MEET THE TEAM
Staff & Practitioners
Dr. Randy Bartlett
Head of School / Humanities
Randy Bartlett has been working in education and non-profits organizations for more than two decades. He has been a public-school teacher, a principal, and a Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment. He designed and directed the Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corp and teaches at Chatham University. He has a BA in History and Religion from Oberlin College, a M.Ed. in Integrated Learning from Antioch University New England, a certificate in Educational Leadership from Keene State College and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.
Dr. Bret Moore
Assistant Head of School / English
Bret Moore holds a PhD. in English Language and Literature from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include African American Literature, Material Culture Studies, Clothing Studies, Creative Nonfiction, Life Writing & Memoir Studies, Disability Studies, and Visual Culture Studies. Bret has led many lives before arriving at City of Bridges. Most recently, she taught Composition through the University of Michigan’s English Department Writing Program. Prior to that, Bret worked in gynecologic cancer care at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center. When she is not reading or writing, Bret can be found training for her next marathon, scouring Zillow for the perfect haunted Victorian home, cooking yummy vegan food, making jewelry, or recording songs with her partner.
Social Studies and Director of Student Government
Tim has a M.A. in Teaching degree from Chatham University as well as a B.A. degree in History and Political Science from Penn State University. Prior to entering into a career in education, Tim worked in New York City in the nonprofit sector, advocating for social and political reform benefitting working class families. His practice as an educator is centered around hands-on, project-based learning experiences and socratic discussion methods designed to encourage deeper thinking in his students. He has a passion for aiding young people in arriving at their own opinions of the social and cultural realities of their communities, nation, and world as well as providing them guidance in discovering their own roles within them. When not in the classroom, Tim enjoys spending time with his family, playing with his dogs, playing guitar, and traveling.
Mathematics and Director of Technology
Blain has a B.A. in Mathematics from Gettysburg College. Having worked in education and community service for his whole career, he believes education should be a means to provide students with the tools needed to be agents of change in the world. In addition to his work as a teacher Blain has spent many years working with local organization City of Asylum to provide a diverse range of cultural programming to the city. Born and raised in the area, Blain is proud to be an active member of the Pittsburgh community. In his free time he can be found playing games or watching movies with his partner and their cat Kip.
Art and Director of Community Engagement
Olga Brindar has been teaching art for the last fifteen years. Her students range in age from seven to seventy-five. After attaining a BFA in Drawing and Painting from Carnegie Mellon University, Olga has shown work in solo and group shows all over Pittsburgh, as well as Ireland, Wisconsin, and the west coast. When she isn’t painting, drawing, or teaching, she writes non-fiction and takes out way too many books at the public library. She lives in Pittsburgh’s Northside with her partner, her daughter, and two spoiled-rotten Dobermans.
Director of Counseling
Charlie Runyan's nearly two decades as an educator have spanned a variety of settings, including public and private schools at secondary and post-secondary levels and community-based organizations. He is a licensed professional school counselor and has worked in high school counseling and college counseling positions since 2015. Before becoming a professional school counselor and college counselor, Charlie served in various capacities related to helping students and their families navigate the higher education landscape. From 2005 to 2011, he worked in college and university administration at selective universities, including George Mason University, Ohio State University, Michigan State University, and Washington University in St. Louis. He spent nearly four years in the nonprofit sector with I Know I Can, an Ohio college access and success organization, and Learning Circle Education Services, a technology nonprofit that created academic and early warning indicator databases for school districts and other nonprofits.Charlie earned a Bachelor of Arts from The Ohio State University, a Master of Arts from Michigan State University, and a Master of Science in Education from the University of Dayton. He is currently pursuing his doctorate at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in Education Policy, Organization, and Leadership with a concentration in Diversity and Equity in Education.
Academic Support Educator
Rachel works as the Student Support Specialist at COBHS, in addition to working as a practitioner. Classes taught include Persepolis: The Graphic Novel as History and Literature. She is a community leader, library worker and poet. Liberatory education is integral to Rachel's experience growing up in Pittsburgh's homeschooling/unschooling community, and acting as an educator in a wide variety of settings. She holds a BA from The Evergreen State College with an emphasis in integrated social sciences.
Cyd Johnson is a born and raised Pittburgher. After studying Art History and French at the University of Pittsburgh, they moved to New York City to earn their M.S.Ed in 7-12 Mathematics Education from St. John's University. During their time in Brooklyn, they taught high school Math for 3 years in transfer schools. Cyd is passionate about working in alternative education settings that value community. In their free time, you can find Cyd experimenting in their garden, playing with their cats, and cooking food with their friends.
Board of Trustees
Ashley Lynn Priore /Chairperson of the Board
Bret Fulesday/Treasurer of the Board
Anneliese Martinez/Secretary of the Board
Tim Stapleton/Faculty Representative
Dr. Neil Brown
Student Representatives from each class
Vivian, Narrative Storytelling
Sabrina, Game Design
Kate, Law and Justice
Jeff, Personal Finance
Julie, Work and Labor
Sarah, Grassroots Activism
Morgan, English and Drama
Gil, Art and Design