The Falconer: Where are you from? Where did you grow up?
Ms. Burton: I’m from Orange County, New York; a town called Warwick, which is a town that borders New York and New Jersey - Southern New York - it’s about an hour north of the city.
Q: Where did you go to school?
A: I went to a small high school in Tuxedo, New York. It was pretty similar to this (Mashpee) in size. We had about 107 kids in my graduating class. And then for college, my undergrad, I went to Western New England University, which is in Springfield, Massachusetts, out west. And then for my masters, I went to Ramapo College, which is in Mahwah, New Jersey.
Q: Did you always want to teach? What made you realize?
A: When I was in high school, I didn’t want to teach. I wanted to be something in the film/tv industry, like a communications major. But then after I was talking to family, and other teachers in school, they kind of persuaded me to go into teaching because I really enjoyed math. And I had a really influential math teacher in high school and I kind of wanted to be like him. So that’s why I did teaching.