Essie Blader

Essie began her career as a New York City Teaching Fellow following her graduation from the University of Pittsburgh. In Oregon, she served as a classroom teacher and mentor teacher, helping other teachers strengthen their instructional practice. She wrote Common Core aligned curriculum and assessments in all subject areas, has experience working with children in both regular and special education programs and is trained in RTIDifferentiated InstructionBackward DesignBalanced Literacy, Writer’s Workshop, Scottish Storyline, Project Based LearningDMI: Building a System of Tens, Number Talks, ATIGLAD, SIOP, ELD: A Focused Approach, Love and LogicPBIS, and the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading instruction. Essie moved back to Pittsburgh in 2015.

*Essie possesses all current Pennsylvania clearances.


  • Certified teacher with 13 years teaching experience
  • Bachelor of Arts in English Literature from the University of Pittsburgh Honors College, (Cum Laude)
  • Masters of Arts and Science in Education from Lehman College, (Magna Cum Laude)
  • Trained in Orton-Gillingham methodology