Staff Spotlight

Staff Spotlight – Ms. Longstreth named a 2019 STEM Ambassador

By |March 13th, 2019, 8:00 am|Categories: Latest News, Staff Spotlight|

Pennsylvania Leadership Charter School would like to congratulate our very own, Ms. Carrie Longstreth, who has been named a 2019 Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador!

Ms. Longstreth, Student Network and Professional Studies Program Coordinator at PALCS, has been accepted as one of 31 ambassadors in the Pennsylvania STEM Ambassador Program.

The STEM Ambassador Program aims to shape the future of STEM education in the commonwealth by targeting vital policy conversations to legislative leadership in the areas of STEM Learning ecosystems, computer science, state and federal policy for formal and informal education, and workforce needs.

Representing leaders and emerging leaders in corporate from over 22 countries, PA STEM Ambassadors, including Ms. Longstreth, have agreed to invest the next nine months in training and policy development to share expertise and content knowledge with influential stakeholders to help develop a stronger voice in shaping STEM education policy issues.

Ms. Longstreth has dedicated the past nine years, working at PALCS. She has chosen to work in education because of her passion for the field. “There is nothing as rewarding as working with students,” she says. “I believe that educating the next generation is not only our privilege, but our responsibility.”

Before coming to PALCS, Ms. Longstreth worked as a developmental therapist at River Educational Services and taught pre-kindergarten at Fox Chapel Pre-School. She loves working at PALCS and explains, “It gives me the opportunity to work with students who might not have a chance to get a high school diploma anywhere else. I often ask myself, ‘What would happen to these students if we weren’t here?’”

PALCS’ purpose is to provide an academically challenging, knowledge-based curriculum, individually designed for each child’s needs. PALCS will combine the benefits of a classical basics oriented education with the latest internet […]

National School Counselor Week

By |February 8th, 2019, 3:30 pm|Categories: Latest News, School News, Staff Spotlight|

The first week in February, PA Leadership Charter School (PALCS) helped celebrate National School Counseling Week 2019. The theme of this year’s NSCW is “School Counselors: Providing Lessons for Life”. As a community, we hope to bring public attention to the unique contribution of school counselors within our school systems.

National School Counseling Week, sponsored by ASCA, “highlights the tremendous impact school counselors can have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career”.

To start the week-long celebration at PALCS, our Guidance Team sponsored “Power of Parents”, a virtual educational session with a PALCS parent and community organizer with Communities Care, Loretta Cohen, MSW. PALCS wrapped up the festivities on, Friday, February 8th, with “College-Wear Day.” All faculty and students were encouraged to represent their college pride in an effort to get students thinking about their options for the future.

We recently asked our PALCS Guidance Counselors what their favorite part about their job is. Let’s see what some of them are saying about why they chose their career paths:

Ms. Mary Beth Stefanski, USP Guidance Counselor – “I became a counselor because I wanted to try and make a positive difference in my students lives! My favorite part about my job is building positive relationships with my students, getting to know them, and seeing how wonderful and truly amazing they are! I believe that school counselors can really make a difference with a good team surrounding them (teachers, coworkers, staff, principals). I am so grateful for my great team at USP and PALCS, and I hope we can continue to try and impact our students lives!”

Ms. Erica Titlow, High School Guidance Counselor (Grade 12) – “I’ve always been the person people sought out when going […]

Staff Spotlight: Mr. Smith

By |January 14th, 2019, 7:00 am|Categories: Blog Article, Latest News, Staff Spotlight|Tags: |

We recently had the opportunity to speak to PALCS High School Math teacher, Mr. Jeff Smith, who has been working at PALCS since 2007. Mr. Smith teaches Algebra 1B, Pre-Algebra & Geometry to students in grades 9th-12th.

Mr. Smith grew up in the small city of Greensburg located in Westmoreland County. He enjoys cheering on his favorite sports team, the Pittsburgh Pirates, and tries to attend as many games as he can during their season! During his summer breaks he takes time to relax, spend time with his nieces & nephews, and adventure through different trails on his mountain bike.

