John Burton

John Burton

Director of Studies

  • B.A. University of California at Berkeley, History
  • J.D. New York University School of Law

John grew up in a household of teachers and always knew he would end up in education.  He never met a subject he didn’t find interesting, studying physics, mathematics, computer science, and history extensively in college before receiving his bachelor’s degree with honors from the University of California at Berkeley. He went on to New York University School of Law, receiving an American Jurisprudence Award his first year and graduating in 1990. He started his career as a corporate lawyer at Cravath, Swaine & Moore. After a satisfying career as a lawyer, John moved with his wife and daughter to New Hampshire.  He started teaching mathematics while enrolled in the University of New Hampshire’s graduate education program. He had finished all of his coursework for his M.A.T. in secondary mathematics education when he discovered Shortridge in 2007, a small, caring, and safe educational community informed by individualized evidence-based therapeutic and learning methodologies, and he has never looked back.  

Since 2007, John has been teaching courses at Shortridge in government, economics, geometry, physics, and precalculus.   He went on to supervise the academic day, and then the academic staff, finally supporting the other teachers in their work and taking on additional management duties as Director of Studies.  John and his wife, a reading specialist, have lived on campus at Shortridge since 2014.  They both still love learning and helping others learn.

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