Meet Our Teachers
Cassandra Shive – English/Tutor
I teach and tutor literature to students in Gillingham’s middle and upper schools. After growing up in Easton, Pa., I went to Shippensburg University and earned a bachelor of arts degree in English. In my free time, I enjoy reading, baking and going on adventures with family and friends.
Staci Luck – Science & Math
I teach 7th grade and 8th grade math and science at Gillingham. I graduated from Gwynedd-Mercy College in 2013 and spent the past year teaching 5th grade math and science in Charleston, S.C. In my spare time, I enjoy dancing, reading, quilting and traveling.
Taia Bachman – Science
I am the middle and upper school science teacher and 7th grade advisor, and I have been teaching at Gillingham since 2014. I graduated from Franklin and Marshall College in 2014 with a B.S. in Chemistry and Educational Psychology, and I am currently taking classes at Alvernia University for my Master’s degree and certification. Outside of school, I absolutely love traveling, reading, running, and spending time with my family (especially my two nieces and my pets)!
Laura Martin – Spanish
¡Hola! My name is Laura Martin, and I will be the Spanish K-12 teacher. I am a recent college graduate from Eastern University outside of Philadelphia. In college, I studied Spanish Education and ESL. In 2015, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Seville, Spain. I lived with a host family and attended classes at a nearby school. Now back in the States, I am looking forward to share the Spanish that I love to the students at Gillingham Charter School. Outside of school, I enjoy being with others, being outside, and being active.
ElizaRae Michaud – Literature & History
Originally from Pine Grove, Pa., I am a cum laude graduate of Kutztown University with a bachelor’s degree in secondary education and a minor in social studies. I started substitute teaching at Gillingham in 2012, and I am now entering my fourth year. I teach literature, history, and nature study for the 2016/2017 school year. I currently live in Bethlehem, and I enjoy being a mom to my 18th month old daughter, Isabella Antoinette. I enjoy sports, thrifting, music, reading classics, and vacationing on the beach. I am currently planning a wedding and about to pursue a master’s in education.
Michael Meyer- Secondary Math Teacher
Hello. My name is Michael Meyer, the new Upper School mathematics teacher. I have been tutoring privately since high school, and have always have a passion for mathematics and helping others, especially to learn. I graduated from Kutztown University with my degree in Secondary Education Mathematics. I am very excited to use the Interactive Mathematics Program Gillingham Charter School has to offer the students. Not only does it foster communication and social skills, it has students critically thinking every class. To me, this is the type of math that sticks with students and has real-world applications. Recently married, I moved to the Reading area. I enjoy sports, board games, and puzzles of all kinds.
Mark Major – Title 1 Teacher
During the 2016-2017 school year, I will be working as the Middle and Upper School, Title One Teacher. Over the course of my three years at Gillingham Charter School, I’ve taught a variety of classes including Ancient, Middle Ages, American, World and Local history, Economics, Family Life, Personal Finance, Nature Study and Shakespeare. Prior to coming to Gillingham, I spent three years as a Library Science teacher at Intermediate Unit 29 in Pottsville. I am a Pottsville Area High School graduate, and I completed my undergraduate education in History at Penn State. I later earned my Teaching Certification for social studies at Alvernia University in 2008, where I am also continuing my graduate work in Special Education. I bring a variety of life and classroom experience to our school. I spent eight years in the U S Army between 1984 and 1992 serving in West Germany. When I returned home in 1992, I co-authored local history works, performed historical reenactments and assisted in the production of documentaries, and for 14 years I served as the director of the Schuylkill County Visitors Bureau. My love of promoting local history nurtured a desire to teach. At Gillingham, I see myself as a part of a family dedicated to the intellectual and social growth of our students. I live in Pottsville with my wife Nannette and daughter Skye, and I enjoy reading, running and spending time with family. I look forward to another year at Gillingham Charter School.
Kara Stalter – Reading Specialist (K-12)
This is my fifth year at Gillingham, and I serve as the school Reading Specialist, as well as the Assessment/Title I Coordinator. Although I reside in Berks County, working here in Pottsville is where I learn to live, not just to teach. I wholeheartedly believe in this philosophy of education, having seen first-hand the growth of our students. I finished my Master’s degree from Kutztown University in July of 2016 and am thrilled to be a Reading Specialist. When I am not at Gillingham working with the children and teachers, I most enjoy playing the piano and guitar, singing, taking walks, playing games, writing, and reading missionary stories. Feel free to contact me at email@example.com.
Carrie Miller – Art Teacher
I am the K-12 art teacher as well as yearbook advisor. Having received a bachelor of fine arts degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1997, I am currently a graduate student at Kutztown University. Prior to getting an art education certification in 2011, I worked as a graphic designer for 13 years. I live in Frackville with my husband and two boys. I enjoy being a mom, biking, drawing, gardening, reading, shopping and watching movies!
Brent Potteiger – Latin Teacher
I teach Latin and philosophy. After graduating with a degree in the classics, I initially worked for nonprofit organizations before pursuing a teaching career. I enjoy spending time with my wife and five sons, reading and going for walks. We live in Orwigsburg, Pa.
Preston Charlesworth- Music Teacher
I am the Music Director here at Gillingham in charge of all general music classes, director of choirs, and scheduling instrumental lessons. I recently graduated from Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania as a tuba major with a Bachelors of Music in Music Education. While at Slippery Rock I was involved with the Marching Band, Brass Band, Wind Ensemble, Concert Choir, Chamber Singers, multiple quintets, Orchestra, Jazz Band, Jazz Combos, and even a Sousaphone Quartet! I am excited to teach and bring this already well established music program to the next level!
I am the new K-12th health and physical education teacher as well as the new boys basketball coach. I received my bachelors degree from Marywood University in 2014. Prior to getting a health and physical education degree I was the boys basketball coach at G.A.R. Memorial High School in Wilkes Barre for 8 years, currently where I live. I love being active and playing sports while helping others stay physically active and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.