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K-5 Drama Specialist
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Amy Burton holds an undergraduate degree in English from Davidson College in North Carolina and a Masters of Fine Arts in Creative Drama and Theatre for Youth from the University of Texas at Austin. During and after college, Miss Burton studied in England as an exchange student where she learned from seeing productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company, at the National Theatre, and in London’s West End. Miss Burton started singing in choirs when she was 4 years old and acting with the Athens Creative Theatre in Athens, Georgia when she was 12. Some of her favorite roles were Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz, and Portia, the ditsy stepsister, in Rogers and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. She was chosen as the Athens Creative Theatre Student of the Year in 1981. Miss Burton has acted in over 25 plays and musicals and has directed nearly 50 productions with actors ranging in age from 4 to adulthood. 


Prior to teaching at Barger, Miss Burton taught for 7 years at a fine arts elementary magnet school in Texas where she was named “Regular Educator of the Year Serving Students with Special Needs” in 1994. An avid life-long learner, Miss Burton has attended numerous conferences and workshops with organizations such as the Southeast Center for Education in the Arts, The Tennessee Arts Academy, The Kennedy Center, and Young Playwrights, Inc. (in New York City). She has presented workshops at the state (Texas Educational Theatre Association), regional (Southeastern Theatre Conference), and national (Magnet Schools of America) levels. Miss Burton also served on the committee to revise the K-5 Theatre Arts Standards for the state of Tennessee. Miss Burton frequently works at the Chattanooga Theatre Centre in the summer where she teaches summer camps for children ages 4-11. When time permits, she enjoys singing in church choirs and acting with the Oak Street Playhouse. She loves spending time with her family and friends (especially her niece, Isabelle, and her nephew, Sam), attending arts events, reading, hiking, watching movies, and collecting miniature books, dolls, and puppets from around the world. Her favorite book is The Complete Works of Shakespeare. Her favorite quotation is “everything can be taken from a man [person] but one thing: the last of the human freedoms—to choose one’s attitude in any given set of circumstances” (Viktor Frankl). 


Miss Burton has taught at Barger since 1999. In 2011, she was named Rotary Club Distinguished Teacher of the Year, Hamilton County Teacher of the Year, and Southeast Regional Teacher of the Year for Tennessee.