David Zeiler, CEO
David Zeiler, CEO
Maria Paluselli, Chief Learning Officer
Maria Paluselli is a special education teacher with experience as a learning support teacher in several public schools. Maria is also a certified Orton-Gillingham Trainer. For over 10 years she served as the Director of the Children’s Dyslexia Center. Here she has trained and supervised teachers and tutors at initial and advanced levels. Maria is a trainer for Winsor Learning, publisher of a multisensory reading program. She has traveled throughout the country training teachers and coaching them as they implement intervention programs.
Maria has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Pittsburgh and she works independently assessing students and consulting with parents and school districts. She presents regularly on various topics related to reading and intervention strategies. Maria is the past chair of the Pittsburgh Regional Group of The International Dyslexia Association.
Dr. Rachel Owens, Director of Special Education
Before coming to Provident, Rachel studied history, mathematics, and special education at Carlow University where she earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees. After graduating, she worked for North Hills School District as a high school special education teacher. Rachel earned her educational doctorate at the University of Pittsburgh a in 2018. Rachel considers herself a life-long learner whose goal is to positively influence the lives of special education students. In her free time, Rachel enjoys traveling with her family and watching her daughters play sports.
Ms. Connie Joseph, Elementary Principal
Mrs. Joseph was born and raised in Kittanning, Pennsylvania. She attended Point Park University and received a Bachelor’s Degree in elementary education. She began her teaching career at Cornell School District working as a reading specialist, 4th grade and 5th grade teacher. While teaching in the Cornell School District, she furthered her education and obtained a Master’s Degree in education from the University of Pittsburgh. Her principal certification was earned at Point Park University. She worked for three years in the Burgettstown School District as an assistant principal at both the elementary center and middle/high school.
She resides in Scott Township with her husband of 23 years and three children. Her oldest daughter recently graduated from Point Park University, her middle daughter recently graduated from West Penn School of Nursing, and her son will be attending the University of Pittsburgh Johnstown in the Fall.
Mrs. Joseph is excited to be the Elementary Principal at Provident Charter School. She believes that her main focus is to help the students grow academically as well as socially. She has always been an advocate for children and looks forward to working with parents for the success of their child.
Ms. Leah Haile, Middle School Principal
Mrs. Leah Haile received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in elementary education. She began her teaching career in Phoenix, Arizona where she taught 6th grade in the Pendergast Elementary School District. She also taught 5th grade in San Francisco, California at Sacred Heart Lower School. After moving home to Pittsburgh she spent most of her career at Propel Charter Schools. She helped open their Propel Montour location teaching both 4th and 5th grade. She received her master’s degree from Duquesne University in Reading and Language Arts before moving into the Instructional Coaching role for several years where she mentored teachers and gave feedback on best instructional practices. After obtaining her principal certification from California University of Pennsylvania, she opened Propel Braddock Hills Middle School as the Assistant Principal before moving into the Principal role there. She appreciates her varied educational experiences and really values giving her students educational opportunities that help them find their passion and success.
She resides in the North Hills with her husband and their 16 year old daughter. She enjoys traveling, running and watching her daughter’s volleyball and basketball games in her spare time.
Ms. Julie Ewing, Director of Enrollment
Ms. Samantha Shinsky, Director of Instructional Technology
Mrs. Samantha Shinsky earned a Masters of Science in Education from Duquesne University, a post-masters certification in Instructional Technology from Robert Morris University, and recently obtained a graduate certification in Project Management from Penn State University.
Formerly a 3rd grade teacher at PCS, Samantha is excited to lead the technology initiative at Provident. Samantha is a Pennsylvania certified elementary school teacher and instructional technology specialist, an Apple Teacher with Swift Playground endorsements and a Google Certified Educator (level 2). In addition to working at PCS, Samantha is an instructor at the Carnegie Science Center where she teaches robotics and a Community Education Adjunct at CCAC where she teaches computer based courses.