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The University School

On the first visit there, our daughter recognized The University School as an environment for success. The small class sizes, excellent teachers and dedicated counselors have proven to be a winning combination. Free of the chaos she experienced previously, she’s been able to shine. Yes, she’s faced (and presented) challenges but, everybody—from the front desk to the back office—has offered support and guidance with unwavering patience, all while adhering to the highest standards of education and ethics.

Faculty and Staff

The University School instructors have advanced academic degrees and are certified by the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Our faculty works closely with the students and families to ensure that learning is an enjoyable and rewarding experience and that success is achieved. Get to know our 2020-2021team below:

Mrs. Nicole Lockerman

Head of School

Mrs. Lockerman is the Head of School. Mrs. Lockerman completed her Masters in the Art of Teaching at Chatham University and holds a Pennsylvania Department of Education certification in Secondary Language Arts. Mrs. Lockerman completed her Bachelor of Arts in English and Literature with a concentration in Creative and Professional Writing at Mercyhurst University. Mrs. Lockerman has worked with adolescents and young adults pursuing higher education for the past 10 years. She served as the Director of AHEADD (Achieving in Higher Education), as well as the Director of Transition and Higher Education Services for AERI Behavioral Health in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.  Mrs. Lockerman co-developed one of the first college acclimation programs in the United States and London, England.  Mrs. Lockerman resides in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania with her family. Contact Mrs. Lockerman at



Mrs. Francine Liscotti

Director of Administration and Admissions

Ms. Francine Liscotti is the Director of Administration and Admissions for The University School. Ms. Liscotti has worked at The University School for 19 years. She holds an Associate degree in Administration from The University of Pittsburgh. She has one son, two granddaughters, and two shih tzu puppies and enjoys gardening, riding her scooter, and enjoying life with her husband. Contact Mrs. Liscotti at


Ms. Linda Boyer

Spanish Instructor and ESL

Linda Boyer is the Spanish Instructor at The University School.  She comes to our school with many years of teaching experience in both Spanish and English as a Second Language.  She graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor’s of Science degree and Master’s of Education. Later, Ms. Boyer completed her English as a Second Language Certificate. She began her teaching career as a teacher of Spanish in the Pittsburgh Public Schools and later became part of the ESL Department in Pittsburgh Public Schools. During that time, she taught students from all over the world, including a group of refugee students from Somalia.  Along with teaching, she participated in co-authoring a book with her supervisor at PPS, professors from The University of Pittsburgh and Indiana University, “How to Implement an Elementary Foreign Language Program.”  Ms. Boyer worked at Winchester Thurston as a private tutor in English, for the International families. Although she is not a native of  Pittsburgh, she has lived here most of her life.  Ms. Boyer’s interests outside of school are her five grandchildren, spending time with her family, volunteering as a personal care companion for an Alzheimer’s patient and also her two dogs.    Her hobbies include cooking, reading, writing poetry and traveling. Contact Ms. Boyer at

Ms. Crystalee Calderwood

English and ESL Instructor

Ms. Crystalee Calderwood received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Penn State University and her Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing from Chatham University, with a dual emphasis in Poetry and Writing for Children and Adolescents. Her passions are (in no particular order): young adult novels, modern American poets, early childhood literacy, and teaching English as a Second Language. She discovered her love for teaching through her service with AmeriCorps, where she worked with a number of underserved populations, including urban youth, refugees, and immigrants. Contact Ms. Calderwood at

Mr. Garrett Graff

History Instructor

Mr. Garrett Graff graduated from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania with a Bachelor of Science in Secondary Education Social Studies and a Bachelor of Arts in History in 2012. He worked as a tutor, a graduate admissions advisor, and a substitute teacher prior to joining The University School. Mr. Graff volunteered as a History Department Mentor, a program established at Edinboro to help transition incoming freshman to the world of higher education. Additionally, he was honored by receiving the William Porter Award in 2012 for excellence in the field of History, and the 2012 Edinboro University Social Studies Student Teacher of the Year Award. Mr. Graff believes in the necessity of a thorough education, and is dedicated to bettering students’ writing, reading, public speaking, and critical thinking skills. Contact Mr. Graff at

