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Dr. Marla Silversmith



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Kirsten Diktakis

Coordinator to the Superintendent and Board of Trustees




Dear Burlingame Community,


As an educator for 20 years, I take my responsibility to provide a quality and well-rounded education for each student very seriously. I believe students deserve at least a year's worth of growth not only academically but also social-emotional and behavioral. It has been an honor to serve in a district that strives to work with parents/guardians and community members to ensure that each child reaches their potential. Together, as a district, we have done unbelievably great things during extraordinary times, and I cannot wait to see what we do together going forward. 


Many of you have gotten to know me professionally since I began with Burlingame School District in 2017; however, I would like to take this opportunity to tell you a little about myself personally and my family. I was born and raised in Sacramento. My oldest sibling, Amber, has Down Syndrome, which became the catalyst that has always pushed me to ensure each person has what they need to be successful. 


My husband, Jeff, and I met while attending CSU Sacramento for undergraduate before placing roots in the Bay Area. Ava is attending SDSU as a Spanish and Human Resources double major, and Peyton will be attending CSU Chico in the fall of 2024 as a double major in Spanish and Sociology. Rylan is in high school and plays football and rugby. All three of our kids have had the opportunity to attend school in a dual-language Spanish/English Immersion Program. 


I have earned my administrative, multiple subjects, mild/moderate, and moderate/severe credentials, along with my Master’s of Education. I earned my Doctorate in Educational Leadership with an equity emphasis from East Carolina University in the Spring of 2023. 


While serving as your Superintendent of Schools, I plan to be accessible to educational partners and maintain an open-door communication practice. I continue to listen and learn with you and have multiple opportunities for conversation and dialogue through positive collaboration. Our dedicated team educates each student at the highest level as we strive to make a positive difference in the life of each student entrusted to us. I encourage and welcome any questions, comments, or thoughts you have and can be reached directly at [email protected].