Michael Burns

Mike Burns

HS Humanities


Mike Burns has been teaching since 1989 and holds a Master’s Degree in Global History and Bachelor’s Degrees in Communications and in Liberal Arts, as well as a Washington State Teaching certificate.

Mr. Burns joined Concordia Hanoi in 2017 after spending eight years at Concordia International School Shanghai. Prior to joining Concordia Shanghai, Mr. Burns taught in Shenzhen, China; Doha, Qatar; and Gig Harbor, Washington, USA.

He is a College Board AP Exam Reader, Table Leader and Sample Selector, helping set scoring rubrics for the exam and training exam readers; serves on the Executive Council of the World History Association (WHA) and is a member of the WHA Teaching Committee. Mr. Burns has presented globally as a World History Consultant for the College Board and at 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 has expanded our high school curriculum to include both AP World History and Big History, a cutting-edge interdisciplinary course covering the Big Bang to the present. Additionally, he is piloting ON World History, a new web-based World History course that looks at the Big Questions of World History rather than a memorization of dates, names, and places.

“I am really enjoy working at Concordia Hanoi and building an excellent high school experience for our students. I love 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).

Married to Debbie since 1978, they have two boys and five grandchildren. Debbie is Concordia’s Pre-School teacher.

Mr. Burns loves to bike and has toured Ireland, Thailand, and the Benelux countries in Europe, in addition to extensive biking around Shanghai, Qatar, and now Vietnam. His other hobbies include history, travel, baseball and board games.

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