Biographies

Office Staff

Dr. Bonnie Betler, principal
Dr. Betler is a life-long learner who has undergraduate degrees in biology and secondary education from Drexel University, a master's degree and principal certification from Carlow University, and a doctoral degree from Point Park University.  Before becoming Moore's principal she was the curriculum, instruction, and assessment director at West Jefferson Hills School District and a curriculum coordinator for the Allegheny Intermediate Unit.  She started her educational career teaching biology, chemistry, and anatomy and physiology.  She also taught middle school earth and space science as well as life science.  When Dr. Betler is not at Moore she enjoys reading, doing yoga, and most importantly spending time with her husband, four children, two dogs, and cat.
 
Miss Loretta Harding, custodian
Miss Loretta has been with the Brentwood Borough school district for 10 years.  She started as a cafeteria worker and then joined the custodial team.

Miss Peggy Ormond, custodian
Miss Peggy has worked at Moore Elementary for eight years.  When not taking care of Moore, Miss Peggy is an EMT and can be found taking care of people in the community.
 
Mrs. Jennifer Woods, secretary 
Mrs. Woods deftly runs Moore Elementary and has done so for over ten years!   In her spare time, Mrs. Woods enjoys reading, crafting, hiking, traveling and spending time with family and friends.  

Classroom Staff

Mrs. Desiree Baker, technology LTS
Desiree Baker studied at Point Park University and earned her bachelor's degree in elementary education pre-k thru 4 as well as special education pre-k thru 8.  She is a long term substitute for technology this school year.  Although she is new to the district she has a great feeling for the district and community.  Desiree helps coach the Chartiers Valley Dance Troupe.  In her spare time she loves to play with her puppy, being with family and going to her camp on the weekends.  She is very excited to see where the rest of the year will take her and to see all of the possibilities with the students in her classroom. 
 
Mrs. Kim Binek, second grade
Mrs. Binek has been with the Brentwood Borough School District for 21 years.  She holds both a bachelor's degree in  elementary education and a master's degree as a reading specialist from Duquesne University.  Mrs. Binek is also the proud mother of two teenage daughters.
 
Mrs. Alyssa Brutscher, paraprofessional
Mrs. Brutscher has been at Moore for over 9 years.  She earned her bachelor's degree in education from California University of Pennsylvania.  When she is not working she enjoys spending time with her family. 
 
Ms. Katie Cosner, library
Ms. Cosner is a recent hire at Brentwood Borough School District, where she is excited to be teaching library science.  Katie received her undergraduate degree from Grove City College, where she majored in marketing management.  Upon graduation, she worked for AmeriCorps for a year at Assateague State Park.  Afterwards, Katie earned her master's degree in elementary education from California University of Pennsylvania.  Ms. Cosner also has certification in library science, ESL, and middle level mathematics.  Prior to working in Brentwood, Katie taught ESL for the Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit and instructed high school equivalency classes for Adult Literacy Action, Penn State Beaver.  She also was a second and fourth grade teacher for Monessen School District.  When Katie is not teaching, she enjoys reading, running, backpacking, playing her bassoon, volunteering at animal shelters, and spending time with her family and cat, Poppy!
 
Miss Jessica Downey, fourth grade math, science, and social studies
Jess Downey received her undergraduate degree from Wheeling Jesuit University in elementary and special education.  She received her  master's in special education from Duquesne University.  Prior to coming to Moore Elementary in December of 2017, Miss Downey worked in the Diocese of Pittsburgh for nine years teaching second grade at Sacred Heart Elementary.  In her free time, Jess loves watching, playing, and coaching sports.  She also enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially her nieces and nephews. 
 
Mrs. Barbara Girone, art; SAP
Barbara Girone has been teaching visual arts in the Brentwood School District since January of 1992, when she started as a student teacher, and was then hired for the fall of 1992 - 1993 school year.  Barbara completed her Bachelors of Arts with a focus on painting through California University of PA.  She received her art education teaching certificate through Carlow College.  Barbara also has her Masters of Professional Studies in art therapy and creativity development from the Pratt Institute of NYC.  Mrs. Girone did her internships at Western Psychiatric and Persad Center of Pittsburgh for Art Therapy.  Mrs. Girone not only teaches visual arts, but also works with students at the elementary level using art therapy as a counseling tool.  Barbara is very involved with the Remake Learning initiative, participating in a fellowship with Agency by Design, which is a Harvard University research project.  Barbara is an avid mountain biker and snowboarder.  When she is not teaching, she spends time adventuring with her husband Tim in a roof top tent, and visiting with her son Vincenzo. 
 
