Editor's Note: The following is a news release issued by The Lawrenceville School.
Sheamus Burns, a Visual Art Department faculty member at the Lawrenceville School, was selected by the National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) as part of the annual Teachers of the Future program.
The NAIS Teachers of the Future were selected from a large pool of nominees who inspire academic excellence in students and who serve as opinion leaders among their colleagues and peers. The Teachers of the Future were also chosen for their expertise in particular areas -- environmentalism, globalism, technology, and equity and justice -- which NAIS believes are hallmarks of a high-quality education for the 21st Century.
As one of only 20 teachers nationwide chosen for the program, Burns will lead an online discussion forum designed to share innovative ideas and teaching techniques and he will create a demonstration video to inspire others.
Burns a member of the Lawrenceville School's Class of 2001 and Brown University's Class of 2005, has taught in the Visual Art Department at Lawrenceville for the past six years. In addition to courses in Visual Art, Burns teaches in the ninth grade Cultural Studies program.He also works with Lawrenceville School Head Master Liz Duffy on a team-taught interdisciplinary course to teach students about Design-Thinking and social entrepreneurship. Finally, Burns also supports other teaching faculty in their classrooms as a Technology Mentor Teacher.
Founded in 1810, The Lawrenceville School offers a comprehensive, coeducational program for 810 students in grades nine through post-graduate, who come from 32 states and 34 countries. The School is located on 700 acres in the historic village of Lawrenceville, N.J. For additional information, please visit www.lawrenceville.org.
The NAIS, based in Washington, DC, is a voluntary membership organization for over 1,700 independent schools and associations in the United States and abroad. Independent schools are distinct from other private schools in that they are independently governed by boards of trustees and they are funded primarily through tuition, charitable contribution, and endowment income. To be eligible for membership in NAIS, schools must be accredited, nondiscriminatory, 501(c) (3) non-profit organizations.