MS, Vanderbilt University 2010
Many people celebrate the tenth anniversary of their high school graduation with a reunion weekend. A decade after her graduation, Elizabeth Burnette ’99 marked the occasion by joining the Baylor faculty.
Burnette, a Signal Mountain native, earned a BS in chemistry and molecular biology from UTC, and an MS in biochemistry from Vanderbilt University Medical Center. “I had many great teachers while at Baylor who inspired me to pursue a career in science, but it wasn't until graduate school that I knew I wanted to teach,” says Burnette, who was a Scientist in the Classroom fellow as a graduate student. “I taught hands-on inquiry lessons to middle school students in the Metro Nashville school system. I knew from that point on that I wanted to return to Chattanooga and teach science."
And there was no doubt whose faculty she wanted to join. “I knew teaching at Baylor would be the ideal position for me, so I checked in often with administrators and eventually came across the posting for a Middle School science teacher.”
She and her husband, Chad Burnette’97, live on Signal Mountain with their daughter, Finley, who was born in 2007. The couple enjoys traveling and spending time at the lake. They started a personalized stationery company when Elizabeth was attending Vanderbilt, and Elizabeth still enjoys designing and creating new lines of stationery. She also likes to run, bake, and decorate cakes.
Some of the many things Burnette likes about her job are “having the opportunity to be innovative with the science curriculum, coaching cross country, and forming relationships with students both in the classroom and out of the classroom.”
Written by Rachel Schulson, 2010