John Burk

Faculty Information

Department(s)
Math, Science, Technology
Title(s)
Director of Academic Innovation, Physics, Mathematics, Computer Science

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Education

Degree(s)
BS, Duke University
MS, Applied Physics, Johns Hopkins University

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Biography

A native of Atlanta, John attended Duke University, where he majored in physics. During his senior year, John created and taught “Physics for Pyros,” a class for nonscience majors that presented physics through exciting demonstrations and projects.

John spent the first eight years of his teaching career at St. Andrew’s, where he served as a physics, math and computer science teacher, corridor parent for III Form boys, advisor to the Cardinal, and college counselor. In his summers, John participated in the Klingenstein Summer Institute for young faculty, and was part of the Gravity Probe B research team, a scientific collaboration between NASA and Stanford that built a spacecraft to test Einstein’s General Theory of Relativity using gyroscopes orbiting the Earth. John went on to earn a master’s degree in applied physics from Johns Hopkins University, and taught physics at Sidwell Friends School in Washington, D.C., and later, at The Westminster Schools in Atlanta.

John maintains a teaching blog, quantumprogress.wordpress.com, and helped to start the Global Physics Department, a collaboration of physics teachers and professors from around the world that gathers virtually every week to discuss physics teaching. In his spare time, John enjoys photography, hiking, biking and reading. John lives in a house across the gully with his wife, Diana, and their two-year old daughter, Maddie.


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