Dr. Randy Bartlett, M.Ed., Ph.D.
Head of School-Humanities Teacher
Randy has been working in education and non-profit organizations for two decades. He has been a teacher in small rural schools like the Acworth Center School, a school principal at Propel East and Propel Montour, a designer of the project based Andrew Street High School, a Director of Curriculum, Instruction, Assessment and Data and A Senior Director of Research, Reporting and the Arts. He designed and directed the Pittsburgh Urban Teaching Corp and teaches graduate students on their path to becoming teachers at Chatham University. He has served as a curriculum consultant for The Sprout Fund.
Most importantly he is a father, husband, a seeker of new experiences and a joyfully curious learner.
Randy has a BA in History and Religion from Oberlin College, a M.Ed. in Integrated Learning from Antioch University New England, a post masters certificate in Educational Leadership from Keene State College and a Ph.D. in Leadership and Change from Antioch University.
A utopian at heart, he believes that enriching learning opportunities and supportive communities can transform our world.
Paige Wiegman, M.Ed.
Co-Founder and Admissions
Paige Wiegman has been an educator in public and private schools as well as out of school learning organizations for two decades. She taught at the Acworth Center School in New Hampshire before moving back to her hometown of Pittsburgh. She used her background in science and environmental education as an educator with RiverQuest before teaching science in the Lower School at The Ellis School. Paige is the co-founder of City of Bridges High School and will oversee Admissions for our founding year.
Most importantly, Paige is a mother, a partner, a scientist and an educator committed to supporting students on their paths of self-discovery.
Paige has a BA in Environmental Studies from Oberlin College and an M.Ed. in Integrated Learning and Environmental Education from Antioch University New England and her Waldorf Teacher Certification at Antioch University New England.
Our Practitioner-Educators are professionals who work with our students for a focused course or mentor them on specific projects.
Adam Lobel, M. Div., Ph.D.
Adam Lobel, PhD, Harvard University, M.Div. Harvard Divinity School, is a Buddhist minister, a scholar of philosophy and religion, and has served as a senior meditation teacher (Acharya) in the Shambhala tradition for many years. His research focuses on Great Perfection (Dzogchen) Tibetan Buddhism, phenomenology, and inoperative studies (Heidegger, Foucault, Agamben). He has a longstanding interest in contemplative education, philosophy as a way of life, and transformative pedagogy. He is a Greenfaith fellow, has taught alongside Joanna Macy and others in the Ecosattva Training, and is active in ecological and social justice movements. He has been a speaker on ecology and spirituality at the United Nations and part of the first delegation of Buddhist teachers invited to the White House. Adam’s questions and teachings tend to orbit around the interdependence of contemplative practices and the everyday practices that shape modern subjectivity and culture. This is another way of saying that he remains attuned to an awakened, just society inseparable from our living earth. Adam teaches a critical style of meditation training that seeks to avoid being enclosed by neoliberal mindfulness while still disclosing effortless awareness. He lives and teaches in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife and two sons.
A graduate of Vassar College and Harvard’s American Repertory Theatre Institute, Rebecca also holds a Masters in Education from Antioch New England. After years of working professionally as a performer in stage and film, Rebecca chose to shift her focus to teaching, directing and producing. For the last two decades, she has been nurturing young theater artists.
Acting credits include: (NYC) Jewish Repertory Theater, New Dramatists, Falstaff Presents, Circle Repertory Lab, New York Theater Workshop;(Regional) American Repertory Theater, Virginia Stage Company, Alabama Shakespeare, Portland Stage, Milwaukee Repertory, Cleveland Playhouse, Shakespeare Theater DC, Williamstown Theater Festival; (TV/film) Kiss Me Guido, Chasing Amy, Law and Order, Nickelodeon, and numerous commercials.
Teaching and Directing affiliations: New England Youth Theatre, New England Center for Circus Arts, Next Stage Arts, Vermont Performance Lab, The Grammar School, Dummerston Elementary School
Kate Lovelace, J.D.
Kate Lovelace is an attorney and advocate licensed to practice law in Colorado since 2005 and Pennsylvania since 2009. Born in Buffalo, NY, Kate moved to Pittsburgh with her family in 1980 and, despite travels for education and fun, returned to Pittsburgh in 2006 where she now works as a private attorney and resides with her husband, Webster, and 4 year old twins, Wally and Betty Lou.
Kate graduated summa cum laude from the University of Pittsburgh in 1999 with a BS in Social Policy. She went on to attend the Heinz School at Carnegie Mellon where she earned her Master’s in Public Management with highest academic distinction.
Prior to attending University of Denver Law School (J.D. 2005), Kate worked as a TSS at Pressley Ridge Schools Center for Autism, Community Care Behavioral Health Organization, and Allegheny County Department of Human Services. Since becoming a lawyer, she has worked in Medicare law, regulatory compliance, and eventually landed her dream job at the Allegheny County Public Defender’s Office, where, in addition to adult trial court, she worked in Juvenile Delinquency and Mental Health Civil Commitments.
In 2016, Kate left the public defender’s office and now has a small private practice doing primarily criminal defense. She is also on the board of Pittsburgh Child Guidance Foundation.