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Vote Franklin Burns for QuickSchools Teacher of the Year 2012!

April 24, 2012

Help Franklin Burns win the inaugural QuickSchools Teacher of the Year awardTo all teachers out there, we salute you! QuickSchools.com is a fully-online school management system.


Franklin Burns is a Rockstar Teacher!

Here’s what Cindy, a colleague of Mr Burns at Saint Tower Academy had to say about him. Truly amazing!

Franklin L. Burns is an exceptional teacher and person. He opened up his own school in 2007 to aid the community and those families in need. He did not even take a paycheck the first 12 months because he believed in the cause and saw the vision of the school. He is dubbed the “child whisperer” by his peers because he can take a child that every other person has had difficulty disciplining and educating and make that child thrive in all academia. He holds seminars regarding child behavior and positive discipline in the community. He has undoubtedly the most positive attitude and has done many hours of community service. He deserves Quickschools Teacher of the Year Award.

Mr Burns – you rock!

We then asked Mr Burns a few questions…

How did you get into teaching?

When I was in high school, I was in a special education class for my behavior. I was a very smart child but the typical teacher was not able to help me reach my potential. Due to the circumstances, this lead to a lot of frustration and very low grades in high school. Once I was placed in the special education classroom I had a teacher named Mrs. Cross that saw the potential in me. She was able to help me improve my grades and my behavior. I always wanted to pay this forward to other students and instill her passion that she gave me for education into students with special needs. I finished my degree through University of Houston Downtown and went through the alternative certification process to become a teacher in special education. After my second year of teaching, I wanted to improve my teaching skills and went back to college to obtain a master’s degree in special education. When I received my master’s degree in special education, I opened a school for students with special needs. The goal of the school is to give the students with special needs the educational experiences that they would not receive in the self-contained classroom. I have learned a lot since opening the school such as leadership skills, chemistry, astronomy, biology, and the hardships of opening a school. I have truly enjoyed working with all the students and parents at the school.

What do you hope for your students?

The educational goal for my students is for them to no longer have the intellectual disability label. Many of the students have intelligence quotient (IQ) below 70 and I would like the students to become more educationally intelligent. I would love to see my students improve in all subject areas but especially in reading. I believe reading is the most important subject and teaching the students to have reading as recreation is an important skill for learning. Another goal for my students is for them to become contributors to the community and society.

Anything you’d like to share with us? e.g. favorite moments, etc.

I have five dogs, four cats, two goats, two ducks, one amazon parrot, and one horse. I have a tutoring and a health and beauty business that helps fund the school. I am currently being tutored by the founder of Morning Glory Ranch, a hippo-therapy facility for students with autism. I’m also in the process on working on my second master’s degree in Board Certified & Behavior Analyst (BCBA). My wife is the preschool programs for children’s with disabilities (PPCD) curriculum coach for a large school district near Houston Texas. During my free time I like to ride my bicycle, weight lift, and read books.

Help Mr Burns win an iPad3. Vote for him by:

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Yes, you can do all four! 🙂

Voting ends at 11.59 pm on Friday May 18, 2012. Winner will be announced on May 25, 2012.

284 Comments leave one →
  1. Elizabeth Fry permalink
    April 25, 2012 4:48 am

    Frank Burns is an awesome teacher to has helped my daughter gain confidence in her reading ability. He never gives up on her and keeps pushing her to do her best!

    • April 25, 2012 5:00 am

      Thank you so much Ms. Fry. I love teaching your daughter 🙂

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:31 pm

      He has really helped my brother improve his reading 🙂

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:34 am

      I have seen him do this in the public school setting. He is able to reach these kids and motivate them to read.

  2. April 25, 2012 4:59 am

    I’m so surprised that I’m up for teacher of the year. I was very shocked when Azroy called me.

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:31 pm

      You shouldn’t be surprised because your a wonderful teacher 😉

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:35 am

      Three years ago Mr. Burns was almost teacher of the year at school. I believe he will win this year.

  3. Kira Burns permalink
    April 25, 2012 5:09 am

    Frank Burns is the MAN!! He deserves teacher of the year because he shows compassion in his work, he has patience for children , when others do not. Even though his school may not be making much money Frank still has the vision, and does not give up!! YOU ROCK FRANK!!

  4. Chris permalink
    April 25, 2012 5:27 am

    Frank is an awesome individual that deserves recognition for his hard work and dedication.

    • April 27, 2012 6:42 am

      Thank you Chris 😉

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:32 pm

      He is the most dedicated teacher that I have ever met 🙂

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:37 am

      He is nice teacher that always willing to work with parents to improve the education of their child.

  5. Tara permalink
    April 25, 2012 5:27 am

    I have know Frank for over 10 years and his passion for teaching has grown so much and so far. I support him 110%!! He knows how to teach and knows how to motivate students to want to learn and want to be successful in school. Vote for Frankie B!! 😀

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:33 pm

      I have know Mr. Burns for 4 years and he has been a wonderful friend to my family.

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:37 am

      I agree vote for Frankie B!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. Cordelia Signa permalink
    April 25, 2012 5:28 am

    Frank is a very special person it takes a special to be a teacher. You are that person.

