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2019 Welcome Back Message

Welcome Back!

The 2019-2020 School Year is off to a great start! New and veteran Burlingame School District Staff participated in the second “Innovation Institute” funded by the generosity of BSD parents through the powerful work of our Education Foundation, BCE.  On the first day, the Institute provided new teachers with the “landscape” of BSD, navigating teachers through websites, resources, and program instructional practices for innovation, science and the integration of art across all subject areas.   On the second day of the Institute, new teachers were joined by a number of veteran teachers who worked alongside the new teachers to go deeper with “maker learning” instructional practices. They touched upon the “Right Question” model of empowering students to ask in-depth questions about the content areas that serve as a catalyst for learning and participated in problem-based learning projects that will serve as models for the students in their classrooms.  


On Tuesday, August 27, 2019, all Burlingame Staff was invited to attend a Welcome Back address that included our theme for the year.  This year staff is being encouraged to know the “Name, Face, and Story” of one another and of all their students because “Kids Deserve it!”   Relationship is key in both inspiring and motivating students to do their best.  Take a moment and remember that one (or maybe you have several) teacher in your educational career who you connected with and made you feel special.  Mine was Mrs. Condon in 4th Grade. She encouraged me to be a reader and a writer and gave me a sense of confidence as a student that up until that time I had not felt as a learner.  I am very sure she is the reason why I became a teacher. She was a very special person in my life. I shared “My Story” with staff which included my time as a high school teacher and an invitation to one of my former high school students to speak to staff about being a teacher and about the book he wrote, “Kids Deserve it!”   Adam Welcome told his story and made us laugh, weep and learn what it means to be that inspirational person in a young person’s life.  

I encourage parents in our community to tell “Your Story” too.  My parents were immigrants and I am a first-generation American.  There is no better time than now to celebrate our differences and join in our common goal of making our schools a safe space for every child and family.  The 2019-2020 school year has HUGE potential to be another wonderful school year! Please enjoy the articles in the newsletter to see all we have been up to this summer and what we have in mind for this next school year.   Join us on a committee or two and Welcome Back!


Dear BSD Students, 


We believe in you. 

We trust you. 

You are listened to. 

You are cared for. 

You are important. 


We can’t wait to see you!


Dr. Maggie MacIsaac
BSD Superintendent

Superintendent's Biography

Dr. Maggie MacIsaac has a varied and extensive background in public education. She has both site and district level experience in several districts that range from rural to urban, small to medium size, and all with high performing, second language learner and diverse populations. She has extensive experience in organizational leadership and has moved many difficult initiatives forward by engaging constituents in a process that supports communication, problem-solving, and consensus.

Dr. MacIsaac has served as a teacher and principal on the elementary and secondary levels. For the past nine years, she has served as the Superintendent of Burlingame School District, a high performing district with approximately 3,500 students in grades Preschool-8. Prior to serving in Burlingame, Dr. MacIsaac served as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services in the Castro Valley Unified School District and the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the K-12 Dublin Unified School District. Before she served in Dublin, she was the Director of Curriculum and Instruction in the Lafayette School District. Like Burlingame, the Lafayette School District is a high performing small K-8 district with strong community and parent participation.

In addition, Dr. MacIsaac has been an adjunct professor in the Teacher Education Department for Alliant University in San Francisco. Dr. MacIsaac earned her Bachelor’s from California State University, Northridge, and Master’s from California State University, Hayward and her Doctorate from the University of La Verne. Her dissertation focused on principal leadership and the implementation of after-school programs that support student achievement and success. Dr. MacIsaac has presented at a number of conferences including the Association of California School Administrators, The National Social Studies Conference, National Educators Association, New Teacher Center and the LEAD Program for Administrators.

Dr. MacIsaac and her husband Patrick have three grown children. Both of their sons graduated from Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo and their daughter graduated from UC San Diego. Their oldest son works in the medical profession and their youngest son is a Fire Captain in the Bay Area. Their daughter is an educator. Dr. MacIsaac enjoys hiking, biking, and running. She especially enjoys spending time in the outdoors with family and friends.

Superintendent Maggie MacIsaac

Office of the Superintendent

Dr. Maggie MacIsaac, Ed. D




Kirsten Diktakis

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent