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Jean Burkus (CT '89)


At the time of the Award, Jean Burkus was:

Amity Regional Junior High School
Orange, CT

Subject(s) taught: Biology/Life Science
Grade(s): 9

Biographical Information

As a biology teacher at Amity Regional Junior High School in Orange, Jean Burkus restructured and updated the traditional science curriculum, incorporating controversial scientific issues, the health needs of adolescents and concepts of human sexuality. As gender bases developed early in life, she was particularly concerned about "the need for women to see the value and importance of science both as a knowledge base and potential career. " Ms. Burkus also presented workshops for the National Science Teachers Association, the National Association of Biology Teachers and the Connecticut Science Teachers Association.

Additional Information


1948 Hunter College, B.A.

Teacher Training, Teaching as a Profession, Values/Ethics