About Rebecca Burnett

This is my 19th year at PHS and my 28th year of teaching! I live in Pelham and love serving our students and parents! I truly love what I am blessed to do each day! I teach Advanced English 9 and Advanced Placement (AP) Senior Literature at PHS, work as a national consultant for NMSI (The National Math and Science Initiative) and as a state consultant for A+ College Ready. I also sponsor the Pelham High School Book Club and I am a Mentor Teacher. In my free time, I love traveling!

Awards: 2010-Pelham High School Teacher of the Year 2010-Shelby County Schools Teacher of the Year 2017-18-Pelham High School Teacher of the Year 2017-18-Pelham City Schools Teacher of the Year
2018-Shelby County Chamber of Commerce Educator of the Year 2018-Jacksonville State University Teacher Hall of Fame Finalist
2022 Yale Educator Award


  • City Colleges of Chicago-CDA degree (Child Development Associate Degree)
  • Glenville State College-BA in English/Language Arts Education 5-12
  • University of Louisville-MA studies
  • Western KY University-The Writing Project, Cohort #17
  • Highly Qualified (HQ) English/Language Arts Teacher (5-12)
  • AP Literature Certified- University of Alabama 2007, 2015; Auburn University 2014, 2016, 2017, 2018; Western KY University 2004
  • National Writing Project-2004



  • 2016-present-State Consultant A+ College Ready
  • 2016-present-National Math and Science Initiative Consultant
  • 2018-present-College Board AP Reader
  • 2017-present-Educational Testing Services (ETS) College Board AP Literature Scorer 
  • 2005-present-Pelham High School 9 and 12th grade Pre-AP and AP Literature Teacher
  • Fall 1999-Spring 2005-Elizabethtown High School-9th and 12th grade English Teacher/District Writing Portfolio Leader
  • Fall 2004 and Spring 2005-Elizabethtown Community and Technical College English 101 Teacher (evening classes)
  • Fall 1998-Spring 1999-Browning Springs Middle School-8th grade Reading Teacher
  • Fall 1993-Spring 1996-Fort Knox High School