Mike Burns

Mike Burns

HS Humanities


Mike Burns has been teaching for 28 years and holds a Master’s Degree in Global History from American Public University in St. Charles Town, West Virginia, U.S.A., along with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications, from Washington State University in Pullman, Washington, (USA), and a Liberal Arts degree, from The Evergreen State College in Olympia, Washington, (USA).

Mr. Burns joins Concordia this year in Hanoi after spending eight years at Concordia International School Shanghai.

He is a College Board AP Exam Reader, Table Leader and Sample Selector; serves on the Executive Council of the World History Association (WHA) and is a member of the WHA Teaching Committee.  Mr. Burns has presented at several World History Association Annual Conferences.

Mr. Burns is also a founding member of the International Big History Association and was a Big History Project Pilot Teacher. He expands our high school curriculum this year to include both AP World History and Big History, a cutting-edge interdisciplinary course covering the Big Bang to the present.

“I am really looking forward to working at Concordia Hanoi and continuing to build an excellent high school experience for our students. I am looking forward to getting to ‘know’ Vietnam, the people, the culture, the history and the food!”

Mr. Burns is also a published education professional, having contributed to teacher resource book “Teaching World History in the Twenty-First Century: A Resource Book,” (M.E. Sharpe, 2010).

Prior to joining Concordia Shanghai, Mr. Burns taught in Shenzhen, China; Doha, Qatar and Gig Harbor, Washington, USA.

Married to Debbie since 1978, they have two children and four grandchildren, with a fifth grandchild due in October.  Debbie also joins Concordia this year teaching in one of our Reception classes.

Mr. Burns loves to bike and has toured Ireland, Thailand, and the Benelux countries in Europe, in addition to extensive biking around Shanghai, China and in Qatar.

His other hobbies include history, travel, baseball and board games.

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