Burke Town School Preschool

Burger, Preschool Teacher and 
Brittany Newland
, Preschool Assistant

Hi. My name is Amanda Burger.  I am the head teacher at the Burke Town School preschool.  I have been in the field of education for over 20 years, including eight years teaching middle school Humanities and five years teaching in the Burke preschool classroom.  I feel lucky to have a job that allows me to interact, work, and play with young children who are so curious and excited about the world around them.  We spend our days exploring, investigating, playing, and learning in many different ways!  When I am not teaching, I spend as much time as I can with my two sons, my husband, and our dog, Ruby.  I especially enjoy being outside, staying active, reading, experimenting with art supplies, and eating good food!

Hello, my name is Brittany Newland. I'm very excited to be the new preschool instructional assistant at Burke Town School. I attended Burke as a student where I found my love for teaching. I continued to foster that passion by attending Lyndon State College and earned a degree in early childhood education. I have had experience working with children as a preschool teacher at Red Door Children's Center. I believe the children learn best through play and should be provided with many opportunities to explore. When I'm not working I enjoy traveling and going to the ocean. I look forward to meeting fellow teachers and my students. I can't wait for the school year to begin!

Burke Preschool

Morning Schedule*

8:00 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.

Afternoon Schedule*

11:30 p.m.-2:45 p.m.




Burke Preschool Philosophy

At the Burke Preschool we believe that nothing is more important than the child. We look at each child as a “whole child.” Each child has emotional, social, physical and intellectual needs. Our goal is to meet every child’s unique needs.


Parent Involvement

As parents and caregivers you have a unique and long-term interest in the growth and happiness of your child. We will work closely with you throughout the year to help your child grow and learn in the happiest way possible. We know that when your child enters school for the first time it can be both scary and exciting. We want to hear how the school experience is working for your child and family. We need your voice to make our program strong.


We invite you to visit the classroom, read a book, help with a special project, cook, sing a song, or just share a happy time with your child. We love seeing parents and grandparents in the classroom and your child will be pleased to have you there.

Please schedule classroom visits with your child’s teacher.


Everything that occurs in the program for children is curriculum. This includes: hand washing, dramatic play, snack time, sensory exploration, choice time, circle time and outside playtime. The Burke Preschool has a basic set of assumptions at the core of all curricular decisions.

1.     Children learn by doing and through active exploration:

Active exploration of a carefully planned environment is the primary method of learning. Children are encouraged to learn self-control and express their wants and needs. Teachers are present to guide, model, and support children with their learning and interactions with others.

2.     Children learn best in groups that stay intact over time:

During the course of the year each preschool class stays the same. Children have the opportunity to learn in a group of their peers that is consistent over time. The class begins each day with a whole class morning meeting. We work on large and small group projects throughout the year.

3.     Children are able to plan, do, and review:

Children are active in planning, doing and reviewing their own activities. Children learn best when they are allowed to make choices and act upon their choices. These can be individual choices as well as group choices.

4.     Literacy, Math Art, Science and Social experiences:

Learning letters, how to count, and learning about the world around us is best accomplished in an active, rich environment. Children will experience: reading books, making books, creating charts & graphs, journal writing, playing with blocks, counting, sorting, puzzles, letter and math games, science exploration and sensory opportunities