I was born in Delaware in 1955, but lived in several different states during my childhood. My father worked for Chrysler at Cape Kennedy from the beginning of the space race into the Apollo missions. My mother worked for Brevard and Orange county (Florida) schools as a school counselor and psychologist. During the 1960's, I became a "born-again" Christian and remain concerned about Christian persecution around our world.
I earned an Associate degree in Education from Valencia Community College and worked at Walt Disney World in Orlando as a sales associate and translator in the Emporium. I then earned my Bachelor in Elementary Education at the then Florida Technological University, now the University of Central Florida. I met my husband of over 40 years (now THERE'S a real family value!) at the start of my senior year in high school. We have two wonderful children and five grandchildren.
After years of teaching regular elementary classes (starting in 1977 in Ringgold, Georgia), I earned a Masters degree in Interrelated Special Education at the University of West Georgia and have been a special education teacher in Georgia public schools for over 25 years (and one year at a private school). In my years of teaching at elementary, middle, intermediate, and high schools, I have met many wonderful teachers, parents, students, and public servants.
The Burnaman children attended public schools in Cherokee County and graduated from Etowah High School. After they graduated, I completed Cherokee county's TEACH 21 program and taught at Etowah High for several years. I then taught at River Ridge High School - Cherokee County's newest high school. I have lived in the same house in Woodstock for 30 years and have been both frustrated and pleased at the progress in our county and our state.
I have been a life-long Democrat and have been active with the Cherokee County Democrats for a number of years and now serve as their Treasurer. I decided to run for the Georgia Assembly office of State Representative - District 20 because I love Georgia, but am very concerned about the direction the state has taken in the last decade regarding employment, education, protection of OUR environment, domestic violence, taxation, civil rights, and transportation. I firmly believe that the "Me" of today needs to change into the "We" of the future. In short, I am working to get elected so that I can work to improve the future of all Georgia families and students.
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