Meet Dr. Sybil Knight-Burney
Superintendent of Harrisburg School District
Dr. Sybil Knight-Burney has served as the Superintendent of the Harrisburg City School District since 2010. As Superintendent, Dr. Knight-Burney is focused on the critical work of improving student achievement and district performance, preparing students for college and careers, expanding access to early childhood education, supporting educator effectiveness, and engaging parents in the educational process. Known for her personable style and unwavering commitment to students, Dr. Knight-Burney has successfully spearheaded various initiatives including, but not limited to -- restoring full-day kindergarten, developing the district’s first Cyber Learning School, and launching a STEM/STEAM education division, as well as an innovative, standards-aligned Aquaponics and “School to Table” program in partnership with Zoetic Global and The WheelHouse.
Prior to her appointment as superintendent, Dr. Knight-Burney served as the acting superintendent and assistant superintendent for the district’s Division of Student, Family & Community Support Services. She also served as a supervisory instructor at Harvard University, an adjunct instructor at Lesley University and Framingham State University, and in principal leadership roles at the historic Rindge and Latin School and the Agassiz School in Cambridge, MA.
Dr. Knight-Burney has received recognition for her professional work and contribution to education from various organizations and groups, including the prestigious “Golden Apple Teacher” award from the state of Florida. Dr. Knight-Burney received her Doctorate in Education from Nova Southeastern University, a Master’s of Science degree from Nova University and a Bachelor’s of Fine Arts degree from Howard University.