Preschool Staff

Beth Yovetich: Director/Pre-k Teacher (4-5 yr olds)
Email address: msbeth.gela@gmail.com

Ms. Beth and her family have been residents of the Avonworth Community for over 16 years.  She has been married to her husband Edd for 27 years and has 3 children:  22 year old boy/girl twins who are recent graduates of the University of Pittsburgh, and a 20 year old daughter who attends Robert Morris University.  Ms. Beth graduated from Clarion University with a degree in Elementary Education and attended Duquesne University for her masters Degree and Reading Specialist Certification.  She has been very involved in the Avonworth School District by serving as President of the Parent Network, a member of the district’s strategic planning committee, advisory board member for district Career Academies, and was awarded the “Friend of Education” distinction through the PSEA by the Avonworth School District.  She works closely with the principal and staff of the Primary Center to ensure a smooth transition into Kindergarten.


Amber Powell: Pre-k Teacher (4-5 yr olds)
Email address: msamber.gela@gmail.com

Ms. Amber and her family have been residents of the Avonworth Community for over 14 years.  She and her husband Scott have been married for 16 years and have two sons:  an 8th grader and a sophomore at Avonworth.  She graduated from Ashland University in Ohio with a degree in elementary education.  She taught for seven years in Northern Virginia before moving to Pittsburgh.  Ms. Amber has been very involved in the Avonworth Community over the years by being PTA President, coordinating after school classes, and most recently managing the Avonworth Middle School Hockey Team.  Amber has always had a passion for teaching young children so they can learn to love school, succeed, and have fun.


Melissa Donovan: Pre-k Assistant (4-5 yr olds)
Email address: msmelissa.gela@gmail.com

Ms. Melissa has lived in the Avonworth district all of her life!  She and her husband Mike (also an Avonworth alumni) have three boys ages 12, 18, 20.  Melissa came to us from Wooden Ladder preschool in Ben Avon where she acquired 3 years of experience in the 2 year old classroom as well as the 3 year old and Pre-k classrooms.  Ms. Melissa has been with GELA for 4 years and is entering into her 5th year as the AM Pre-k teacher assistant.  She is the glue that holds us all together:)




Celeste Gaber: Preschool Teacher (3-4 yr olds)
Email address: msceleste.gela@gmail.com

Ms. Celeste and her family have been residents of McCandless for 25 years.  She and her husband Eric have been married for 25 years and have two daughters.  Her oldest is a nurse at AGH and her youngest is a senior at Duquesne.  Ms. Celeste graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Elementary Education, a Masters in Reading, and a Reading Specialist Certification.  She has taught all levels from preschool through 10th grade.  In addition to children, Ms. Celeste is very passionate about swimming.  She coaches at Allegheny North Swim Club.  Celeste loves teaching in an environment where she can share her love of God with her students.


Donna Donovan:  Preschool Assistant (3&4 yr olds)
Email Address:  msdonna.gela@gmail.com

Ms. Donna has lived in the Avonworth community all of her life!  She and her husband Tom (also Avonworth Alumni) have been married for 35 years and have two children: a 25 yr old daughter and a 23 yr old son.  Donna is also a proud grandma to her very first grandchild!  Ms. Donna looks forward to working with the GELA students, families, and staff this year!!


Deanna Tomero: Preschool Assistant (3-4 yr olds)
Email address: msdeanna.gela@gmail.com

Ms. Deanna and her family have been residents of McCandless Township for 26 years.  Deanna and her husband Mike have two daughters who both are attending universities.  She is a graduate from the Bradford School and has 20 years experience as an executive assistant.  Ms. Deanna worked for 4 years as a teaching assistant for a non-profit organization in an adult special needs program.  She also worked as a teaching assistant in the 3 year old program at St. Teresa of Avila School.  Ms. Deanna has been with GELA for 4 years working in both the 3 year old and Pre-k programs.  Ms. Deanna is taking on the position of Lead Teacher in one of the 3 year old classrooms this year!


Jenna Paulat: Preschool Assistant (4-5 yr olds)
Email address: msjenna.gela@gmail.com

Ms. Jenna and her family have been residents of the Avonworth Community for 16 years.  She and her husband Rod have 11 year old boy/girl twins who are currently in 5th grade at Avonworth.  Ms. Jenna earned a BS in Industrial Engineering and a MS in Management Science from Lehigh University.  Jenna stepped away from her Management Consulting career to focus on raising her children, and became more involved in the Avonworth Community volunteering for organizations such as the PTA and Girl Scouts, while also earning a substitute teaching permit.  Ms. Jenna will be working with ALL of the students as she will be an AM teaching assistant in the 3 yr old classroom and a PM teaching assistant in the pre-k classroom!


Meredith Obaker: Mommy and Me (2 yr olds) and Music Teacher
Email address: msmeredith.gela@gmail.com

Ms Meredith is a graduate of Grove City College with a bachelor’s degree in Music Education and Flute. She now resides in the North Hills with her husband and two young daughters. In addition to her teaching experience in both elementary music and band, she also brings her love of dance and her many years of study in classical ballet to the classroom. Ms Meredith is excited to share the cognitive, social, and physical benefits of music with the students at Genesis Early Learning Academy.


               Erin Pascuzzi:  Preschool Board President/Substitute Teacher

 





                                                  Carrie Brady: Substitute Teacher