David Burt, Principal
“In the profession of public education you often spend as much time with students as they spend with their own family. Spending this much time together, we all become part of a bigger family. It is important as an educator to be there for your students.”
I am the son of Billy and Sammie Burt and a Jasper native. Growing up the son of two lifelong educators, it was only natural for me to join the profession.
I was a 1984 graduate of Jasper High School and a 1992 graduate of Stephen F. Austin State University, with a Bachelor of Science in Education. My Master's in Educational Leadership was conferred in December of 2012, also from Stephen F. Austin State University.
There were several people in my life that played an important role in influencing my decision to go into the education field. The two most important people were my father and mother. My mother worked in the education field for 44 years, the last 42 years in Jasper ISD. My father, who is also retired, was a coach for 12 years and a principal or assistant principal for 17 years and finished his career as the director of maintenance and all but his first two years in Jasper I.S.D. Two other people who helped prepare me for the education field were my history and physics teachers, Tim Ratcliff and Travis Kneese. These men guided me all through high school and played a major role in my decision making process. They also gave me much needed advice along the way. I still keep in touch with these teachers from time to time.
I began my education career as an 8th grade coach and P.E teacher at Brady Jr. High in Brady, Texas in the fall of 1992. In the fall of 1993, I moved to Houston to be a coach and science teacher at C.E. King High School. I moved to Jasper in the fall of 2000 where I coached and taught on three different campuses with teaching assignments ranging from Jr High science, 5th and 6th grade health at Rowe, and finally IPC and Environmental Systems at the High School. I left Jasper ISD May of 2015 to become the Assistant Principal at Brookeland ISD, where I spent two years before coming home to Jasper.
My goals as a professional are to educate my students to the best of my ability and to instill in them the values and goals to help them become successful after high school. I also feel it is important to teach them how to be lifelong learners. Now that I am an administrator, I feel it is my responsibility to provide the teachers with the resources and backing so they can give the children of our district the best education possible.