Meet the 3Rs Team

Shannon Wanless, University Co-Lead for the 3Rs Initiative, Associate Professor, and Director of the Office of Child Development

Shannon is the Director of the Office of Child Development, a large university-community partnership center in the School of Education, that is focused on ensuring that all children thrive. Having been in Pittsburgh for almost a decade now, Shannon continues to focus on young child’s development and the adults that help them thrive. Her current work is on social justice and equity (SJ&E). She explores ways that children, preservice teachers, and organizational leaders develop SJ&E skills and how to create classroom, school, and organizational climates that reflect SJ&E tenets. Shannon currently teaches Attentional Teaching Practices (ATP), PSYED 1004, which is part of the CASE program for early childhood preservice teachers.

Shallegra Moye, Community Co-Lead of the 3Rs Initiative, and Founder & Executive Director of Brilliantly Blessed Community Health and Wellness

Shallegra is the founder and Executive Director of Brilliantly Blessed Community Health and Wellness; a non-profit organization that supports students, families, and educators. Shallegra Moye is also the Program Manager of the Heinz Fellowship within the University of Pittsburgh’s Center for Urban Education. In this role, she liaises university, school, family, and community partnerships that maximize social justice and equity for students in several local school districts. Shallegra has over two decades of education advocacy and navigation experience, including leading projects for The Heinz Endowments and the Annenberg Institute for School Reform and 50CAN. Other experience includes national conference presentations, a multi-term Parent Teacher Organization appointment and providing training and development. Shallegra is a doctoral student, pursuing Urban Education at the University of Pittsburgh, where her research is focused on strengthening the capacity of non-traditional educators.

Sharon L. Geibel, Early School Age Cohort Project Coordinator

Sharon L. Geibel, holds a BA from La Roche University and an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Sharon brings her history as a behavioral health clinician, researcher and program director to her work with the 3Rs.  For more information on the Early School Age-Cohort, please contact Sharon at tps.3Rs@pitt.edu

3Rs Community Champions 

Jocelyn Artinger

Mother of 2 Early School Age Children, Literacy and Professional Development Expert and Elementary School Principal.

 

Nosakhere Griffin-EL, Ph.D

Father of Two Early School Age Sons, Educator, Writer, Innovator, President of The Dreamocracy Learning Lab, and Founder of The Young Dreamers’ Book Club

Wanda Henderson

Mother, Grandmother, Community Advocate and Pittsburgh Public Schools Equity Advisory Panel Chairperson

Gordon Hodnett

Father, Grandfather of Early School Age Children and Community Organizer

Solimar Iori

Mother of 2 Early School Age Daughters and Bilingual Educator

Dhana King

Mother of 3 young adults and grandmother of 1.  Worked as a para educator and early head start home visitor before becoming a certified teacher who primarily teaches kindergarten and first grade

Brandi Lee

Mother of Early School Age Children, Advocate, Entrepreneur and Patient Service Coordinator

Gina Masciola

Mother, Director of Education Partnerships, WQED Multimedia

Tina Raspanti

Mother of two Young Adults, High School Psychology Teacher

 

Sally Rushford

Elementary School Principal

Erin Zambataro

 

Mother of an Early School Age Child and Preschooler and Coordinator of Children’s Services and Family Engagement, Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh

 

Betsy Stein

Mother of two Early School Age sons, Director of Educational Services, Boys and Girls Clubs of Western PA

 

Renona Sherer

Mother of Early School Age Children, Health Care Professional

 

3Rs with Classroom Teachers

Caitlin Forbes Spear, PhD, is the Director of Literacy and Learning, and Interim Director of Evaluation and Research at the Office of Child Development. Caitlin received her doctorate in special education from the University of Oregon, followed by a post-doctoral research appointment at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy at the Ohio State University. Caitlin’s research and practice interests focus on early childhood and early elementary learning, around the topics of special education, positive racial and disability identity, and language and literacy development.  She brings a strong set of analytic, data and project management skills to her research and evaluation work, including a diverse methodological background across single-case, qualitative, and quantitative methodologies. A former special education teacher, Caitlin also has significant education content-expertise, including a focus on early childhood special education, educator training and professional development, culturally relevant pedagogy, and measuring complex classroom processes

Jennifer Briggs, PhD, is a developmental researcher in the Literacy & Learning Division at The Office of Child Development. Jenn received her doctorate in Applied Developmental Psychology from the University of Pittsburgh before beginning her role as a research and evaluation manager with the Evaluation & Research Team. Jenn’s research and practice interests focus on early childhood learning and development around the topics of social justice and equity, particularly as they relate to teacher training and practice. She brings a strong background in mixed-methodological research, with a particular focus on qualitative methods and translating research into practice. As a former special education coach and practitioner, Head Start advocate, teacher educator, and parent, Jenn brings multiple perspectives to inform her research and practice.

Jocelyn Artinger is a principal at Markham Elementary School in Mt. Lebanon School DIstrict, and has expertise in racial equity, professional development and literacy instruction.  Jocelyn has previously served as the Literacy Coordinator for the Pittsburgh Public Schools Office of School Transformation, principal of Propel Braddock Hills Elementary School, and co- principal of Propel Northside and Propel Pitcairn. She also taught elementary school in the Propel Charter Schools, Homestead; Weil Accelerated Learning Academy, Pittsburgh Public Schools; and Sto-Rox Elementary School, Sto-Rox School District. She is currently enrolled in the Ed.D. program at the Unievrsity of Pittsburgh’s School of Education, has a master’s degree from Chatham University in Teaching-Elementary Education, Teaching Certification in Elementary Education K-6, and Principal K-12 Certification from the University of Pittsburgh. .

