Mrs. Burton was born and raised in Vernon, Texas. She and her family moved to Amarillo her senior year of high school. Mrs. Burton graduated from Amarillo High School, then attended Amarillo College, West Texas A&M University, and Frank Phillips College before graduating from Oklahoma Panhandle State University.
Mrs. Burton married Jim Bob Burton in June of 1991. She reports that moving from Amarillo to Stinnett was quite a culture shock. She had been used to living in a town with a population of over 150,000. The Burtons have two sons, Zane, who is 13 years old, and Rhett, who is 10 years old.
She taught at St. John's Catholic School for 1 year, then with the Dumas Independent School District for 5 years, and Borger ISD for 4 years. This is Mrs. Burton's seventh year with the PSP district. She now teaches 6th and 8th grade English classes at WTMS. She says that she is happy to finally be at home!