Matt Burke, Head of Science and Head of Sports Academy – Basketball
• Bachelor in Secondary Health and Physical Education (Honours) at Monash University
• Master’s in educational leadership and Policy at Monash University in 2020
• Played at the highest level of basketball in Victoria from ages 8 to 18, which included playing against the likes of current NBA players Ben Simmons, Dante Exum and Jock Landale
• Played Division 1 AFL all throughout juniors with many players who have gone onto play AFL such as Josh Kelly, Christian Salem and Angus Brayshaw.
• Played SEABL/NBL1 (VFL equivalent for basketball) at 18 years old
• Was 2nd in MVP voting for the best under 23’s league in the state
• Won Youth Championship Men’s team MVP for Sandringham three years in a row.
• Became the assistant coach for the Youth Basketball League Men’s team
• Coached the Under 20’s Victorian Basketball Championship team for Sandringham
• Started teaching at Bentleigh in 2021
• Have a huge passion to develop the Sorts Academy and help all the students involved reach their potential as an athlete.
• I am a very big music fan, particularly with supporting Australian Artists
• Follow Carlton in the AFL and the Sacramento Kings in the NBA
• My Younger sister currently plays AFLW for St Kilda, so I am technically a fan of them…. but still love the blues in the AFLW
I love being a teacher, every morning I arrive with a smile on my face and look forward to what the days has instore for me. I hope that I can inspire this enthusiasm within my classes. I am very big on building a rapport with the students and learning about their lives outside of the classroom and what ignites a passion to learn in them.
Working with the Sports Academy Basketball division I am lucky enough to be able to combine two of my favourite things to do; play basketball and teach.
My educational philosophy is all about creating an inclusive educational environment for all students in the classroom. It is my goal to help all students find joy in the classroom, which is one of the main things I looked at throughout my master’s year. I think a big part of that is developing meaningful relationships with all students to better understand how they learn best.