Our Staff

Karen Alston

SpecialtyMaintain the day to day responsibilities required by the school.
Title – Assistant to the Principal, Transportation & Attendance Coordinator
Education – Associate’s Degree in Stenography
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x301
Email – kalston@upcsK5.net
Profile – Karen has been employed with Urban Pathways Charter Schools since 2009, serving as the administrative assistant to the principal in both the 6-12 and K-5 buildings. She is also the transportation coordinator, ensuring that all students’ transportation is intact. Some of her past employment history includes: Executive Director for the Rotary Club of Pittsburgh; Treasurer of the Borough of Sharpsburg; and for 13 years she worked for Forbes Hospital in the Payroll, Patient Charges, Refund, and AP/AR departments.


Ashlee Anthony

Specialtyelementary education K-6, Principal K-12
Title – 2nd grade Teaching assistant/long term substitute
Education – Bachelors in Elementary K-6, Masters in Administrstion K-12
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x301
Email – aanthony@upcsK5.net
Profile – I graduated from California University of PA with a degree in elementary education K-6. I began my career in the McKeesport area school district. I worked there for 9 years as a building sub and alternate behavior classroom teacher. While working there I went back to Cal U and got my masters in Administration K-12. I then went to West mifflin area school district and worked as a building sub at the middle school. This is my first year at UP and am looking forward to a great year in second grade!


Amber Beck

SpecialtyWhole Brain Teaching
Title – First Grade Teacher
Education – Master of Education in Elementary Education; Bachelor of Science in Early Childhood Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x325
Email – abeck@upcsK5.net
Profile – Amber Beck has been teaching for eight years. She is currently in her fourth year of teaching first grade at Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School. Prior to that, she taught kindergarten at Calvary Preschool Center in Irwin, PA, and was a substitute teacher for Southmoreland and Mt. Pleasant School Districts.


Rachel Bodenlos

Specialty – Reading Specialist
Title – Reading Specialist and Core Knowledge Curriculum Coordinator
Education – Master of Education Degree in Reading; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Emailrbodenlos@upcsK5.net
Profile – Rachel Bodenlos has over nine years of experience within the field of education. She began as a substitute teacher for Northside Urban Pathways Charter School before serving as a full-time sixth grade teacher. In 2011, she accepted the position as a third grade teacher at Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School where she currently serves. As of August 2015, she will serve grades 3-5 as a reading specialist. Rachel is also the Core Knowledge Curriculum Coordinator at Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School.


Ruth Campet

Specialty – Special Education, Elementary Education, Reading Specialist
Title – Special Education Teacher
Education – Master of Education Degree in Special Education; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education/Elementary Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x311
Emailrcampet@upcsK5.net
Profile – Ruth Campet has nearly fifteen years of experience within the field of education teaching all grades K-12 as a Special Education Teacher, Elementary Education Teacher, Reading Specialist, and Instructional Interventionist. Data-based instructional decisions, partnerships with parents, collaboration with colleagues, ongoing professional development, and serving as a school leader has enabled Ruth to become a master level teacher. Ruth’s educational philosophy hinges on fair teaching. Fair teaching is not giving every student the same education, rather the education they individually need.


Shannon Conner

Specialty – Reading Intervention, Dyslexia, Grant Writing and Management, coordinating literacy events and activities
Title – Reading Specialist & Literacy Coordinator
Education – Dyslexia Certification, Reading Specialist Certification, Master of Education in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, Bachelor of Science in Business Marketing
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x271
Emailsconner@upcsk5.net
Profile – Shannon Conner has over 10 years of experience in the field of education. She has been at Urban Pathways Charter Schools since 2009, teaching at both the elementary and middle school levels. Prior to joining Urban Pathways, she served as a Building Substitute in Quaker Valley School District and taught at the elementary level in Newport News Public Schools in Virginia. In addition to her responsibilities as a reading specialist, Shannon manages the Keystones to Opportunity grant for Urban Pathways K-12.


Tayla Coulverson

Specialty – Cafeteria Management
Title – Support Assistant
Education – Diploma in Medical Assisting
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Emailtcoulverson@upcsK5.net
Profile – Tayla Coulverson is an Urban Pathways 6-12 alum and has worked in the medical field. She has served as a volunteer at Urban Pathways K-5 building and for the PNC YMCA – Urban Pathways Summer Readers Camp as a counselor.


Brian Easton

Specialty – Excel, Word, MMS, data visualization
Title – Data Analyst
Education – Bachelor of Arts in English Writing
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x310
Emailbeaston@upcsK5.net
Profile – University of Pittsburgh graduate.


