Victoria Burnett


BIO

Email Address: vburnett@stcathschool.org

Ms. Victoria Burnett comes to the St. Catherine of Siena Parish School community as a Librarian with over 20 years of experience and as an Artist in Residence sharing her skills as a teacher, singer and performer. Her past teaching experience includes having worked at Our Lady Queen of Angeles School and St. Margaret’s Episcopal School in SJC teaching K thru 12 th grade students. As a Media Center teacher, she will instruct our students in the use of library materials, researching information online and promoting an excitement for reading and learning. She enjoys teaching creatively by integrating the arts through music, storytelling, and movement. Ms. Burnett will share her distinctive storytelling gifts with the larger school community at special events throughout the year.

Victoria holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Voice (vocal performance), a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from University of Maryland, College Park and a Master of Science degree in Education,with an emphasis in Integrating the Arts Across the Curriculum, from Lesley University in Cambridge, Mass.
Ms. Burnett also performs nationally and internationally in schools, museums, festivals, corporations, libraries and hospitals, and she teaches storytelling workshops and classes to audiences of all ages.
She has been a Resident Storyteller at the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, a featured storyteller at The Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C., the California African American Museum of Art, the National Storytelling Network Festival, and the National Black Storytellers Festival. Victoria has served as a Resident Storyteller for the International Storytelling Center in Jonesborough, Tennessee. Her children’s television program MVTV Storytime Theatre won a Telly Award for Outstanding Children’s Programming in 2003. As an educator, she is an experienced workshop presenter for organizations such as the California School Libraries Association, National Association of Independent Schools, Nobel Learning Centers Inc. and currently for the Skirball Museum in Los Angeles. She will be featured again as performing storyteller at Skirball on August 4, 2019.

TEACHING PHILOSOPHY

My philosophy of education is that my task as a teacher is to recognize and teach to the diverse learning styles of the students. I also strive to live my life authentically as a believer in Christ before my students. I am committed to discovering what types of literature will spark interest in a student to want to read, continue to read and learn throughout their life.
My goal is to create a safe environment where student voice is encouraged and honored by creating opportunities for each type of learner to express their thought process, opinions and ideas about
literature. When students feel respected, connected and committed to God and their learning community, the by product is a student who grows to become an individual who respects themselves, the difference in others, has a strong sense of character and has the fortitude to achieve their goals in life.