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.