By Nicole King & Julianna Mirabile
Disclaimer: To write this article, we interviewed and questioned our new principal, Mr. Burton. Here are some things that he wanted the students and staff at Glenelg to know:
Q: Where did you go to school and what did you major in?
A: I went to school at Oakland University, Michigan and I majored in Biology. I majored in this because I enjoy learning about life science.
Q: What qualities do you look for in students and staff?
A: In students, I look for those who are motivated to work, no matter their learning ability. In staff, I look for those who are open minded and not afraid to take risks.
Q: Why did you decide to become a principal?
A: I decided to become a principal because I’ve always had a passion for working with kids. I hope to have a profound effect on how my students shape and mold the future. Also, it is humbling and creates a challenge for me everyday.
Q: How do you feel about people expressing their opinions in school?
A: I think we need to tread lightly on those things. We all have different opinions and we have to respect that. We all have to be open for it in the right form and get comfortable being uncomfortable. My hopes are to get a “Challenge Day” at Glenelg, where we are all enclosed in a big area and get to express all of our own opinions. It is meant to be moving, inspirational, and emotional.
Q: Do you have any advice for the students?
A: I would say to do the right thing all the time, and be the best you everyday. It doesn’t cost you anything to be a good person.
Q: Is there anything specific you want Glenelg to know about you?
A: I want them to know that I care and I am here for all of you, not for myself. I want you to do what makes you happy and glow. Don’t let others define you, you define yourself.
Q: What are your hobbies?
A: Fishing, reading, and traveling with my family.
Q: What’s your favorite sports team?
A: I am a big Pittsburgh Steelers fan.
Q: What's your all-time favorite food?
A really good bowl of chili.
Q: How did you feel coming into Glenelg High School?
A: When coming in, I felt worried and nervous because of all the bad publicity in previous years. I did not hear a whole lot about Glenelg, but the things that I heard were not all that positive. I really did not know what to expect, but from day one everybody was very welcoming. My perspective has now changed from nervous to really excited.