Frank Sigmund – Franklin Park, PA
Sigmund has been proudly serving in The United States Air Force for 35 years and the last 17 years as an Education and Training Manager. He has a bachelor’s degree in human resources from Geneva College and two associate’s degrees from the Community College of The Air Force. He also earned numerous certificates and diplomas from his career in the military and federal and state government. His strong desire to teach in marginalized communities brought him to the PUTC. He looks forward to sharing his education, training, experiences and wisdom to make a positive impact in their lives.
Misty Williams – McKeesport, PA
Williams, who was born and raised in McKeesport, has a Master of Arts in organizational leadership and a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice from Point Park University. She also attended the Bidwell Training Center, where she specialized as a chemistry lab technician. She currently works as a mental health counselor and instructor for Vision Board Workshops. She believes that the most effective teachers are the ones who keep an open mind at all times.Williams is the mother of two children, 7-year-old Amanda and 2-year-old Chad. She is a member of the McKeesport College Club and loves to travel, read and swim.
Krista Frederick – Bellevue, PA
International travel and experiences right here in Pittsburgh have inspired Krista to work with urban youth. Educational journeys to China, Kenya, Haiti and Guatemala allowed this aspiring teacher to see classic concepts with fresh eyes. ‘Impact’ and ‘challenge’ are buzzwords that Krista takes seriously. Her greatest joy will be to take her students on a virtual tour of the world, allowing them to experience culture, art and ideas that will expand their horizons and stretch their imaginations.
Margaret Repko – Reno NV
Maggie has always had a desire to help others- it’s what pushed her to complete an Americorps year of service at a Boys & Girls Club in Nevada, a long way from her home in Ohio. A graduate of DePauw University in Indiana, she is committed to “breaking the cycle of poverty through education,” a conviction that she shares with many of her teachers, professors, and work colleagues. Maggie is looking forward to having her own classroom and building relationships with students that will inspire excellence, passion, and lifelong memories.
Tilo Jordan – Pittsburgh, PA
A self-described ‘cultivator,’ Tilo is excited about joining the ranks of the PUTC to motivate students to see the best in themselves. As a teenager who spent time in an urban school in a small town in Ohio, there were few opportunities for students to reach beyond themselves. Her college years found Tilo giving back to her community, showing students that there is much on the horizon that will take them wherever they’d like to go. Facilitating events to engage students came naturally to Tilo and she will bring that talent to Propel students each and every day.
Matthew A. H. Davis – Penn Hills, PA
Matt is excited to move from a professional environment that insures people to a school environment that ensures educational excellence. Throughout his career, leadership, flexibility and resilience have been the cornerstones of all that he has accomplished. This graduate of ‘THE Hampton University’ is ready and willing to face the joys and challenges that accompany teaching. He will strive to be a daily affirmation to his students and always be a positive, consistent foothold for them.
Paco (Glenn) Mahone – Pittsburgh, PA
With “Follow your bliss…” as a favorite inspirational phrase, Paco has found his bliss with music. As a graduate of the City College of New York (BFA, Jazz Performance), he has informally taught music for quite some time via the Manchester Craftsman’s Guild and at various public schools in the Pittsburgh area as well as yoga. The PUTC will give Paco the opportunity to ‘passionately serve the youth of Pittsburgh in Propel’s diverse classrooms.’ He believes in empowering students to follow their dreams, just as he did.