Ms. Rebecca Hagerty, fifth grade math, science, and social studies 
 Rebecca Hagerty teachers fifth grade mathematics, science, and social studies at Moore Elementary and also serves as the elementary teacher leader for mathematics K - 6 and science/ social studies 3 - 5.  This is her fourteenth year teaching at Moore.  Prior to teaching Ms. Hagerty worked in human resources.  She has an undergraduate degree from Thiel College in political science and a graduate degree from Duquesne Elementary in elementary education.  Ms. Hagerty loves to learn as well as teach - she also has graduate certificates in teaching K - 6 mathematics and mathematics coaching K - 12, and is working on mathematics specialist K - 12 and STEM graduate certificates.  Ms. Hagerty is very passionate about education and loves to encourage positive attitudes about learning, especially in mathematics!  In her free time, Ms. Hagerty enjoys running, hiking, cooking, reading and spending time with family and friends!
 
Mrs. Margie Kelly, paraprofessional
Mrs. Kelly has worked at Moore Elementary for nine years.  She holds her bachelor's degree in special and elementary education from Duquesne University.  Prior to coming to Moore she taught at an early intervention agency's special education preschool for 17 years.  In her spare time she enjoys spending time with family and reading.
 
Mrs. Lisa Kovacs, third grade English language arts
Mrs. Kovacs has been teaching at Moore for over twenty years.  She received her undergraduate degree in elementary education and a minor in computer science from Clarion University of Pennsylvania.  She attained her Master's degree and reading specialist certification from Duquesne University.  Mrs. Kovacs wanted to be a teacher from a very young age and feels very fortunate to spend her days doing what she loves.  When Mrs. Kovacs is not teaching, she enjoys spending time with her husband and two children.  They enjoy traveling, hiking, and biking together.  Her hobbies include exercising, baking, reading and writing poetry. 
 
Mrs. Leslie Miller, second grade
Mrs. Miller has been a teacher in the Brentwood Borough School District for 20 years.  She began her teaching career in Missouri for two years.  She attended the University of Pittsburgh, main campus, for both her bachelor's and master's degrees in elementary education.  She truly loves teaching in the classroom with the students and this community.  She enjoys reading, walking, and visiting new places!
 
Mr. Ryan O'Connor, physical education
Mr. O'Connor is in his fourth year of teaching; his third at Moore Elementary.  He received his undergraduate degree in health and physical education from Slippery Rock University.  He hopes to obtain his master's degree in the near future.  When he's not teaching, he enjoys traveling, working out, trying new restaurants, and cheering on Pittsburgh sports teams.
 
Mrs. Christie O'Neill, kindergarten
Mrs. O'Neill has been teaching at Moore for over 25 years.  She received her undergraduate degree in elementary education and speech language pathology from California University of Pennsylvania.  She holds her master's degree and reading specialist certification from the same institution.  Mrs. O'Neill is married and has two wonderful daughters.  She is proud to say that she can trace her family lineage back to the German Dutch settlers who established the first settlement in western Pennsylvania.  The recorded history in her family tree includes more than 25 relatives who have been teachers, including her great-grandfather who was one of the last teachers in her hometown, Greensburg, to teach in a one-room school house. 
 
Ms. Kellie Rebholz, reading room, special education; SAP 
Kellie Rebholz has been working as a learning support teacher for 23 years in the Brentwood Borough School District.  She received her undergraduate degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in early childhood and family relations.  She also has an elementary education certificate from the University of Pittsburgh and a special education certificate from California University of Pennsylvania.  In her spare time she loves to spend time with family and friends, gardening, and collecting antiques.
 
Ms. Katy Rodriguez, ESL and enrichment; SAP
Katy Kennedy-Rodriguez teaches English as a Second Language and academic enrichment at Moore Elementary School. She came into teaching later in life having first worked as an actor, food stylist, corporate trainer, and props master. She has a Bachelor of Arts in theater/communications from the University of Dayton and an Master of the Art of Teaching in secondary English from the University of Pittsburgh as well as her ESL certification. She has taught every grade from pre-school to post-secondary and loves the challenge of always learning something new. Ms. Rodriguez is a teacher leader with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project and a member of All-For-All, a local group that works with immigrants and refugees. 
 
Mr. Jordan Sherman, music
Mr. Sherman teaches general music and chorus at Moore and Elroy.  He studied at Westminster College in New Wilmington, PA where he received his undergraduate degree in music education with a focus in oboe studies.  Mr. Sherman is also involved in the middle/ high school music program as Assistant Band Director for the Brentwood Spartan Marching Band.  In his free time, he enjoys drawing as well as playing oboe with the East Winds Symphonic Band and the Pittsburgh Philharmonic Orchestra.  Mr. Sherman is looking forward to receiving his Kodaly or Orff certification to continue his education and better his abilities in the classroom so that Brentwood students can achieve their best through music.
  
