Meet the Teacher

      Hi! My name is Whitney Burgess and I was born and raised right here in St. Joseph, Missouri. I attended St. Joseph Public Schools from kindergarten through 12th grade. To be exact, I attended Pickett Elementary School, followed by Spring Garden Middle School and Benton High School.
      I attended college at Missouri Western State University. I hold a B.S. in education, with an area of emphasis in early childhood special education (birth-grade 3). I have been employed by the St. Joseph School District for 4 years, all of which have been spent in the 5th grade classroom at Bessie Ellison.
      Family is very important to me. As you may know I recently had a beautiful baby girl named Kiya. Some family traditions include trips to the Lake of the Ozarks each summer as well as other vacations, going to sporting events together, dinner as a family, and regular movie nights.
      Some of my hobbies are spending time with family and friends, boating, fishing, and walking.
      I am very excited to have your child in my class and look forward to all the wonderful memories we will make in our classroom this year!

My daughter Kiya & I!

Vacationing in San Diego!

My mom & I cheering on the Mizzou Tigers!!