Erline Burgess

MA Early Childhood Education, M.Ed Education, BS Secondary Education and Home Economics


When Mrs. Erline Burgess joined the Atholton faculty six years ago, she brought a wealth of diverse knowledge and experience from her 38 years of teaching in the Chesapeake Conference.  Coming to Atholton brought her back to teaching in her favorite area of teaching—first grade.  “They keep me young,” she says.  Ironically, pretending to be a first and second grade teacher was one of her favorite childhood games. 

Whether teaching a breadmaking class to a group of young students or teaching Testing and Measurements at Washington Adventist University students, Mrs. Burgess "feels at home."  She holds an advanced certificate in the Gesell assessment and often shares her talents with other schools throughout the conference by testing students to help determine their educational needs.  Her past experience working for education specialists at the National Institute of Health has been an invaluable resource when working with students who have learning challenges. Her philosophy of education shines through when one observes her encouraging a student to take their time and think. "Education should be a journey and not a race," she says.

Professional growth is important to Mrs. Burgess.  In the past she has served on the Curriculum Committee and the Executive Committee for the Chesapeake Conference. Currently she is a member on the  Advisory Committee for the Journal of Education. She also worked on committees that developed the pre-first curriculum and the new English curriculum for the North American Division.

Blessed with the gift of listening, Mrs. Burgess makes parents and colleagues feel comfortable when they have questions or concerns regarding their child's education needs. She is always willing to create new avenues to teach a math concept or reading skill. Mrs. Burgess was awarded the Zapara Award for outstanding teaching in the classroom. She is also a member of the Who's Who of America's Teachers.

Mrs. Burgess, who happens to be an identical twin, enjoys listening to uplifting Christian music, reading, crocheting, scrapbooking, sewing, and vacationing with family. She loves traveling across the US in their RV.