Kristi Burns, a graduate of Eustis High School, holds a Doctorate in Chemistry/Biochemistry from Georgia Institute of Technology. She is a mother to four children, ages 9, 5, and 3 year-old twins. During doctoral studies, Dr. Burns taught college level chemistry courses. She graduated from Eustis High in 1995 with honors, as salutatorian of her class.  She then completed a Bachelor of Science in Biology and a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry in 1999 at Tufts University in Massachusetts.  Dr. Burns worked at Genencor  which became Dupont Industrial Biosciences a part of the Dupont Corporation.  Dr. Burns worked in business as an applications scientist and in research and development, where she was a scientist that communicated closely with sales, marketing, clients, and the U.S. military.  Her unique mix of academic, educational, and scientific business experience is an asset to the Lake County School Board.


Her priorities:

  • Fiscal Responsibility.  IN-PROGRESS.  Always, working to stretch a dollar to use our funds in the most effective way.  
  • Eliminate Common Core:  DONE  
  • Bring Recess Back: DONE
  • Art and Music education:  DONE
  • Vocational Programs:  STARTED LHS Construction Academy
  • Cut Common Core Tests:  IN-PROGRESS 

After returning to Lake County, Dr. Burns saw that many children were not getting recess in the Lake County elementary schools.  Even five and six year-old children had no recess.  She helped lead a group of parents, educators, and concerned citizens to demand that this problem be solved.

Her dedicated team demonstrated that recess is not frivolous time away from academics.  It teaches cooperation, creativity, negotiation, sharing, and many other soft-skills that are necessary when children are grown. The sort of skills that companies say cannot be taught are learned during recess. 

With her support and guidance, the community won this important issue. Children in Lake County Schools are now entitled to 60 minutes per week of recess.

Dr. Burns has continued with her efforts and now the Florida has a state-wide recess bill to give every child in Florida the 20 minutes per day of recess.  

Dr. Burns founded a group of parents, business people, and educators, she founded Test Watch – to advocate for the fair use of tests and assessments which are appropriate for the child’s age.

Dr. Burns has been developing a deep understanding of education since childhood. Her parents were both educators and her mother is still a first grade reading teacher, after 40 years. Her father, a former teacher, is now a small businessman. 

She is married to Mark Carlson, the eldest son of Dr. E. Thomas Carlson a pediatrician who has been practicing in Lake since the seventies and his mother Gail Carlson a Pediatric ARNP. She has one sister, a professional modern dancer, and one brother, an ex-college baseball player, now owner of a small business.