Currently I am a Post-baccalaureate Premedical Student at Tufts University in Medford, Massachusetts. I will spend the coming year working as a medical scribe at the Lawrence Memorial and Melrose-Wakefield Hospitals and as a research assistant with the Simulation Team at Lahey Health. In the mean time, I will be applying to medical school.

At various points in my life, I have been a development worker, math and science teacher, professional naturalist, amateur photographer and writer, fiddle player in various American musical traditions, and pursuer of all things outdoors. I served with the U.S. Peace Corps as an education Resource Specialist for the Schools and Community Resources project in the Republic of South Africa. I also taught middle school science at Spartanburg Day School in South Carolina (2009-2011) and at the summer program at Choate Rosemary Hall in Connecticut (2009). I also served as a Mentor and taught natural history at the Green River Preserve in North Carolina (2010). I graduated from Davidson College in North Carolina with a B.S. in Biology and a minor in Anthropology (2009); I graduated from The Westminster Schools in Georgia (2005). Though I am now pursuing medicine, I remain dedicated to the ideals of education. I hope to incorporate what I have learned as a teacher into my future work as a physician.

Thank you for taking the time to visit 200 North Thompson St. Rather than documenting my experience in full, this site frames vignettes, representative rather than comprehensive in scope, documenting my thoughts and my travels in the United States, South Africa, and elsewhere. Please leave your comments to open conversations regarding photography, writing, teaching, science, anthropology, or other topics discussed at 200 North Thompson St. I really value your comments and criticism for my work. You may also correspond with me via:

Gmail: t.howell.burke
Twitter: @thowellburke
Phone: 404.317.4970
Post: T. Howell Burke / 28 Hancock Avenue / Medford, MA 02155

Keep well. I hope you enjoy what you find at 200 North Thompson St.


T. Howell Burke


4 responses to “About

  1. Howell, Hello from Atlanta (and currently Toxaway for New Years!). I have finally taken time to read your blog and to learn about where you are and what you are doing. It all sounds so interesting! Thank you for sharing what you are doing and the environment in which you are living with us. Ma Grace sounds like quite a woman, and you are lucky to be under such good care. The school sounds interesting and in need of your expertise! Your pictures are wonderful! I love the wire cars the kids are making. What ingenuity! Your pictures and descriptions are fabulous. You are a terrific writer!

    Today is New Years day. Happy New Year! We enjoyed a fun party on the 30th at Burge where your dad orchestrated the Tams to play for us. It was such fun and we were all feeling “young, foolish, and happy”! No one was “hurt, hurt, hurt” so that was good! Your dad had more fun that anyone there, and he was definitely the life of the party. We missed you!

    I am so proud of what you are doing in Africa with the Peace Corps. You are truly taking advantage of a once in a lifetime opportunity to leave your impact on one small piece of the world. You are changing lives and leaving gifts! I keep you in my prayers, and I wish you many successful days over there! I will continue to look forward to reading your blog updates. Take care and God bless!
    Love and hugs,
    Sara and all of the Chapmans

  2. Hey Mrs. Chapman,

    It’s great to hear from you! A belated Merry Christmas and Happy 2012 to you as well! It sounds like everyone had a big time for New Year’s out at Burge. Those were always the best times, hanging out at Burge for New Year’s. I spent New Year’s at Durban, surfing in the Indian Ocean! A little bit different from the old times….

    Thanks for the kind words and go well. I’ll be thinking about you and your family in the coming months. If Hunter has any more questions about the Peace Corps, direct him my way. I wold love speaking with him about it,

    all the best,

  3. Hi Howell-

    I am still enjoying your posts–and pictures! I have something that I would like to send you in the mail–I think that it will come in very handy for you. Could you please send me your address via e-mail–I want to make sure I send it to the right place! Thanks!

    Becky Griffiths

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