At Bellwood, we emphasize learning through individual discovery and creative play.
Our experienced, caring teachers instill a love of learning in our students—right from the start.
LINDA MOSER - 40th year at Bellwood.
In addition to her duties as lead teacher in the AM and PM, Linda is also Director of Bellwood. Linda has a BA in Art Education from I.U.P. and more recently has accumulated credits in Reading Education. She taught Elementary Art in the North Hills School district. She and husband David were Bellwood parents in 1975 when their daughter attended preschool. Linda began teaching at Bellwood in 1976, took time out when her son was a baby and began teaching again when he was a Bellwood student. She has been teaching the Pre-K program (K-Kids) for 25 years. As the lead teacher she coordinates the curriculum and development with the other teachers and uses her creative energies in all areas. She has a passion for propagating small animals (usually rabbits) and later finding homes for them! Linda has two grandchildren.
DAN HILL - 36th year at Bellwood.
Dan has an associate degree in Early Childhood Education from C.C.A.C. He has enjoyed working with the children at Bellwood and is especially helpful in the large motor area. Coaching baseball and basketball for the Challenger League of Ingomar/Franklin Park Athletic Association has been one of Dan’s passions for many years. Dan enjoys gardening, making his own greeting cards and is an avid runner.
Dan has a most difficult role as the only adult male at the school... but he loves it!
GAYLE KIVLAN - 28th year at Bellwood.
Gayle attended Slippery Rock University and has a degree in Biology. She received her certification in Respiratory Therapy and for many years served on the staff at AGH. Gayle has a special interest in promoting the sciences and our relationship to the environment. (Yes! She’s a tree-hugger!) She shares her enthusiasm with her students by making science FUN! She has recently completed classes in digital processing. Gayle and her husband have three children: a Professor at Duquesne University, a Physical Therapist Assistant, and an Educator of special needs children. Gayle has six grandchildren.
SHARON ABRAHAM - 20th year at Bellwood.
Sharon has a BS in Elementary Education with a Master's Internship in Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh.
She taught for five years at the Community Day school in Squirrel Hill and one year at the Keshet Preschool in Atlanta, GA. She was a Bellwood mom, Board Secretary and Book Club/Book Sale coordinator while her children were here. She lives in Sewickley in the midst of five wooded acres (you’ll never find her!) with her husband, three children, and 2 dogs. She has a passion for children, gardening, decorating, and travel... in that order. Sharon is a master story teller. She keeps the children spellbound as she shares her love of children's literature.
TONI KAINAROI – 11th year at Bellwood.
Toni attended the Art Institute of Pittsburgh where she earned a fine arts degree in Visual Communications. Realizing the dramatic effect art can have on children and adults with disabilities, Toni returned to school to persue an additional degree in Art Therapy at Carlow College. She took time from her college to raise a family. She lives near Potter’s Pond in Ingomar with her husband, two daughters and son. The Kainaroi family also has two dogs plus assorted turtles, fish and whatever else wanders into the house. While raising her family, she did freelance graphic design from her home for Mt. Lebanon Magazine and SAE in Warrendale. She was very active in the Ingomar Elementary School community where she served as a parent volunteer. Toni became part of our staff following her daughter's Bellwood experience. The children responded to the warm and sincere way she communicated with them and enjoyed her creative approach to learning.
DEB TAYLOR - 9th year at Bellwood.
Deb has a BS from Penn State in Individual and Family Studies and an MA from University of Colorado in Early Childhood/Special Education. In Colorado, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh, she worked as a developmentalist on home and center-based interdisciplinary early intervention teams, with children ages birth to 5 years old and their families. In Los Angeles, where she began a new program, she served as director and lead teacher on the team. Following her work at Easter Seals in the late 1990s, Deb came to Bellwood to teach from 2000–2004. For the past 8 years, Deb focused her efforts on program administration. In 2011, she returned to Bellwood and the joy of the preschool environment. She lives in Wexford with her husband and two golden retrievers. Her daughter is a physician and her son is in college. She enjoys family time, cooking, singing, traveling, and community service work.
SUSAN FLANDERS - 7th year at Bellwood.
Susan is certified in Elementary Education and as a Reading Specialist. She was employed for 12 years by the Quaker Valley School District, where she taught kindergarten and first grade. Susan is married to Ron, and they have three daughters. Katie and Grace attend Ingomar Middle School, and Emma attends Ingomar Elementary. Susan and her family joined the Bellwood family when her daughters attended Bellwood. Before joining Bellwood as a teacher, Susan was a guest reader countless times, often acted as a substitute teacher, and served as Publicity Chairperson on the Parent Board. However, she is probably best known for her role as the beautiful Native American Princess Bluebonnet, who made a visit each year at Thanksgiving.
EMILY MOSCHITTA - 4th year at Bellwood.
Emily has a BS in Secondary Education / English from Edinboro University. She also holds a private school certification for grades K-12. She taught at McEwan Open School in Shadyside from 1992-1998 and at Sewickley Academy from 1998-2009. She is a certified personal trainer who specializes in prenatal/postpartum exercise design. Emily is a Bellwood alum and is thrilled to be back as a part of the staff. She and her husband, John, live in Wexford with their two children, Johnny D. and Tommy.
DENISE SOBEHART - 2nd year at Bellwood.
Denise has a B.S. and M.S. of Education in Speech and Language Pathology from Indiana University of Pennsylvania. She also holds a PA teaching certificate in Speech and Language Impaired for grades K-12. Prior to coming Bellwood, Denise worked in San Diego and Pittsburgh as a speech/language pathologist at the preschool, elementary, and high school levels. She fell in love with Bellwood when her two daughters attended school here. Denise lives in Franklin Park with her husband, Bob, and her two daughters, Emily and Allison. She enjoys hiking with her family, snapping pictures with her newfound photography passion, exploring children's literature with her daughters, and reading the latest and greatest best-sellers.
ALYSSA KLEYSTEUBER – 2nd year at Bellwood
Alyssa loves kids and they love her! She graduated from North Allegheny high school in 2011 and attended A.W. Beattie Technical School where she received an advanced certificate in the culinary arts.
Her passions include building jigsaw puzzles, cats, cooking, art, bowling, computers, music, movies, and reading. She also enjoys attending the Bairel YMCA for various activities, having fun with her friends, volunteering at Animal Friends and family events.
Alyssa has an older sister, Shelley and lives in McCandless with her mom.