District Two

Rick Burke - District II

Community Meeting Schedule

Come meet with me to talk about our schools.

Saturday, April 22
12:00pm - 2:00pm
Freemont Public Library
731 N 35th St.

Lincoln High School Community Meeting

Friday, February 17th, 6:30-8:30 PM
Hamilton International Middle School
1610 N 41st St.

Please join School Board Director Rick Burke for a follow up community meeting to discuss Lincoln High School, scheduled to open Fall of 2019.

Hope to see you there.


About Rick Burke

Rick Burke is a lifetime Seattle resident and graduate of Seattle Public Schools (Latona ES, Hamilton MS, Ballard HS).  He’s honored to represent District II and is committed to improving academic focus and outcomes for all our students.  He understands that families have multiple options for educating their children, and it's his goal to keep Seattle Public Schools as a top choice for serving our kids.

Rick’s educational passions include:

  • Providing explicit, effective instructional materials for our classrooms.  Instructional materials are the shared communication tool for students, educators, families, and student supports.  Good ones are an asset, ineffective ones slow down learning and take more time from already-busy teachers.
  • Community engagement that makes partners from adversaries.  Seattle has amazing talent and energy that we should leverage to support our shared goals of public education.
  • Establishing an appropriate assessment framework.  Tests are a critical tool at the classroom and district level.  Seattle needs to have candid conversations about the types of assessments we need, at what frequency, and then implement consistently.
  • Clarity and communication about building-based decision making.  The decisions that affect student learning the most happen in the schools.  We owe it to our principals and families to document and publish the roles and responsibilities of building and central leadership.

Rick has three children who went through SPS, two that attend Ingraham High School and one at University of Portland.  He met his wife, Linh-Co, at Ballard High School and they both went to University of Washington.  He obtained a mechanical engineering degree and she earned a math degree with teacher certification.  As a parent of three and husband of a teacher, Rick experienced the highs and lows of the current Seattle classroom experience.  He volunteered in classrooms, worked on the Tech Committee at West Woodland Elementary, and served as PTA co-president at North Beach Elementary.  He was drawn to education advocacy to improve math teaching and learning and got involved at multiple levels. He served on the math textbook adoption committee for SPS, the Washington State Board of Education Math Panel, and the OSPI Instructional Materials Review teams for middle school and high school textbooks.  While serving as chair of the statewide advocacy group Where’s The Math?, Rick organized a team of teachers and math experts to write a comprehensive set of K-12 math standards and presented them to the Washington Legislature.  This work informed the development of the formal Washington Math Standards adopted in 2008.

Rick’s experience spans the private sector, public education, and advocacy.  He joined a startup product design firm in 1989 as a mechanical technician, and through perseverance and a focus on customer service, has risen to be President of that firm, Thermetrics. From Seattle’s Interbay neighborhood, he and his team develop innovative human thermal simulation instruments which are used around the world to improve safety and performance of clothing. 

When not working or caught up in a lively education topic, Rick can be found working on his 1928 Tudor or puttering with his 1957 MGA “love project”.  He also enjoys a chance to get out for some mountain biking or snowboarding.

Director Burke

Rick Burke

School Board Director



  • Curriculum & Instruction Policy Committee, Chair
  • Audit and Finance Committee
  • BEX Oversight Committee


District II Map

  • Bagley
  • B.F. Day
  • Cascadia
  • Green Lake
  • Greenwood
  • Hamilton International Middle School
  • Licton Springs K-8
  • Lowell APP at Lincoln
  • McDonald Elementary
  • Olympic View
  • Sacajawea
  • John Stanford International School
  • Whittier
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