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6th Grade Teacher

“A teacher's purpose is not to create students in his own image, but to develop students who can create their own image.”
- Author Unknown

Paul Burbank

Although my father was (and still is) a superb teacher, teaching never really enticed me at an early age. I was bound to be an artist and left California to study graphic design and illustration in a private university in Arkansas. While home for the summer after my freshman year of university, I worked as a counselor, outdoor instructor and cabin parent in a camp for underprivileged youth in Susanville, California. Those ten weeks would revolutionize my future studies and life’s journey as I was internally compelled to switch majors and become a teacher.

Throughout the next 4 years of university, I was privileged to teach and live in Vietnam and Africa. After graduating from John Brown University in Siloam Springs, Arkansas, with an Elementary Education Teaching Credential, I was eagerly off to teach abroad and “continue” my education… by experiencing life outside the States.

For the next 5 years I lived and taught in various educational settings in Beijing, China. From the high mountains of Tibet to the crowded cities of Shang Hai and Hong Kong, the precious Chinese people opened my eyes to the beauty of tradition, diversity and culture. Although I am so thankful for all that I learned in China, it’s who I met and brought back with me that overwhelms me with utter gratitude and joy… my wife!

Since our return from China our family has grown.  Our oldest boy will be starting pre-K, while our littlest boy runs the hallways of our home with relentless energy!  Our family enjoys being together and staying busy.  You might see us on one of the many breathtaking trails around Shasta County, or swimming and splashing in one of the areas refreshing lakes.  Right now, a bike ride to the ice cream shop is my sons’ favorite activity! 

As I begin my seventh year teaching at Millville, I am excited and grateful to serve and assist the exceptional students, parents and staff here at Millville Elementary School in continuing to fulfill its goal…”Millville Elementary School, A great place to learn.”


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