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 13 years. She has been married to her husband Edd for 23 years and has 3 children: 20 year old boy/girl twins who are juniors at the University of Pittsburgh and a 17 year old daughter who is a senior at Avonworth High School. She graduated from Clarion University with a degree in Elementary Education and attended Duquesne University for her Masters Degree and Reading Specialists Certification. She has been very involved in the Avonworth 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 Avonworth School District. She also works very 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 10 years. She has been married to her husband Scott for 14 years and has two sons: a seventh grader and a fifth grader at Avonworth Middle School. She graduated from Ashland University in Ohio with a degree in elementary education. She taught for seven years in Northern Virginia with one year at the second grade level and six years in kindergarten, as well as 6 years of coaching high school volleyball before moving to Pennsylvania. She’s very involved in the Avonworth School District by being PTA President, coordinating and teaching after school classes at the primary and elementary school, and working closely with the teachers and principals at the schools to plan and execute a variety of events. Ms Amber has always had a passion for teaching 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 10, 16, and 18. Ms Melissa came to us from Wooden Ladder Preschool in Ben Avon where she acquired 3 years of experience in the 2 year old classroom. She was also a substitute in the 3 year old classroom and pre-k program.

 

 


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 23 years. She and her husband Eric have been married for 23 years and have two daughters. One is a junior at Xavier University and the other is a freshman at Duquesne University.

Ms Celeste graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a degree in Elementary Education, a Masters in Reading and a Reading Specialist Certificate. Ms Celeste has taught all levels from 3 year old preschool up to 10th grade reading. She also coached North Allegheny high school swimming as well as the McCandless Marlins summer club team for several years. Ms Celeste loves teaching in an environment where she can share her love of God with her students.


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 23 years. Deanna and her husband Mike have two daughters. One is a sophomore at Kent State University and the other a freshman at University of Colorado Bolder. Ms Deanna is a graduate from the Bradford School and has 20 years of 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. More recently,  Ms Deanna was a 3-4 year old teacher assistant at St. Teresa of Avila School.


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 15 years. Jenna and her husband Rod have ten year old twins (a girl and a boy) who are currently in 4th grade at Avonworth Elementary.  Ms Jenna earned a BS in Industrial Engineering and an MS in Management Science from Lehigh University. Ms 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 looks forward to working with the GELA families and staff this fall!


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.


                                                      Carrie Brady: Substitute Teacher