Principals’ message

The Charles Burrell Visual & Performing Arts Campus is a K-12 magnet school pathway serving all Aurora Public School students.

The campus, with two locations, consists of a K-8 school and a 9-12 visual and performing arts pathway at Aurora Central High School. During the 2022-2023 school year, the campus will serve Preschool through 3rd grade; 6th grade; and 9th grade. At every grade level students are immersed in comprehensive arts programs and rigorous academics so that they are ready to pursue creative careers or college degrees.

Shawn Graziani

Principal, K-8 Campus

Shawn Graziani Burrell Arts K-8 Principal

Dr. Graziani is looking forward to the amazing opportunity of being the founding principal of the new K-8 Elementary Visual and Performing Arts Magnet School! He believes that an art-integrated curriculum has the ability to engage all students to meet their academic and artistic potential. Dr. Graziani has over 15 years of experience in urban education starting from his years of teaching in Baltimore, Maryland.

He continued his career as an instructional coach, assistant principal, district director, and building principal. Originally from Pennsylvania, Dr. Graziani has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education from Point Park University in Pittsburgh, a Master of Science degree in Education Administration from Johns Hopkins University, and a Doctorate of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from the University of Denver.

Kurtis Quig

Principal, 9-12 Campus

Kurtis Quig

Mr. Quig is in his 24th year in education, all of which have been spent in middle and high schools. For most of his career, he has served the North Aurora Community. He graduated from the University of Mary in North Dakota in 1997 and began his career as a middle school social studies teacher. He received his master’s degree in educational leadership from the University of Colorado at Denver. After graduating, he became assistant principal at North Middle School in Aurora Public Schools. In 2022 he was appointed principal at Aurora Central High School. Mr. Quig is looking forward to the opportunity of leading the 9-12 Visual and Performing Arts Magnet school.

Mr. Quig enjoys spending time with his wife, Kara, his son, Kolton, and his daughter, Kennedy. They enjoy spending time with one another and traveling around the country looking for a relaxing beach.