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:34 pm

      He is very special and his school is very special 🙂

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:37 am

      I loved working with Mr. Burns.

  7. Vernon Burns permalink
    April 25, 2012 5:34 am

    Franklin has devoted his life to helping special education students. He has worked long
    hours in an effort to make other people lives richer and more fulfilling.

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:34 pm

      He has devoted a lot of time to my brother. He has really changed his life.

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:38 am

      I used to work with Mr. Burns after school and we would create the funniest activities for the students.

      • Tara permalink
        May 3, 2012 3:50 am

        He is definitely dedicated!!!!!

  8. Joseph Burns permalink
    April 25, 2012 5:37 am

    Frankie is an awesome individual, I have known him all of my life and He deserves this award because it takes an awesome person to devote his life and free time to teaching these special children and their special needs! VOTE FRANKIE!!!

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:34 pm

      Franklin Burns for President 🙂

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:38 am

      I think he is old enough to run for president 🙂

  9. April 25, 2012 7:01 am

    Frank is the child whisperer indeed who is most passionate about what he does for a life mission – not a living, mind you, but for a true cause in helping all of Cy-Fair’s children with special needs. Vote for Frank!

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:35 pm

      He has been able to motivate my brother to learn.

  10. Beckee Weverka permalink
    April 25, 2012 7:35 am

    Frankie is an amazing teacher! He truly has the heart and passion when working with special needs. I vote for Frankie, how about you?!

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:35 pm

      He is the most amazing teacher 🙂

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:39 am

      He is an amazing teacher 🙂

    • Tara permalink
      May 4, 2012 7:29 am

      Thanks Beckbeck!!

  11. pamela Villarreal permalink
    April 25, 2012 7:36 am

    Frank is a dedicated teacher who develops great rapport with special needs students. He is able to meet the individual needs of each student with skill, compassion and enthusiasm.

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:36 pm

      He is very compassionate about teaching and I know he dedicates his entire day to the students.

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:39 am

      He is wonderful with the students.

  12. Amy Pinter permalink
    April 25, 2012 8:04 am

    Frank is such a blessing to all kids, but especially special needs kids! His patience, kindness and positive attitude should be an inspiration to ALL teachers!! VOTE for FRANK!!!!!

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:37 pm

      He has been a blessing to my family.

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:40 am

      I was the individual to convenience Mr. Burns to work on his masters degree. I’m glad he did 🙂

  13. brian alley permalink
    April 25, 2012 10:22 am

    Frankie is an awesome teacher, his wife made me say this. but i do believe it.

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:38 pm

      I’m glad your supporting Mr. Burns.

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:43 pm

      He is an awesom teacher 🙂

  14. Dana Dennison permalink
    April 25, 2012 10:26 am

    Frank you have a natural way with the kids. Best of luck you deserve teacher of the year!
    The Dennison’s

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:38 pm

      I believe he does deserve to win 🙂

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:41 am

      Hello Danna 🙂 I’m happy to see your son improve under Mr. Burns guidance.

  15. cindy szenttornyay permalink
    April 25, 2012 10:54 am

    Frank you are the very best teacher I have ever had the pleasure of knowing and working with. Thank you for your dedication and perserverance .

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:39 pm

      He is the best and greatest teacher that I have met.

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:42 am

      Hi Mrs. Szenttornyay how are the twins. I miss them at school. I’m happy to hear they are making remarkable progress under Mr. Burns guidance.

    • May 11, 2012 6:56 am

      I AM HAPPY TO SUPPORT MR. BURNS HE IS A GREAT TEACHER
      HALIMA LOPEZ

  16. April 25, 2012 11:15 am

    Go Frank! Your hard work and dedication is admirable.

  17. Dawn Mullinax permalink
    April 25, 2012 7:52 pm

    Sounds like Mr. Burns is an awesome teacher. He has my vote!

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:43 pm

      He my vote also 🙂

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:43 am

      He has my vote also 🙂

  18. Shawn S. permalink
    April 25, 2012 11:27 pm

    I’ve known Frank for a very long time and he’s always been good with people and concerned about their well being. He’s a great guy. He’s a hard worker.

  19. Cassie D. permalink
    April 25, 2012 11:44 pm

    Frankie is an awesome teacher!! 🙂

    • April 27, 2012 6:41 am

      Nice comment from an awesome friend and teacher 🙂

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:45 pm

      I agree with your comment. He is an awesom teacher 🙂

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:43 am

      Hi Cassie 😉 How are you doing? Mr. Burns is an awesome teacher.

  20. jim jurgens permalink
    April 25, 2012 11:54 pm

    Went to high school with Frank, good to know some of the class is doing positive things. Good luck and wish you the best.

  21. Courtney Katz permalink
    April 26, 2012 6:32 am

    My niece (Kylie) is currently being tutored by Frank and I’m so thrilled at the confidence she has gained in reading. THANK YOU!!

