Something that makes Compass unique is that we are largely volunteer run. Thankfully, we welcome many retired, current, and future teachers as helpers. We even enjoy the support of many retired and current Valparaiso University professors. Some of our volunteers have been working with our families since the very beginning, which means they’ve known some of our young elementary school students since they were born!
Our Director, Jessica Burkman, is a licensed to teach Preschool through 12th grade English Learners, along with her General Elementary School Licensure and experience. She has also taught college level English Learners, as well as at an English camp overseas. Jessica has been the Director of Compass since the very beginning, and has enjoyed watching our Compass children grow up over the years. As an entire family program, her children have grown right alongside them! Jessica, her husband, and their children enjoy the opportunity to meet new friends from around the world through Compass.
Compass is guided by a dedicated team of Board Members who brainstorm when challenges arise, seek to raise funds, and plan to see Compass thrive for years to come. Compass Board Members are the following: Professor Salena Anderson, Tim Burkman, Jon Costas, Lucy Hrivnak, and Professor Perry Riffel.