Monthly Schedule of Events

MARCH 2019

  • March 1stFirst Friday Celebration (students may wear their uniform school pants along with their adopted HBCU color shirt)
  • March 2nd Saturday Tutoring for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades only, 9:00am – 12 noon
  • March 5th – The National Aviary visits the 1st Grade classrooms
  • March 7th – 5th Grade Field Trip to Phipps Conservatory
  • March 8th – NO SCHOOL, Staff Professional Development Day
  • March 9th – Saturday Tutoring for 3rd, 4th, & 5th grades only, 9:00am – 12 noon
  • March 12th – The National Aviary visits the Kindergarten classrooms
  • March 12th – PAC Meeting & PSSA Parent Night RSVP for Catered Dinner) at 5:30 – 7:00pm, ATP Strategic Meeting starts at 5:00 pm
  • March 14th PAC Recap Meeting at 2:45 pm
  • March 18th – 21st – Career Speakers Week
  • March 19th – Annual Food Drive Begins
  • March 20thBoard Meeting K-5, 5:00 pm
  • March 21st End of Quarter 3
  • March 22nd NO SCHOOL, Staff Professional Development Day
  • March 25th – NO SCHOOL, Learning Partnership (parents/guardians please attend)
  • March 26thAnnual Food Drive Ends
  • March 29th – CLUB DAY

Bethany Wolford

Specialty – K-6, Reading
Title – 1st Grade Teacher
Education – Reading, M. Ed; Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education K-6
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x304
Email –
Profile – Bethany Wolford has taught kindergarten and first grade for 8 years. She earned for bachelor’s degree from the University of Pittsburgh and her Master’s from Edinboro University.

Linda Williams

Specialty – Physical Education/Yoga
Title – Yoga Education Instructor
Education – Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Communications, Yoga Education certified K-12
Phone Number – (412) 325-4057 x 305
Email –
Profile – Linda Williams has 20+ years of experience in fitness education. She has served as a Yoga teacher at Urban Pathways for the past 5 years.

Ashley Wagner

Specialty – Teaching
Title – Elementary Education K-6, Reading Specialist
Education – 5th Grade Teacher
Phone Number – (724)-993-7863
Email –
Profile –Ashley Wagner graduated from Penn State University. She was previously an assistant and reading tutor for 2 years for grades K-5. She has 3 years of experience as a regular classroom teacher in 2nd grade. This is her first year at Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School.  Prior to that, she taught at Young Scholars of Central PA in State College. She is glad to be back in the Pittsburgh area and excited to be an UP family member!

Brittany Sheets

Specialty – Reading Specialist
Title – Kindergarten Teacher
Education – Master of Science in Reading; Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education K-6; Reading Specialist Certification
Phone Number –(412) 392-4601 ext. 201
Email –
Profile – Ms. Sheets received her Master of Education Degree in Reading and her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education K-6 both from California University of Pa. She began teaching at UPCS K-5 during her student teaching semester. She has taught at Urban Pathways Charter School as a kindergarten teacher for 6 additional years.

Lora Schwartz

Specialty – reading specialist
Title – 1st Grade Teacher
Education – Master of Science in Reading and Language Arts; Bachelos of Science in Elementary Education; Reading Specialist Certification
Phone Number –
Email –
Profile – Lora Schwartz has over three years of teaching experience at the elementary school level in the Pittsburgh area.  Prior to coming to Urban Pathways K-5 Charter School last year, she taught kindergarten and held a dual preschool/sixth grade teaching position.  In her past experiences she has served on various school committees and created Common Core aligned curriculum units.   She received both her undergraduate and graduate degrees at Duquesne University and holds a reading specialist certification.

Jessica Potts

Specialty – Inspiring children.
Title – Teaching Assistant/Co-Teacher
Education – Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and Special Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Email –
Profile – Jessica served as a substitute teacher in the Hopewell School District before deciding to start her full time teaching career across the country in Casa Grande, Arizona.  While in Arizona, she taught 4th grade for two years. Jessica is thrilled to be back in Pennsylvania and working with the students at Urban Pathways!

Gina Potter

Specialty – K-6
Title – 3rd Grade Teacher
Education – Clarion University Masters in Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Email –
Profile – I went to Clarion University for my undergrad and graduate work.  I taught 5 years at Brockway School District and 5 years at Hampton Township School District.

Laurel Newberry

Specialty – Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Supervision
Title – Interim Principal/CAO & Director of Curriculum and Assessment
Education – Master of Education Degree in Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction from University of Pittsburgh; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education from Linfield College
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Email –
Profile – Laurel Newberry is nearing 10 years of experience within the field of education. Currently, Ms. Newberry is the Interim Principal/CAO for the school while also adhering to her administrative role as the Supervisor of Curriculum and Assessment for UPCS K5. She has been at UPCS K5 since the Fall of 2013 with her early role as a 3rd grade teacher for three years before moving into her administrative role in 2016.

Brandie Menhart

Specialty –
Title – 4th Grade Teacher
Education – Elementary/Early Childhood K-6
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x403
Email –
Profile –