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The Howard Burnham Elementary School is the flagship school in the Burnham Wood Charter School District. Upon opening in 1998, it became the first charter school in El Paso County. The school was a result of the vision and hard work of its original founders, Howard and Iris Burnham. Howard Burnham held a Masters Degree in Social Work.

He had served as Executive Director of several social service agencies including the Jewish Federation of El Paso and El Paso Family Services, before joining forces with his wife to embark on their dream to offer high quality education to El Paso children.

Howard Burnham’s pledge to community service extended beyond the walls of the school he helped to create.


He served as President of the Downtown Lions Club, as well as President of Planned Parenthood of El Paso.

Many of the early faculty, staff and students remember Mr. Burnham as a friendly, caring person who would always take time to help one solve a problem. The children looked forward to his morning greetings and kept careful track of his delightful ties.

Meet our principal:
Mr. Fernando Gallardo

Mr. Gallardo was born in Los Angeles, California but soon after moved to the El Paso, Texas area. Mr. Gallardo began his career in education in the Fort Hancock ISD in 2002. He continued his career as a Special Education Teacher in both the Socorro and the El Paso ISDs. Throughout his career, Mr. Gallardo has served as a Resource Teacher, an Inclusion Teacher, a Behavior Improvement Classroom teacher and more recently as a Special Education Instructional Coach in the El Paso ISD. He has also served in various committees developing curriculum and instruction programs at all of the districts he has worked for.

Mr. Gallardo received his Associate’s Degree from El Paso Community College, his Bachelor’s Degree from the University of Phoenix, his Master’s Degree from Webster University and is currently pursuing a Doctoral Degree in Educational Leadership also from the University of Phoenix. He received his Educational Administration certification by attending the Region 19 Principal Alternative Certification Program. In addition, he has attended numerous educational professional development sessions both locally and nationally.

Mr. Gallardo enjoys spending time with his family and attending various sports events.

Mr. Gallardo is very excited, proud and grateful to serve the students, parents, faculty and staff of the Howard Burnham Elementary School community as its new leader.

Please feel free to reach him at the school office at 915-584-9499 or by email at