Discovery Center Teachers and Staff


Administration and Support Staff

  • Chris Primavere, Principal, received his B.A. in Criminal Justice from Mercyhurst College. He 1Q01144-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and Staffcompleted his educational Leadership and k-12 Principal Certification Program through Edinboro University. He is completing the requirements to receive his letter of eligibility for Superintendent also through Edinboro University. Chris has been involved with the Charter School of Excellence since its inception and was a member of the initial development team in 2003. He has worked for Perseus House for his whole professional career and was the 2010 recipient of the Spirit of Goldstein Humanitarian Award.
  • Stephanie Ganska, Administrative Assistant;  A graduate from East High, Ms. Ganska started with the Charter School of Excellence in 2009 at the former pic-e1506085190762 Discovery Center Teachers and StaffHamilton Center. From there she moved to the Leadership Center and is now currently at the Discovery Center. Ms. Ganska enjoys photography and spending time with her family during her spare time.
  • Dorothy Smith-Frazier, Behavioral Specialist,received her formal education from Erie School District, Penn State Behrend in Human Resource Management and Gannon University majoring in Mental Health Counseling. She is also licensed by the State Board of Cosmetology Commonwealth of PA as a Teacher of Cosmetology. She joined the Charter School of Excellence in 2004 with over 40 years of experience in social services, with 28 years of experience in the area of nonprofit 1Q01184-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and Stafforganizational planning and implementation. She has served on numerous local boards and committees including the Aids Council of Erie County, Board of Corporators for Hamot and St. Vincent Medical Centers, the Community Country Day School, Harbor Creek Youth Services, Gannondale Home for Girls, Erie County Public Defenders Community Advisory Council, Water Authority for the City of Erie and the Governors’ Commission on African American Affairs for the Commonwealth of PA. She is President Emeritus to the Erie NAACP. Her Life’s Work has centered on fighting for the rights of others. She believes “Every child is a genius; it’s up to us to create an atmosphere of creativity.”
  • Lisa Connor, Program Facilitator, received her B.A. in Criminal Justice (Edinboro University) and IMG_8470-e1443710853453-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and StaffM.S. in Special Education (Mercyhurst University). She has her level 2 certification in Life Space Crisis Intervention. Ms. Titus served in the Army where she earned the XVIIIth Airborne Corps News Writer of the Year award and an honorable mention from the Army. She also received recognition for saving another soldier’s life during a field exercise. Ms. Titus is an avid bowler and is her league treasurer.  She also has volunteered for the Caring Place for five years. Ms. Titus has worked for the Charter School of Excellence since 2005 and earned the Teacher of the Year award in 2012. She can be frequently found sharing her own quirky experiences during group discussions in the hopes of enlightening students.
  • Stefany Linden, School Nurse, graduated from 20170928_135537-e1506623263128-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and StaffEdinboro University with a BSN in 1995.  She worked  for many years at St Vincent’s hospital and home health care.  She has enjoyed  working  for 10 years here at  the Discovery Center.  She enjoys spending time with her family and dogs on her time off.
  • Joan Flemings, Special Education Paraprofessional, earned an Associate of Science degree in1Q01160-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and Staff Early Childhood Education from Edinboro University in 2003. Throughout the 26+ years of employment in the Head Start Program, her titles have been teacher aid, teacher assistant and later the role of acting teacher. Prior to being hired at the Discovery Center she was employed at the St Vincent Child Care Center. She enjoys sewing, crafting and spending time with my family in my leisure time.