Marie Farkas

Specialty – Coordinating literacy events and activities, reading intervention
Title – Reading Specialist
Education – Master of Education Degree – Reading; Bachelor of Science in Education Degree – Early Childhood and Elementary Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Emailmfarkas@upcsK5.net
Profile – Marie Farkas has been a reading specialist for the past 6 years.  She has also served as a pre-kindergarten teacher and substitute teacher.


Alex Fedornak

Specialty – Multitasker
Title – Maintenance
Education – Diploma in Building Maintenance
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Email –  afedornak@upcsK5.net
Profile – Alex started at Urban Pathways 6-12 building May of 2005 as a part-time night position lasting 2.5 years. He then became a full-time employee on January 1, 2009. Alex specializes in safety and cleanliness of our beautiful elementary school creating a learning and growing environment for our elementary students.


Kimberly Shea Fitzgerald

Specialty – Leadership Title – Principal and Chief Academic Officer Education – Bachelor of Art Degree in Sociology, Masters of Education Degree, Reading Specialist and, Principal Certifications Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 Emailkfitzgerald@upcsk5.net Profile – Kimberly Shea Fitzgerald graduated from Pennsylvania State University with a BA in Sociology and she received her Masters in Education, Reading Specialist from Lehigh University. Always interested in reading and educating lifelong learners, Fitzgerald encouraged team building and positive independence through student workshops, response journals, and literature circles while at Northampton Junior High School and Lehigh Valley Academic Public Charter School. After three years at Lehigh as a reading teacher Fitzgerald became the school’s Literary and Assessment Coordinator.  As coordinator she was responsible for the integration of reading standards into the International Baccalaureate Curriculum for the primary through middle years program through coaching and collaboration as well as organizing the school-wide assessment program. In 2009 she joined the staff at Urban Pathways Public Charter School (UPCS) as a reading specialist when she and her husband relocated to Pittsburgh. At UPCS Fitzgerald was responsible for improving student outcomes.  She worked alongside her colleagues to develop remediation and intervention plans for students, monitored the student’s progress and assisted families by providing updates and activities to help support the child’s development.  She also worked with and identified students by testing, instructing, and developing plans for them both individually and in small groups. From 2009 until 2013 when Fitzgerald became the Principal and Chief Academic Affairs Officer for UPCS she worked tirelessly to improve the schools’ instructional program and curriculum to support the success of all the students from kindergarten to fifth grade, creating an atmosphere of trust and collaboration among the staff, as well as, fostering supportive relationships with families and community organizations. Fitzgerald, who is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) in addition to numerous scholarly organizations has consistently worked to increase her professional development and recently received her Pennsylvania Principal Certification.


April Flack

Specialty – Food Service
Title – Cafeteria Assistant
Education –  Serve Safe Certification
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x303
Email –  aflack@upcsK5.net
Profile – April Flack has served as the cafeteria assistant to both the K-5 and 6-12 Urban Pathways buildings. She is going into her eighth year at UP and prides herself on knowing all of the student’s names.


Matt Galando

Specialty – Working with children.
Title – Special Education Teacher
Education – Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education, Special Education, and Sociology
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x312
Emailmggalando@upcsK5.net
Profile –  Proud graduate of Seton Hill University.


Julie Gallagher

Specialty – Foreign Language
Title – Spanish Teacher
Education – Bachelor of Art in Spanish; Master of Art in Foreign Language Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Emailjgallagher@upcsk5.net
Profile –  Julie Gallagher is delighted to be the new Spanish teacher at Urban Pathways!  She has 5 years of experience teaching elementary, middle, and high school level Spanish in schools all over the Pittsburgh area.  She is looking forward to sharing her passion for foreign language with the students at Urban Pathways K-5.  Julie is a proud alum of the University of Pittsburgh.


Sheena Gibson

Specialty – Inspiring children.
Title – Teaching Assistant/Co-Teacher
Education – Master of Art in Teaching; Bachelor of Art in Philosophy
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Emailsgibson@upcsk5.net
Profile – Sheena has been working in urban education for 8 years.  She served in Literacy AmeriCorps* Pittsburgh, worked as the Remediation Specialist and Education Coordinator at Gwen’s Girls, Inc., and taught at the Environmental Charter School.  She is delighted to be learning and having fun with the students and staff at Urban Pathways.


Caitlin Haniotakis

Specialty – Special Education
Title – 2nd Grade Teacher
Education – Bachelor’s degree in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, certificate in Special Education PK-8 Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
EmailCHaniotakis@upcsK5.net
Profile – Mrs Haniotakis has been teaching for five years with students ranging from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. This is her first year at Urban Pathways Charter School, and she is thrilled to be teaching second grade. She graduated from Carlow University with her Bachelor’s in Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and she recently just completed graduate course work at California University of PA to obtain her Special Education certificate. Mrs. Haniotakis’ most recent teaching experiences have been in third grade and pre-kindergarten and she is looking forward to working with the students and families at UPCS K-5!


