New special education teacher, Lorraine Burns ready for a great year


Morgan Smith

Mrs. Burns

Morgan Smith, Staff Writer

Lorraine Burns is a new addition to the faculty at Westford Academy. She has eleven years of experience teaching, and Burns is excited to be a new special education teacher at WA. 

Q: Where were you educated?

A: I attended Chelmsford High School and received both my bachelors and masters degrees from Rivier University. 

Q: What is your teaching experience?

A: I taught for three years at North Andover High School and eight years at the Robinson Middle School in Lowell. 

Q: How has teaching at Westford Academy been? 

A: It has been great! I am establishing bonds with new people and students and am really enjoying it. Everyone has been really kind and helpful. 

Q: Why did you choose WA?

A: I recently moved to Westford and am loving it. I figured a teaching position would be best here because of the community and the great reputation of Westford Public Schools. 

Q: Why did you choose teaching as a profession?

A: Originally, I worked in state government. I worked in the human resources department for ten years. However, decided to pursue education, and changed to teaching, which has been extremely rewarding. I love the environment of teaching, working with new students and staff, and creating more interaction among people and peers. I have loved WA so far and am learning more and more every day. 

Q: How has working with the students at WA been?

A: It has been wonderful! The students here are excellent. They are respectful, helpful, and abide by the rules. I have been really enjoying the atmosphere we have here.  

Q: What are some of your favorite things to do outside of school? 

A: I like to go skiing, swimming, rollerblading, kayaking, and running in my free time with family and friends.