About Mrs. Burgin

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Photo credit: Mark Thiessen for National Geographic


Jennifer Burgin (she/her) has loved teaching Kindergarten, 2nd, & 3rd grade and embarked on a new adventure in 2020 – serving as the Exemplary Project Educator with Project Edison!

Burgin was named a 2017 Grosvenor Teacher Fellow, made possible by National Geographic and Lindblad Expeditions. Her expedition was to the Galápagos in June 2017. This experience changed her personally and professionally and was the genesis for her new identity – #EducatorExplorer. Burgin now works to ensure that using established explorers as role models and guiding learners to seek exploration opportunities is a part of her instructional style.

Burgin is the co-author of the nonfiction children’s ABC book A is for Arlington, a National Board Certified Teacher, National Geographic Certified Educator, and a Changing Education Through the Arts (CETA) Certified Educator with the Kennedy Center. She was named the Oakridge Teacher of the Year in 2015 and the Arlington Teacher of the Year in 2016. In 2019 she was named a Mount Vernon Education Life Guard teaching fellow and will co-write a bilingual picture book about life at Mount Vernon in the 1700s. In 2020 she was named a National Geographic Explorer, and will use the grant in 2021 to co-create Explorer Imprint – a mentorship systems for educators of young learners to imprint exploration on the hearts of their students.

Burgin’s work is profoundly inspired by the diverse families she serves. As a result, she co-creates every learning experience to show students “windows and mirrors,” or reflections of themselves and glimpses of others (Sims Bishop). She is also a huge proponent of joy and glitter.

Follow her adventures on Twitter @MrsJBurgin.