Our staff is made up of parents and educators with varying backgrounds. We are trained as artists, teachers, technicians, organizers, engineers, and investigators. All of us are dedicated to letting kids discover the power of freedom and responsibility.
Maggie is a native of the Pittsburgh area & a parent to two TRVS students. She has been involved with the school since its inception in 2013 and was chosen as staff in the spring of 2015. Maggie has a variety of experience working with children of many ages, mostly within the field of art. She has a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Columbus College of Art and Design and a Master of Fine Arts degree from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.
Jason left a successful career in Aviation & Video Game IT to become a stay-at-home dad. Research in child development and educational options to support Lucy (and then her little brother Henry) in becoming the happiest, most effective adults they could be led Jason to Sudbury schools. Moving to Pittsburgh and joining the staff of TRVS represents an opportunity to follow his passion as a father and educator.
Alyssia attended the University of Pittsburgh, earning a BA in Sociology with a minor in Studio Art. She studied elementary education for 3 years, and has 9 years experience working with kids in educational settings. Her experiences student teaching in public schools led her to alternative models of education, and thus to Sudbury and TRVS, where she combines her education training with a deep interest in supporting children’s self-directed learning.
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Evan grew up in Pittsburgh and received a BA in Computer Science from Harvard. He has worked as a computer programmer, both as an employee and as an independent contractor. He has taught math and computer science in a number of traditional high school and college settings. Evan was raised in a musical family and likes to fill his time by playing the piano and cello, learning basic gymnastics feats, baking bread, and reading non-fiction voraciously.
Jean Marie Pearce
Jean Marie is a native Vermonter who graduated from the University of Vermont, where she studied Environmental History and Studio Art. Some of her favorite experiences with young people have occurred while she worked at a drop-in center for homeless teens or during the year she spent as an intern at the Free School in Albany, NY. She brings a passion for social and environmental justice to all of her work. She enjoys event organizing, cooking, and art (making and viewing).