Our Faculty and Staff
The teachers at PNCS are a creative, experienced, effective group. Here's a look at who's teaching at PNCS this year:
Cynthia Glenn teaches Grades 5,6,7 and 8, and is the Assistant Administrator for PNCS. Cyndi has a B.A. In Anthropology from Hartwick College, and is working towards a Masters in Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Before joining PNCS in the late 90's, Cyndi taught for several years at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
Gerda Griffiths is the main teacher for our pre-kindergarten and kindergarten students. She says that her experience as a mother of three has been a great enhancement to her training for being a pre-k/kindergarten teacher. Gerda has an Associate in Arts degree with an education emphasis from Bryn Athyn College of the New Church. She also received a Fashion Design Technology degree from the Warner School of Fashion Design, and worked for several years in the fashion industry, including running her own business, before getting married and starting a family. She came to teaching when her youngest child started school in 2003. She likes the book All I Really Need to Know, I Learned in Kindergarten, by Robert Fulghum, and her classroom reflects the simple "credo" it lists. Gerda loves being greeted by the bright, smiling faces of the children each day, and knows that teaching pre-k/kindergarten is what she is meant to be doing.
Brianne Good teaches Grades 1-3. She has a bachelor's degree in elementary education. She graduated college in 2015, and spent a year teaching preschool at the Bryn Athyn Church School near Philadelphia. Brianne went to school for preschool, but was then homeschooled from kindergarten all the way through senior year of high school. She has taught in many different capacities: theater camps and workshops, swimming lessons, Sunday School, private tutoring, and in different classrooms. Brianne is thrilled to be joining the caring and dedicated faculty and staff at PNCS.
Julie Uber (M.Ed. from the University of Pittsburgh, B.A. in Education, Bryn Athyn College of the New Church), teaches art for grades 1-6 and social studies for grades 4-6. Julie moved to Pittsburgh to teach in the Pittsburgh New Church School in 1984, and loved it so much that she never left! After teaching full-time for six years, she moved to part-time volunteer status. The reason for this was that she and her husband Jamie were producing future students for PNCS (all four children have attended). She plans to continue volunteering forever!
Rev. Pearse Frazier is the principal of PNCS. He brings experience in education from his assistant pastorate in the New Church congregation in Kempton, PA. Pearse has a background in finance, prior to his interest in the ministry. He received a B.A. in History and Philosophy from Bryn Athyn College in 2000, and returned there to earn a Masters in Divinity in 2011.
Lamar Odhner is our school secretary. She is our main point of contact, and keeps things running smoothly. It's most likely going to be her friendly voice that you hear when you call the school.
PNCS has strong working relationships with the international network of New Church schools, and we can call on their specialists at need. School nurses, reading and speech specialists are available to us from the the local Intermediate Unit, and we get helpful suggestions each year from teams of experienced teachers from the New Church system, who visit twice per year.