Tonya Burgess Butler Senior High School   

Contact Info:

724-214-3200 x5292

Senior High room 215


Remote Learning Office Hours  (effective Wednesday, March 25 until further notice)

via school email:

Monday: 1:00pm-3:00pm  

Tuesday: 11:00am-12:00pm and 7:00pm-8:00pm

Wednesday: 2:00pm-3:00pm

Thursday:  11:00am-12:00pm and 7:00pm-8:00pm

Friday: 1:00pm-3:00pm

Hello!  My name is Tonya (Redick) Burgess.  I am one of the five Spanish teachers in the World Language Department here in the Butler Area School District and the current World Language Department Chair.  I grew up in the South Butler area and graduated from Knoch High School in 1994.  I attended Indiana University of Pennsylvania and graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Secondary Education and Spanish.  I have taught seventh through twelfth grades in the Butler Area School District, however, I am certified to teach kindergarten through twelfth grade.

As a part of my college curriculum, I studied in Cuernavaca, Mexico at The Center for Bilingual and Multicultural Studies for twelve weeks, where I was able to dramatically improve my Spanish speaking abilities.  I had the wonderful opportunity to live with an amazing family and to learn the life and cultures of Mexico.  I was able to travel to many beautiful places such as Taxco, a silver mining town, the entertaining beaches of Acapulco and the incredible pyramids in Teotihuacán.  After graduating from IUP, I returned to Cuernavaca to attend Universidad Internacional where I studied advanced grammar and Latin-American Literature. 

In the spring of 2009 I decided to continue my education and pursue a Master’s degree.  After completing a rigorous and accelerated program, I graduated from Gannon University with a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction in December of 2010. 

I have been teaching in the Butler Area School District since the fall of 1998.  I have taught Exploratory Languages and Spanish 1 through A.P. Spanish V.  I enjoy teaching and each year brings a new perspective as well as a new set of obstacles.  Teaching is hard work but it is extremely rewarding.  I’ve always said that it brightens my day when a student has their “aha moment,” when they have understood the lesson.  That is what makes it all worth it.

I married my wonderful husband Chris in August of 2005.  We live in Butler where we raise our beautiful twin girls Melina and Ella. 


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