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Welcome to the official website of the Burrell Education Association!

Our Mission


"To promote the general educational welfare of the Burrell School District; to protect and advance the interests and welfare of its members; to foster professional zeal; to advance educational standards; and to establish and maintain helpful, friendly relations.  To enable members to speak with a common voice on matters pertaining to the teaching profession and to present their individual and common interests before the School Board and other legal authorities.  To promote membership in and cooperation with the Pennsylvania State Education Association and the National Education Association in carrying out the avowed objectives of the Unified Profession."



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Join the Wolf Pack! - Tuesday, November 28, 2017

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Governor Wolf faces tough competition in the 2018 race for PA Governor.  Become an Educator for Wolf, and help send our "Goalie" back to the Governor's Mansion!


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PSEA Offers Online Act 48 Courses - Monday, November 9, 2015

If you find that you need Act 48 Hours, PSEA now offers several one hour and one and a half hour online courses that you can complete for FREE!  And, PSEA will report your hours directly to PDE.  Click HERE to learn more.


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Jeans Days 2017-2018 - Thursday, September 3, 2015

BEA is happy to announce that the following days have been designated as Jeans Days for the 2017-2018 School Year.  100% of monies raised support the BEA Scholarship Fund.  Scholarships are awarded annually to at least one Burrell Senior and one of our own member's graduating seniors, not necessarily from Burrell.  

BEA Jeans Days ($25 due by September 22, 2017 to your building rep.!)

  • September 22, 2017
  • October 6, 2017
  • November 3, 2017
  • December 8, 2017
  • January 12, 2018
  • February 9, 2018
  • March 9, 2018
  • April 6, 2018
  • May 4, 2018
  • May 18, 2018

By donating another $25 to your building charity, you can also have these Jeans Days!  ($25 due by September 29, 2017 to organizer of building charity).  

  • September 29, 2017
  • October 20, 2017
  • November 17, 2017
  • December 21, 2017
  • January 26, 2018
  • February 23, 2018
  • March 27, 2018*
  • April 20, 2018
  • May 11, 2018
  • May 25, 2018

* In the event of a snow make-up day on March 28 and/or March 29, the jean day scheduled for March 27 will move to the last day of that work week.  

In the event a snow day occurs on a scheduled jean day, the jean day will be made up on the next Friday following the snow day.  

Thank you for your generosity!


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New Members - Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Welcome New Members!

Ms. Shields and Mr. Twidwell are two new additions to the Burrell Teaching Staff.

This year, the Burrell Education Association is pleased to welcome several new members to our ranks!

Ms. Ashley Shields comes to Huston Middle School from having grown up in Holland, NY.  A graduate of Merhurst University, Ms. Shields has spent one year at Academcy Charter School and three years with Allegheny Valley School District.  Ms. Shields will be working in our Intensive Learning Support classroom.  

A familiar face to some of his former teachers, Mr. Andrew Twidwell hails from Upper Burrell, in the Burrell School District, as one of our past graduates.  After having graduated from Slippery Rock Univeristy, Mr. Twidwell found employment with Mout Pleasant Area School District.  Mr. Twidwell will be teaching Health and Physical Education at Huston Middle School.  

Ms. Ashlee Peters-Roberts on one of her historical outings to Gettysburg.

A native of Freedom, PA, Ms. Ashlee Peters-Roberts will be teaching sixth grade geography this year at Huston Middle School.  She comes to Burrell with a degree in social studies education with a concentration in sociology from IUP and an MAT in advanced secondary from California University of Pennsylvania.  She has previously taught at Kiski, Franklin Regional, Upper St. Clair, and Greensburg-Salem.  A lady with many talents, Ashlee enjoys hiking, making jewelry, photography, DIY projects, cooking, historical non-fiction, and traveling to historic locales with her husband and her Brittany Spaniel. 


Ms. Kulick joins the staffs at Bon Air and Stewart Elementary Schools, teaching BCIT:  Business, Communications, and Information Technology.

And finally, Ms. Melinda Kulick grew up in Charleroi, PA.  She attended California University of Pennsylvania, Robert Morris University, and Argosy University.  She previously has taught at Ringgold School District, the National Network of Digital Schools, and the Art Institute of Pittsburgh's Online Division.  She lives on a beef cattle farm with her husband Kris, the high school computer teacher at Leechburg and their two daughters Tenley (age 6) and Urban (age 2).  

