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Pamela Jean Burish

Pamela Jean Burish (TN '94)


At the time of the Award, Pamela Jean Burish was:

Eakin Elementary School
Nashville, TN

Subject(s) taught: General Elementary
Grade(s): 3

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Biographical Information

Pamela Burish is currently an Institute for Educational Initiatives Fellow at the University of Notre Dame, working on educational technology initiatives; teaching with the ACE (Alliance for Catholic Education) M.Ed. in the area of writing, children's literature, and language arts assessment; and teaching undergraduate service learning seminars. She also works within the community centers on VTS (Visual Thinking Strategies) and literacy. Burish was formerly on the faculty at Washington and Lee University's Teacher Education Program; served as a national consultant for McGraw-Hill Digital Learning; was part of a team that developed online assessment based on curriculum-based measurement; and for almost two decades taught grades three through five using a blend of the arts, technology and literature within the core curriculum. Formerly a third-grade teacher at Eakin Elementary School in Nashville, Burish was also coordinator of the Teaching, Learning and Technology Center for the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools. Burish has received numerous teaching honors, including 1995 Tennessee Teacher of the Year and Apple Computer's Distinguished Educator Award. Ms. Burish is also a Google Certified Teacher.

Personal Message

Greetings from Indiana. MFF Networks are INCREDIBLE and WELCOMING as I have been privileged to be a part of the Tennessee, Virginia, and now Indiana networks. My current work in education allows me to share the wonderful opportunities the MFF Award afforded to me in both the public and parochial sectors of education. I would be happy to share what I am doing in the area of VTS - Visual Thinking Strategies and/or educational technology if you are interested.

Additional Information


1973 University of Wisconsin - Whitewater, B.S.

Trevecca Nazarene University, M.Ed; Educational Leadership

Educational Technology; Critical Thinking and Creativity includes current action research on Visual Thinking Strategies; Use of children’s literature as mentor texts and with writing/interdisciplinary studies; Environmental education; Poverty issues related to education