Thomas R. Burns

Thomas Burns
Mr. Thomas R. Burns
Class of 2004
Hometown: 
Norwood, NY

Current Position: District Superintendent/Chief Executive Officer, St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES

Position held since:  2009

Previous Employment:

  • Superintendent of Schools, Parishville-Hopkinton CSD
  • Principal, Jr. – Sr. High School /Athletic Director, Parishville-Hopkinton CSD
  • Assistant Principal, Norwood-Norfolk CSD
  • Social Studies Teacher, Norwood-Norfolk CSD and Watertown City School District


Educational Background:

  • BA, History – SUNY Potsdam and Secondary Social Studies Certification
  • MS Ed. – SUNY Potsdam
  • Studies in School Administration, St. Lawrence University


My St. Lawrence Experience:

The educational administrative program at SLU was almost like family – it allowed us to work closely with a cohort of colleagues who had the same aspirations and career goals to work in a collaborative, not competitive way.  That same closeness applied to our instructors, especially Jim Waterson, who at that time was overseeing the program.  The coursework, Jim’s mentoring, and our tight-knit cadre produced an environment where we could be candid, free to take risks, and grow together.