HeartPrints Staff

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Grace Byrnes


Executive Director / Preschool Teacher


What do you love about teaching?

I love the “ah ha” moments!  I love the exploration and discovery that can be found every day.  I just love the “kids”.

2 sentences that tell us something special about you…

I am the proud Grandma of two little boys Zachary and Tyler who unfortunately live in Richmond Virginia.  Thank you for Facetime.  I am the soon to be grandma in May – gender yet to be revealed.

Favorite Quote

“Anyone who does anything to help a child is a hero to me.”  — Fred Rogers, television personality


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Julia Stanny


Assistant Director


What do you love about teaching? 

I love when children get super involved and excited about a topic. Young children can find magic in anything… from a worm to a seashell. Their excitement and curiosity are contagious.

2 sentences that tell us something special about you…

I love being outside! My husband and I enjoy taking our two dogs hiking, fly fishing, and camping as much as possible.

Favorite Quote

“People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.” – Maya Angelou


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Elizabeth Fairweather


Programs Coordinator / Preschool Teacher


What do you love about teaching? 

I love the special connections I get to make with the children.

2 sentences that tell us something special about you…

I love books! As a child, I always wanted to be a librarian. I still really enjoy children books and love to find new ways to incorporate my love of literacy into the classroom.

Favorite Quote

“Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.”  — Fred Rogers, television personality


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Susan Kronenwetter


Office Administrator



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Tracy Keys


Preschool Teacher


What do you love about teaching?

I love that every day is different. I also love to see the children have moments when things “click” and the proud feeling they express.

2 sentences that tell us something special about you….

I have been married to my husband for 25 years. We have three children, Morgan-21, Caleb-20 and Addie-16.

Favorite quote

Life is a journey, not a guided tour.


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Bridget Miller


Preschool Teacher


What do you love about teaching?

Being able to teach a child something new and seeing the pride in their eyes when they understand.

2 sentences that tell us something special about you….

After retiring from 30 years of teaching, 28 years in Kindergarten, I realized I missed spending time with children as they develop a love of learning.

Favorite quote

“I think, at a child’s birch, if a mother could ask a Fairy Godmother to endow it with the most useful gift, that gift would be curiosity.” – Eleanor Roosevelt


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Samantha Kurtz


Preschool Teacher


What do you love about teaching? 

I love creating new and positive relationships with children and their families. It is so exciting to watch children grow and accomplish so many new things as they are learning within the classroom.

2 sentences that tell us something special about you…

I was born and raised in Alabama, but then moved to Pittsburgh in 9th grade due to my dad’s job. Though at the time the decision was quite unpopular, I now am happy to call Pittsburgh my home, as my husband and I just bought our first house in Mt. Washington.

Favorite Quote

“A person’s a person, no matter how small.” – Dr. Seuss


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Stephanie Kijas-Lively


Preschool Teacher


What do you love about teaching? 

I love how real and raw children are. Whether they are happy, sad, mad or any other emotion the rawness of their feelings is beautiful.

2 sentences that tell us something special about you…

My love language is quality time and I love spending time with my family. I am passionate about clean eating and I love playing volleyball.

Favorite Quote

“As we think and act so our world becomes.” -Unknown


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Jennifer Saitz


Kindergarten Teacher

What do you love about teaching? 

I love spending time watching the children grow.

2 sentences that tell us something special about you…

I love science! I spend most of my childhood outdoors and spent many years as a marine biologist before becoming a kindergarten teacher.

Favorite Quote

“The most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or touched, they are felt with the heart.”


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Stacie Jones


Kindergarten Teacher


What do you love about teaching? 

Teaching is a magic thing. It is exhilarating and I can’t imagine it not being a part of my life. Wheat asked,” What do you love about teacher?” my answer is simple. I love the students, the learning, making a difference, and using my creativity on a daily basis. What I love most of all is that is it never boring. There is always something going on. Each day is new and exciting and the students have a way of making every moment truly magic.

2 sentences that tell us something special about you…

I have a passion for cooking/baking and the arts. Sometimes I like to combine the two. In my free time I like to try new recipes and find unique ways to combine the art of cooking with science, math, and social studies. I previous taught out of state for District of Columbia Public Schools and earned a certificate of study in Arts Integration from the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.

Favorite Quote

“As human beings, our job in life is to help people realize how rare and valuable each one of us really is, that each of us has something that no one else has – or ever will have – something inside that is unique to all time. It’s our job to encourage each other to discover that uniqueness and to provide ways of developing its expression.” – Fred Rogers


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Cielo Uriostegui


Spanish Teacher



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Erin Bosniak


Morning & Afternoon Yoga Instructor


What do you love about teaching? 

After witnessing the natural yogis in the kids I was teaching, I began blending my love of yoga with my experience working with preschool and school age children. I have found that yoga is a great tool for kids to express their natural joy and to use their creative movement as an outlet in the school setting. I love leading sharing yoga with people of all ages, but children bring out the true nature of the yoga practice for me. The ability to have fun in the present moment with what is unique to each us.

 2 sentences that tell us something special about you…

I received a BS from Pitt in Occupational Therapy and worked as a pediatric Occupational Therapist for 8 years in the school setting.

I also completed a yoga teacher training in 2005 and have been teaching yoga for 15 years. I began leading kids yoga workshops at the studio where I teach yoga 5 years ago.

Favorite Quote

“ Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has “ -  Margaret Mead


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