Melanie Burton, the 2019-2020 Salisbury High School Teacher of the Year, learned to love a good education at a young age. Her mother taught middle school math in the Mooresville Graded School District for years, and her father was a Presbyterian minister. “My parents valued education and instilled a passion for learning in my two brothers and me.”
Upon graduating from Mooresville Senior High School, Mrs. Burton continued her education at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. “I entered college as a nursing major, but I really did not enjoy the required chemistry classes. I switched my major to mathematics education and pursued a teaching career.” Mrs. Burton began her teaching career at Fuquay-Varina High School in Wake County, teaching Algebra I and Algebra II. While teaching, she earned her master’s degree in Math Education from North Carolina State University. She continued her education by participating in the Principal Fellows Program and earned a master’s degree in school administration from UNC-CH. She served as an assistant principal at Apex High School in Wake County and then at J. H. Rose High School in Pitt County.
Mrs. Burton decided to be a stay-at-home mom to raise her four children, but helping students continued to be her passion. She tutored several students in mathematics and served as a substitute teacher at Hurley Elementary School, Knox Middle School, and Salisbury High School. Mrs. Burton returned to the classroom about six years ago as a full-time mathematics teacher. Currently, she serves as department chair for the math department and teaches Math III, Pre-Calculus, and AP Statistics.
In her spare time, Mrs. Burton enjoys reading, spending time with family, and walking with friends. In the last 10 years, Mrs. Burton has run the Disneyworld Marathon on three different occasions.
Her advice for students: listen to your teachers and parents, be a good person, cope with failure and learn from your mistakes, and love yourself.