Our Staff

Ashlee Anthony

Specialty – elementary education K-6, Principal K-12
Title – 2nd grade Teacher
Education – Bachelors in Elementary K-6, Masters in Administration K-12
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x301
Email – aanthony@upcsK5.net
Profile – Mrs. Anthony has been teaching for 13 years. She graduated from California University of PA with a degree in elementary education K-6. She began her career in the McKeesport area school district. She worked in McKeesport for nine years and West Mifflin for one before coming to UP. While working in McKeesport, Mrs. Anthony went back to Cal U and got her masters in Administration K-12. This is her third year at UP and she is looking forward to another great year in second grade!

Kelly Babin

Speech Therapist

Reiley Blakemore

3rd Grade Teacher

Rachel Bodenlos

Specialty – Reading Specialist
Title – Reading Specialist and PSSA School Assessment Coordinator
Education – Master of Education Degree in Reading; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x407
Email – rbodenlos@upcsK5.net
Profile – Rachel Bodenlos has over ten 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 College Charter School K-5 where she currently serves. As of August 2015, she will serve grades 3-5 as a reading specialist. Rachel is also the PSSA School Assessment Coordinator at Urban Pathways College Charter School K-5.

Gabriella Chuong

2nd Grade Teacher

Abbey Clark

Guidance Counselor

Brian Easton

Specialty – Excel, Word, Skyward, data visualization
Title – PIMS & Student Management System Coordinator, and Data Analyst
Education – Bachelor of Arts in English Writing
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x310
Email – beaston@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
Email – mfarkas@upcsK5.net
Profile – Marie Farkas has been a reading specialist for the past 10 years.  She has also served as a pre-kindergarten teacher and substitute teacher.

Alex Fedornak

Specialty – Multitasker
Title – Custodian
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.

April Flack

Specialty – Linton Food Service Management
Title – Linton Food Service Director
Education –  Serve Safe Certification
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x303
EmailUrban657@lintons1.com
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 eleventh year at UP and prides herself on knowing all of the student’s names.

Eileen Ford

1st Grade Teacher

Matt Galando

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

Emily Gigliotti

Specialty – Elementary Education, Middle School Mathematics, S.T.E.M. education
Title – STEAM Teacher K-5
Education – Master of Education Degree in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education and; Bachelor of Arts Degree in Elementary Education, certification in Middle School Mathematics
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x105
Email – egigliotti@upcsK5.net
Profile – Emily Gigliotti has nearly twelve years of experience within the field of education teaching all grades PK-8 as a Elementary Education Teacher, STEM specialist/teacher, Middle School Mathematics Teacher, and Middle School Science Teacher. Mrs. Gigliotti is in her third year teaching at UPCSK-5.

Cait 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 x302
Email – CHaniotakis@upcsK5.net

Brandie Johnson

5th Grade Teacher

Jason Knox

Specialty – Specialize in Math
Title – Math Specialist
Education – Bachelor of Science in Education: Elementary Education K-6
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Email – jknox@upcsK5.net
Profile – Jason Knox will be starting his seventeenth year as an Elementary Education teacher. His journey started with his graduation from Clarion University in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science in Education and an Elementary Education K-6 certification. His first teaching role was for Pathways Adolescent Center as a 3rd through 5th grade teacher. He then moved to Florida where he taught at Pierson Elementary school for seven years in 4th and 5th grade. He moved back to Pennsylvania in 2013 where he worked at Propel Charter School in Braddock Hills as a 5th and 6th grade math teacher, and then at Freedom Area School District as a Math Specialist. Jason is currently entering his fourth year as a math specialist at Urban Pathways College Charter School K-5.

