Rebecca (Young) Ireland ‘96 to Join BMA staff as English Teacher


Following a nationwide search to recruit an English teacher for the 2018-2019 school year, Burke Mountain Academy (BMA) is delighted to announce that alumna Rebecca (Young)  Ireland ‘96 has been selected for the role.

“I’m excited Becky will be joining our dynamic academic staff to contribute a wealth of academic and professional experiences to our already rich curriculum,” said Willy Booker ‘96, Head of School. “Her intimate knowledge of BMA’s unique school culture will also be a tremendous asset to our overall community.”

Rebecca graduated from BMA in 1996 and went on to attend Williams College where she completed an English major. There, she was awarded the Stanley R. Strauss Award for best honors thesis in her graduating class.

After earning a law degree in 2012, Rebecca was an adjunct professor and taught classes in legal reasoning and writing. Rebecca has been a public defender in St. Paul for the last four years.

“I am honored to be joining BMA as a member of its dedicated faculty,” she says. “It is particularly special to return as an alum because my experience as a student and athlete at BMA left an indelible imprint on my life. BMA empowered me to develop resources within myself that still guide me to this day. I am excited to teach English and for the opportunity to support the Burkies of today in their journey, both in and beyond the classroom.”

Rebecca will be following in the footsteps of Rachel and Jim Norton who have taught English and acted as dorm parents at BMA since 2016. The couple announced that they will be departing BMA at the end of the school year for another opportunity.

“Both Jim and Rachel have been instrumental in breathing life into our English curriculum over the last two years in addition to being wonderful dorm parents in Woods House,” said Jon Rice, Director of Academics. “While it is always sad when members of our community leave, I am so happy for them as they transition to their next great adventure.”

Rebecca will be joined on campus by her husband, Peter Ireland ‘92, who will be BMA’s executive chef and taking over dining services at BMA. For more on that story, click here

“It’s amazing to have alumni engaged with the academy on a staff level,” expressed Booker. “Teachers, coaches and support staff who embrace our school’s values at the core undoubtedly adds value to our current students’ experiences,” he added.