Mrs. Aimee Steele


Mrs. Aimee Steele | 4th Grade Math Teacher aimee.steele@padistance.org | (888) 997-3352 x220 Education/Certification(s): Master of Education; Curriculum and Instruction; Concordia University of Portland, B.S. Education; California University of Pennsylvania PA Certifications: Early Childhood N-3 and Elementary Education K-6. Favorite Book: Peter Pan by J.M.Barrie and The Tiny House by Virginia Lee Burton Hobbies/Interest: I [...]

Mrs. Chelsea Hartford


Mrs. Chelsea Hartford | 5th Grade Science & Social Studies Teacher chelsea.hartford@padistance.org | (888) 997-3352 x154 Education/Certification(s): B.S. Elementary Education from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. IL Certification Grades 1-6, PA Certification Grades K-4, 5-6 Hobbies/Interests: Dancing, singing, performing, yoga, working out, hiking, traveling, and learning.   Favorite Quote: "It always seems impossible until it is done." [...]

Mrs. Maggie Kelly Brown


Mrs. Maggie Kelly Brown | Secondary English Teacher maggie.kellybrown@padistance.org | (888) 997-3352 x216 Education/Certification(s): B.A. English Education: Language & Literature from La Roche University. Master's in Reading & Literacy Education from Duquesne University. PA Certification: English 7-12. Favorite Book:  The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald Hobbies/Interests:  Walking, spending time with family and friends, reading, organizing, [...]

Ms. Leah DeSantis


Ms. Leah DeSantis | Title I Teacher (K-2 Interventionist) leah.desantis@padistance.org | (888) 997-3352 x174 Education/Certification(s): B.S. in Early Childhood Education (PreK-4) and Special Education (PreK-8); Indiana University of Pennsylvania Favorite Book:  The BFG, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Matilda or anything by Roald Dahl! Hobbies/Interest: I love spending time with family & friends, traveling, mountain [...]

Ms. Veronica Steigerwald


Ms. Veronica Steigerwald | Graduation Recovery Teacher veronica.steigerwald@padistance.org | (888) 997-3352 x149 Education/Certification(s): B.A. Secondary Education; Robert Morris University PA Certification: Social Studies 7-12 Favorite Book:  To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Hobbies/Interest: Crafting and running Favorite Quote: "Don't adapt to the energy in the room. Influence the energy in the room" - Evelyn [...]

Miss Julia Mittelmeier


Miss Julia Mittelmeier | 6th Grade Math Teacher julia.mittelmeier@padistance.org | (888) 997-3352 x170 Education/Certification(s): Middle-Level Mathematics Certification 4-8, M.Ed. Technology for Online Instruction Favorite Book: What Teachers Make by Taylor Mali Hobbies/Interest: Spending time with family and friends and reading Read Ms. Mittelmeier's Spotlight Blog Post

Ms. Clare Gates


Ms. Clare Gates | Secondary English Language Arts clare.gates@padistance.org | (888) 997-3352 x165 Education/Certification(s): B.A. English; Saint Vincent College, M.Ed. Secondary Education English; Duquesne University PA Certification: 7-12 English Favorite Book:  Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Hobbies/Interest: Reading, painting, knitting, learning foreign languages Favorite Quote:  "Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as [...]

Mrs. Amy Thornton


Mrs. Amy Thornton | Research & Development Coordinator amy.thornton@padistance.org | (888) 997-3352 x208 Education/Certification(s): B.A. in Elementary Education K-6, Westminster College. Masters of Education; Waynesburg University. Special Education Certification; Waynesburg University Hobbies/Interest: I love Disney. I lead two Girl Scout Troops. I enjoy spending time with my family watching movies, going places like the zoo, [...]

Mr. Matthew Dayka


Mr. Matthew Dayka | Secondary English Teacher matthew.dayka@padistance.org | (888) 997-3352 x193 Education/Certification(s): Bachelors of the Arts in English Literature; California University of Pennsylvania, Masters of the Art of Teaching in Secondary Education; California University of Pennsylvania PA Cert: 7-12 Education Favorite Book: Dune by Frank Herbert Favorite Quote: "What's past is prologue" - William [...]

Ms. Laura Budd


Ms. Laura Budd | Career Education & Work Coordinator laura.budd@padistance.org | (888) 997-3352 x209 Education/Certification(s): B.A. in Corporate Communications with a minor in Civic and Community Engagement; Pennsylvania State University, M.Ed; California University of Pennsylvania Level II PA Teaching Certification for Elementary Education K-6.  Level II PA Teaching Certification for Special Education N-12 Favorite Book:  The [...]

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