How it All Began
Hi! I am Erin Gentzel. I grew up in Johnstown, PA, the only child of two hard-working parents. They taught me several important life-long lessons including honest hard work, grit, volunteerism, and the importance of a good education.
I attended Susquehanna University, where I majored in mathematics and was a student-athlete playing Division 3 tennis. After graduation and a few years in business, I decided to pursue my passion by earning a master’s degree in secondary education and teacher certification from Villanova University.
My teaching career began in Philadelphia and later continued in New York City. I taught all levels of high school mathematics and oversaw several extracurricular activities including the school newspaper and yearbook and also coached tennis. I taught hundreds of young people over the years and my philosophy was always to support the development of the whole child, to prioritize the personal and developmental needs of my students in addition to academics.
My husband and I left New York City in 2008 and moved to Ithaca, NY, where he attended Cornell University’s Johnson Graduate School of Management. While there, I had the opportunity to work in admissions at the Engineering School at Cornell. This position allowed me to understand how the different elements of a holistic education come together to make a student attractive in the eyes of a university.
We moved to Mt. Lebanon in 2010. I’ve continued with my passion for education here by serving at St. Paul’s Nursery School, at Mt. Lebanon United Lutheran Church and at Lincoln. As a family, we enjoy hiking, biking and the great outdoors. In warmer months, we frequent the rail trails of Pittsburgh and enjoy exploring local and state parks. These excursions are often followed by a stop at one of our favorite ice cream shops! And speaking of ice cream, we are also huge foodies. We love to cook, but we also enjoy sampling all the wonderful restaurants our area has to offer.
We look forward to meeting more community members.