The Midwest District is proud to announce our two recipients of the Regional Distinguished Lasallian Educator Award for 2011: Mr. Chris Winiarski, Director of Campus Ministry for La Salle High School, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Dr. Tracie L. Burke, Ed.D., Professor and Chair of the Behavioral Sciences Department at Christian Brothers University Memphis, Tennessee.
This year’s Huether Conference theme is “Faith in Action: Civic Engagement through Lasallian Education.” Both recipients exemplify this year’s theme through their extensive ministerial, professional, and personal commitments to civic engagement. They will receive their awards on Saturday, November 19th at the Huether Conference in Washington, DC.
Dr. Tracie Burke is a hands-on Lasallian educator whose students enjoy her sense of adventure and dynamic approach to learning. Her psychology students condition her like Pavlov’s dog and then apply what they learn through a dog training project at the local Humane Society. Members of the CBU Honors Program, which Dr. Burke directs, provide weekly service to an impoverished neighborhood and they also serve on boards of directors of local non-profit agencies. Always encouraging students to “just say yes” to new experiences and to keep focused on their future and serving others, Dr. Burke has become a teacher, mentor and friend to countless students over her 24 years of teaching experience. She exemplifies the Lasallian values of faith, service and community by the way she lives her everyday life and carries out the legacy of Lasallian education.
Dr. Burke is extremely active with student organizations on campus and has led a variety of fund raising initiatives to assist local civic organizations in Memphis. She is the author of numerous articles and presentations aimed at improving the quality of education in Memphis. She has been personally and professionally involved with many civic organizations that serve a wide variety of social needs in the Memphis area. Chief among these are the Memphis Child Advocacy Center, Shelby County Humane Society dog training, Memphis Interfaith Association Families First mentor, Meals on Wheels delivery, MidSouth Food Bank, Mentoring Advisory Council, Cooper Young Community Association, and Hands on Memphis. Additionally, she has created numerous opportunities for her students to become civically engaged.