Celeste Burton – Director, Training, Promotions and Development (TPD)

Celeste Burton is a teacher/educator by profession.  She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Linguistics with Education from UWI, Cave Hill and has pursued studies towards a Masters and PhD in Applied Linguistics and Language Education.  She has taught at all levels of the education system in St. Lucia and other Caribbean islands.  A former lecturer at the Sir Arthur Lewis Community College, Division of Arts, Science and General Studies 1993-1995 and the Division of Teacher Education and Educational Administration 1996 and 2002-2006, Ms. Burton has also worked as a part-time lecturer at the University of the West Indies, Cave Hill 1998-2001.  She was the Reading Specialist with the Caribbean Center of Excellence in Teacher Education 2006-2007 and a Teacher Trainer with the centre working in Barbados and Dominica from 2007-2009.  From 2010 – 2013 Ms Burton worked as a Literacy Consultant with the Ministry of Education, Anguilla, BVI, where she co- managed a National Literacy Campaign run by that Ministry, organized and implemented training programmes for teachers, developed curriculum and training documents, and advised the Ministry on initiatives for Literacy development and improved standards.

Ms. Burton returned to St Lucia in September 2013 and assumed the position of Director Training, Promotion and Development at the Cultural Development Foundation from October 1st 2013.

Celeste Burton has a passion for education and training and has interest in Language and Literacy studies.  She has conducted research in Language Education and Creole studies.  She has led a number of regional training conferences and workshops, and has spear-headed national campaigns towards literacy development in the countries where she has worked.

She has a zealous love for the arts and entertainment, and is an ardent fan of calypso and soca music.  She follows and participates in carnival activities in St. Lucia and the wider Caribbean and has attended several Arts and Cultural festivals.  Her love for the arts in general and her desire to achieve high standards in education propels her wish to see arts and cultural expressions in St. Lucia and the region develop to meet international standards while maintaining an authentic  and highly sophisticated flavor.

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