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A New Teacher joins the KHS Workshop

Kingsley High School's new woodworking teacher has a personal mantra: "honesty is the best policy." And in Mr. Jim Burnor's classroom, his students learn more than how to build a birdhouse, or a table, or a wooden box. They learn craftsmanship. And that craftsmanship is built on integrity. At the end of the semester, they can proudly take home their projects, and skills they can use for the rest of their lives.

3 high schoolers stand with a tall wooden table in the woodworking workshop
Mr. Burnor's students stand behind a table made by one of their classmates.

Mr. Burnor joined Kingsley Schools in 2020. After a year full of Zoom meetings and virtual classrooms, he's excited to be face-to-face with students once again. He says he has some exciting new projects planned!

When he's not in the workshop, you can find Mr. Burnor exploring Northern Michigan. He's an outdoorsman in all four seasons, and likes boating, snowmobiling, bow hunting and spending time with his family.

Fast Facts

Hometown: Bay City 🌊


Central Michigan University 🔥

Favorite dessert:

Apple Pie 🥧

Favorite Disney movie:

National Treasure 📃

Favorite singer: Garth Brooks🎤

Favorite food: Prime Rib 🥩

On his bucket list: Visit Yellowstone ⛰️

If you could time travel, where would you go?

I'd go to 1776 to the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

Your students would be surprised to know that...

I was a running back at Central Michigan University!

What are your favorite family traditions?

I love Christmas. I love gathering with my family and being able to celebrate the holiday together. Every Christmas Eve, we go to Bronner's Christmas Wonderland and buy ornaments for each other.


To say hi or learn more about Mr. Burnor, email him at

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