Horizon Academy


Mr. Matthew McCracken


Email: mmccracken@burtonschools.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Diploma and Linguistic Certification in Korean Language, Defense Language Institute, Monterey, CaliforniaB.S. Business Management, University of PhoenixM.S. Educational Administration, Western Governors UniversityMultiple Subject Teaching CredentialSingle Subject Teaching CredentialTier I Administrative Credential

Mr. Matthew McCracken

My name is Matthew McCracken. I have been part of the Burton School District since 2003. Over the course of my time with the district I have taught as a substitute teacher, Community Day School teacher, middle and high school teacher of computer science, mathematics, and Korean language. I also served as International Baccalaureate coordinator at Summit Charter Collegiate Academy, and vice principal at Jim Maples Academy, William R. Buckley Elementary School, and Oak Grove Elementary School.  

I am a Porterville native and graduated from Porterville High School in 1989 after which I joined the U.S. Marine Corps and earned a diploma and linguistic certification in Korean language from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California. I studied agri-business and international business management at California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. I earned my Bachelor of Science degree in business management from the University of Phoenix and attained my multiple subject teaching credential through the CalStateTEACH program at Fresno State University. I earned my Master of Science degree in educational leadership through Western Governors University. 

I have a daughter and a son who are my pride and joy. They are both talented young adults involved in music and athletics. I enjoy traveling, hiking, reading, studying world languages, and playing the guitar.

School Secretary

Ms. Patricia Amador

Phone: 782-4748

Email: pamador@burtonschools.org

Degrees and Certifications:

Ms. Patricia Amador

Hello, I am the school secretary and enjoy working here and being a part of a great staff at Burton Horizon Academy.  I look forward to meeting new students and helping out families and students where needed.  I also hope to build a good relationship with every student and family member that comes in our school doors.   I am available throughout the school day to provide assistance with school records, meal applications, and any other school clerical service.  Please stop by and say “Hello”.