrs.Burket about being this week’s award winner:

Eagle Eye: Why did you go into education?

SB:Initially it was because I liked history, and I liked teenagers, and teaching seemed  to be a better fit with my values than a lot of other careers.” 

EE: What makes Tyrone a good place to work?

SB: I like that it is a small town, and we have seen entire families of students come through our classes, and now I am seeing the children of previous students come through.

EE: What is your favorite memory at Tyrone?

SB: I’ve been here too long to have just one.  I have lots of great memories of 29 years of field trips to Washington and other places, especially with students who had never been more than 50 miles away from home before.