Burgess, Elena

           Hello! Welcome to the Kindergarten Stars’ Web Page!

My teaching career began in 1994 in kindergarten with our classroom team name as the “ STARS.”  We are still the STARS- I believe all children need opportunities to shine! I absolutely love spending each day in kindergarten and tell my students, “Once you’re a STAR, you’re ALWAYS a STAR!”

I taught in the Rutherford County School System and most recently transitioned from McFadden School of Excellence to OCE in the fall of 2015.
I believe divine intervention brought me to this wonderful school and faculty and while it was difficult to leave a place and faculty that I love, I felt a need to embrace this opportunity. And WOW- what an amazing team- very thankful to be part of it!
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I have a Bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a early childhood focus, from Oakland University in Rochester, Michigan and a mater’s degree in curriculum and instruction from MTSU.  I am from Warren, Michigan and moved to Murfreesboro in 1994 to marry my husband, and raise our family, Kaylan, a Senior at UT Knoxville and Maridan, a Senior at Blackman High School. 

I love spending time with family and friends, traveling-especially to the beach, and enjoy reading, pedicures with my girls, watching movies and going to UT football games.
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