April Hunsberger

Specialty – Elementary Education K-6
Title –5th Grade Teacher
Education – Bachelor of Science in Education with a Concentration in Reading
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
EmailAHunsberger@upcsK5.net
Profile – April Hunsberger has 5 years of experience teaching regular and special education, grades K-6 in urban and suburban schools.  She is currently in her 3rd year of teaching 5th grade at Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School.  Prior to that, she taught at Pittsburgh Public and Moon Area School District.


Bethany Knicely

Specialty – K-6 PA Certification
Title – 4th Grade Teacher
Education – Bachelor of Art in English, Master of Art in Elementary Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Emailbknicely@upcsK5.net
Profile – Bethany Knicely has worked in multiple educational settings including After School Excellence Tutoring at the Lawrenceville Boys & Girls Club, para-professional work in the Quaker Valley School District, and a long term substitute 4th grade Math Teacher at the Moon Area School District. Bethany is also pursuing a Reading Specialist Certification through the graduate school at Westminster College.


Jason Knox

Specialty – Specialize in Math
Title – Math Specialist
Education – Bachelor of Science in Education: Elementary Education K-6
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Emailjknox@upcsK5.net
Profile – Jason Knox will be starting his 13th year as an Elementary Education teacher. His journey started with graduation from Clarion University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and an Elementary Education K-6 certification. He previously taught at Pathways Adolescent Center, Propel Charter School in Braddock Hills, and for Freedom Area School District. Jason is currently entering his first year as a math specialist at Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School.


Darnise Lester

Specialty – Student Enrollment
Title – Executive Assistant to the C.A.O. and Board of Directors
Education – Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x307
Emaildlester@upcsK5.net
Profile – Darnise Lester has over twenty years of experience as an administrative assistant. She began her career at Westinghouse Electric Corporation, which lead to opportunities at Children Youth and Families, Youth Works, and the McKeesport Area School District before serving at both Urban Pathways 6-12 and K-5 buildings. Darnise is a proud graduate of Carlow University.


Rebecca Lumpp

Specialty – Reading
Title – Kindergarten Teacher
Education – Master’s Degree in Reading; Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education and Special Education; Reading Specialist Certification
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x200
Emailrlumpp@upcsK5.net
Profile – Rebecca Lumpp has nine years of teaching experience. She began her teaching career in her hometown of Clearfield, PA teaching two years of kindergarten there. Then, she moved to Pittsburgh to continue teaching at Urban Pathways, she has been teaching kindergarten for a total of nine years. She received her bachelor’s degree at Westminster College and her master’s degree from Edinboro University. She also has obtained her Reading Specialist and Level II certificate.


Janine Macklin

Specialty – Community and parent engagement, partnerships, events, and grants.
Title – External Engagement & Grants Manager
Education – Master of Science in Organizational Leadership; Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x302
Emailjmacklin@upcsK5.net
Profile – Janine Macklin has over ten years of experience within the field of education. She served as a substitute teacher for Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School and Pittsburgh Public Schools. Some of her past administrative experience includes the State System of Higher Education, the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh Public Schools and Urban Youth Action. She most recently served on the Governor Elects transition team on education in 2014.


John Marziale

Specialty – Food services organization.
Title – Food service director
Education – Certified in all kitchen management positions progressing to Certified Executive Chef, Serve safe certified, Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts. Graduate of International Culinary Academy.
Phone Number – 412-325-4075 x303
Emailjmarziale@upcsK5.net
Profile – John Marziale has over 40 years of experience in the food service industry. This includes certified cook, sous chef/chef de cuisine, and executive chef positions. He also taught as a culinary Arts instructor for 12 years at the International Culinary Academy/Le Cordon Bleu Institute of Culinary Arts. John was responsible for teaching all culinary arts classes and managing the inventory of all kitchens.


Paul McMahon

Specialty – Front Desk Security  and cat herding
Title – Security
Education – Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x300
Emailpmcmahon@upcsK5.net
Profile – Paul is the father of 5, grandfather of 3, plus 250+ elementary adopted grandkids. This is his 5th year as gatekeeper at Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School and he also served as an adult education instructor for five years.  Paul is a proud graduate of Duquesne University.


Julie McMullen

Specialty – School and Community Counseling
Title – Counselor and Truancy Officer
Education – Master of Science in Education – Counseling; Nationally Certified Counselor; Bachelor of Science in Criminology
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x271
Email – jmcmullen@upcsK5.net
Profile – Julie McMullen has over 10 years of experience working with adolescents and their families in many different environments. Prior to becoming the Guidance Counselor at Urban Pathways, she worked with court adjudicated youth in residential facilities and alternative schools, and continues to work as a professional counselor at a community practice in Pittsburgh.


