Mallori Burnett

This week’s theme: New teachers

Mallori Burnett, a fifth-grade teacher at Johnson Elementary, moved to Montrose from Holyoke in December. Her husband Bryan’s family lives here, and the Burnetts wanted to raise their son, Bryan, here. She received her associate’s degree in science from Northwestern Junior College and her elementary teaching license from Colorado Christian University. After taking a few years off, she views this year as her first year of teaching.

Q: What did you want to be, career wise, growing up and why?

A: I think I always knew I wanted to be a teacher. A few of my teachers in high school really made an impact in my life and showed me that I could accomplish anything I put my mind to. They never doubted my drive to succeed and only pushed me further. I’ve grown up with a family of teachers, as both my grandfather and grandmother were in education for 30-plus years.

Q: What do you enjoy doing in your free time?

A: In my free time, I really enjoy being outdoors. My family loves to hike, fish and go camping. I also enjoy cooking and spending time with my son.

Q: What is your favorite topic to teach and why?

A: I would say my favorite subject to teach is science. I love being able to get creative and all the wonderful knowledge that I can give to my students.

Q: What is your favorite classroom moment?

A: I would say my favorite classroom moment is when the students meet me for the first time. They are so timid and shy. I am a very energetic person, and I love to show my passion for teaching in my lessons.

Q: What is the one thing you will bring to the classroom that will make you stand out as a teacher?

A: I would say one thing that makes me stand out as a teacher is my true passion for teaching. I believe that even at my age I learn something new everyday and want my students to have that love of learning as much as I do.

Q: What are you expecting your first day of class?

A: On the first day back for students, I am expecting a day full of laughter and excitement. I can’t wait to see my students on Monday!

—Monica Garcia

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