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Diana Dimitrovski

Director of Admissions
412-383-0486
dxdst7@pitt.edu
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Diana Dimitrovski

Director of Admissions
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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Joanna Newlin

Interim Director, Grades 6-8
412-624-6739
jmn56@pitt.edu
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Joanna Newlin

Interim Director, Grades 6-8
B.A. in Psychology, Allegheny College
M.Ed. In Curriculum and Instruction, Loyola University of Maryland
jmn56@pitt.edu
After living in both Washington, DC and Maine, Joanna Newlin returned to her hometown of Pittsburgh to raise her family.  She spent the first part of her career as an elementary Montessori teacher in both Pittsburgh and Maine.  The majority of that time was spent teaching all subjects in mixed-age classrooms with students in fourth-through-sixth grade.  While her own children were young, Joanna spent two years working from home as a Behavioral Specialist Consultant for children diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders and their families. In 2012, she moved to Falk as a Learning Specialist working primarily with the Middle School team.  Joanna took on the additional role of Coordinator of Student Services beginning in 2016.  Upon coming to Falk, she found herself in the ideal place to combine her passions around inquiry-based learning, inclusive practices, and lifelong learning.  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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Jill Sarada

Interim Director, Grades K-5
412-624-0114
jill.sarada@pitt.edu
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Jill Sarada

Interim Director, Grades K-5
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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Samantha Utley

Interim Assistant Director
Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Coordinator
412-383-4593
sautley@pitt.edu
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Samantha Utley

Interim Assistant Director
Equity, Inclusion, and Justice Coordinator
sautley@pitt.edu
Samantha Utley began her educator journey at Duquesne University where she obtained her Bachelor’s in Elementary Education K-6. She did her student teaching at Duquesne Elementary School, and would go on to work at the school for eleven years. While there she taught first, second, fifth, and sixth grades as a self contained teacher, served as the STEAM Instructional Coach, and Dean of Students for three years each concurrently. Samantha has obtained her Special Education Certification N-12, and Masters in K-12 Administration also from Duquesne University. She had the opportunity to start an all girl’s coding club, and presented with them at ISTE 19. Samantha enjoys visiting museums, traveling, exercising, and spending time with her loved ones.
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MaryRose Walko

Admissions Coordinator
412-383-0486
maw429@pitt.edu