Jessica Mitchell

Specialty –  Art
Title – Art Teacher
Education – Bachelor of Art in Art Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x365
Emailjgrentz@upcsk5.net
Profile –Jessi Grentz-Mitchell began her time at Urban Pathways 6-12 building while completing her work as a student teacher while enrolled at Pennsylvania State University. After she finished student teaching she continued on as the art teacher for Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School; this will be her second full year of teaching at UP. Jessi has enjoyed collaborating with The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust to bring more art initiatives to Urban Pathways. Jessi is a proud alum of Pennsylvania State Univealum of Pennsylvania State University.


Brandie Menhart

Specialty
Title – 4th Grade Teacher
Education – Elementary/Early Childhood K-6
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x403
Emailbmenhart@upcsk5.net
Profile


Laurel Newberry

Specialty – Elementary Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment, and Supervision
Title – Director of Curriculum and Assessment
Education – Master of Education Degree in Supervision of Curriculum and Instruction; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Emaillnewberry@upcsk5.net
Profile – Laurel Newberry has over seven years of experience within the field of education. Before coming to Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School, Ms. Newberry previously taught pre-school, 5th grade, and 6th grade. In 2013 she began her UPCS K-5 career as a 3rd grade teacher. As of August 2016, she left the classroom and has moved into an administrative role working with school-wide curriculum and assessment as well as supervising teachers after completing her Master’s Program from the University of Pittsburgh.


Jessica Oliver

Specialty – Assessment, Field Trip Planning, Music
Title – Assessment Coordinator and Music Teacher
Education – Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, Master of Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x365
Emailjoliver@upcsk5.net
Profile – Jessica Oliver has been working for Urban Pathways Schools for the past three years.  She has held many positions during her tenure at Urban Pathways.  Beginning as a Reading Specialist for the first two years at Urban Pathways 6-12 building.  Last year, she began working at Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School as the Assessment Coordinator and this year she is adding Music Teacher and Field Trip Coordinator to her repertoire.


Ciera Onley

Specialty – Mentoring and tutoring
Title – Support Assistant
Education –Bachelor of Science in Journalism
Phone Number – 412-325-4075
Emailconley@upcsK5.net
Profile – Ciera Onley has three years of experience working with youth in some capacity. She taught dance as recreation specialty instructor in Philadelphia. More recently she has served as a KEYS Service Corps AmeriCorps member at Urban Pathways K-5 College Charter School. Ciera Onley is excited to join the UP family as staff and is thrilled to start her education journey.


Nathan Pease

Specialty – Elementary Education (K-6)
Title – Teaching Assistant/Co-Teacher
Education – Bachelor’s Degree in Elementary Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Emailnpease@upcsK5.net
Profile – Nathan Pease graduated from Lock Haven University in 2010. He worked in the education field for five years serving as a substitute school teacher and long term substitute at various school districts along with working at EDS.


Gina Potter

Specialty – K-6
Title – 2nd Grade TA
Education – Clarion University Masters in Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Emailgpotter@upcsK5.net
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.


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 jpotts@upcsK5.net
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!


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
Emaillschwartz@upcsK5.net
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.


Brittany Sheets

Specialty – Teaching
Title – Kindergarten Teacher
Education – Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education K-6
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 ext. 324
Emailbasheets@upcsK5.net
Profile –Ms. Sheets received her Bachelor’s degree from California University of Pa where she began teaching here at UPCS during her student teaching semester.  After completion, she continued to serve as a kindergarten teacher for the past three years.  She is currently attending California University of Pa in pursuit of a Master’s in Reading.


Ashley Wagner 

Specialty – Teaching
Title – Elementary Education K-6, Reading Specialist
Education – 5th Grade Teaching Assistant
Phone Number – (724)-993-7863
EmailAwagner@upcsK5.net
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!


Chelsea Williams

Specialty – Behavior Management
Title – Behavioral Specialist
Education – Master of Education, Applied Behavioral Analysis; Bachelor of Art in Elementary Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Emailcrwilliams@upcsK5.net
Profile – Chelsea Williams started her professional career at Urban Pathways K-5 Charter School in 2011. She taught first grade for four years all while completing her Master’s Degree at the University of Pittsburgh. She currently is the Behavior Specialist, working with parents and staff to improve student behavior within the classroom.


Linda Williams

Specialty – Physical Education/Yoga
Title – Yoga Instructor
Education – Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Communications, Yoga Education certified K-12
Phone Number – (412) 325-4057 x 305
Emaillwilliams@upcsK5.net
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.


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
Emailbwolford@upcsK5.net
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.