    • April 27, 2012 6:39 am

      She has learned a lot since June. I’m very happy with her progress. Thank you for the support 🙂

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:47 pm

      He has taught my brother to read. Three years ago he didn’t know his alphabet but today he is on a 2nd garde level. I’m so happy to see the improvment in my little brother 🙂

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:44 am

      Kylie has made a great improvement in her reading this year 🙂

  22. Brian Henris permalink
    April 26, 2012 11:34 pm

    “Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure…than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat” – Theodore Roosevelt

    This statement captures the essence of Franklin Burns, a man with the vision, passion and talent to start his own school dedicated to the betterment of special needs students. Drawing from his own personal experiences, Frank was able to create an environment where children with special needs could receive the individual attention they need in which to achieve their maximum potential. This was not accomplished without an extreme measure of self-sacrifice as is generally required when a bold vision is set in motion. Frank’s tireless dedication to the betterment of others is worthy not only of nomination, but of securing the title of “Teacher of the Year.” The spirit of the entrepreneur, as well as the relentless drive of Roosevelt, resides within the mind and heart of Franklin Burns.

    • April 27, 2012 6:38 am

      Hopefully one day this school will be as famous as Teddy Roosevelt.

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:47 pm

      Mr. Burns taught social studies this year and my brother learned about Teddy Roosevelt.

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:45 am

      Teddy Roosevelt was a good president but Mr. Burns is a great teacher 🙂

    • May 4, 2012 1:53 am

      AWESOME Brian 😀 Thank you!

  23. April 27, 2012 5:27 am

    Awesome! Keep up the great work!

  24. heather verbeek permalink
    April 27, 2012 6:26 am

    I have known Franklin Burns for a very long time and I consider him like a big brother even though we haven’t kept in touch. When Frank lived in Nebraska he was always involved in my life as well as my families. Frank took my nephew, who has reading problems, under his wing. If he wouldn’t have done that I’m afraid that Brandon would’ve been hurt or in jail. Frank is very deserving of this award because he is a very wonderful/amazing teacher and person!!!! I can only imagine how many lives he has touched! Good luck Frank!

    • April 27, 2012 6:36 am

      Thank you so much. I have been in contact with Brandon, Heather, Emily, and Tails through facebook. I loved your kids very much and they have great lives. Thank you so much for the kid words 🙂

      • heather verbeek permalink
        April 27, 2012 6:45 am

        Frank its Heather!!! You deserve it!!

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:49 pm

      He has taken my little brother under his wings and has improved his behavior.

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:46 am

      It such a touching story 🙂

  25. Kristen permalink
    April 27, 2012 6:31 am

    Mr. Burns sounds like an amazing person and teacher. I was a special education teacher for 6 years, so I know that it takes desire to make a difference to last in the position! Way to go, Mr. Burns. Keep up the wonderful work you’re doing for those kids!

  26. Manda permalink
    April 27, 2012 7:26 am

    Yayy 🙂

  27. April 28, 2012 2:10 am

    A couple of years ago my child and one of your current students (pictured above) were in the same class at another school. The student was such a sweet and capable young man. Warms my heart to know he is in your nurturing-academic care. Bonne Chance on your nomination for Teacher of the Year at Saint Tower Academy.

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:50 pm

      Saint Tower is a great school for all students.

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 3:46 am

      I wish all teachers were like Mr. Burns.

  28. Lindsey Hollis permalink
    April 29, 2012 7:43 am

    How could you not vote for him?!?! 🙂 ABSOLUTELY INSPIRING and DEFINITELY Teacher of the year 2012!!! ❤

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:51 pm

      I agree 🙂 Mr. Burns for teacher of the year 😉

  29. Brandon Sire permalink
    April 30, 2012 2:50 am

    Good Luck Frank. Keep up the great work!

  30. Liz permalink
    April 30, 2012 3:44 am

    Good job Frank! You are doing great things. I’m very impressed. Keep up the good work!

  31. April 30, 2012 7:33 pm

    Mr. Burns is one of the hardest working teachers that I have ever met. He comes into work early and leaves late everyday. He has the patience and the out of the box thinking to educate students with disabilities. He truly deserves teacher of the year.

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:51 pm

      He is a great teacher. I’m glad your able to work with Mr. Burns.

    • April Alexander permalink
      May 3, 2012 5:24 am

      Mr. Burns is a wonderful hard working teaching.

  32. Jana permalink
    April 30, 2012 9:19 pm

    Mr. Burns is an excellent teacher, but for Mr. Burns to travel out of state (1000 miles) to still continue to educated our child, just goes to show how special he is. He has not only impacted my son’s life, but our entire family.

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:52 pm

      I remember when I first saw William. Today he is a different kid. I’m glad to see such improvement.

      • cindy szenttornyay permalink
        May 2, 2012 11:15 pm

        William is a totally different child thanks to Mr. Burns

    • Tara permalink
      May 4, 2012 7:30 am

      He sure will!!!

  33. Janet Hoge Vollman permalink
    May 1, 2012 10:47 am

    Great Job Frank! Sounds like what you are doing for these kids is truly amazing! Keep up the great work!

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:53 pm

      He is amazing 🙂

  34. May 2, 2012 4:23 am

    Great job Frank!