Welcome to the Burrell Family!


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In Memoriam - Thursday, October 26, 2017

- In Memoriam -

"A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops."

                                                        -Henry Adams, American Philosopher

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Class of 2017 BEA Scholarships Presented - Friday, May 19, 2017

Class of 2017 BEA Scholarships Presented

Ally Spohn and Benjamin Edwards accept this year's scholarships.

On Thursday, May 18, 2017, Burrell High School held its annual Senior Awards and Scholars' Banquet, celebrating the academic accomplishments of our high school students.

Annually, the Burrell Education Association offers scholarships to graduating seniors.  One scholarship is awarded to any deserving Burrell senior continuing his/her education; the other is awarded to the graduating senior of one of our own teachers.  This year, thanks to our teachers' fundraising efforts, we were able two $1500 scholarships.  And both scholarships this year stayed at Burrell.  

BEA Vice-President Dan Pounds presented the awards.  From his presentation speech:

"The first scholarship goes of the most well-rounded individuals that I know.  Whether it's sports, academics, community service, I have witnessed this student's perseverance - his never quit kind of attitude and relentless attention to details that are two qualities that will serve his well in his studies at Waynesburg University, where he will study early childhood and special education.  He's going to be one awesome teacher!  It's my privilege to offer (the first) BEA Scholarship to Mr. Benjamin Edwards."

"The second scholarship goes to the graduating senior of one of our district's teachers and is probably one of the hardest working students I have taught in my 15 year career.  Again, this is a very well-rounded student whose perseverance and reaction to setbacks in sports and in the classroom should be an example to both other students and adults alike.  Most of us take on challenges and as we take on more and more, the quality of our work may become less and less.  But remarkably, I believe with this student, the more she takes on, the higher the quality of her work.  A love of science must run in this family as she will be studying Bio-medical engineering and Pre-Med at Arizona State University - Tempe.  The second BEA scholarship is awarded to Miss Ally Spohn."  

Ally is the daughter of Huston Middle School science teacher Mark Spohn.  

Special thanks to the High School Guidance Department:  BEA members Sandy Oskin and Viet Pham as well as Guidance Department Secretary Lisa Yank for organizing a memorable evening.  

We couldn't be prouder of this year's two honorees as well as all of our students who were recognized this evening.

Congratulations! - Sunday, May 14, 2017

Congratulations, Graduates!

The teachers of the Burrell Education Association extend our heartfelt best wishes to all of the graduates in the Class of 2017!  

Farewell! - Friday, May 12, 2017

This year, BEA bids adieu to one of our teachers.  Mr. Ken Virostek has taught Health and Physical Education at Burrell since 1983 and will be missed by us all!

We also bid farewell to high school secretary Mrs. Kathie Spahr, a member our sister Association, the Burrell Educational Support Professionals.   

We thank you all for your years of service to the kids of our district and to the Association.  Be assured that you have left a legacy of excellence on our schools, our community, and our hearts.

Best wishes in retirement!


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How to become a Partner for Public Education - Monday, April 13, 2015

Why are Pennsylvania’s public schools among the best in the nation? Because parents, community leaders, elected officials, and educators are working together as partners.

PSEA formed a community outreach program, Partners for Public Education to bring these partners together to provide them with information about public education policy in Pennsylvania, and to create connections with public schools in their communities.

There's no cost to join, and as a Partner, you will receive news about the schools in your community and opportunities to speak up about school funding cuts and other issues. Partners also receive discounts and savings at businesses nationwide.

To date, thousands have joined Partners for Public Education. And PSEA and BEA members are working to help partners understand the power of a great education.

Sign-up by click on the PPE icon above, and complete the short online form.  

Please join us in advocating for public education in Lower Burrell and Pennsylvania!


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Attention BEA Members

In order to access the Members Only section of BEA On-line, you must first obtain your PSEA "Members Only" username and set up a password. 


1.  Go to (Click on the logo to access PSEA).     <v:path o:extrusionok="f" gradientshapeok="t" o:connecttype="rect"><o:lock v:ext="edit" aspectratio="t">

2.  Click on "My PSEA Login" in the top right-hand corner of the page.  

3.  On the member login, click on "register."  Follow the instructions.

Once you have a username and password, you may log on to BEA On-Line. 

If you have issues with your password (or your forget it) go to to follow their instructions to retrieve lost usernames and/or passwords!  


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