Kristen Burnette » Bio


Hello Mariners! I am Ms. Burnette and I am excited to be here with you at St. Monica’s. I received my Bachelor’s degree in English literature from Biola University in La Mirada, CA where I was also part of the Torrey Honors Institute. I began as a Bible major at Biola, being a rare “Old Testament nerd,” but quickly realized my greater passion was for discussing the Great Works­, though I still enjoy fond memories of Hebrew class. After graduation, I moved to Houston, TX to pursue my Masters of Liberal Arts at Houston Baptist University where I taught at HBU Academy: a dual-credit great books program for high school students. In Houston, I also taught 6th-grade history at a local Christian preparatory school, and after receiving my master's degree, taught as an adjunct professor of English at HBU in the Academy and in the English department. I then became the director of the Academy Players, a theater program for high school students at HBU's Academy.  I have taught Great Works for seniors in high school, and Grammar, Composition, and Great Works classes for college students of all ages. My passion lies in helping students pursue goodness, truth, and beauty with honesty and sincerity via their reading, discussion, and writing in the subject of the Great Works. I moved back to California last year after living in Houston, TX for five years. Though I love and miss Texas, I am thrilled to be back in California especially around family, friends, and my beloved Pacific Ocean. Outside of work, I enjoy making music with family and friends, and recently released an album based on some of the Psalms of the Bible. I also enjoy reading, cooking, surfing, going to the farmer’s market, and finding the best food and coffee in whatever city I am in.  I am so excited to be part of the St Monica community, and am looking forward to getting to know the students, parents, and faculty, and growing as a teacher here in Santa Monica.