  35. Allysa Sarkar permalink
    May 2, 2012 8:26 pm

    Franklin L. Burns is a wonderful teacher. He has been able to teach my brother academics that no teacher has been able to.

  36. pastorbrad12 permalink
    May 2, 2012 8:37 pm

    Great job Frank! All the best to you!

    • Allysa Sarkar permalink
      May 2, 2012 8:53 pm

      Great Jon Mr. Burns. Keep up the great work 🙂

  37. cindy szenttornyay permalink
    May 2, 2012 11:06 pm

  38. cindy szenttornyay permalink
    May 2, 2012 11:06 pm

  39. cindy szenttornyay permalink
    May 2, 2012 11:09 pm

  40. cindy szenttornyay permalink
    May 2, 2012 11:09 pm

  41. cindy szenttornyay permalink
    May 2, 2012 11:11 pm

  42. cindy szenttornyay permalink
    May 2, 2012 11:14 pm

    Frank is the best science teacher in the world!

  43. cindy szenttornyay permalink
    May 2, 2012 11:15 pm

    Mr. Burns puts so much preparation into his classes. He gets to work early and stays late everyday. He is so dedicated to his profession

    • Tara permalink
      May 4, 2012 1:49 am

      You’re tellin’ me Cindy, but I’m behind him 110%!

  44. April Alexander permalink
    May 3, 2012 1:26 am

    I have worked with Mr. Burns for many years. He was an advocate for the parents and for the students. I believe he should be teacher of the year.

  45. May 3, 2012 2:55 am

  46. Katie permalink
    May 3, 2012 3:59 am

    He’s got my vote!

  47. Carie permalink
    May 3, 2012 8:52 am

    I do not know Mr. Burns, however, reading this story is very gives me hope for other teachers out there!! Thank you for your service to “our” children!!

  48. Katie S. permalink
    May 4, 2012 2:12 am

    Amazing teacher!!!

  49. Bowers permalink
    May 4, 2012 2:15 am

    I don’t personally know Mr. Burns but I do know his wife. If he teaches anything like she did he has my vote!

    • Tara permalink
      May 4, 2012 7:31 am

      Aw!!! Thanks for all the votes!!!

  50. brian alley permalink
    May 4, 2012 7:49 am

    frankie rocks

  51. alicia dankelman permalink
    May 4, 2012 5:56 pm

    congrats!!! great job your doing for all inovled!!!

  52. May 4, 2012 9:43 pm

    That’s really cool that you have been nominated for Teacher of the Year. I think you deserve it. Frankie, your the Man!!

  53. jane562 permalink
    May 4, 2012 9:51 pm

    We have 2,700 people in our group that say you should win!!

    • Tara permalink
      May 5, 2012 5:37 am

      Woohoo!!! Direct them this way!! ;D thanks for the support!!

  54. stephen pontremoli permalink
    May 5, 2012 3:04 am

    Teachers like you are very rare and ur class is very lucky to have you! I haven’t seen my 9th grade teacher in 20 years and next month her and family are flyn down to visit. She is one of a kind and I too am greatfull, lucky to have been her student. So keep up the good work because teachers also play an important roll in our future and how we look at life.

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 6, 2012 11:16 am

      Thank you for the kind words 🙂

  55. May 5, 2012 4:54 am

    I wish you the best of luck with this – 😀

  56. May 6, 2012 8:31 am

    I Am Jennifer from Stop discrimination against special needs an I hope you win!!! Your story is amazing an the students are blessed to have you**

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 6, 2012 11:17 am

      Thank you for the support. Please tell all your facebooks friends to support me for teacher of the year.

  57. May 6, 2012 9:15 am

    i too work with cildren with disabilites your students are blessed to have you

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 6, 2012 11:17 am

      Thank you for the kind words. I believe it is time for special education teachers to be recognized for all their hard work.

  58. Theresa permalink
    May 6, 2012 9:18 am

    I dont know you but I appreciate anyone that helps the special needs!

    • Henry Burns permalink
      May 8, 2012 8:17 pm

      He is a great person that loves to teach 🙂

  59. May 6, 2012 9:19 am

    Mr Burns, I run a website called Special Education Advisor and we started a series called the Inspirational Teacher Series. Please consider responding to the questions on the attached link. It should count for 20 points for you as well. http://www.specialeducationadvisor.com/the-inspirational-teacher-series/

  60. Karen Asia permalink
    May 6, 2012 9:35 am

    I dont know u but your story is inspiring. God bless!

  61. May 6, 2012 9:35 am

    I have never met you but I have read up on you. I run “The Aspergers & ASD Child – From the testing and beyond” on Facebook. I recieved your post and I am here giving my support. You are doing an amazing thing with your life and you should be very proud of yourself. I applaude everything you do for the children with special needs. It takes a very special person to be able to do this. I hope you win because you definately deserve it!