Mr. Smith earned his Bachelor of Education degree from California University of Pennsylvania in 2000. He began working at PALCS shortly after he graduated from college. While working for PALCS, he decided to pursue his Masters of Special Education Degree from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania.

Growing up he was surrounded by educators, and influenced by his mom, who was a Reading Specialist. From a very young age, Mr. Smith felt that he had a calling for a future career path in the Education field.

Mr. Smith believes that here at PALCS students are able to grow and be successful in a unique way with the resources that every teacher provides. “School comes down to giving students opportunities. If you can make students feel successful and confident in what they are learning, then they will do well.” Mr. Smith connects with his students through email, phone, live virtual lessons and school events.

“I want my students to feel comfortable asking for help and guidance whenever they may need it,” said Mr. Smith. “All of my students know that if they need me for anything, they can easily contact me and I’ll […]

Staff Spotlight: Dr. Roberts

By |July 30th, 2018, 9:00 am|Categories: CPFA News, Latest News, Staff Spotlight|Tags: , |

Dr. Allyson Roberts first joined PALCS in 2005 as a music teacher when the school was just starting out and when the Center for Performing and Fine Arts (CPFA) was a mere idea. Now Dr. Roberts is in her 14th year at PALCS as the music department chair and student academic advisor at CPFA, a Doctor of Music Education and Pedagogy, holds a National Certification in Music Education and teaching piano, and is going to be begin her 24th year of teaching music. Dr. Roberts recently had an article published in the July 2018 issue of the Christian Chronicle.

National School Counseling Week 2018

By |February 9th, 2018, 12:00 pm|Categories: Latest News, School News, Staff Spotlight|Tags: |

Happy National School Counseling Week 2018! This special week, wrapping up today, is sponsored by the American School Counselor Association (ASCA). Taking place from February 5th to February 9th this year, the purpose of the week is to focus public attention on the unique contribution of professional school counselors within the U.S. and highlight the substantial impact school counselors have in helping students achieve school success and plan for a career. The theme this year is "School Counselors: Helping Students Reach for the Stars."

Ms. Kofeldt Featured on WPHL17

By |February 2nd, 2018, 9:00 am|Categories: Latest News, PALCS in the News, Staff Spotlight|Tags: , |

Ms. Courtney Kofeldt, PA Leadership’s Supervisor of Educational Technology, was recently featured on Philadelphia 17’s weekly TV segment “Weekend Philler,” where she spoke about gamification and how to make video and online games educational for the students. The Weekend Phillier is a Saturday evening video clip show on WPHL17 that covers shorts about people, places & things around the Delaware Valley.

Science Department Class Pets

By |January 8th, 2018, 12:00 pm|Categories: Latest News, Staff Spotlight|Tags: , , , |

Did you know that the PALCS High School Science Department has class pets? That’s right! Real, live class pets, just like you might find in a brick-and-mortar school.

2017 Citadel Heart of Learning Nominations

By |November 10th, 2017, 9:00 am|Categories: Latest News, Staff Spotlight|Tags: |

Take the time and nominate your favorite PALCS teacher for the Citadel Heart of Learning Award today! Students, parents, teachers and administrators can nominate the teacher of their choice.

Meet the High School Math Department

By |October 20th, 2017, 9:00 am|Categories: Latest News, Staff Spotlight|Tags: , |

Meet the High School Math Department! Mrs. Takac, Mr. Antonucci, Ms. Majersky, Mr. Smith, Mrs. DiSciullo, Ms. Antar, Ms. Bridgewater, Mr. DiFernando, and Mr. DiCicco.

Dance Teacher Mrs. Duncan Presenting at National Conference

By |August 25th, 2017, 9:00 am|Categories: CPFA News, Latest News, Staff Spotlight|Tags: |

PALCS is proud to announce that CPFA dance teacher, Mrs. Toni Duncan, has been invited to present her proposal, "Curricula Design: Access to Non-Dance Content and for Atypical Populations", at the 19th Annual National Dance Education Organization's (NDEO) Conference this November in San Antonio, Texas.

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