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Breaking Barriers in the School District

Daniel Burke, '00

Daniel Burke looks back fondly on his time at Colorado Mesa University. He graduated in 2000 with a bachelor’s degree in business with a computer information systems emphasis and he was an offensive guard for the football team from 1996-2000. Small class sizes, great professors and knowing everyone at school is what appealed the most to Burke when he pursued his education.

“I got a very good education at CMU, but the professors are what made the school so special,” said Burke. “Dr. Hatten, Dr. Grabow and Dr. Bonan-Hamada are some I remember.”

As the Executive Director of Technology for the Mesa County School District, Burke knows the value of an education. His position entails “removing barriers between teachers and students to help them better communicate in an effective learning environment,” he explained. It’s definitely a job that keeps him busy and on his toes.

For a few years, Burke has volunteered as a wrestling and football coach, and now his children attend CMU summer camps. “Right now we are just watching the kids grow up and make their own way in sports and education,” he said.

If Burke could pass along any advice to incoming and current students, it would be to create relationships, enjoy life and not to stress about the little things. “Control what you can control!” he emphasized. “Just have a great experience.”


Written by Heather Portenier