  • Jessica Beaulieu, Science, recently moved to Erie, PA from Glocester, Rhode Island. Ms. Beaulieu graduated from the University of Rhode Island in 2013 with a B.A. in History and an Elementary Education (grades 1-6) teaching certification. While in Rhode Island, Ms. Beaulieu worked as a 6th grade science teacher and ELA interventionist at one of the Rhode Island Mayoral Academy’s charter schools for 3 years. Ms. Beaulieu and her dog Chimera moved to Erie, PA to join her fiancé Kyle, and other dog Ridley. Ms. Beaulieu is currently a member of National Science Teachers Association and Rhode Island Science Teachers Association which keeps her up to date with the ever-changing field of science. In her spare time, Ms. Beaulieu loves playing with her dogs, reading, and exploring all of Erie County.
  • Lindsay Campbell, Social Studies, originally from the Appalachian region and is a country girl at IMG_8469-e1443710752825-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and Staffheart. She has a passion for history and really tries hard to make the subject that all of my students enjoy. The students at the Charter School of Excellence have encouraged Miss Campbell to explore her interests in music. Over the past few years she and the Discovery Center have put on some amazing Musicals. She is proud to work for a school that has such an emphasis on getting students involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Amber Dunmire, Language Arts,obtained a B.S. in Elementary Education from the State University of New York at Fredonia in 2010. In 2012, she earned a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction in missing-Student-ID-2-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and StaffInclusive Classrooms. Mrs. Dunmire currently is certified in both New York and Pennsylvania in Early Childhood Education, Elementary Education, Grades 4-6 all content areas, Middle Level ELA, and Special Education. This is Mrs. Dunmire’s first year at CSE. Prior to working at CSE, Mrs. Dunmire has worked as a first grade teacher for 3 years, a preschool teacher, and a substitute teacher in various schools. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, spending time with her husband and their dog, and crafting.
  • Jovan Harris, Personal Development, earned a bachelor’s degree in Health and physical Education from Edinboro University in 2005. He also earned his M.Ed Special Education from Edinboro 1Q01166-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and StaffUniversity 2013. Mr. Harris has been working with CSE since the 2014-2015 School year, currently teaching in his second year at the Discovery Center as the personal development teacher. Prior to the 2014 school year Mr. Harris worked with Perseus House inc. in the alternative education program. He also has eight years’ experience working a Sarah Reed Children’s Center as a teacher. Mr. Harris loves teaching at CSE because he believes in the mission of the school and loves teaching the amazing, diverse population of his students.
  • Olivia Kyser, Science, originally from Toronto, Ontario but moved to Erie, PA in 2009 to play for Mercyhurst University Women’s soccer team and attain a B.A. in Middle School Science. In 2013 Mrs. Kyser earnolivia-e1513016596852-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and Staffed her M.S. in Organizational Leadership while coaching soccer at the collegiate level. Mrs. Kyser worked for The Barber National Institute in Behavioral Health for 2 years and is beginning her first year at CSE. In her free time she enjoys going on hikes with her husband and two dogs (Mowgli and Riggins), travelling back to Canada, running and playing soccer.
  • Melissa Mannarelli , EDL, Language Arts, obtained a bachelor’s degree and master’s degree, in 1Q01010-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and StaffReading, from Gannon University as well as a PA teaching certificate. She holds certificates for both English as a Second Language and middle level Math. Ms. Mannarelli has taught at CSE since 2012. She has a passion for reading and running. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her fiancé and taking her dog for walks. “Education is the most powerful weapon you can use to change the world.” Nelson Mandela.
  • Nicole Milano, Language Arts, obtained a Bachelor’s degree in secondary English education from 1Q01173-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and StaffEdinboro University of Pennsylvania and is currently taking online courses through Southern New Hampshire University in order to earn a Master’s degree in English. This is her fourth year at the Discovery Center. She enjoys sparking her students’ interest in reading and helping them become confident writers.
  • Morgan Palombi, Substitute Teacher,
  • Lisa Panko, Reading, received her B.S. in Elementary Education from Edinboro University. She has completed certifications in Early Childhood Education and Reading. Lisa has worked for the1Q01182-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and Staff district since 2004 and received the Teacher of the Year Award at the Charter School of Excellence in 2010. Lisa has been certified by Scholastic, Inc. to teach using the READ180 and System 44 programs. She also instructs other educators on the use of the READ180 and System 44 programs. In her spare time, Lisa enjoys reading, crocheting, scrap-booking, and playing softball.
  • Anthony Pomorski, Social Studies, graduated from the Pennsylvania State University in 1999 with a BS in Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Management. Ever passionate about History and IMG_8474-e1443710924615-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and Staffyearning to have a career in which he could make a difference Mr. Pomorski returned to higher education in 2006, earning a Teaching Certificate in Secondary Social Studies in 2009, and a Master’s Degree in Middle and Secondary School Instruction in 2010, from Edinboro University. Mr. Pomorski is further certified as a Middle Level Mathematics instructor. In his spare time Mr. Pomorski enjoys studying World War II History and historical tabletop gaming.
  • Marlene Rupp, Substitute Teacher, A student at Mercyhurst University, she graduated with a degree in ART, but moved into the Interior Decorating career, eventually working as Shop-at Home consultant at Kaufmann’s with custom draperies and Carpetowne with both Custom Draperies and Wallpaper, and Carpeting. Leaving that she worked for ten years in the medical 1Q01181-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and Staffoffice at the Dr. Gertrude Barber Center. In November 2005, she began substitute teaching for City Schools, and was hired at Perseus House Discovery Center in February 2006 for the Math teacher during Farm Grant Program. Then as the Perseus House program expanded, she has used her many talents at Discovery, Leadership, at CLC, Skills, and Harborcreek, High School, settling here at the Charter School of Excellence Discovery Center as a full-time substitute. During that time, for about -5 – 6 years, she taught Kindergarten Religious Education at St. Luke Church . Her hobbies are golfing and pottery classes at Allen Pottery (originally getting Act 48 hours). She also enjoys volunteering at the Erie Art Museum as docent and for Gallery Nights and Kids Sundays. She enjoys quiet time working in her garden in the summer, and doing scenic photography and pastel painting.
  • David Seppala, Physical Education & Wellness, obtained his B.S. in Health and Physical Education from Edinboro State College in 1979. He continued his education at the now Edinboro University 1Q01170-150x150 Discovery Center Teachers and Staffin 1984 to become certified in Secondary Mathematics. Prior to coming to the Charter School of Excellence in 2006, he worked in a variety of schools both public and private. He has worked at the Hamilton and Leadership Centers along with his present position at the Discovery Center. He enjoys spending time with his wife and family, especially his granddaughter. He also enjoys training to run 5ks and half marathons. A big sports fan he roots for the Sox, Steelers, Nittany Lions, Longhorns and Heels. He is most proud to serve in the Wellness department along with his daughter Mrs. King.