    For everyone else reading this. Please check out my page. This is a great spot for support with ASD’ers and children with Aspergers. We offer guidence through the testing phase, activities, ideas, and group support. I am available on the page 24/7 to answer anything you need. I am a Psychologist with and Aspie daughter, and an ASD nephew. I have been working with ASD children for 15 years. Thank you!

    http://www.facebook.com/TheAspergerAsdChildFromTheTestingAndBeyond

  62. May 6, 2012 11:12 am

    You sound great! I was wondering what your discipline methods are. Have you ever heard of anger overload syndrome, by the way? Thanks.

  63. May 6, 2012 12:37 pm

    Thank you Mr.Burns! We need more people in this world like you!
    xo
    ~The Tiny Light Foundation

  64. Parents in Control ( pic) permalink
    May 6, 2012 6:20 pm

    what a wonderful person, the great work you have done should be rewarded x

    Parents in Control ( PIC)

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 8, 2012 8:21 pm

      Thank you for the nice comments and supporting me for teacher of the year.

  65. Parents in Control ( pic) permalink
    May 6, 2012 6:29 pm

    really impressed with what he has done x

  66. Peyton Henris permalink
    May 6, 2012 11:07 pm

    Franklin Burns is the man.

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 8, 2012 8:22 pm

      Thank you Peyton. It is truly amazing that you sent this message 🙂

  67. Erin permalink
    May 7, 2012 8:46 am

    Good luck Mr. Burns!! Wish all teachers were just like you!

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 8, 2012 8:23 pm

      Thank for the kind words and support.

  68. May 7, 2012 12:10 pm

    Looks like you do an amazing job. Goodluck!

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 8, 2012 8:23 pm

      I’m happy to hear that I’m my blog is being spread across the world.

      • Franklin L. Burns permalink
        May 8, 2012 10:02 pm

        It is an awesome blog 🙂

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 8, 2012 10:03 pm

      Thank you Special Olympics 🙂

    • May 10, 2012 5:16 am

      WoW!! Support from around the world! Thanks!!

  69. May 7, 2012 7:07 pm

    Wish there were more classrooms like yours and more teachers like yourself. You should consider doing a webinars!

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 8, 2012 8:24 pm

      Thank you for the kid words and support. I truly thank you 🙂

  70. May 8, 2012 12:43 am

    As a Mom of a Special Needs kid and the founder of a support group for the parents of special needs kids, I can tell you that teachers like Mr. Burns are the key to helping our children learn and grow. Thank you Mr. Burns for being so important in the lives of SNKs!

    • Beth Franklin permalink
      May 8, 2012 8:25 pm

      Do you have an online support group?

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 8, 2012 9:57 pm

      Thank you for the nice comments. I hope to join your support group.

  71. May 8, 2012 1:45 am

    Mr. Burns is the example of what is lacking in the education system across the country. If every school had at least one teacher like him, our children’s futures would be brighter. I hope Mr. Burns’ example can be more far-reaching and hope many more will follow in his steps.

  72. May 8, 2012 6:09 am

    Mr. Burns you sound like a wonderful man and extraordinary teacher. The special needs community is very blessed to have you. I love that you are helping each child reach their God-Given potential through what appears to be very loving leadership. May your endeavors be filled with endless blessings, love and laughter.

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 8, 2012 9:37 pm

      Thank you for the wonder nice comments. I will always try my best to reach out and teach a variety of learners.

  73. Mia. permalink
    May 8, 2012 6:56 am

    Mr Burns should be teacher of the year for sure!

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 8, 2012 9:36 pm

      Thank you MIa for the nice comments. I hope I win also 🙂

  74. May 8, 2012 1:27 pm

    Thank you Mr. Burns for your dedication to Exceptional Students! 🙂 You are quite exceptional yourself! Karen at Autism Empowerment

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 11, 2012 9:12 pm

      Thank you Karne for the nice comments. Please keep posting ans supporting Saint Tower Academy.

  75. Beth Franklin permalink
    May 8, 2012 8:07 pm

    Franklin L. Burns is a wonderful individual that really cares for his students.

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 8, 2012 9:35 pm

      I truly enjoy teaching your son. Thank you for the nice comment.

  76. Henry Burns permalink
    May 8, 2012 8:16 pm

    Great Job at the youth fishing camp on Saturday. You really helped out the kids learned a lot about casting a fishing rod. Keep helping out the community.

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 8, 2012 9:34 pm

      It was hot but fun. I hope we are able to implement something similar at the school.

  77. Brandon Verbeek permalink
    May 8, 2012 8:28 pm

    I was a young 9 year old boy when Mr. Burns saw me cursing down in Hickman park. He was able to calm down and he became my big brother that day.

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 8, 2012 9:33 pm

      Thank you Brandon for the nice comments. I hope your able to tell your story.

  78. Ambient Noire permalink
    May 9, 2012 6:48 am

    Anyone that does all that deserves my vote…..I wish you the best of luck!

  79. Shane Stollmack permalink
    May 9, 2012 6:39 pm

    Great Job Frankie. I hope you win teacher of the year. You have change the lives of so many people.

  80. mrsjam permalink
    May 9, 2012 10:57 pm

    good luck 👍 Frank

  81. Amanda permalink
    May 10, 2012 4:58 am

    Hope he wins!!

