Tony Lamair Burks II
Tony Lamair Burks II is a senior associate with the Great Schools Partnership. A career educator, Tony has served schools and districts in roles from Teaching Fellow and School Principal to Executive Director of Atypical and Charter Schools and Area Superintendent. He is among two educators profiled in Chapter Twelve of Walking the Equity Talk: A Guide for Culturally Courageous Leadership in School Communities by John Robert Browne II. For nearly five years, Tony assisted the National Center for Urban School Transformation as its Superintendent-in-Residence. A fellow of the British-American Project and a children’s book author, Tony is a member of the High Tech High Graduate School of Education Advisory Board; vice-president of the Atlanta Dance Connection Board of Directors; and serves as chair of board of directors for the Summerbridge Breakthrough Alumni Network (SBAN). Tony earned a BA in Philosophy with Honors from Morehouse College, an M.Ed. in Educational Leadership from Trevecca Nazarene University, and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership from The University of North Carolina Greensboro. His professional interests include the reframed role of grade level and department chairs as instructional leaders; student engagement and leadership development; the use of storytelling as a learning tool; and the role of missions and visions in school communities. An accomplished StoryWeaver and master whistler, Tony plans to become a chef and operate a “bed and brunch” when he retires from his career in education.