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Pittsburgh New Church School
299 Le Roi Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15208

Phone: (412) 731 - 0122

We're located in Point Breeze, near Frick Park. Here's a map!

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Pittsburgh New Church School

Feeding the mind.  Touching the heart.  Preparing for life.

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:

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.

Laura Hall has a bachelor's of science degree in mathematics from Penn State. Laura is the mother of six children. She homeschooled her children for many years then gradually phased them into high school and college. Laura also has experience teaching religious classes at her church and was chair person for crafts for vacation Bible school. Laura first came to PNCS as a substitute teacher in 2017. "I love how the school feels like a one room school house. It is such a wholesome and warm environment to learn in."

Linnea Heinrichs has a bachelor's degree from Bryn Athyn College of the New Church. She has worked with kids extensively, as a babysitter, nanny, teacher's assistant, and tour guide; she is excited to continue sharing knowledge with young minds at PNCS. Linnea attended New Church schools and she looks forward to giving back by teaching at a New Church school now. She loves to read and hopes to share her enthusiasm with all the kids she meets.

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.

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!

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.