Being at KIPP Polaris is an invigorating, life-changing experience. Our scholars will inspire and challenge you while our faculty members will support and push you to become a better teacher, student and individual. At Polaris, you will have the opportunity to build lasting relationships, develop as a leader, and most importantly, work with a team dedicated to the mission of building strong boys for our community.
John Burnett earned his undergraduate degree in English from Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia. His career in education started two years later when he joined Teach for America in 2008.
He taught English for two years at Benjamin E. Mays High School in Southwest Atlanta and then moved to Brooklyn, New York, where he began teaching at Excellence Boys Charter School.
Mr. Burnett taught three successful years of seventh grade English Language Arts before transitioning into the Uncommon Instructional Fellowship. In that capacity, he served as Excellence Boys’ Dean of Curriculum and Instruction, overseeing their middle school literacy program for two years.
Mr. Burnett and his wife then decided to move back down south. His next role was Principal in Residence at Sylvanie Williams College Prep.
In the 2016-17 school year, John worked as a Miles Family fellow at KIPP Northeast College Prep's Assistant Principal and transitioned to school leader of the campus in the 2018-19 year.