About Us

Meet Carol

Carol Burton

Carol Burton, founder of Burton Reading, graduated in 1983 with a degree in elementary education from The Ohio State University. A veteran teacher with 25 years in the classroom, Carol's resume includes 14 years of teaching Reading Recovery® and as a Title I Reading specialist. In founding Burton Reading, Carol has taken what she has learned in her years of successful teaching and combined it with her training in special education at Ashland University and Reading Recovery® at the The Ohio State University.

Carol's ability to achieve consistent excellent results with beginning readers have been noted by teachers, parents, and administrators. She has a natural gift for making the complex simple and she has done just that in her online training videos designed to equip home school parents with no teaching experience to become proficient literacy educators just by watching the demonstration videos featuring real beginning readers and then following Carol's step by step methods.

Carol was married for forty years to Don Burton, who passed away in 2005. Carol has four grown children, two of whom are involved with Burton Reading, and eighteen grandchildren. Outside of her life at school, Carol has thirty-eight years of church ministry experience as a pastor's wife.

Reading Recovery® is a registered trademark of The Ohio State University.


Meet The Family

Keith and Leigh Ann Wayne

Keith & Leigh Ann Wayne

Education: B.S. Education (Liberty University & The Ohio State University) M.A. Religion (Liberty University)

Bio: Leigh Ann, Carol's daughter, taught for six years before homeschooling her own children for the last 12 years. Keith has 15 years of classroom experience and currently teaches eighth grade social studies. The Waynes have four children ranging from kindergarten through 11th grade.


Carol Burton"I just wanted to send a quick thank you for bringing such a great program to the homeschool community. My son is in first grade and has taken off with Burton Beginnings! We used a well known homeschool program last year for kindergarten, but he struggled with reading. I was really beginning to get worried. We are getting ready to start week 4 and my son is doing great! He is reading the books well and has memorized about half of the alphabet. Thank you for writing a basic, but EFFECTIVE program for our community!" - Mom from Indiana