It is a pleasure to pen this reference letter on behalf of Dr. Sybil Knight-Burney, an educational leader, community activist, care giver and overall woman of integrity.
I have had the honor of working with Dr. Knight more than fifteen years in various capacities including professional developer and leadership consultant.
As an educational leader, Dr. Burney led the Harrisburg School District in the implementation of proven reform initiatives. She sought after and embraced research driven practices to 1) improve leadership capacity at both the district and building levels, 2) develop and enhance instructional capacity to deliver effective, rigorous and relevant instruction and 3) develop and sustain parent and community partnerships.
Under Dr. Knight-Burney’s stellar tenure, policies and procedures were put in place to ensure systemic approaches were implemented districtwide yet flexible enough to provide building leaders sufficient autonomy to customize strategies to meet the unique needs of their student population. She used data to shape a strategic vision for the district with student success at the core of her plan. With a goal to have every student college and work ready, Dr. Knight-Burney convened a community/school task force to determine the best route to achieve this goal. Career Academies was an outgrowth of this effort. To get students ready for high school academies, she reformed the district’s approach to reading and led school reconfiguration to ensure smooth transitions k-4 through twelfth grade.
Well known for her work in the community, Dr. Knight-Burney belongs to several community organizations and has worked tirelessly bridge the gap between school, parents and the larger community.
Sybil’s leadership and people skills, her focus on team building and her commitment to educational excellence makes her a viable and sought-after candidate for leadership positions across genres and organizations.