Meet Mia Burton
In addition to Mia’s ongoing work in the field of equity and inclusion, she is passionate about working with students and young adults, identifying student needs and developing strategies to ensure success. She is skillful in utilizing solution-focused and strengths-based approaches to partner with students and parents, and to advise school leaders, faculty and staff.
A strong proponent of integrating mindfulness practices in schools, Mia has served as a presenter at national and international conferences. She is an active advocate for the social-emotional needs of students through her work as an advising faculty member of the AISGW Emerging Leaders program and her service on the AISGW Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Task Force. Throughout her 16 years at Flint Hill School, she has supported the counseling department by providing one on one counseling services, serving as the JK wellness teacher, and working closely with the counseling staff.
Mia received her bachelor’s degree in English and Literature from University of Virginia and her master’s degree in school counseling from Marymount University. Currently, she is recognized as a National Certified Counselor and is completing the process to become a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC).
What led you to the field of counseling?
I started my career in education as a middle school language arts teacher. While I enjoyed sharing my love of reading and writing with students, I became increasingly interested in their social and emotional development. As I switched fields to work in educational non-profits, my understanding of educational challenges deepened. I also decided to identify programs of study that would assist me in utilizing my skills to the best of my ability. I felt that becoming a counselor allowed me to help students recognize their strengths and to support them in coping with everyday problems and adversity.
How long have you worked at Flint Hill School?
This is my 17th school year at Flint Hill.
What do you find you are passionate about?
I am passionate about supporting our vision for students. I serve as a champion for all students and support them to go for what they want in their lives.
You wear many hats, how are you going to balance your various roles? There is a deep connection between our DEI work and social-emotional learning. Serving as the leader in both of these areas in the upcoming year presents an opportunity to illustrate how each area strengthens and deepens the other. This interconnectedness will be the source of balancing both responsibilities. Instead of many hats, I’d like to think of it as wearing one big hat.