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“I am BEA Proud”: School Experiences Shaped Alum’s Future

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“I am BEA Proud”: School Experiences Shaped Alum’s FutureWhile attending BEA, Melissa was a member of the basketball and track teams. She was also involved with Student Council, National Honor Society, Chorus, Executive Committee, and Girls’ Leaders. Though many teachers made her high school years memorable, Algebra teacher Mr. Speary, had a lasting impact.

“I enjoyed his positive personality and high expectations,” Melissa said.

Melissa still keeps in touch with many of her BEA friends. She and her best friend, Leah Koprevich, have remained close over the years.

“Nothing is better than going to BEA events and seeing my classmates as parents and supporters of the district,” she said.

BEA challenged and supported Melissa throughout her high school career. The teachers and faculty always encouraged her to succeed. Many of her experiences molded her into the individual she is today.

“BEA gave me the confidence that I could do whatever I set my heart to,” she said.

After high school, Melissa attended Penn State where she pursued a Bachelor’s Degree in Special Education. She is now the Director of Special Education within the BEASD. She helps bring services to students who learn differently or need extra support. This department supports children academically, emotionally, and physically.

“I am so fortunate to work with a staff that loves the students and works so hard to see them succeed,” she said.

Melissa’s niece, Alyssa, fueled her passion for special education. Alyssa suffers from traumatic brain damage that she sustained from Meningitis when she was one week old. During this time of hardship, Melissa met many therapists that inspired her career choice.

“I was meant to help students with challenges to reach their fullest potential,” she said.

BEASD was a place that allowed Melissa to grow and reach her full potential. She hopes that she will be able to inspire the same kind of confidence in her students that her teachers inspired in her.

“I am BEA proud,” she said. “It isn’t just a school, it is a family of educators working together to give the students an education and a positive start to the rest of their life!”