Work History:
Teacher, Oakland, Sacramento and Davis public schools (primarily mathematics).  Wrote successful ESEA Title III grant application to improve mathematics teaching.  Established program for non-traditional students.  Gave workshops at state conferences on program.

Assistant Professor, University of Oregon (taught economics of education, school business management, educational policy.   Evaluated school site budgeting plan designed to improve educational effectiveness.)

Staff, California State Legislature
oBudget Analyst, Joint Legislative Budget Committee,
oConsultant, Senate Education Committee,
oStaff Director, Caucus
oConsultant, Joint Committee for the Master Plan for Higher Education

Consultant, Educational Policy Research Center, SRI International (conducted major study of impact of ESEA, Title I funding formula as well as effectiveness.  Formula study prevented congressional change in formula which would have taken $200 million from U.S. urban schools.)

B.A., Ph.D., University of California.  Attended California State University
     and McGeorge School of Law.  Ph.D. dissertation analyzed California
     programs for disadvantaged children. 

Community Activities:
  • League of Women Voters of Tarrant County
        Board Member and Health Committee chair
  • Women’s Policy Forum of Greater Fort Worth. 
       Member WPF Board and Education, Health and Microbank committees
  • Commissioner Appointee, John Peter Smith Access Committee
  • Board, Tarrant County CHIP coalition
  • Member, Wedgwood South Neighborhood Association, former Board member
  • Worked with several Fort Worth groups to improve county health care delivery
  • Former active Rotarian.  Paul Harris Fellow.
  • Founded Kennedy Fund, microbank located at, serving 120 different groups, primarily women, in third world countries.

Married to David Burlingame, R.N.  David and Ann are cyclists,
having ridden over 2000 miles in Texas and other states since
their marriage in 2007.  Here they are at the Hotter'n Hell 100.

Ann has three children:   Nick, an attorney in Minnesota and a
board member of the Minnesota Trial Lawyers Assn.; Sonja,
Fort Worth writer, teacher and mother of six; and Alex,
professor of mathematics at Otterbein College, Columbus,

She also has ten grandchildren, ranging in age from Michaelangelo, Age 6, at Morningside Elementary in the bilingual program, to Suellen, a graduate student at the University of Cincinnati.

Ann Sutherland
FWISD District 6 Trustee

"I have known Ann Sutherland and her work on education reform for thirty
years.  The children and families of Fort Worth will be extraordinarily fortunate
to have her in their service on the Fort Worth school board.  Her commitment
to quality schools runs as deep as her core and her wisdom on school
issues is rock solid."
         Jim Shultz
Public Interest Research Group Intern, 1979


Welcome to my website!

I've spent a lifetime trying to make  schools work for all children and I've taught every grade from preschool through graduate school, from military schools in Japan to the University of Oregon.   Most of my teaching was in California schools.

My career has taken two different threads.  I've taught for 25 years.  Along the way, I learned that you can't make schools better just from the classroom, so I also became a budget analyst, working at local, state and even the national level to make sure taxpayer dollars are not wasted and are spent only on things that work.  At one point, my budget analysis showed that Congress was considering shifting $200 million dollars out of our cities, where they are most needed.  My analysis stopped that proposal cold. 

I've also written papers showing where programs are wasting money.

My Ph.D.  work evaluated ways to help urban kids learn better.

In my last teaching assignment, I set up a special program for kids who needed
a different setting to learn, not only for kids who are behind, but also for those
who need accelerated instruction.   We took this program statewide at
conferences and helped train other teachers and principals to implement it. 
I was a teacher of the year in 2002 in my region of California.

I want to apply my energy to helping the Fort Worth community make our schools even more effective.  We need to help all kids access the opportunities we provide, to finish school and graduate.

Children whose parents lack a strong educational background need help in seeing that college is affordable and that they can do it.  Some help for parents is also needed.

And our brightest students also need guidance--even more, in some cases--to see how they can begin working on college even while still in high school.

I have six grandchildren living in Fort Worth.  They have great teachers.  We need to honor these men and women for their dedication and hard work.  We also must recognize the contributions of every FWISD worker--from the crossing guards, to the classroom aides, to the principals and other administrators who tie the work of all together.

I would like your help.  Please join me.
Recent Recognitions

"Watchdog of the year"
Fort Worth Weekly, 2010

"Drum Major for Justice in Education"
Tarrant County SCLC, 2011