Superintendent Burr to chair Valley United Way

Valley United Way announced that Shelton Superintendent of Schools Freeman Burr will chair the 2015-2016 Community Campaign which begins September 16.

Board Chair Janice Sheehy said that Burr has been a supporter and advocate for Valley United Way since he came to Shelton.

“The campaign in the Shelton schools is one of the finest in the entire campaign, and we hope that it can serve as a model for others during the upcoming campaign,” said Sheehy.

United Way President & C.O.O. Jack Walsh said that, “Freeman has been involved with United Way as a member of previous campaign cabinets, as a board member and even as a participant in the Leadership Greater Valley program which we do with the Valley Council and the Greater Valley Chamber of Commerce. We are extremely fortunate to have his leadership for this year’s campaign.”

Burr began his tenure in Shelton in August of 2009 and said Walsh was one of the first people to welcome him to the city.

Previously, he held a variety of administrative and executive leadership positions in the Hartford Public School System from 1995 2009 including House Principal, Principal, Supervisor of Elementary  Principals, Director of Human Resources and Director of Secondary and Intervention Schools. A career educator, Freeman is known for his vast experience in urban education, working with diverse student populations and school and organizational reform.

Mr. Burr graduated from Central CT State College with a BS in Elementary Education, and a minor in Mathematics. Mr. Burr completed graduate work at the University of Hartford receiving a MS in Education and a 6th Year degree in Education Leadership. He has also completed the University of Connecticut’s Executive Leadership Program to earn his Superintendent Certification.

He began his professional career in Hartford teaching Grade 6 for 12 years. He served in his first administrative position with the Capitol Region Education Council, in 1988 working with “at-risk” youth and young adults in pursuit of High School Credit and/or General Equivalency Diplomas. While at CREC he was actively involved with the CT Business and Industry Association on Workforce Development working with a number of companies to develop job-related curricula in an effort to upgrade employee skills to meet the demands of the changing workforce in the early 1990’s. Mr. Burr returned to Hartford as a middle school House Principal before becoming principal of the Noah Webster Magnet School from 1998 through 2005.

Currently, he resides in Bloomfield, CT with his wife and has many family members and friends in both the greater Hartford and Bridgeport areas. He has been involved with United Way in a variety of capacities since 1975.