 

 

 

 

3Rs with Leaders

Tina Raspanti started her teaching career in Virginia, where she earned an M.Ed. from the College of William and Mary in Inclusion, Teaming, and Collaboration. Moving home to Pittsburgh, she joined the Mt. Lebanon SD where she teaches AP Psychology and Positive Psychology, a high school elective she created, rooted in mental well being, peak performance, social emotional learning and mindfulness. She earned a Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Flourishing Center and holds several certifications related to mindfulness, compassion, and social emotional learning programming for both students and teachers. Tina is a catalyst for connection and collaboration; she hopes to work side by side with others interested in building equitable and compassionate learning communities. Tina likes to cook and garden, loves trees, live music, mountains and open water. She has two daughters, and is thrilled they are all living in the same city after a decade of college and out of town jobs.

Michelle King is a learner and first and foremost, an instigator. She’s a retired middle school teacher. She is constantly seeking to create dynamic learning experiences and opportunities that inspire wonder, discovery, contradictions, frustrations, and joy. In making connections locally and globally, Michelle pushes the envelope and boundaries of where learning should occur for all students. Through her partnerships with the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, Hear Me, the Kids+Creativity Network and other provocateurs; Michelle is helping to create equitable, empathic, learning experiences for all students. ---Shannon, Is Michele still involved with Kids+ Creativity?  Most folks gave me their bio.  Michele did not reply so I found this on line.

 

Shannon Wanless is the Director of the Office of Child Development, a large university-community partnership center in the School of Education, that is focused on ensuring that all children thrive. Having been in Pittsburgh for almost a decade now, Shannon continues to focus on young child’s development and the adults that help them thrive. Her current work is on social justice and equity (SJ&E). She explores ways that children, preservice teachers, and organizational leaders develop SJ&E skills and how to create classroom, school, and organizational climates that reflect SJ&E tenets. Shannon currently teaches Attentional Teaching Practices (ATP), PSYED 1004, which is part of the CASE program for early childhood preservice teachers.

3Rs with the Community

Meghan Orman is a third-year PhD student under Dr. Shannon Wanless in the School of Education at the University of Pittsburgh. Her current research interests are in using network analysis to explore equity-focused literacy development across learning ecologies in the local community. Her broader lifelong interests are in the philosophy of science and education, systems thinking, community ecology, and (as a personal hobby) beekeeping.

 

 

Sharon L. Geibel, holds a BA from La Roche University and an MSW from the University of Pittsburgh School of Social Work. Sharon brings her history as a behavioral health clinician, researcher and program director to her work with the 3Rs.

For more information on the work of the Community Strand, contact Meghan or Sharon at tps.3rs.community@pitt.edu

 

 

Evaluations Team Members

Caitlin Forbes Spear, PhD, is the Director of Literacy and Learning, and Interim Director of Evaluation and Research at the Office of Child Development. Caitlin received her doctorate in special education from the University of Oregon, followed by a post-doctoral research appointment at the Crane Center for Early Childhood Research and Policy at the Ohio State University. Caitlin’s research and practice interests focus on early childhood and early elementary learning, around the topics of special education, positive racial and disability identity, and language and literacy development.  She brings a strong set of analytic, data and project management skills to her research and evaluation work, including a diverse methodological background across single-case, qualitative, and quantitative methodologies. A former special education teacher, Caitlin also has significant education content-expertise, including a focus on early childhood special education, educator training and professional development, culturally relevant pedagogy, and measuring complex classroom processes

Dr. Amanda Brown Cross is an Evaluation & Research Manager at the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development. Her research interests are in school-and community-based prevention and intervention and in experimental methods and program evaluation. She has extensive experience working collaboratively with child- and family-serving agencies in the Pittsburgh region to conduct program evaluations and provide support for program improvement.

Abby Chen is a Research and Evaluation Coordinator with an M.A. in Teaching from Chatham University. She holds PA Teacher Certification in math and science for grades PreK-12, and has taught children and adults of all ages in school, community, and online programs. Abby has also worked in educational technology and legal companies, where she developed skills in editing, project coordination, and document preparation, which help her support the work of the 3Rs Evaluation Team.

The 3Rs team is grateful for the expert consultation provided by:

Aisha White, Director of Positive Racial Identity Developed in Early Education (PRIDE), University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development.  Aisha is a mother of 2 and grandmother of 4. She was born and raised in Pittsburgh where she grew up in the housing projects in the Hill District. She earned her bachelor’s, master’s, and PhD, all at the University of Pittsburgh. She has held coordinator and director positions at several early education organizations including Family Communications, Inc., -now Fred Rogers Productions- where she currently is a consultant to the Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood children’s television program. Since the late 1970s, she has been engaged in arts and social activism efforts and she has also been involved in racial awareness work for more than 10 years. She currently directs the P.R.I.D.E. Program (positive racial identity development in early education) at the University of Pittsburgh Office of Child Development.