Dr. Rachael Hoffman

School Psychologist

Dr. Rachael Hoffman is the School Psychologist at The University School. She is a PA Licensed Psychologist and PA Certified School Psychologist with experience in schools as well as the inpatient and outpatient behavioral health settings. Dr. Hoffman completed her undergraduate coursework in Psychology at Westminster College and later went on to obtain her MSEd in Child Psychology and her PhD in School Psychology at Duquesne University. She also completed predoctoral and postdoctoral training specializing in pediatric rehabilitation and neuropsychology. Dr. Hoffman has experience providing therapy and assessment for children and adolescents with complex medical conditions, traumatic brain injuries, ADHD, autism, anxiety, and mood disorders.  Her primary role at The University School is to support students through individual and group counseling as well as consultation with faculty and families. Dr. Hoffman also works locally as a neuropsychologist and she is an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University. Her interests include travel, technology, and staying active through biking, running, and trying to keep up with her puppy. You can reach Dr. Hoffman at

Mr. Robert Jakicic

Mathematics and Sciences Instructor

Mr. Robert Jakicic joined  The University School in 2014 after graduating from Duquesne University with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education of Mathematics. Mr. Jakicic teaches Geometry, Algebra II, Pre-Calculus, and Biology. He also supports The Univeristy School Arts education program and physical education. His interests include science fiction and action movies, physical and video strategy games, and card games. Contact Mr. Jakicic at


Ms. Morgan McMillen

Science Instructor

Ms. Morgan McMillen graduated Magna Cum Laude from Clarion University with a Bachelor of Science in Education-Physics degree and a Bachelor of Science-Physics degree in 2017. While in school she also acquired two minors: Musical Theater-Dance, and Mathematics. She also participated in many extracurricular organizations. She teaches Physics and Chemistry. Prior to joining The University School in Fall 2018, Ms. McMillen worked at Bethel Park High School and Clarion-Limestone High School as a long-term substitute. Ms. McMillen additionally runs a summer day camp for children in grades K-6 out of Butler County. Her passions include yoga, astronomy, dance, and theater. Contact Ms. McMillen at




Ms. Jeanette Trok

Special Education Instructor

Ms. Jeanette Trok recieved her Bachelor of Sciences in Elementary and Special Education (K-12) from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania. After graduating in 2012, she worked as as a special education teacher at Propel Pitcarin. In 2015, Ms. Trok  joined the University School staff and supports students who have an Individualized Education Plan (IEP) or Education Plan. Ms. Trok is The University School’s college counselor. She enjoys walking her dog, everything food-related and spending time with family and friends. She is looking forward to more years at The University School. Contact Ms. Trok at

Mr. Mark Paull

Math Instructor

Mr. Mark Paull has provided Math education to students attending The University School since 1992. Mr. Paull received a Bachelor of Science degree from Carnegie Mellon University for Information & Decision Systems and Industrial Management. He completed his Masters in Education at The University Pittsburgh and holds Secondary Math Instructional I and II certifications from the Pennsylvania Department of Education. Mr. Paull offers math instruction to the community and SAT/ACT preparation. Previously, he was the Head Varsity Girls’ Tennis coach at Oakland Catholic High School and currently serves as the Youth Tennis Tournament Director and Coach for Pittsburgh Citiparks at Mellon Park Tennis Center and Frick Clay Court Tennis Club. Contact Mr. Paull at

Mrs. Amber Smalley

Support Services

Amber Smalley joined the University School in the 2017/2018 school year. She earned a
Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology in 2005 and a Masters degree in Special education in
2006, both from the University of Pittsburgh. Amber has taught students with disabilities in
various educational settings over the past 12 years. Amber enjoys spending time with her 3
children, exercising and cooking. She is looking forward to another great year at The University
School. Amber can be reached at

Mr. Blaine Siegel

Art Instructor

Mr. B received a BFA in Art Photography from Syracuse University and an MFA in Sculpture from the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Art.  He has been working as an artist in residence in public and private schools since 2006.  Mr. B was the Education and Outreach Director for Conflict Kitchen from 2014-2017 in which he worked with educators and students from over 60 schools.  He incorporates broad interests into his studio practice, set design, and socially engaged projects and has exhibited in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, New York,  Miami, San Francisco, and Arle, France.   Mr. B has been chosen as the Artist in Residence at the Pittsburgh International Airport for the 2018 calendar year, a National Endowment for the Arts funded project. You can contact Mr. Siegel at


Ms. Kelly Bucci

History Instructor

Ms. Kelly Bucci received her Bachelor of Arts in History and Master’s degree in Curriculum and Instruction / secondary social studies teaching certification from Gannon University. As an educator, she is committed to enhancing student’s reading, writing, and analytical skills — all through learning history. While her passion is learning and teaching history, Miss Bucci also teaches modern calligraphy and manages an Etsy Marketplace shop. Her interests include spending time with her family, hiking, cooking, writing, and drinking coffee. Contact Ms. Bucci at