Jennifer Burgin

Jennifer Burgin, NBCT, is an elementary educator at Oakridge Elementary in Arlington, Virginia, a part of Arlington Public Schools. She has loved teaching 2nd and 3rd grade and embarked on a new adventure - teaching Kindergarten!

Burgin was named a 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, made possible by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. Her expedition was to the Galápagos from June 2-11, 2017. She was one of 35 educators selected out of over 500 applicants. This experience changed her personally and professionally and was the genesis for her new identity - #EducatorExplorer. Burgin now works to ensure that using established explorers as role models and guiding learners to seek exploration opportunities is a part of her instructional style.

Burgin is a lifelong learner, co-author of the nonfiction children's ABC book A is for Arlington, and a 2017 Deeper Learning Ambassador. She is a National Board Certified Teacher, National Geographic Certified Educator, and became a Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) Educator with the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C in 2019. She was named a 2019 Life Guard Teaching Fellow with Mount Vernon Education and will co-write a bilingual picture book on 18th Century Life at George Washington's Mount Vernon. In 2019 she completed The Career Advancement Program through Arlington Public Schools and was named a Distinguished Educator by a panel of her peers. She was named the Oakridge Teacher of the Year in 2015 and the Arlington Teacher of the Year in 2016.

Burgin's work is profoundly inspired by the diverse families she serves. As a result, she creates every learning experience to show students “windows and mirrors,” or reflections of themselves and glimpses of others. She currently teaches the 22 most amazing 6 year olds in the world who hail from 13 countries and speak over 17 languages! Together, Burgin, her co-teacher Mr. Wesley Bullock, and her Kindergarten learners are working to build skills as explorers. She is also a huge proponent of joy and glitter.

You can follow Burgin's teaching adventures here on her professional blog and on Twitter @MrsJBurgin.

Above: Nadia Lutz for APS

Below: Mark Thiessen for National Geographic Explorer's Festival 2018