Josh Burton

Posted at: 03/12/2014 5:30 PM
By: Laura Lee

(ABC 6 News) -- This week we honor a science teacher from Byron High School.
We caught up with Josh Burton during Byron High Schools pep fest Wednesday.  He currently teaches advanced college level life science and biology courses there.
"Building relationships (with students) is huge, being able to relate the material to the kids is so important," says Burton.

But teaching wasn't always in his plan.  Burton grew up with both parents in medicine, so understandably he thought medicine was in his future too.

"As a kid, I was always at Mayo Clinic, growing up around there, I felt like I knew where to go so that's what I wanted to be when I was older," he says.

But it was his wife and her family of educators, that inspired Burton to give teaching a chance.

"To be able to tie two things that I love, teaching and the science aspect really makes it genuine and unique."

And it would seem Josh has many more goals recently receiving his principal licensure from Winona State University, "I can affect my classroom, but someday down the road, I will be able to affect a whole building."

In the meantime, "I love my classroom too much right now to leave."