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 Wayne, Carol's daughter, taught for six years before homeschooling her own children for the next sixteen. Her classroom teaching experiences have included preschool, university English in Korea, and every grade level 2nd through 5th. Recently she has returned to teaching, this time in middle school Special Ed with her husband Keith, a 7th grade English teacher. The Waynes have four children ranging from 5th grade to college.


"I just wanted to let you know I am homeschooling my 3rd kindergartener using your reading program, and they have all learned so well. I love your program, and your books are the best first readers I have ever seen. The stories are great, and I love having a new story each day that corresponds with the lesson. You also did a great job equipping me to teach. God bless you!" - Pam K.


Speaking Sessions

Beginning Reading: The Power of Praise

Praise first, praise often, and praise specifically. When done correctly, praise is one of your most powerful teaching tools. But if you don’t know what good readers do, all you see is what they are doing wrong. In this workshop, you will learn specifically what good readers do so you can use praise to encourage your child. You’ll learn how to make beginning reading fun for everyone and how to teach powerfully as you learn the proper use of praise. It will change your teaching style for the better in all subject areas.

Beginning Reader? Problem Reader? How To Be SURE Your Child Becomes A GREAT Reader and Writer

For a child to be a good reader, he needs to know phonics PLUS many sight words PLUS various reading strategies using real books, all taught with each child’s learning style in mind. If any of these pieces are left out, you run the risk of having a problem reader. This workshop teaches what needs to be included from the beginning of a child’s reading program for him to become a great reader. If your child struggles, learn why and what to do about it.

Things NEVER to Say to Your Beginning Reader

Words are powerful! You want to build confidence in your beginning reader, and avoid words that will discourage. Often, phrases are used inadvertently that build learning blockades which later take extra work to tear down. In this session, you will learn how to be intentional in what you say as you teach. You will learn the philosophy behind avoiding these common phrases and be better equipped to teach your beginning reader.