  82. joaniplenty permalink
    May 10, 2012 11:08 am

    I WILL be doing all 4! I’ve never met Franklin Burns but my eyes water and throat chokes when I read about him. THANK YOU F.B.! We appreciate you!! xo @joaniplenty

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 11, 2012 9:03 pm

      Please help me out as much as possible. Its going to be close race and every point counts.

  83. Tammy Cooper permalink
    May 10, 2012 11:36 am

    As a mother of a special needs child it makes my heart overflow when I hear about teachers like you! It takes a special person to give of themselves for one goal, the success of their students! Not for monetary gain or status but for the god given love of teaching! My heart goes out to you for all you do, those kids are so lucky to have you! Keep up the superb work and hears to you! I hope you win you so deserve it!!

    • May 10, 2012 8:39 pm

      Thanks Tammy for your support! Much appreciated! 😀

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 11, 2012 9:04 pm

      Thank you for the nice words. I always place my feet into the parents shoes that have children with special needs. I educate the children as if they were my child 🙂

  84. Peter Eloge permalink
    May 10, 2012 11:28 pm

    Congradulations on starting up such a wonderful program. I support this and your Mr. Burns 1000%

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 11, 2012 9:05 pm

      Thank you for the 1000% support. Every percentage is going to count.

  85. May 11, 2012 12:14 am

    Good Luck Franklin! You are changing lives. There are still not nearly enough teachers believing that all children can learn, thrive and reach their full potential!

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 11, 2012 9:06 pm

      That is the goal is to reach the full their full potential.

  86. Enrique Cordero permalink
    May 11, 2012 12:37 am

    I know of the great work he is doing, we need more teachers like Frank

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 11, 2012 9:07 pm

      I agree we need more dedicated teachers in the teaching field.

  87. Mona Gayle Timko permalink
    May 11, 2012 2:22 am

    Mona Gayle Timko
    I had the pleasure of mentoring Frank for a short period of time.
    Having been a teacher myself for 50 Years, I was extremely impressed with his dedication, skills, and unusual approach with these special children.
    We need more teacher like Frank.

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 11, 2012 9:07 pm

      Thank you for the mentoring process last year. It really helped the school 🙂

  88. Samantha Lashbrook permalink
    May 11, 2012 3:48 am

    We need more teachers like you. I hope you win.

    • May 11, 2012 5:24 am

      Thanks for your support Samantha!! 😀

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 11, 2012 9:08 pm

      Thank you for the support Samantha. I have just hired a teacher that is just like me. The school is really going to thrive with everyones support.

  89. Indy Vormbrock permalink
    May 11, 2012 3:57 am

    Wish more teachers were like Frank. He has my vote!

  90. Sue Anne Weiser permalink
    May 11, 2012 6:05 am

    How wonderful to learn about such a dedicated teacher!
    Sue Anne Weiser

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 11, 2012 9:09 pm

      Thank you Sue for the nice comments.

  91. May 11, 2012 6:23 am

    We need more dedicated teachers. Good luck!

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 11, 2012 9:10 pm

      Thank you for the nice comments. I believe my dedication will be the difference for teacher of the year.

  92. bookdonkey permalink
    May 11, 2012 6:47 am

    He’s got my vote. I hope he wins.

  93. May 11, 2012 7:21 am

    Wow, what an inspiration! We need more teachers like you Mr.Burns 🙂

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 11, 2012 9:14 pm

      Thank you 🙂 We need to change education and I hope I can contribute.

  94. debern permalink
    May 11, 2012 10:44 am

    What a deserving Teacher of the Year 2012. So inspirational and a great asset to his community!

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 11, 2012 9:15 pm

      Thank you for the nice comments. I believe the school is an asset to the community. THank you for your support 🙂

  95. Becky permalink
    May 11, 2012 11:41 am

    Having worked with special needs children for over 20 years, it is beyond amazing to see the work, dedication, sacrifice, and heart Frank has put in to be able to touch the lives of such special people. Many people dream up these great ideas, but to act on it, and make it happen, is heart-warming. It is a job that NEVER stops and is all for service to others! Proud of you Frank and definitely hope you win this award that you OVERWHELMINGLY deserve!

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 11, 2012 9:16 pm

      That is a lot of years of experience. Please share any advice or tricks of the trade. 🙂

  96. May 11, 2012 10:37 pm

    You seem like a phenomenal teacher! You deserve so much more praise & recognition than this nomination provides. Good luck & keep up the good work!

  97. May 11, 2012 11:16 pm

    Good Luck Mr. Burns. i will happily Share this link on my blog!

  98. Tara L permalink
    May 11, 2012 11:54 pm

    Mr. Burns, You are such an incredible person!! I don’t know you but I am so incredibly proud of you. It is such a heartwarming thing to know that there are people like you out in the world to help children in need. My oldest son had a wonderful First grade teacher who noticed that he was struggling and had him tested for a processing disorder. He, in fact, did have one and she tutored him to keep him from being held back that year. Because of the efforts of this wonderful teacher, he went on to be extremely successful in school and then later graduated 4th in his high school class and is now premed. Because of teachers like YOU, Mr. Burns, our children find their spark and go on to glow brightly in the world!! Thank you so much for all you do!!!!!! 🙂

  99. Stella Coupe permalink
    May 12, 2012 6:42 am

    Mr. Burns, I am very impress for what you are doing for these students. You are a fantastic teacher. Bravo!

