Our Arts & Enrichment Staff
 
Jason Fate
Program Manager

In addition to managing the Center's programs, Mr. Fate has also been an Assistant Group supervisor in the A&E program for 3 years. Mr. Fate has worked for several arts organizations including the Andy Warhol Museum and City of Asylum Pgh. He has coached Youth Hockey for several years and is currently earning a Degree in Early Education.

Centa Schumacher
Lead A&E Instructor

Centa is a working artist originally from San Francisco, Centa has a broad range of exceptional experience in children’s classes, community education and college courses. She served as an assistant teacher at the San Francisco Children’s Art Center and worked in the Past and Present student program at the Legion of Honor Museum. In addition, Centa served as an instructor at TechShop San Francisco and was a graduate teaching assistant at San Francisco State University. Centa holds a Master of Fine Arts from San Francisco State University and a Bachelor of Fine Arts from San Jose State University, both with an emphasis in photography.

 

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Bobbie Cubbage
A&E Instructor/Summer Camp

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.

Stella Petraglia
A&E Instructor

Stella started out as a summer camp counselor and after school teacher for the YMCA. Upon graduating from Slippery Rock with a Bachelors in Education, Stella became the assistant child care director and summer camp director at what is now the Baierl YMCA. She then became the Youth Director at the Allegheny YMCA overseeing 3 after school programs. Besides working at A&E, Stella works as a family coach for Agora Cyber School and is the summer camp director at Camp Guyasuta. Stella enjoys working with children of all ages and watching them achieve their their goals while having fun. Outside of work, Stella loves being outside, playing sports, reading a good book. 

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.

Nicole Droppa
A & E Instructor

Nicole joined Arts & Enrichment After School Program in the fall of 2019. She is also a first grade teacher. Nicole is a graduate of Carlow University where she graduated with a degree in Elementary Education and is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in Early Childhood Education. Nicole has an extensive teaching background working with students with behavioral, learning, emotional and physical challenges in both the for-profit and nonprofit arenas. Nicole spent the middle part of her career developing and instructing STEAM, Literacy and Healthy Living Curriculum to grade school and middle school-aged students.