Degrees and Certifications:
Adult and Family Education
Colorado Springs School District 11
Roy J. Wasson Academic Campus
2115 Afton Way Colorado Springs, Colorado 80909
Ms. Burkhardt-Shields has spent her entire career—25 years—working with at-risk children and adults in Colorado Springs School District 11. She began as a 2nd grade teacher at Helen Hunt Elementary School in 1997. She has an M.A. in Educational Leadership from the University of Denver, along with a Principal’s license. Her undergraduate degree is from the University of Northern Colorado in Elementary Education, with an emphasis in Social Sciences.
During her time in School District 11, she has been a teacher, a Malcolm Baldrige coach, a reading coach, assistant principal, Continuous Quality Improvement District-level Facilitator and for the past 16 years, the Director of Adult & Family Education.
She provides leadership, management, and secures funding through federal, state, and local grants to support one of the largest adult education programs in the state of Colorado. Adult & Family Ed prides itself on being one of the only comprehensive programs in the state that serves students in eight areas:
- Adult Basic Education (K-5 equivalency)
- Adult Secondary Education (6-12 equivalency)
- English Language Acquisition
- Family Literacy (serving children ages birth through 5th grade)
- Adult Career Pathways
- Workforce Readiness
- Classes for refugees throughout El Paso County
- Classes for inmates at El Paso County’s Criminal Justice Center.
The program serves an average of 600-950 students per year, while the Family Literacy program typically serves up to 160 children per year. Student numbers fluctuate due to levels of grant funding acquired from year-to-year.