Mary Burton's Biography

Executive Director

My interest in Special Education developed as a child growing up in the 60’s and 70’s with a younger sister with Down Syndrome.  Because of this, I have had the opportunity to witness the evolution of Special Education. I am very proud of the fact that in this country, we educate ALL students. I now assist my sister, who lives with us,  through the maze of Medicaid, Medicaid Waiver, and Social Security.


I have a Bachelor’s Degree and Master’s Degree in Special Education. I also have a Post-Graduate Certification in Special Education Administration. All earned at Indiana University, Bloomington. I have taught students ages Pre-K through High School in the areas of Mild, Moderate and Severe Cognitive Disabilities. I have taught students with Physical Disabilities, Specific Learning Disabilities, Emotional Disabilities and Autism.

I taught for a few years in Carmel, Indiana before moving to Columbus, Indiana where we lived for over 20 years. I was a full-time mom for 7 years and taught preschool where my daughter and son were attending. Once my children were in school full time, I returned to the classroom where I taught and served as a consultant for students with Emotional Disabilities for Jennings County Schools.


My husband and I moved to Northeast Indiana in 2004 when I accepted the position with NEISEC as Assistant Director. I served in that capacity for Steuben and DeKalb counties until being appointed Executive Director of NEISEC in 2008. I am very proud of the exceptional programs our Co-op has to offer for students. I am also proud to lead an outstanding group of teachers and professional staff who are enhancing the futures of Northeast Indiana students with special needs. Despite an ever-increasing demand from the State and Federal level, our teachers and professional staff remain focused on the needs of the students they serve.


I live with my husband of 40 years. Our daughter is an architect and lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two daughters.  Our son lives in Washington DC and works for the Federal Government.






1607  Dowling St. Kendallville, IN 46755