Our Arts & Enrichment Staff
 
Nicole Droppa
Program Manager / Instructor

Nicole has worked in our after-school program for the two years and became our Program Manager in 2021. Nicole’s education includes a Bachelor’s in Elementary Education and a Master’s in Early Childhood Education from Carlow University. She also has 15 years of experience in teaching and programming. In addition to working at the Center, Nicole most recently worked as a Paraprofessional for North Allegheny School District.

Wade Kramm
A&E Instructor

For the past 15 years, Wade has developed and taught STEAM and Maker programs in Pittsburgh, Providence, RI and Brooklyn, NY.  A strong believer in a hands-on approach to science and learning, Wade strives to create lessons that spark curiosity, experimentation and discovery. As an artist, Wade’s interest in participatory art and perception has led him to explore a variety of subjects including stop-motion animation, hand-cranked automata, pop-up books, and action origami.  Wade is excited to share his expertise, curiosity and enthusiasm for teaching with the Lauri Ann West Community Center. Wade holds an MFA in sculpture from Rhode Island School of Design and a BFA from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. 

Anna Birstein
A&E Instructor

Anna joined Arts & Enrichment After School Program in the fall of 2019. Her passion for art, beauty and harmony had been influenced by her native city, St. Petersburg, Russia, one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Anna’s Education  Developmental Psychology (BS from the University of Pittsburgh with summa cum laude), Childhood Education, and Art (Associate Degrees with Highest Honors from the Community College of Allegheny County). Her inventive approach to teaching was fruitful in various venues of children’s education: from the WP School for the Blind and the Regio Emilio inspired program at CMU Cyert Center to individual lessons in her private studio. Prior to joining the Arts & Enrichment After School Program, Anna worked as a teacher assistant and a teacher in the preschool classroom of Carriage House Children’s Center from 2015 to 2019.

Bobbie Cubbage
A&E Instructor

Bobbie Cubbage has been teaching at the Lauri Ann West/Boyd Community Center for the past ten years. Mrs. Cubbage has a BA in Journalism and Communications from Point Park University. She is a certified youth fitness instructor and holds certification from the Penn Foster Early Childhood Program, as well as numerous professional development certificates from  Penn State, PAEYC and FCASD Early Learning Consortium. With over 20 years of experience teaching various ages of children, Mrs. Cubbage currently works for the FCPC Preschool. Mrs. Cubbage was also a sprinter on the Penn Hills award winning high school girls track/field team and she played the clarinet in the high school marching band and concert bands. “I love the ‘a-ha’ moment in a student. That moment when you’ve been teaching the children something and the light bulb comes on! They really get it! At that moment, you know why you do what you do, and why you are so passionate about your position.” says Mrs. Cubbage.

Carol Johnson
A&E Instructor

Carol Johnson has a passion for working with children and a background which includes more than a decade of developing and teaching art and maker space programming.  She previously worked for seven years at the Children's Museum of Pittsburgh as an educator and program manager and for Young Rembrandts of Southwest PA where she taught art programs.  Carol currently works as an art instructor in the Community Center's after-school program.