Biography

Dr. Judith Saunders-Burton is the daughter of the late Marie King and Bruce A. Saunders, Sr., and a native of Alexandria, Virginia. Dr. Saunders-Burton earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Hampton Institute, (presently Hampton University) in 1961; Master of Arts in Reading from Howard University in 1975; and her Education Doctorate from Vanderbilt-Peabody University in Nashville, Tennessee in 1986. Dr. Saunders-Burton has taught in school systems in several locations throughout Virginia; as well as in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and the United States Dependent Schools Kaiserslautern in Sembach, West Germany. She also served with distinction at the Saunders B. Moon Community Action Child Development Center in Fairfax County, Virginia.

Judith Saunders-Burton has received numerous awards and complimentary letters from various organizations, schools, and colleges, in recognition of her contributions to the community. These include certificates and awards from the Washington Informer Newspaper, Northern Virginia Chapter, NHAA; the Optimist Award for Community Service and the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity. She was a founder of the Mount Vernon Slave Memorial and was honored by the Howard University School of Architecture and Planning for her participation as a judge for the Mount Vernon Slave Burial Ground Memorial Design Competition.

Dr. Judith Saunders-Burton has developed an entertaining educational presentation that includes images and artifacts about the historical enclave of Gum Springs, which was founded by her ancestor, West Ford.

For more information, please contact Dr. Judith Saunders-Burton.

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