Longtime teacher to be honored with WBU service award

February 12, 2010

PLAINVIEW – Terri Turner Burke of Amarillo will be honored with the Distinguished Alumni Service Award by her alma mater, Wayland Baptist University, during homecoming chapel slated for 11 a.m. on Friday, Feb. 26.

Burke has been a first-grade teacher at Coronado Elementary in Amarillo for nine years and previously taught first grade in Perryton, Spearman and Hale Center. She was named Coronado’s Teacher of the Year in 2006 and had served on several school and district committees, including one promoting positive behavior. 

Burke earned her bachelor’s degree in elementary education, music and physical education from Wayland in 1978 and a master’s degree in education in 1986. Her husband Doug, principal at Avondale Elementary in Amarillo, also earned his baccalaureate and graduate degrees in education from Wayland.

Burke’s service to the various cities in which she has lived has been great. At Trinity Baptist Church, she has been involved as the Praise Team and Worship Choir, Ladies Bible Study leader, Intercessory Prayer Room chairman, Sunday school prayer chairman, Senior Prayer Partner, Go Visitation Team and a member of the Pastor Search Committee.

Locally, Burke has also been involved in Meals on Wheels, United Way, Evelyn Rivers Christmas Project delivering gifts and was president of Delta Kappa Gamma.    The Burkes have two children. Jacob, a 2004 WBU graduate, and his wife, Liz, a 2005 graduate, live in Raleigh, N.C. Their daughter, Leslie Williamson, and her husband David live in Austin.

Burke will receive her award at the traditional chapel service honoring all distinguished alumni for the homecoming year. The chapel is the kickoff for a two-day homecoming event which includes a banquet, luncheons, reunions for classes ending in zero, athletic events and Hall of Honor inductions, theatre productions, art shows and receptions.

For more information on WBU homecoming, call (806) 291-3603 or visit the Web site at www.wbu.edu/alumni.