A Nonprofit Organization

Sponsored byThe Sembrat Law Firm

Faculty And Staff

Heather Tetmyer - Owner/ Director Kindergarten Prep/Kindergarten Teacher


Heather graduated from Pine-Richland high school in 2001 and attended Clarion University of Pennsylvania, majoring in Elementary Education. Upon graduation, she immediately accepted her first teaching job in Bagdad, Arizona. After teaching kindergarten for two years, she moved to Phoenix, Arizona to teach at Laveen Elementary School for two years. Upon completing her Masters of Education in Reading Curriculum and Instruction and earning her Reading Specialist endorsement, she accepted a position with University of Phoenix and later Grand Canyon University. After working as a full-time faculty member in the College of Education for two years, Heather returned to her hometown in Pennsylvania.

Heather Tetmyer

Gabrielle Palermo

Gabrielle Palermo  - Owner/ Director Kindergarten Prep/Kindergarten Teacher


Gabrielle graduated from Mars Area High School in 2001 and attended the University of Pittsburgh, completing her undergrad in Criminology. She continued her education to receive an Elementary Education Certification and then her Masters in the Art of Teaching.  After completing her Masters, she became a Behavior Specialist Consultant for several wraparound companies. In 2013, she completed all her trainings and clinical hours to become a State Licensed Behavior Specialist. Through visiting multiple daycares and schools, she has observed a huge deficiency in a student’s ability to problem solve and process information.  Gabrielle has adopted the theory that, "There needs to be more hands on experiences and the transferring of skills to real life situations." So many children are getting lost in the pile of worksheets that they have to complete and having to learn verbatim what the curriculum says they should know. There is a better way to get our children to gain knowledge and that is through the STEM based principals.  Children will finally be excited to learn when attending STEMsteps  school.

Christine Territola

Christine Territola  -  Classroom Teacher


Christine grew up in Rutherford, NJ before moving to the Poconos for high school and college. She graduated from East Stroudsburg University in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary education (K-6). After graduating, she moved out to Pittsburgh to be closer to her niece. She has been enjoying exploring the city and making Pittsburgh her home over the last 5 years. Christine believes children should be able to explore beyond books and the classroom and enjoys guiding children through the early stages of their education!

Kelly Lightner  - Preschool Teacher


Kelly grew up in Montville, NJ. She graduated from Montville Township High school. She went to Kutztown University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary and Special education. After graduating she worked a few years teaching in Eastern PA. She worked for several years as a pre-school and kindergarten enrichment teacher at a child care center. She is a member of the SCA which is a organization that preserves medieval professions such as chainmail, blacksmithing, and leather working. She enjoys being outdoors as much as possible.

Kelly Lightner

Melina Colton

Melina Colton  - Preschool Teacher's Aide


Melina graduated from Deer Lakes High School in 2008. She has been working with children of all ages since the age of 13, as an assistant dance instructor. For the last 2 years she has worked in an early childcare center. Melina has a 4 year old daughter and is one of nine siblings. Teaching and creative arts has always been a passion of her's. She enjoys inspiring children to harness their creativity, which in turn inspires her

Sarah Kallquist  - Classroom Aide


Sarah has a love and passion for helping kids grow and learn in the classroom. She encourages exploration and finding new joys for learning. Sarah has a background in early childhood education and development from CCAC. She also enjoys spending lots of time with family and friends , working on a creative project or planning her next beach Vacation.

Sarah Kallquist

3281 Wexford Rd, Gibsonia, Pennsylvania 15044 | Phone: (724) 935-4005


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STEM STEPS school admits students of any race, color, national origin, and ethic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at the school.  It does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin and ethnic origin in administration of its educational policies, admission policies, scholarship and loan programs and athletic and other school-administered programs.