Burbank High assistant principal to leave

Michael Bertram decides to take a job at Glendale High School to be closer to his children.

July 19, 2008|By Alison Tully

BURBANK — Michael Bertram is leaving the Burbank Unified School District to take a new position as assistant principal at Glendale High School.

Bertram served for seven years as assistant principal at Burbank High and is credited for raising student test scores and the school’s overall “academic rigor,” Principal Bruce Osgood said.

“He is in education for the right reasons. He loves kids and he is very good at what he does. He is the very best,” Osgood said. “He is good enough to make all the decisions correctly, but he still collaborated and checked in with me so we always worked as a team.”


Bertram decided to take the job in Glendale to be closer to his five children, including Dakota, 15, who attends Crescenta Valley High School and Molly, 12, who will be a seventh grader at Rosemont Middle School, Bertram said.

Bertram always intended to return to the Glendale school district after he started his career in education there in 1988 as a teacher and coach at Hoover High School, he said.

“The idea of the new job excites me, it will be a great new challenge,” Bertram said. “It is a scary time in education with all the budget cuts and it is a risk starting a new job, but I know what I can do and believe I have something great to offer Glendale High.”

Coming back to Glendale is also a move home in many ways for Bertram. He grew up in the city and graduated from Hoover High.

“Mike is amazing, he is the best administrator that I have worked with in my 12 years in education,” said Hani Youssef, assistant principal of athletics and activities at Burbank High. “He will be missed not only by the staff by Burbank High but by the district as a whole.”

Bertram took the job in Burbank after working as an assistant principal at La Canada High School for four years and as an athletic administrator for South Pasadena Unified School District for one year.

Hoover High Principal Kevin Welsh said he was delighted that Bertram will be working in the district. Welsh has been friends with Bertram since working with him at Hoover High in the 1980s.

“He is highly regarded as an administrator,” Welsh said.

Bertram hopes the new position in Glendale will help him get closer to his ultimate goal of becoming a principal at a local middle or high school.

“I will truly miss the people that I have had the pleasure of getting to know such as the wonderful teachers and administrative team,” Bertram said.

Burbank High staff have started searching for Bertram’s replacement, Osgood said.

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