  100. Rhoma Miller permalink
    May 13, 2012 2:28 am

    I have known Frankie for being dedicated and passionate in teaching. His heart is always with these children and I salute him for that! 🙂

  101. marty trauernicht permalink
    May 14, 2012 7:40 am

    I have known Frank since high school we met in special ed, and became friends. Frank has always been kind, energetic, and tried to help others better themselves. I believe that he deserves the teacher of the year award because I know that he always wants the best for his students. He wants to see them prosper and achieve their goals, and is willing to help in anyway possible!

    ~ Marty

  102. May 14, 2012 6:40 pm

    I wish this school was accessible where I live. I always thought it made sense that someone who has “been there and done that” should teach similar kids, b/c they could relate better and be understood. Keep up the good work 🙂

  103. Jennifer Dickey permalink
    May 14, 2012 11:45 pm

    Frankie is one of the most generous and kind hearted men I know. I am so proud to know him.

  104. julie french permalink
    May 15, 2012 6:06 am

    Good work! 🙂

  105. May 16, 2012 3:50 am

    You are certainly deserving to be named Teacher of the Year. Good luck!

  106. May 16, 2012 11:11 am

    He’s got my vote!

  107. May 17, 2012 1:24 am

    I have had the privilege of getting to know Franklin “Frankie” Burns outside the capacity of teaching and I can say without doubt or reservation that his heart, mind, and effort are in sync with what he believes. It is easy to look at a situation or problem and say someone should do something, too often that is all that happens. When a person invests the time to develop a solution and exhausts the energy to bring the plan to fruition, especially from an unselfish vantage, THAT deserves not only our acknowledgment and praise but our support as well.

  108. Diane permalink
    May 17, 2012 11:01 am

    I have known Frank since 2007 and he’s an amazing educator and mentor. I first met him in the public schools as a Special Education Teacher for K-5. We have stayed in touch and in fact he showed the Saint Tower campus and shared its’ vision with me just over a year ago. I am thrilled that his abilities as a teacher and mentor are creating a life-long journey not only for himself, but for his students and the community as well. Way to go Frank and I am so excited for you and your ‘family’ !
    Diane Wiener

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 19, 2012 8:02 am

      Thank you Diana for the nice comments. I still remember the first day I met you. Nothing like working in a life skills and being beaten by all the students. Thank you for the support.

  109. Tania Hall permalink
    May 18, 2012 5:51 am

    My daughter likes school again, thanks to Mr. Burns! She might even earn straight A’s in her first semester there!

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 19, 2012 8:03 am

      I don’t just give out good grades. She has to earn them. I’m extremely happy with the improvement of your daughter this school year.

  110. Lyn Harduin permalink
    May 18, 2012 7:48 pm

    Mr. Burns is my daughter tutor and he is a great teacher. He deserves teacher of the year,

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 19, 2012 8:04 am

      Thank you for the opportunity of tutoring your daughter. It has been fun to see the improvement.

  111. May 18, 2012 7:54 pm

    SO I dont know how to vote for you? I got your comment on my facebook.com/hmjspreadtheword page. And I read some stuff about you ad i’ll vote. But where If I vote I gotta do this quick I am working all the time so its not easy for me to get back on facebook all the time. Message me on facebook with the how to info! And ill vote as soon as I can! Best of luck, you sounds like a stand up guy, whos very kind an genuine to the kids he teaches! More special education teachers should be like this! Some are but not enough are like you! So keep up all the good work. Remember message me on my FB page Its supports the spread the word to end the word campaign by special olympics. Which is a campaign to stop the USE of the R-WORD (Retarded) which should be treated as a racial, gender orientation slur or insult! Its never okay to say that to anyone, and never okay to say that to someone who has intellectual disabilities! So while your on my page like it and pass my page on to people thanks! 🙂

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 19, 2012 8:05 am

      I would like to thank the individual that posted on your wall. You have voted by leaving a comment. Thank you for your support 🙂

  112. May 18, 2012 8:22 pm

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    Thank you for your time reading this! I also have a Facebook page about spread the word to end the word campaign which im partnered with special olympics for. I teamed up with special olympics and their campaign to bring it to high schools in our school district which is everett school districts in washington state. To stop kids from bullying kids with intellectual disabilities by using harmful words like the R-WORD! (retarded which should never be used!) Thats what the campaign is all about stopping bullying an mainly the use of the R-word and any other put downs aimed at anyone who has intellectual disabilities! Point it bullying in general is never okay.

    If ya dont wanna check my links out thanks for at least reading if you like the links or one of em PASS IT ON to someone else to spread the word on these TWO IMPORTANT CAUSES

    ******(I VOTED FOR YOU FRANKLIN BURNS BY LEAVING NOW 2 COMMENTS & POSTING YOUR STORY TO FACEBOOK on my facebook.com/hmjspreadtheword page as well as TWITTER!!********* So best of luck you deserve it from what im hearing in comments and what I read! Hope you WIN!

