Dr. TM Bigley (Principal)

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Dr. TM Bigley (Principal)

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Dr. Bigley was born in Washington DC and grew up in Virginia. At nineteen, he moved to England for two years where he serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1991, he made his way to Texas. Shorty after arriving to Texas, he met his beautiful bride to be Rhonda. A year later in 1993, they were married and soon started their wonderful family. He attended Brigham Young University where he received, with high honors, his Bachelors of Science Degree in Elementary Education. He taught elementary and middle school in Utah for a few years before moving back to Texas where he taught 5th grade ELA. He returned to school and earned his Masters in School Leadership, with a perfect 4.0 GPA, from Texas Wesleyan University. He received his doctorate in Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment, again with a 4.0 GPA, from Walden University. His dissertation study, Elementary Instructional Best Practices for English as Secondary Language Teachers, was completed in 2016 and published in 2017. Dr. Bigley has been with Burton Hill Elementary School as an administrator since 2009. His educational philosophy begins with educators establishing and building relationships of trust with students and their students’ families. He believes that all students should have instruction based on high expectations, rigor that includes critic thinking, and meaningful content. Likewise, he believes that education should go beyond the acquisition of information and academic knowledge to include developing a strong moral character. One of Dr. Bigley’s favorite educational quotes is from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, “The function of education is to teach one another to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character—that is the goal of true education.”

Mrs. Michelle Ballais

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Mrs. Michelle Ballais

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I am a graduate of Oklahoma State University with a degree in finance.  After 3 years of working as an accountant I found my true calling in education.  I completed a Master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from UTA and began teaching in 2002.  I completed an additional Master’s degree in educational leadership in August 2009.  I have 3 children ranging in ages from 5 to 18.  I absolutely love being a part of the Burton Hill team.