Employment Opportunities:

If you would like to be a Substitute Teacher, please email a letter of interest along with a resume to: woodenladderpreschool@gmail.com, or mail to Wooden Ladder Preschool, 7501 Church Ave.Pittsburgh, PA 15202

Anne Blaser

Anne, originally from Ireland, has lived in the Avonworth community for 16 years. She is very active in her church and in the community. She teaches CCD and is a member of The Ladies Auxiliary where she has served as secretary. Anne is also involved in the Avonworth school district as a member of both the PTA and Parent Network. Anne and her husband Beau have three children who are graduates of Wooden Ladder: Michael, Jack and Conor. 

Tamela Carmichael

Tamela Carmichael, graduated with a Bachelors of Arts in Graphic Design from La Roche University. Originally from Crafton Pa, Tamela and her husband Hermie have made Emsworth their home since 2004. Tamela and Hermie have 5 boys all who graduated from Wooden Ladder Preschool.

Ashley Hallstein

Ashley is a graduate of Edinboro University with a degree in preschool education and a minor in psychology.  She has had the pleasure of being a substitute teacher before becoming the WL2 assistant teacher.  She also works as a CNA in the evenings at a wonderful nursing facility.  Gaining experiences in other schools has given Ashley a greater appreciation for teaching young children.

Brigid McDonagh

Brigid, an Avonworth graduate, has a degree in Elementary Education from Grove City College, an MEd in Reading Education and a Reading Specialist Certificate from the University of Pittsburgh.  She and her family reside in Emsworth. Before joining the Wooden Ladder staff, Brigid worked for the North Boroughs YMCA Y-tots program, and in the Avonworth School District as a Kindergarten and 1st grade Special Education Aide, 2nd grade long-term substitute, and Pre-Kindergarten teacher in the Summer Studies program. Brigid and her husband Joe have three grown children: Deirdre, Mairead, and Joseph.

Barbara Stroyne

Barbara graduated from Edinboro University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Art Education. She has served as a Director/Teacher for Northminster Preschool and as a Family Literacy Liaison for the Northgate School District. Barbara and husband Ray have three daughters, Mindy, Megan and Casey.


Susan Thornton, Financial Administrator

Susan graduated from Bloomsburg University with a degree in Business Administration/ Marketing. She has recently worked for The Antiquarian Shop and Bailey & Bailey in Sewickley as their office manager. Susan and her husband Jim, have resided in Ben Avon for 26 years and have twins named Lily and Jed. Susan is also an active member of the Avon Club Foundation.