Phone: 704-238-8883


Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Tessa Burleson

     Hello!  I am a native of North Carolina, born and raised in Stanly County.  I graduated from West Stanly High School and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Geology from the University of North Carolina-Charlotte.  

     I hold a NC Comprehensive Secondary Science teaching license and have taught Earth/Environmental Science, Physical Science, Chemistry and AP Environmental Science.  I have 23 years of teaching experience in high school science and am excited to be a part of the UA family!   Along with teaching, I am the Co-Advisor of the 4-H/FFA program here at UA and I love agriculture almost as much as I love geology!

     I have 4 wonderful children. My oldest daughter is a graduate of Oklahoma State University (Go Pokes!!), my oldest son is currently attending Oklahoma State University and my younger son and daughter are students here, at Union Academy.  I love the emphasis on Character, Challenge and Community at Union Academy, and I believe it is part of what makes this a great school!

  • AP Environmental Science  (APES)

    APES Syllabus

    The AP Environmental Science course is designed to engage students with the scientific principles, concepts, and methodologies required to understand the interrelationships within the natural world. The course requires that students identify and analyze natural and human-made environmental problems, evaluate the relative risks associated with these problems, and examine alternative solutions for resolving or preventing them. Environmental science is interdisciplinary, embracing topics from geology, biology, environmental studies, environmental science, chemistry, and geography.  The AP Environmental Science course is designed to be the equivalent of a one-semester, introductory college course in environmental science.

    AP Environmental Science College Board Exam: Thursday May 9, 2024

  • Earth/Environmental Science (CP & Honors)

    Earth Science Syllabus

    Earth/Environmental Science is a yearlong science course that focuses on the Earth: systems, geologic processes, weather, climate and astronomy. Ecological impact, sustainability and stewardship are also key elements in this course.  Each unit will cover detailed information about the Earth and the interactions of Earth's spheres: the atmosphere, biosphere, geosphere and hydrosphere and human interaction within those spheres.