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Fresh Faces with Great Vision at BSD

Students and teachers will see some fresh new faces in the halls this year! We would like to give a warm welcome to four new faculty members within the Burrell School District this upcoming school year.

The District is pleased to welcome Drake D’Angelo as the new Athletic Director, Carla Roland as the new High School Assistant Principal/Safe Schools Administrator, Andrew Twidwell as the new Health and Physical Education/Technology Education teacher at Huston Middle School, and Ashley Shields as the new Intensive Support teacher at the middle school.

Originally from the Greensburg area, Mr. D’Angelo played football and wrestled at Hempfield Area High School before going on to play football for Clarion University. With a degree in Sport Management and an extensive background serving as Athletic Director for two different districts, as well as serving as the Senior Program Director at the Greensburg YMCA, Mr. D’Angelo will be an excellent asset to the athletics program here at Burrell.

“I’m excited to get back involved in competitive athletics and to work with student athletes and coaches to accomplish goals and help them be successful,” Mr. D’Angelo says. “That was always something I was passionate about myself. It’s so exciting to see kids achieve their own individual goals and their goals as a team–working together with dedication and determination.”

A graduate of Burrell High School, Andrew Twidwell is happy to be back within the District as the new Health and Physical Education/Technology Education teacher at the Huston Middle School. Mr. Twidwell has a degree in Education from Slippery Rock University with certifications in Health, Phys Ed and Technology Education. He taught in the Mt. Pleasant Area School District for the past five years.

Not only is Mr. Twidwell excited to be back home, but he’s also excited to be teaching more Health and Physical Education classes. “My goal this year is to try to get every student to reach their personal best in physical fitness,” Mr. Twidwell says. “And now that I’ll be working closer to home, I would love to get back into coaching as well.”

For Ashley Shields, this will be her fourth year teaching as a special education teacher. She attended Mercyhurst University for both undergraduate and graduate school and is certified in Elementary Education K-6 and Special Education K-12. Ms. Shields grew up in Buffalo, NY and moved to Pennsylvania five years ago. She now lives in Lower Burrell with her husband and two dogs.

“I am really looking forward to starting the school year and meeting my new students!” she says. “ Since I have moved to Lower Burrell, it has been a goal of mine to be hired in the district. I am truly looking forward to joining the Burrell School District family.”

If you see one of these four new faces around, be sure to give them a warm welcome to BSD. Here’s to a great 2017-2018 school year!

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