Meet the Teacher

Mrs. Wanda Burns

Phone: (256) 230-6620


Degrees and Certifications:

B.S. Elementary Education - University of Alabama (Concentration in Social Sciences) M.S. Elementary Education - Samford University

Mrs. Wanda Burns

Hello!  My name is Wanda Burns, and I teach 6th Grade Math.  Throughout my time in education, both as a student and as a teacher, Math has always been my favorite subject!  While teaching Math, I truly enjoy working with my students to help them become logical and creative problem solvers, as well as, young people of good character.

I grew up in the Birmingham suburb of Mountain Brook, Alabama where I graduated from Mountain Brook High School.  After receiving a Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education with a Concentration in Social Science from the University of Alabama (Tuscaloosa), I furthered my education with a Master's degree in Elementary Education from Samford University (Birmingham).   I am Highly Qualified in the state of Alabama, and I am AMSTI, OGAP, and A+College Ready trained in Math. 

I am beginning my 31st year of teaching.  While living in Birmingham for 4 years, I taught 3rd and 4th grades at Highlands School (private) and 1st Grade at St. Francis Xavier School (parochial).  After moving to Athens, I taught 3rd grade for 2 years and 4th grade for 8 years at Julian Newman Elementary. I then took 5 years off from teaching to stay home with our 2 young daughters before returning to teach 6th grade at the new Athens Intermediate School when it opened for the 2002-2003 school year. I taught 6th grade at AIS for 16 years. I am excited to be a part of the team at the new Athens Middle School Sixth Grade Center.

My husband, DeWitt, is a lifelong resident of Athens and graduate of Athens High School and the University of Alabama.  He is an engineer and works for NASA.  We have been married for 30 years and have 2 wonderful daughters, Ashley and Meredith, who are also graduates of Athens High School.  Ashley has earned both her Bachelor's degree and her Master's degree in Accounting from the University of Alabama and is employed as an accountant in Birmingham.  Meredith has earned her Bachelor's degree in Applied Mathematics from Auburn University while also on the Pre-PA (Physician's Assistant) track.  She is working in the medical field in Birmingham and has been accepted to UAB's PA school.  We have 3 much loved ShihTzus and a "Grand" Labrador Retriever who complete our family.