Janine Macklin

Specialty – Community and parent engagement, partnerships, events, and grants.
Title – External Engagement & Grants Manager/Parent Liaison
Education – Master of Science in Organizational Leadership; Bachelor of Science in Human Resources Management Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x302
Email – jmacklin@upcsK5.net
Profile – Janine Macklin has over 15 years of experience within the field of education. Some of her past administrative experience includes coordinating a Teacher Quality Enhancement Grant for the State System of Higher Education and serving as non-teaching faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. She was the former Chief Operating Officer for Urban Youth Action, Inc. and also worked in the Human Resources department at Pittsburgh Public Schools. Janine served on Governor Elect Wolf’s transition team on education in 2014 and currently represents charter schools on the Pennsylvania Association of Federal Program Coordinators (PAFPC) Executive Committee.

Erin McCoy

Music Teacher

Gina Marie Potter

Specialty – K-6
Title – 4th Grade Teacher, Yearbook Advisor, Social Media
Education – Clarion University Masters in Education
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075
Email – gpotter@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.

Jennifer Seitzinger

Human Resources

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 – BASheets@upcsk5.net
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.

Mauri Tate

Social Worker

William Wade

Title – CEO
Profile – William C. Wade has responded to big challenges in big city schools. He’s a turnaround specialist known for fostering academic excellence in many different school situations. Wade will be joining Urban Pathways College Charter School K-5 in Downtown Pittsburgh as CEO.

“All students can learn,” says Wade. “The question is, ‘Can all teachers teach to those different learning levels?’ My goal is to coach and help and support them along the way as they learn to adapt to the different learning styles of those different students.”

“I don’t know if we put enough emphasis on it, but this is a talent-based industry. Finding the best and brightest to work in this industry is key.”

From 2016-18, Wade was responsible for leading 12 schools and 5,800 public school students in Santa Fe, New Mexico, in a sustainable turnaround, as the Associate Superintendent of Innovation and Student Support. Before that, he was the Assistant Superintendent for Education & School Improvement, where he managed the merger of two middle schools, helped raise test scores in elementary schools, and helped plan the district’s first Early College High School.

From 2011-2015, he was the principal at The Promise Academy at Martin Luther King in Philadelphia—one of the city’s flagship schools, which was beset by low performance. Wade has been credited with across-the-board improvements at the school in academics, attendance and discipline. In 2014, he led the consolidation of King High School with its crosstown rival Germantown, after that school’s closure. Dick’s Sporting Goods made a documentary, “We Could Be King” which aired on ESPN, ESPN2 and CBS (and premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and South By Southwest) about the schools’ successful combination through the lens of athletics. It won a Sports Emmy award.

“I’ve predominantly worked with middle schools and high schools throughout my career,” says Wade. “But what I’ve witnessed with elementary schools, the joy of learning is still in place from Pre-K to 5. We can have more exploratory learning, hands-on learning and project-based learning–and make sure that our teachers are trained to engage the students at high levels.”

In 2015, Wade was presented with the Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation’s Distinguished Principal Award, in recognition of his leadership.

Wade served as a principal of two other schools in Philadelphia prior to his tenure at King. He was also an assistant principal in Atlanta, and as a teacher in Memphis. He has a Bachelor’s degree from Alcorn State University in Secondary Mathematics Education, a Master’s Degree in Education from Christian Brother’s University Memphis, TN and an Ed.S. in Educational Leadership from Lincoln Memorial University, Harragate, TN.

“I’m most excited to work with the professional development of the teachers,” says Wade. “Making sure they understand what restorative practices mean, and understand what trauma looks like with students. I’m excited with the training that goes with that.”

“And working with the students directly, to make sure they can reach new heights in literacy and math skills. Urban Pathways has a large population of children of color, and we want to make sure they master literacy by third grade. I’m excited about measuring the levels of fluency in the classroom. I’m excited about measuring reading comprehension. We have such young children, so we need a major focus on literacy.”

Ashley Wagner

Specialty – Teaching
Title – Elementary Education K-6, Reading Specialist
Education – 5th Grade Teacher
Phone Number – (724)-993-7863
Email – Awagner@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 College Charter School K-5.  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!

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 – lwilliams@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.

Adam Winter

Special Education

Bethany Wolford

Specialty – K-6, Reading
Title – 2st Grade Teacher
Education – Reading, M. Ed; Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education K-6
Phone Number – (412) 325-4075 x304
Email – bwolford@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.