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Robert Burkhardt Set To Leave Eagle Rock In 2012

Dear Colleagues and Friends, The time has come:

I will leave Eagle Rock at the end of August 2012.

It has been an honor to serve as founding Head of School at Eagle Rock School and Professional Development Center. The opportunity to help create and shape this remarkable entity since 1991 has been a capstone experience for me, and I am deeply indebted to American Honda Motor Company; to the extraordinary Eagle Rock staff members present and past; and to the Eagle Rock students with whom I have had the good fortune to live, work, play and learn. Together we have made a dazzling dream come true. Thank you all.

Tom Dean and Makoto Itabashi forged a brilliant vision almost twenty-five years ago, and their inspired leadership during Eagle Rock’s formative years sowed the seeds of greatness. Gary Kessler has been a wise partner and brilliant coach as chair of American Honda Education Corporation’s Board of Directors during the past decade; I owe him a debt no words can repay.

Lizzie and I could not have asked for a finer environment to offer Eileen and Patrick in their early and adolescent years. Our family has thrived at Eagle Rock, and we will miss the close relationships we have shared with so many of you.

The Estes Park community has been a welcome source of support and strength, and it has been heartwarming to see Eagle Rock students gain recognition throughout the Estes Valley for the many service projects we have undertaken.

It is humbling to witness the productive lives of Eagle Rock graduates, and to know that the school’s dual curricular focus on academic and personal growth contributed to their moral, mental and social maturity. Similarly, the path-breaking work of the Professional Development Center has earned Eagle Rock an enviable national reputation as we have collaborated with partners across America.

I will miss teaching Shakespeare; playing soccer on the Field of Dreams; singing in choir and making music with the band; leading the gate run on winter mornings; raising money for the Graduate Fund; performing at the outdoor amphitheater; morning Gathering; Sunday brunch; Presentations of Learning; Sunday Sweat; 8+5=10; and all of you.

Lizzie and I look forward to celebrating the school’s 20th anniversary with you in June 2013. We are also eager to see Eagle Rock flourish under dynamic new leadership as it moves into the second twenty years.

The laughter and good humor we have shared stays with me, and I will carry Eagle Rock in my heart as long as I live. Thank you all again for the gift you have given me. What a privilege it has been to live, work and learn with all of you!

Sincerely, Robert Burkhardt

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