Tim Burke Announces Retirement

Message from Tim Burke, Director of Gifted Education:

Tim_BurkeI am announcing my plans for Retirement effective June 28, 2013, after 36 years in education in South Central Nebraska. I was born and raised in Missouri where I received my undergraduate degrees. In August of 1977, I began my career in education by being hired as a classroom teacher with Minden Public Schools. I spent 9 1/2 years teaching Earth Science and coordinating the gifted program. I received a Masters Degree in Gifted Education from Kearney State College in 1986. In January 1987, I was hired as Director of Gifted Education at ESU 11. For the past 26 1/2 years, I have devoted my life to providing opportunities for high ability learners in the ESU #11 area.

I am so thankful for the privilege to have worked with such a wonderful ESU #11 family who supported me as I became completely involved in high ability learner education. Through my work at ESU 11, I was so fortunate for the opportunity to have worked with so many great school administrators and teachers from the schools in the ESU 11 area, as well as having the honor of working with professionals in the field of Gifted Education while serving on numerous state and national committees and boards.

My most rewarding experiences and memories that I will leave education with is the time I have spent working directly with students. I have worked with numerous students who participated in the various gifted programs sponsored by ESU 11 including classroom activities, Future Problem Solving, Invention Convention, Academic Quiz Bowls, Academic Summer Camps, and the prestigious Summer Honors Program. I have thoroughly enjoyed working with students of all ages.

I am most grateful for a very supportive wife and family whom I owe my success to. During retirement, my wife and I plan to enjoy our house we purchased in Gretna, NE to be closer to children, grandchildren, and family in Eastern Nebraska, Minnesota and Missouri.

I would like to thank the ESU 11 Board, Dr. Paul Tedesco, past administrators Ron Karr and the late Rod Smith, my secretary Danita Geisinger, the ESU11 Leadership Team, ESU 11 Staff and all the very special people over the years at ESU #11 and in the ESU #11 area who supported my career for the past 26 ½ years.

This has been the most difficult decision I have ever made. I will miss everyone.

Most Sincerely,

Tim Burke


  1. Nate Stineman says:

    Tim: Thank you for your dedicated service to the area regarding gifted education. Enjoy your retirement and you will be missed!!!

    Good luck,


  2. Becky Cleveland says:


    Congratulations! Thank you for all you have done for our students, both in Franklin and the other ESU schools. And thank you for all your help getting me started in Invention Convention 9 years ago – I can’t believe it was that long ago! You will be missed!

    Happy retirement!

  3. Congrats on your retirement — I hope you enjoy every minute. Thanks for all you have done for the kids in my hometown and the surrounding towns especially for championing the Summer Honors Program. It — with you at the helm — will always have a special place in my heart!

    Dana Tuss

  4. Hrannar Baldursson says:

    I wish to send Tim my deep gratitude for his leadership throughout the years. A wonderful person, a great leader, my mentor and friend.

  5. Bill Cox says:


    Congratulations on your retirement! It has been an honor to have been able to get to know you, as first a student in SHP and then through the wonderful opportunity you gave me to be an instructor at SHP and getting to know you as a friend and colleague. ESU 11 will truly miss you. I wish you the very best.


  6. Tim,

    Thank you does not convey how much I appreciate the joy you provided to the student of the SHP. I know that my daughter received so much from her weeks at camp. It was by far the highlight of every summer.

    Thank you, Thank you!
    Shauna Balderson (mother of Jen Shafer)

  7. Jeff Fahrlander says:

    Well done sir. On behalf of the many, many students you have guided, inspired and given wings to, may you be forever blessed. Thank you for your encouragement, confidence and courage to provide the high ability learners in the ESU 11 schools with fantastic opportunities and a chance to know that they are not alone. It is a precious gift. On a personal note, thank you for being a great teacher and friend.

    Kind regards,
    Jeff Fahrlander

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