Emma Bean – Franklin, PA
Passionate about science education, Bean graduated from Allegheny College with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry. After graduation, she served as an AmeriCorps member, tutoring students in algebra and worked with a nonprofit in Uganda. She now has her sights set on making a difference closer to home and is excited to become a part of the Propel team. Bean looks forward to working with Propel’s supportive staff to share her passion for science with urban youth. During her free time,Bean enjoys hiking and baking.
Tamara Butler – Penn Hills, PA
After earning a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Lincoln University, a master’s in organizational studies from Robert Morris University and a bachelor’s from Bellevue University, Butler served 12 years in corporate America. However, she longed for an opportunity to have a greater impact in her community, so she applied to the PUTC to help fulfill her passion of ensuring that all children have the opportunity to be successful in life. She resides in Penn Hills with her husband, children and pet dog, Bailey.
Erica Glenn – Penn Hills, PA
Wife and mother of three, Glenn has a bachelor’s degree from Clarion University and a master’s from Keller Graduate School. For the last seven years she worked as a property manager for low-income public housing before she joined It Works! Global as an independent distributor. Glenn is eager to help urban children succeed in their life goals while bridging the education gap. She grew up in the Hill District and now lives in Penn Hills with her husband, three children and yorkie, Amber, where she enjoys “extreme couponing.”
Shayne Hale – East Liberty, PA
Hale applied to the PUTC because he hoped “to become part of something great, to make a difference in students’ lives, to become a role model in the classroom and the community…” Hale has worked for Propel Schools as a paraprofessional where he already feels he has built life long relationships with our staff and our families. He attended the University of Pittsburgh, Forbes Road Career Training Center and Community College of Allegheny County.
Codie McGeever – Munhall, PA
McGeever’s journey has taken her from a self-designed bachelor’s degree in communication theory from Chatham University to a master’s in adult education from Penn State University. She is a Teach For America alum and brings special education experience to the PUTC. She is a proud Propel parent who was so impressed with the smiling faces and hard work of all the students and staff at Propel Homestead that she decided she wanted to become a Propel teacher. She lives in Munhall with her husband, daughter, two dogs and cat. McGeever’s favorite leisure activity is going to concerts because she loves seeing her favorite artists play live.
Holly Ramey – Dormont, PA
Holly Ramey is a graduate of Allegheny College where she received a Bachelor of Arts in English. Originally from Erie, PA, she has worked in the admissions office of a small independent school since her move to Pittsburgh. Holly applied to the PUTC to fight social injustice and inequity in the American education system. She believes that every child should have access to a support system dedicated to help them succeed. In her free time, Holly plays rugby, trains for half marathons and roots for the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Erin Reis – Pittsburgh, PA
Growing up in Pittsburgh gave Reis a passion for the city and the education of students in the area. She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a bachelor’s degree in physics. As a first-generation college student, she knows first-hand the hard work that is required to beat the odds and pursue a degree. Besides education, Reis’s other interests include playing and listening to music. She plays several instruments and performed as a trumpet, contralto clarinet, and tuba player in the Pitt Band in college. Reis has lived in several parts of Pittsburgh, but has a special connection to the east end of the city.
Jah-Chant Robinson – McKeesport, PA
With the heart of an urban girl and a passion for social justice and education, Jah-Chant Robinson, a McKeesport native and graduate of Carlow University is striving to be a leader in the Education field. Robinson’s goal as a teacher is to meet students where they are by embracing their authenticity, identity, and individuality. By making learning fun, she believes she can inspire and motivate students to reach their full potential. She says the PUTC has invested in her future, and now it is her turn to provide the same mentorship into others. While dedicating her career goals to teaching, Robinson spends her extra time living everyday to the fullest. Robinson strives to set a promising example for her younger brothers and baby niece.
Mara Steinmetz – Gibsonia, PA
After graduating from Allegheny College with a bachelor’s degree in English, Steinmetz moved to Philadelphia to participate in City Year, an AmeriCorps program focused on helping urban students reach high school graduation. Her experience there motivated her to pursue a teaching career in urban education. Following City Year, she returned to Pittsburgh to provide literacy programming for students in the Pittsburgh Public Schools through Reading is Fundamental Pittsburgh. Steinmetz is excited to get back in the classroom and to help students reach their full potential.