Who We Are
Meet the Mt. Lebanon School Board Candidates
Erin Gentzel - Four Year Term
Erin is running for school director because she is passionate about education. She has been involved in education for almost her entire adult life, from teaching high school mathematics and working in higher ed admissions, to serving on the board of St. Paul’s Nursery School and as the Vice President of the Lincoln PTA. She believes our schools are the heart of our community and her intention is to ensure the board fulfills the District’s mission "to provide the best education possible for each and every student."
Erin and her husband, Matt, have been living in Mt. Lebanon for over a decade, and their two daughters, Isla (10) and Paige (8) , attend Lincoln Elementary School. She will work to promote the emotional and physical well-being of our students, as well as their creativity and critical thinking, while ensuring equity, encouraging progress, and maximizing achievement.
Annamaria Johnson - Four Year Term
Annamaria is running for school director to ensure that we provide the best educational opportunities to our student body, while we maintain our standard of excellence in education. To that end, DEI is of great importance to her. She believes that creating a DEI educational program for administration, faculty, and students is of great importance. As a community, we must represent and encourage a welcoming environment to our school district. It is important to her that her daughter, grandchildren, and community see more diversity in their instructors and administration.
Growing up in Mt. Lebanon since 4th grade at Howe School, through graduation from Mt.Lebanon High School in ‘86, and living here most of my adult life, she grew to appreciate my community and its resources of strong infrastructure, year-round recreation programs and most importantly, education. Throughout her 25 years of volunteer work, she has found that it is imperative to give back to the community with her time, work and experience. In addition to Annamaria's lived experiences with diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI), including her Latina heritage, her family experiences with adoption, mental health issues, and addiction, will undoubtedly impact her as a future School Director.
Claire Guth - Four Year Term
Claire is running for School Director because she has extensive experience with governing organizations and institutions, a career in education and public policy, the knowledge to build an inclusive school district, and an unwavering commitment to Mt. Lebanon.
She has spent her career in education, previously ran a Homewood-based economic workforce initiative of the University of Pittsburgh Swanson School of Engineering and is currently getting her Doctorate in Public Policy, looking at labor market trends and the future of work for secondary students. She is a thought partner of the Pennsylvania Department of Education for enhancing career and technical education and optimizing dual enrollment career pathways for non-traditional students.
She is on the Board of Directors of numerous economic development organizations throughout the region and regularly volunteers and coaches youth sports with her husband. She is a working mother of three children, Bradley (7), Devon (5) and Caroline (1) and lives in the Washington Elementary area. Claire has the experience, as both a practitioner and academic, to help guide the district to meet the needs of all students, educators, administrators and residents.
Todd Ellwein - Two Year Term
Todd is running for School Board to ensure that our schools provide an exceptional educational experience for all students. He began his career as a high school social studies teacher in Mexico City and has over two decades of leadership experience in K-12, post-secondary, and education technology organizations. Todd was a member of the Mt. Lebanon School District’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce this past year. He is committed to fostering open-minded and transparent communication in order to advance and sustain efforts toward a more inclusive school environment.
Todd and his wife, Sally, have twin boys (Henry & Jack, 15) that attend Mt. Lebanon High School. As a School Director, he will work to ensure our schools and our community remain resilient to the effects of the pandemic and that the quality of our children’s education remains as strong as ever.