Malia Burns is the Founding Principal at Summit Public Schools and serves on the Teach For America - Washington alumni board

Malia Burns

Job Title
Founding Principal
Summit Public Schools
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New York

Malia was born on Kauai, graduated from Seattle University and received her master's in education leadership from Teacher's College at Columbia University. She began her career in the South Bronx where she taught global history and geography at the Bronx School for Law, Government, and Justice for three years, falling deeply in love with education. After relocating to Chicago, Malia joined Muchin College Prep, a campus of the high performing Noble Street Charter School Network, where she served for two years as a literature teacher before joining the school leadership team. In 2014, Malia moved back to Seattle to found Summit Public Schools first charter high school in Seattle. The school is now in its second year with a diverse, thriving community of students, families, and educators all working toward our mission to prepare 100 percent of our students for success in college and to support them to become thoughtful, contributing members of society.

Favorite thing about Washington

Washington is so beautiful! I love the access we have to great food, the outdoors, and great culture. My heart is really in the south end of Seattle though; that's my very favorite!

Education area you are most passionate about

Ensuring all students have access to rigorous, college prep curriculum and college counseling (like AP courses and college classes)

Biggest goal for the Alumni Board

To get more of our alumni engaged

Favorite Age/Subject to Teach

Global history and geography (11th grade)