LSMSA Welcomes New Chemistry Instructor

The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts (LSMSA) is excited to welcome the newest member of our faculty, Dr. Dalton Burks. He will teach Chemistry I and II and their corresponding labs, and brings a wealth of knowledge to pass on to our students.

Dr. Burks has spent the past year teaching general chemistry and inorganic chemistry as a visiting instructor at Butler University in Indianapolis, Indiana. Before pursuing his Ph.D, he worked briefly as a chemist for a pharmaceutical company making medicine for animals.

He has his bachelor’s in chemistry from the University of South Alabama in Mobile, Alabama, and his doctorate in inorganic chemistry from the University of Alabama.

“I’m excited to help LSMSA’s students take concepts they learn in lectures and apply them to experiments so they are able to get a better understanding of the material while having fun,” said Dr. Burks.

In his spare time, Dr. Burks enjoys reading fantasy and sci-fi novels, playing guitar and piano, going to the gym, and building his vinyl collection. He says he is excited to be back in the south where he can finally get a decent glass of sweet tea.

“We’re very glad to have Dr. Burks join us here at LSMSA,” said Executive Director Dr. Steve Horton. “Our students will love having an instructor who is so passionate about making science exciting and relatable.”

The Louisiana School for Math, Science, and the Arts, a preeminent state-supported residential high school with competitive admissions for high-achieving, highly-motivated students, fosters in young scholars lifelong growth toward reaching individual potentials and finding places of work and service in a global society through the examination and exchange of ideas in a community of learners.