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While most students get ready for a break from school for Spring Break, we never stop learning, no matter how many years we are out of organized school.  We continually find ways to grow and improve, discovering new things about ourselves and our abilities that help us become better.  For Colleen Richardson, she was one of those teachers who helped students find their potential but, after seeing an opportunity to become better herself, she decided to learn a new trade, becoming a licensed Realtor® and joining the Burgan Bunch as the newest residential real estate agent with Burgan Real Estate.

Richardson, a native of Youngstown, is a graduate of Youngstown Ursuline High School and Youngstown State University, where she earned an undergraduate degree in elementary school education.  She went on to receive two Master's Degrees in Literacy and Educational Leadership from Walden University in Minnesota and University of Scranton in Pennsylvania, respectively.  She was in the physical and virtual classroom teaching elementary students at St. Patrick's School and the Youngstown Community School here in the Valley before becoming an Advanced Learners' Coordinator at a Charter School in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania.  While she has spent her professional life teaching others, she learned that she had a passion for something outside of the classroom.  She decided, along with her 5 children, to move back to Youngstown to pursue a career in real estate with Burgan Real Estate.

"To be a success in real estate, one must be willing to continually learn about a variety of elements that impact the client's needs or wishes," said Patrick Burgan, co-owner, and Broker of Burgan Real Estate.  "Colleen Richardson has spent a career in education and understanding the best way to learn new information and apply it into practice with her students.  Her drive and ability to put together a curriculum is no different than putting together a plan to help her clients find a better life and home with her help here in the Mahoning Valley.  We are excited for her to join our Burgan Bunch."

While she is looking forward to getting started in her new career, Colleen finds time to relax with her kids and two dogs.  She also has a passion for reading and technology, finding ways to use digital advancements to simplify life and learning.  Her desire to stay in education to make a positive impact on students is one of the main reasons she is proud to serve on the PTO of South Range schools as a member and an Officer.  

"I have always been committed to the power of education and the impact it has on people developing and making good decisions," says Richardson. "Making the switch to a career in real estate provides me the opportunity to not only learn something new but also to educate people on safely guiding them on their journey to find a better home with my help and the help of the rest of the Burgan Bunch."

We have not doubt, Colleen, you will have plenty to teach us about being better now that you are a part of the Burgan Bunch.  Welcome to Burgan Real Estate, Colleen!

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