Award-Winning High School Teacher to Speak at University Campus

January 10, 2017

Area public school educators and those interested in the field have an opportunity in January to hear a nationally recognized, high-performing teacher share some of the approaches he applies to reach students and maintain their interest.

Dave Burgess, author and creator of the “Teach Like a Pirate” concept, will appear at Saint Leo University as the opening speaker for the Florida Association of Teacher Educators conference, being hosted at University Campus the final weekend in January. (The speaker event and conference were originally scheduled for October 2016, but had to be postponed because of Hurricane Matthew.)

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Burgess’ presentation is free and open to the public, as well as to the conference attendees, as a service to the community from Saint Leo. The presentation is set for after-school time slot, 5 to 7 p.m., Friday, January 27, in the Greenfelder-Denlinger Boardrooms of the Student Community Center. There is free parking in surface lots and in the garage on campus, located at 33701 State Road 52, Saint Leo, 33574, four miles east of Interstate 75 (exit 285).

Burgess has 17 years of experience teaching high school history to draw upon. Some of the techniques he shares are ideas he developed when he began working with hard-to-reach teens. He has since found they work well with students at all different levels of motivation, and can be successfully employed no matter what educational assessment systems are in place.

In addition to finding ways to engage more with students, Burgess focuses on finding ways to be more creative in creating lessons, and to be more effective in overcoming obstacle in classroom settings. He uses the catch phrase “Teach Like a PIRATE,” a memory prompt for: passion, immersion, rapport, ask and analyze, transformation, and enthusiasm.

For more information, contact Dr. Valerie Wright of the education faculty at