Burroughs High School Principal Matt Chambers announced his resignation Tuesday in an email addressed to the Burroughs community.
“It is with mixed emotions that I am writing to let you know that I will be stepping down as the principal of John Burroughs High School at the end of the school year. It has been a pleasure and honor to spend the past 15 years serving the JBHS community as a teacher, assistant principal and principal,” Chambers wrote.
Chambers will see the school year to its completion before taking his leave from BUSD employment. He is a Burroughs graduate and returned to the school as an assistant principal in 2013. He served different roles in the school’s administration before taking on his current position as principal in June 2021.
“I am going to miss the high level of camaraderie that is shared among the JBHS faculty and staff and I am proud to have been a part of it for so many years,” Chambers added.
Chambers, who took on his position amid pandemic-related challenges, is the first Burbank Unified School District principal to resign in 2023. Eight K-12 principals put in their notices last year throughout the school district.
While he was not specific as to the reason he was placing his resignation, Chambers, who has a Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from National University, and a doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California, said that he would be pursuing other opportunities.
“After much consideration, I have chosen that this is the right time for me to leave the district. I look forward to beginning the next chapter of my professional journey by pursuing other opportunities. I would like to take this moment to publicly thank my family, closest friends and BUSD leadership for being so supportive of my decision,” he wrote.
“Furthermore, I have been so inspired by the growth and development I have seen in our students and will remain forever grateful for the positive connections I made with them. It has been my privilege to teach, mentor, and support so many past and present students,” he added.
“In the coming weeks and months, I will work closely with JBHS and district leaders to make this a smooth transition for students, staff and families. I will never forget how much this community means to me,” Chambers said.
First published in the March 11 print issue of the Burbank Leader.