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Jeff Suzik

Director
412-624-8022
jsuzik@pitt.edu
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Jeff Suzik

Director
B.A. in English and History, Gustavus Adolphus College
M.A, PhD in History, Carnegie Mellon University
jsuzik@pitt.edu
Jeff Suzik brings more than twenty years of teaching and educational administrative experience to his role as Director of the Fanny Edel Falk Laboratory School, including a recent post as Head of School at Mounds Park Academy in St. Paul, Minnesota, a five-year tenure as Assistant Head of School/Chief Academic Officer at Mary Institute & St. Louis Country Day School in St. Louis, Missouri, and nearly a decade at Pittsburgh’s own Shady Side Academy as teacher, chair of the history department, director of the residential life program, and dean of students.  Early on in his career, Suzik taught English as a Second Language in immediate post-communist Poland and spent one year as lead teacher in a four and five-year-old preschool classroom in Madison, Wisconsin.  His academic speciality is the history of 20th-century youth and adolescence, with a particular emphasis on the education, training, and transition into adulthood of working-class teenaged boys during the Great Depression.  In his free time, Suzik enjoys cooking, hiking, architecture, spin classes, supporting Pittsburgh sports teams, and travel.
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David Ross

Assistant Director
412-648-2556
dmross@pitt.edu
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David Ross

Assistant Director
B.A. in English Literature, Indiana University of Pennsylvania
dmross@pitt.edu
David Ross has been at the Falk School for more than 25 years.  Before his current role as Assistant Director he was a Middle School Mathematics teacher and chair of the mathematics curriculum committee.  In his free time, David enjoys reading, music, taking walks, and spending time with friends and family.
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Jill Sarada

Director of Admissions
412-624-0114
jill.sarada@pitt.edu
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Jill Sarada

Director of Admissions
B.S. in Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
MAT in Elementary Education, University of Pittsburgh
jill.sarada@pitt.edu
Jill Sarada came to Falk School as an intern to start the 1993-1994 school year, at the end of her internship she was asked to remain with us as the computer teacher. Accepting the challenge she excelled and after a few years began teaching kindergarten, which is the position she holds currently. She belongs to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the International Association of Laboratory & University Affiliated Schools (NALS). Jill loves sharing her life with her two kids, husband, and pets. She enjoys going camping, fishing, and reading.
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Donna Priore

Admissions Coordinator
412-624-8024
dpriore@pitt.edu
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Diana Dimitrovski

Kindergarten
412-648-2268
dxdst7@pitt.edu
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Diana Dimitrovski

Kindergarten
B.S. in Psychology, University of Pittsburgh
MAT In Elementary Education, University of Pittsburgh
dxdst7@pitt.edu
Diana Dimitrovski is one of the Kindergarten teachers on our Primary team. She is also the Primary Team Leader. She has been a part of the Falk School community for many years.  She began her time at Falk as a university student who worked in our Afterschool Program. From there she went on to complete her internship in the Kindergarten classroom. Shortly after completing her studies she joined the Primary team and has been teaching Kindergarten for 13 years now. She enjoys working with this age group for many reasons, but mostly because of the joy they bring to school with them each day. She is actively involved in the school in a variety of ways. She works closely with the admissions office giving prospective parents tours of our school as well as working with the Kindergarten admissions process. She is part of the Science Curriculum Committee, Aesthetics Committee and Social Committee. She is also actively involved in the International Association of Laboratory Schools (IALS) organization as she serves on the Endowment Board. Teaching is something that Diana is very passionate about. She enjoys working with her students in the classroom, working with pre-service graduate students and sharing her knowledge when presenting to teachers at various conferences and workshops. 
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Jackie Metcalf

Grades 4 and 5
412-383-9608
jmetcalf@pitt.edu
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Jackie Metcalf

Grades 4 and 5
B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies, University of Pittsburgh
MAT in Elementary Education, University of Pittsburgh
jmetcalf@pitt.edu
Jackie Metcalf began her career at Falk School as the Director of the After School program and substitute teacher in 1998. She spent three years in this capacity and also served as a resource teacher to the primary and middle school teams. In 2001 she became a 4th/5th grade classroom teacher. She partners with Ms. Katie Sukenik. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her two active children, her husband and their dog.
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Eileen Coughlin

Middle School Science
412-624-8016
emc981@pitt.edu
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Eileen Coughlin

Middle School Science
B.S. in Biology, University of Pittsburgh
M.Ed. In Secondary Science Education, University of Pittsburgh
emc981@pitt.edu
Eileen Marie Coughlin began her teaching career when she entered the Professional Year program in Secondary Science Education at the University of Pittsburgh.  She completed her student teaching requirement at Falk during the 1996-1997 school year.   From there, she obtained a permanent substitute position as an 8th grade science teacher at Gateway Middle School.  In August, 1997, she was hired at Falk when her mentor, Dr. Cathy O’Farrell, moved to sunny Florida.  In 1998, she decided to go back to school to obtain her M.Ed. in Secondary Science Education. In addition to teaching science in the middle school, Eileen serves as chair of the Science Curriculum Committee.  She also acts as a committee member for the Falk Woods, and admissions.  She coordinates the annual school picture day, as well as the 8th grade Cedar Point trip planning and fundraising. In her spare time, Eileen enjoys spending time with her husband and two kids, taking kids to Irish dance lessons & competitions, Gaelic football, gymnastics, and baseball games.  She volunteers on Chatham University's Falk School of Sustainability's K-12 Advisory Group,  the adult team for her church youth group and the concessions committee for 14th Ward Baseball Association. 
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Joanna Newlin

Learning Specialist
412-624-6739
jmn56@pitt.edu
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Joanna Newlin

Learning Specialist
B.A. in Psychology, Allegheny College
M.Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction, Loyola University of Maryland
jmn56@pitt.edu
Joanna Newlin spent her formative years in a suburb of Pittsburgh. After living in both Washington, DC and Maine, she returned to Pittsburgh in 2004 to raise her family.  Prior to coming to Falk, Joanna worked as an Elementary Montessori Teacher for 8 years.  The majority of that time was spent teaching all subjects in mixed-age classrooms with students in fourth-through-sixth grade.  In addition, Joanna spent two years working as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum disorders.  In 2010, Joanna returned to the University of Pittsburgh to pursue a long-time ambition of becoming a certified Special Education Teacher.  Since finishing the teaching certification programs at the University of Pittsburgh in early 2012, Joanna has enjoyed being part of the Falk Middle School team.  Joanna lives in Glenshaw where she spends the majority of her free time with her husband, two boys, and two dogs.
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Michael Yalch

Middle School Math
412-624-8028
myalch@pitt.edu
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Michael Yalch

Middle School Math
myalch@pitt.edu
When Michael is not reading, playing sports, spending time with family, or pretending he can sing, he is thinking about mathematics. He has always loved this incredible subject and has found a comfortable home at Falk School as K-5 Mathematics Specialist, middle school teacher, and co-chair of the department. As a former Falk intern, he grew to love this school’s atmosphere and philosophy. His dream came true when he was officially hired. Mr. Yalch enjoys his daily interactions with Falk’s students and colleagues, as well as furthering his own knowledge and education about this beautiful vocation of teaching at Falk School.