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Dear Burlingame Community,


As an educator for 21 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. This news comes today, December 9, 2022, on my fifth anniversary of joining the Burlingame School District as the Assistant Superintendent of Educational Services. 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 over the last five years; 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 (18) is a freshman at SDSU as a Spanish major, Peyton (16) is a junior in high school and loves playing varsity girls' basketball, Rylan (14) is a freshman in high school and plays football and rugby, and 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. Currently, I am finishing my Doctorate in Educational Leadership from East Carolina University. 


While serving as your Interim Superintendent of Schools, I plan to be accessible to educational partners and maintain an open-door communication practice. I cannot wait 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].

Dr. Marla Silversmith




Kirsten Diktakis

Coordinator of Projects for the Superintendent