Principal - Teresa Burden

I am so happy to serve as principal of Mark Twain Elementary!

I am a Colorado native. I grew up in Colorado Springs and moved to the Highlands Ranch area 25 years ago. I am new to Littleton Public Schools and I’m excited to begin my journey here. To serve in such an outstanding district is a privilege and I’m very grateful for the opportunity to work among such talented educators.

I graduated from Colorado State University with a BS In Human Development and Family Studies and earned my Masters degree in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Phoenix. I have taught 3rd - 5th grade and also worked as a Response to Intervention Specialist. I moved into administration in 2014 and began as principal at Twain in the fall of 2017.

Outside of school, I enjoy cooking, gardening, running, biking, and reading. I have two children, Sam who attends Colorado Mountain College, and Ben, who recently graduated from Rock Canyon High School. Two miniature cocker spaniels are also part of our family. We enjoy camping, hiking, spending time in the beautiful Colorado outdoors, and just hanging out together.

I’m delighted to be at Twain and am committed to doing what I can to make every student and parent feel they are a valued member of the Twain community.


Contact Ms. Burden

Email: Tburden[at][dot]us

Phone: (303) 347-4700



Contact Ms. McKone

Email: lmckone[at][dot]us

Phone: (303) 347-4715

Twitter: @LauraMckone

Instructional Coach - Laura McKone

I have the best job in the world!  Teaching combines my passions of life-long learning alongside making a difference for others.  While it is a difficult job, it is good and meaningful work that I love.  My favorite subjects are math, writing, and reading which is likely due to the paths that I chose- I went to CU-Boulder and obtained degrees in English and Political Science, and then completed my Master's in Education with an emphasis on math.  

The most challenging professional development that I have done was becoming a Nationally Board Certified Teacher.  It was challenging work, but the process of reflecting upon my teaching methods and student work is something that I use daily.  I also have my endorsement in Gifted and Talented education.

Outside of work, I have a wonderful (and adorable) daughter named Cameryn; she is also a proud Twain Tiger.  I enjoy reading, skiing, practicing yoga, cooking, and simply spending time with Cameryn and our dog, Dunkin.