    -Tessa

  113. jessica jones permalink
    May 18, 2012 8:55 pm

    Go Frankie! I hope you win!!

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 19, 2012 8:06 am

      Thank you Jessica for the love and the support 🙂

  114. jessica jones permalink
    May 18, 2012 8:57 pm

    Go Frankie!! Good luck!

    • Tara permalink
      May 18, 2012 10:42 pm

      Thanks Jessica!! 😀

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 19, 2012 8:07 am

      Thank you again Jessica 🙂

  115. J. Adams permalink
    May 18, 2012 10:39 pm

    Franklin Burns is an amazing teacher and really knows how to reach his students. Mr Burns works through the students strengths and interests and paces the students at their level and gives them the chance to succeed in all subject areas. Mr Burns truely deserves, Teacher of the Year! Good luck Mr Burns, it’s been great working with you and you have my continued support.
    J.Adams

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 19, 2012 8:08 am

      The goal is to educate the students to their best ability. I believe we can reach their full potential by creating an education plan that is geared towards their learning style and interests.

  116. Jon Hall permalink
    May 19, 2012 1:56 am

    I cannot say enough about Mr. Burns, when the public school system was failing to provide the appropriate atmosphere and tools required to make my special child successful I had no choice but to look for alternatives. It was truly a God send to find Mr. Burns and his school. My daughter now enjoys school to the point of excitement. The gift of learning that Mr. Burns and staff provides to all the children is beyond the expectations of anyone with a special child. I truly believe his background makes the best educator in this field.

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 19, 2012 8:11 am

      I truly enjoy teaching your daughter everyday. She came to the school without any confidence but now she is taking off like a rocket. Thank you for the love and support that you and your wife have shown this school year.

  117. Brad permalink
    May 19, 2012 6:29 am

    Frankie B! You rock as a teacher! Great working with you last year!

    • Frank permalink
      May 19, 2012 6:31 am

      Hey Thanks man! You too! Thanks for the support!

  118. Bella permalink
    May 19, 2012 6:30 am

    Frank is an amazing teacher and really know how to reach the kids!

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 19, 2012 8:12 am

      Thank you for the love and support. I believe winning teacher of the year will help the school. Thank you again for the love ans support.

  119. Jamie M permalink
    May 19, 2012 6:33 am

    Frank,
    I was informed you are up for teacher of the year! You deserve it 🙂 You know those kids better than they know themselves it seems!
    Jamie

    • Franklin L. Burns permalink
      May 19, 2012 8:13 am

      I believe the school deserves the win. I believe the win will help the students and the school.

  120. Jana Crowder permalink
    May 19, 2012 10:11 am

    I’m so excited that Mr. Burns is flying from Texas to tutor my son in Tennessee for 17 days. This show true dedication and love for my son.

  121. May 18, 2012 8:18 pm

    I wish all the best for you Franklin..sad that yoiu are so far away from my Island Bonaire (Dutch Caribbean)
    All the best and sunny regards from my small Island

    Marion,
    Riding Academy Club
    Bonaire

  122. Cindy Szenttornyay permalink
    May 18, 2012 8:20 pm

    I have read all the teacher of the years nomination posts and they are all worthy of being teachers of the year. There is a distinct difference between Mr. Burns and the other 8 teachers. He is the only teacher that works with students with special needs and he is the only teacher that has created a school. If we want to discuss the impact in the community,, city, and state of developing a school and teaching Mr. Burns is the winner of this competition. Currently, he is creating three different satellite campuses in the next year. He will be able to reach more individuals throughout the United States than the other teachers nominated. This all done with him teaching, developing the school, and tutoring students in the community, I believe Mr. Burns should win teacher of the year.

  123. cyfairguy01 permalink
    May 18, 2012 9:49 pm

    If you’ve had the pleasure of being in Franklin Burns classroom, you’d understand how dedicated he is to students. He teaches without restrictions, which is definitely thinking outside the box. Frankie, you deserve TEACHER OF THE AWARD & recognition of your countless hours you’ve dedicated, simply because YOU BELIEVE in each and every one of them.

  124. cyfairguy01 permalink
    May 18, 2012 9:52 pm

    If you’ve had the pleasure of being in Franklin Burns classroom, you’d understand how dedicated he is to students. He teaches without restrictions, which is definitely thinking outside the box. Frankie, you deserve TEACHER OF THE AWARD & recognition of your countless hours you’ve dedicated, simply because YOU BELIEVE in each and every one of them.

    Best of Luck BFF!!!

  125. Cindy & Bravo permalink
    May 21, 2012 7:44 am

    Best of luck! Hope you win!

  126. National Geographic Education permalink
    May 29, 2012 6:21 am

    Good luck to Mr. Burns!

  127. August 7, 2012 8:42 pm

    A teacher who does what Mr Burns does gets my vote thank u for helpings kids like mine

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