Pittsburgh Penguins Teacher Highlight and Most Valuable Teacher Nominee!

Pittsburgh Penguins Teacher Highlight and Most Valuable Teacher Nominee!


Anthony Burns


North Hills School District

Classroom Team:

Why did you decide to become a teacher?

I was very fortunate to have several exceptional teachers throughout my educational career. Their passion for the content they taught made me excited to come to school each day. I entered into the field of education with the hopes that I could bring that same passion for science to my students. 

What has been your most memorable moment as a teacher?

During my fifth year of teaching, I challenged my 5th grade students with the goal of becoming one of the top science classes in the county. The amount of effort that every student brought to our lessons day in and day out has always stood out to me. It is amazing to see what students can achieve when they are properly motivated and invested in their learning. 

What is your favorite part of Future Goals and how are you using it in your classroom? 

Future Goals has been a great program because it provides the students with engaging and interactive lessons that teach important science and math skills. Future Goals is currently being used in my classroom to help supplement my “Mission to Mars” unit while in a hybrid model of instruction. We are currently designing and testing rockets in school. I have been able to use the Future Goal lessons to expand on concepts such as kinetic and potential energy while also demonstrating how the concepts appear in different career fields.

What was your student’s reaction to the program?

The students enjoy that all of the content ties back to hockey and the Pittsburgh Penguins. I feel that the challenge of earning the Stanley cup also adds extra motivation for the students. It makes learning seem less like work, increasing student motivation and engagement. 

Who is your favorite player?

My favorite player is Sydney Crosby. Early in his career I was amazed by his abilities on the ice. To be 18 years old and not only compete with the greatest players in the world, but outshine many of them, was something special to see. Over the years I’ve come to truly appreciate his work ethic, leadership qualities both on and off the ice, his humble nature, and his dedication and constant drive to perfect his game.