Natalie Burkard

7th & 8th ELA; 8th Grade Homeroom

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      My name is Natalie Burkard, or Mrs. Natalie to most! I have been teaching since 2006. I have my Bachelor's in Early Childhood Education and Special Education, my Master's as a Reading and Literacy Specialist, and a certification in Education Administration. I taught First grade for four years, Special Education for one year, and middle school ELA for the remainder. I love teaching. I can easily say that it is my career, not just a job. I want to not only teach my students but also make a difference in their lives.
         While not at school, you can probably find me at home in Tracy City or at my husband's business, Mountain Auto, in Monteagle. We have two boys. My stepson, Jagger (an MES alumnus), is getting his TCAT Auto-Collision certification and looks to start working at our body shop. He is a great young man and we are very proud of him. Our son, Archer (born December 2019), is an unexpected blessing. He is a precious happy boy!
          Please always feel free to contact me about anything. My door is always open to my students, their parents, and the community. Go Hornets!

Fun Facts About Me:

  • What did you want to be when you grew up? - An actress or chef

  • What would the students be surprised to find out about you? -I can speak Spanish (not as well as I used to…)

  • What’s a typical Saturday night like for you? -Going to bed at 7:30! #newmom

  • What are some pets you’ve had or would like to own? -I’ve had cats, dogs, hamsters, and cockatiels 

  • What is your favorite TV show? -The Great British Baking Show

  • What is your favorite movie? -Mr. Holland’s Opus

  • What is your favorite food? -Mango

  • What inspires you? -God’s love for me

  • In which other teacher’s class would you like to enroll, even for a day? -Ms. Sartain’s. She is a rockstar.

  • If you could pass on any wisdom to your students, what would you share? -A hard earned C is worth more than any easily earned A.

  • What’s a sport or activity you enjoy watching? -college football or volleyball

  • What kind of driver were you when you first got your license? -good but too fast of one

  • If you were to be given a superlative when you were in school, what would it have been? -I was given Most  Likely to be  Leader

  • Who is your favorite singer or band? -David Crowder

  • What type of music do you like? - Contemporary Christian and 90s

  • What song should students listen to when doing work for your class? -Metallica’s Enter Sandman (JUST KIDDING, but that is probably how they feel) - Upside Down by Jack Johnson or Word Crimes by Weird Al

  • Is there a quote or saying that you live your life by? -I can do anything through Christ who strengthens me.

  • What song do you know all the lyrics to? -Too many to name