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After 19 years of heading Union Public Schools, Superintendent Cathy Burden announced to teachers and staff Thursday that she will retire after this school year.
"This has been the highlight of my career. I am Union through and through," she told the Tulsa World. "No doubt I love this job. It's been a joy." Burden said she wants to spend more time with her grandchildren after 41 years in education.
She announced her retirement during the yearly kickoff program for teachers and staff Thursday. More than 1,700 employees packed the Union Performing Arts Center.... more
The Union Collegiate Academy will open its doors to 3,200 10th- to 12th-grade students Monday. JAMES GIBBARD/Tulsa World... more
After nearly two decades as the district’s top administrator, Union Superintendent Dr. Cathy Burden plans to retire next summer. Dr. Burden made the announcement during the employee annual back-to-school kickoff today, Thursday, August 16, at Union High School’s Performing Arts Center.
She explained, “I have been one of the most fortunate people on earth to spend 19 years at Union in a profession that I am passionate about and in a district and job that I love. But at the end of this school year, on June 30, I will retire – a Union Redskin for life!”... more
First let me say, there will never be another Dr. Cathy Burden.
I am extremely humbled and honored to serve the district in this capacity. I am thankful for this opportunity and want you to know that there is no other place that I would like to be. Rest assured that I recognize the magnitude of this job and will do my best to continue our never-ending pursuit of excellence, or as we call it “The Union Way!” This transition is not about me. It is about us – The Union Family - collectively working to ensure that we preserve our culture while stimulating progress.See entire speech inside.... more
The “Union Way" is to persevere and put our students first. We are not going to let our students suffer because legislators can’t see the value in what we do. We know we make a difference and no one can take that away. While we fight a constant battle for classroom funding, you are forced to deal with crowded classrooms. While we fight a battle to reduce testing, you have to deal with the stress of now having those testing statistics directly tied to your teaching certificate while still aiming to graduate well-rounded students who haven’t just been taught to a test. And what do you do? YOU excel! You take these challenges and you rise above them and you put the student at the forefront of everything you do because that is why we are here. No one can keep a good team down no matter how many words are slung or how many obstacles are thrown. Union is most definitely a good team to be on! .... see entire speech inside