Mrs. Shannon Schubert, first grade 
Mrs. Schubert has been a teacher in the Brentwood School District for over 20 years.   She attended Penn State University for her Bachelor's degree and earned her Master's degree at Duquesne University.  She is married and has three children.  In her free time, she enjoys reading, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.
 
Mrs. Anne Steigerwald, first grade; SAP
Mrs. Steigerwald started her career as a special education teacher for four years before spending the last seven years teaching first grade.  Teaching is Mrs. Steigerwald's passion and she absolutely loves what she does!  She has a  Bachelor of Arts degree in elementary education and special education, a Master's in education, and a reading specialist certification.  In addition, she is a National Board Certified teacher in reading literacy: reading-language arts (early and middle childhood ages 3 - 12).  When she is not teaching, she loves spending time with her family.  The Steigerwalds are very busy with their three children (Mya, Camden, and Ava) and their boxer (Bella).  When she has time for herself, she loves reading, swimming, cooking, baking, and using her Instant Pot.  Mrs. Steigerwald is a lifelong learner, her favorite color is green and she loves to eat anything spicy and anything chocolate!  She is also an avid exerciser and enjoys cardio and strength training through boxing.
 
Mrs. Lindsay Vinay, reading room & Title I reading
Mrs. Vinay has been working as a reading specialist in the Brentwood Borough School Disrict for ten years.  She earned a bachelor's degree in elementary and special education from Geneva College and a master's degree in reading from Edinboro University.  Before coming to Brentwood, she taught sixth grade language arts in Waynesburg for four years.  Mrs. Vinay currently serves as the elementary teacher leader for ELA in grade K - 2.  Mrs. Vinay loves spending her day at school teaching children to read!  When at home, she loves cooking, reading, being outdoors, and spending time with her husband and three sons.
 
Mrs. Rebecca Wilson, third grade math, science, and social studies; SAP
Mrs. Wilson is a proud Brentwood graduate and has been teaching at Moore Elementary for over 15 years.  She truly loves teaching and enjoys getting to know all of her students!  She earned her Bachelors of Arts degree from Slippery Rock University and her master's degree in curriculum and instruction from Gannon University.  When she is not at school, Mrs. Wilson loves spending time with her husband and three children.  She also loves to read (books and gossip magazines), bake, take long walks with her family, and have nightly dance parties with her kiddos.
 
Mrs. Dawn Ziegler, fifth grade English language arts 
Mrs. Ziegler is a proud teacher and resident of the Brentwood Borough.  She has been teaching for more than 24 years.  Her first two years she taught special education to middle and high school students at private institutions.  Currently in her twenty-second year at Brentwood, she is teaching fifth grade English language arts.  Her previous time at Moore was spent in first grade and kindergarten.  Mrs. Ziegler has an undergraduate degree from California University of PA in teaching physically and mentally disabled and elementary education.  She earned a Master's degree from Duquesne University in reading.  Mrs. Ziegler is also a National Board certified teacher as well as a licensed cosmetologist.  She is a life-long learner who enjoys professional development from local universities and educational agencies.  In her spare time she loves spending time with her husband and four children.  Together, they love traveling and watching and playing games and sports.  She also loves being a hair stylist, reading, exercising and taking pictures.
 
Mrs. Tatiana Ziegler, special education; SAP
Mrs. Ziegler is a Brentwood graduate and has been working at Moore for over 9 years as a special education teacher.  Mrs. Ziegler earned her teaching degree at Point Park University and her Master's in special education from Carlow University.  When she is not at school, Mrs. Ziegler loves spending time with her husband and four children! 
 
Mrs. Lynne Zietak, fourth grade English language arts
Mrs. Zietak has taught in the Brentwood Borough School District since 2007, teaching at both the middle school and Elroy prior to coming to Moore in 2015. She earned her bachelor's in elementary and special education from Carlow University as well as a master's degree from Duquesne.  Mrs. Zietak also holds certifications as a reading specialist and in middle level language.  She loves teaching and considers it to not only be her career, but also a hobby that she is very passionate about!  In addition to teaching fourth grade, Mrs. Zietak, serves as the elementary teacher leader for grade 4 and 5 ELA.  In her free time she enjoys arts and crafts, baking, catching up on her favorite shows, taking walks, and spending time with her family.
 
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