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July 29, 2019

Joe Novak joins the Theatre, Speech and Dance Department as technical director and production manager. He holds a bachelor of arts in design and production from the North Carolina School of the Arts and served eight years years in the United States Marine Corps. Joe has worked as theatre production manager for STAGES St. Louis, Chaminade College Preparatory School and the Children’s Theatre of Charlotte. Since 2011, as the owner of TheatreMarine Productions, he’s provided light and sound and scenic construction for the Playhouse at Westport Plaza, the Kranzberg Arts Foundation, The Luminary, Winter Opera St. Louis, St. Louis Actors’ Studio, Max & Louie Productions, Emery Entertainment, Insight Theatre, Upstream Theatre, Rebels & Misfits and the Tennessee Williams Festival.


Allison Roberts will teach Photo I as a member of the Fine Arts Department, and take on the role of school photographer for the year. Allison holds a bachelor of arts in fine art and journalism from Indiana University-Bloomington, an art teaching certificate from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, a master of arts in visual art from Minnesota State University-Mankato, and a master of fine arts in lens-based art and printmaking from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (2017). In her 19 years as an art educator, Allison has taught at the elementary, middle school, high school, and post-secondary levels — most recently as a lecturer for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. As a practicing artist, she has exhibited her work nationally and internationally and has been awarded multiple grants and artist residencies including her recent fellowships in Finland, Estonia, Connecticut, and Wyoming.


Julie Shimabukuro joins Burroughs as the new principal for grades 9 and 10. Julie worked in Admissions at Washington University in St. Louis for 26 years, and was the director of undergraduate admissions for the last 10. She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Washington University in psychology. Julie also worked in Japan for five years as a middle school assistant English teacher and educational consultant, and then as an admissions officer for the International University of Japan.


Matt Tomlinson joins Burroughs as an educational technology specialist. He also teaches 7th grade computer science and is one of the directors of Burr Oak Camp. Tomlinson holds a master's degree in educational technology from the University of Missouri-Columbia and a bachelor's degree in public relations/communications and an elementary certification from Drury University.  Prior to Burroughs, Tomlinson was an elementary classroom teacher for 12 years in the Parkway School District. He was also a golf professional for five years at a private country club just outside of Springfield, Missouri.