Meet Mr. Burton
David Burton (he/him/his) is a product of Moore Public Schools, having attended Red Oak Elementary, Brink Junior High, and Westmoore High School. Upon earning his BS in Secondary Social Studies Education from Mid-America Christian University and his MA in Political Science from the University of Central Oklahoma, he returned to MPS to teach. Mr. Burton considers himself a true SaberJaguLion in that he has taught at all three of the district's high schools: Westmoore (2000), Moore (2000-2008), and Southmoore (2008-2016). He currently serves as the MPS Social Studies and Business Education Curriculum Coordinator, which provides him the opportunity to work with all PK-12 Social Studies and 9-12 Business Education teachers and students at each of MPS's 35 campuses.
Mr. Burton serves the district as a member of the MPS Professional Development Committee (previously as PD Chairperson and currently as the Teacher of the Year Coordinator) and as a member of the Moore Public Schools Foundation board; he has previously served on the MPS Gifted & Talented Advisory Committee. Mr. Burton's impact on education extends beyond the Moore district through his membership on the Holocaust Education Committee of the Jewish Federation of Greater Oklahoma City, the Education Committee of the Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum, the Oklahoma Social Studies Supervisors Association, the board of the Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies (currently as Secretary, previously as Vice President), and the board of the National Social Studies Supervisors Association. He has presented at numerous local, state, and national educators' conferences and annually helps to score the essays written by students for the AP United States History college credit examination.
Mr. Burton's accomplishments in education have been recognized in numerous ways. He has been awarded opportunities to travel to Germany, Indonesia, Japan, South Korea, Morocco, and Iceland and a variety of U.S. domestic locations as part of various professional study programs for educators. He has written articles which have been published in national educators' magazines and has been featured in The Oklahoman. He has been honored as the OKC Thunder's Teacher of the Game, as the runner-up for the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce Teacher of the Year, and as the recipient of the Oklahoma Council for the Social Studies' Service Award. In 2014, Mr. Burton was named the Moore Public Schools' District Teacher of the Year.
Mr. Burton's roots are firmly within the greater Oklahoma City community. He attends Crossings Community Church, where he is actively involved in the worship and mission ministries. He also sings tenor with Canterbury Voices. Mr. Burton especially enjoys those domestic and international travel opportunities which better equip him to bring the cultures, experiences, and local histories of other regions back to the teachers and students with whom he works.