Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Patricia Burke

My first career was in Accounting.  During that time, I was the Office Manager at Lejeune Motor Company (Motorcycle Division) for ten years.  I also donated my time to the Girl Scouts as a troop leader for 12+ years.  I found that working with children was my calling and I went back to school at night to obtain my licensure in Elementary Education. 

I am going into my 20th year of teaching at Swansboro Elementary. 

My passion is for my students to reach beyond their current goals and keep dreaming about their future.   


  • 1987 - Graduated from White Oak High School

    1989 - Graduated with an AA degree from Coastal Community College in Jacksonville, NC

    1993 - Graduated with a BS degree from UNCW in Accounting

    2001 - Graduated with a Licensure in Elementary Education from UNCW

    2006 - Graduated with a Masters degree in Liberal Arts/Studies from UNCW

    2009 - Graduated with a Masters degree in Elementary Education from UNCW

Teaching Experience

  • Internship was completed with a 4th grade class at SBES (Fall 2001).

    2002-2005 (Taught Kindergarten at SBES for 3 years)

    2005-2019 (Taught 1st Grade at SBES for 14 years)

    2019-present (Currently teaching 4th Grade at SBES - 1+ years)