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CCS hires Burton as Executive Director for Secondary and CTE

PITTSBORO — The Chatham County Board of Education on July 20, 2022, approved Michelle Burton as the Executive Director for Secondary and Career and Technical Education. In her new role, Ms. Burton will lead the district’s curriculum efforts to support the academic achievement of all students across the district in grades 9-12. In addition, Ms. Burton will oversee the Career and Technical Education program.

Ms. Burton has worked in education in North Carolina and Virginia for 24 years. She has served as an elementary teacher, assistant principal and principal of high schools, HR coordinator, Chief Human Resources Officer and, most recently, Assistant Superintendent of Student Services and Innovative Programs with Vance County Schools. Ms. Burton’s passion for students and their education has been the driving force behind all of her work.

While serving as principal of Weldon High School, Ms. Burton was recognized by Halifax Community College with the Principal’s Leadership Award. This award recognizes outstanding leadership, determination, and innovation by increasing student engagement, inspiring teachers, staff and students and enhancing the learning environment. During her tenure at Weldon High School, Ms. Burton was recognized as the 2015 Wells Fargo Principal of the Year for Weldon City Schools. Ms. Burton also is a graduate of the North Carolina School Superintendent’s Association Aspiring Superintendents Program.

Ms. Burton earned her Bachelor’s in English and Master’s in Teaching from Hampton University. She has an Educational Specialist Degree in Educational Leadership and Administration from George Washington University. Currently, she is a doctoral student at High Point University.

“We are fortunate to have Ms. Burton joining our team,” Superintendent Dr. Anthony Jackson said. “Her experience will benefit our students and ensure we continue to provide high-quality secondary and Career and Technical Education programs for our students. She brings tremendous passion and energy to Chatham County Schools.”

Ms. Burton said she is excited about her new role. “I am eager to join Chatham County Schools. I look forward to working with all stakeholders to ensure the continued access to high-quality learning experiences that will enhance the college- and career-readiness for all students.”