Faculty / Staff Spotlight

Meet Ms. Wisniewski (Ms. W), our 3rd and 4th grade Special Education Teacher. Ms. W is in her seventh year of teaching at PHCSE. She strives to give students strategies to achieve their academic goals and cheers them on to never give up. Building confidence in students and building relationships always puts a smile on her face.

Thank you Ms. W. for everything you do.

Meet Mrs. Martin & Mrs. Turner our Paraprofessionals.

These two are essential to the PHCSE team, and are always committed to improving the lives of our scholars.

What brings Mrs. Martin joy is building relationships with her kindergarten students.

Mrs. Turner, whose children are also enrolled at PHCSE, enjoys motivating the children to maintain a positive attitude and to have strong character.

Thank you Mrs. Martin and Mrs. Turner for everything you do.

Meet Mr. Trainer, our Music Teacher.

This is Mr. Trainer’s seventh year as a music teacher. Students in his classroom experience music in many different capacities, from production of the arts to music analysis to learning the historical/cultural context of music from around the world.

Students are also able to experience learning many different instruments, such as the recorder and the guitar. Our school is always filled with music thanks to Mr. Trainer’s effort and hard work.

Thank you Mr. Trainer for everything you do.

Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship Principal Nominated for National LifeChanger of the Year Award

November 27, 2019 – Penn Hills, PA – Penn Hills Charter School of Entrepreneurship principal Tamara Thomas has been nominated for the 2019-2020 national LifeChanger of the Year award.

Thomas was nominated by Dusty Wisdom, the parent of two students, for the positive impact she makes on her entire school. She is a leader who creates an environment for her students to not only build positive self-image, but interact with their peers in a respectful manner. She attends every school event, encouraging students and parents to be their best and take pride in their success.

Every day, Thomas creates future leaders. She prepares students to have the confidence and knowledge to become new business owners, interview for jobs, and conduct themselves professionally.

“These qualities are so necessary for the future, and they're instilled in each student Ms. Thomas comes in contact with,” said Wisdom. “She’s a beaming light of sunshine in a wonderful school that teaches children life skills to succeed in adulthood.”

About LifeChanger of the Year

Sponsored by the National Life Group Foundation, LifeChanger of the Year recognizes and rewards the very best K-12 educators and school district employees across the United States who are making a difference in the lives of students by exemplifying excellence, positive influence and leadership.

Each school year, LifeChanger of the Year receives hundreds of nominations from all 50 states and the District of Columbia. Seventeen individual LifeChanger of the Year awards will be given during the 2019-2020 school year.

(1) Grand Prize Winner – will receive $10,000 to be shared with their school/district.

(4) Grand Prize Finalists – will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.

(10) LifeChanger Award Winners – will receive $3,000 to be shared with their school/district.

(1) Spirit Award Winner – This award is given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for their nomination. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school/district.

(1) Spotlight Award Winner – This award is given to a nominee in a specific discipline each year. For 2019-20, the Spotlight Award will be given to a nominee who has made a proven impact on school safety. The winner will receive $5,000 to be shared with their school or district.

Winners are announced via surprise award ceremonies held at their schools. The grand prize finalists will also be honored at a national awards ceremony in April 2020 in Florida, where the Grand Prize Winner will be revealed.

Winners are chosen by a selection committee comprised of former winners and education professionals. Nominees must be K-12 teachers or school district employees. To be considered for an award, nominees must

· Make a positive impact in the lives of students

· Enhance their school or district’s atmosphere, culture and pride

· Demonstrate exemplary leadership at the school and/or district level

· Possess a proven record of professional excellence

· Show commitment to building a nurturing environment that supports learning

· Adhere to the highest moral and ethical standards

A resource page with ideas for how to celebrate nominees can be found at

To view Thomas’ LifeChanger of the Year nominee profile, CLICK HERE,

Blessing Bags

Congratulations to Mrs. Padovano’s Class for bringing in the most items for our 2nd annual NJHS Blessing Bag Competition. All donations will go to The HOPE Center, a center for domestic violence.

We were able to create over 100 blessing bags which are sure to provide the needed items for individuals this holiday season.

Thank you to all of our families, including our wonderful PTA and staff who helped make this a success!


The Holiday shop was a huge success. Students and staff had a wonderful time shopping and picking the perfect present for loved ones at great prices ranging from $.50 - $11.

Center for Parent and Teen Communication

At PHCSE we believe in building strong Character and forming positive relationships. These relationships will lead into a life of leadership. The link provided highlights a variety of topics for teens and families. Some topics covered include growth and development, communication strategies, how to build character, heath & prevention, and a section just for teens. Check out the link for more information.

As you know, sleep is very important to not only ourselves but kids and teens. Sleep is known as the fuel that our bodies and brains need in order to function. There have been studies conducted that show that kids and teens require more sleep to help them grow and develop.

For more information, please click on the link below to learn more about sleep patterns pertaining to scholars.

Have a wonderful and safe winter break!

Nicole Dickinson

School Counselor and Social Worker


The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is the largest federal nutrition assistance program. SNAP provides benefits to eligible low-income individuals and families via an Electronic Benefits Transfer card. This card can be used like a debit card to purchase eligible food in authorized retail food stores.

If you have questions or are in need of this program, text SNAPPA to 555-888 or call 1-8333-822-7627 to sign up or learn more.

Feel free to reach out to Ms. Dickinson if you have additional questions or need assistance with signing up for this program.

Alumni Spotlight

Our Assistant Principal, Mrs. Williams, along with our school Counselor and Social Worker, Ms. Dickinson, paid a special visit to Serra Catholic High School, where they were happy to see fellow alumni, Maurio Damiano, 8th grade class of 2018.