Academic Support

Michelle Costello, Title 1 Reading Teacher/ESL

After serving as a substitute teacher at Seven Generations for the 2009-2010 school year, Michelle joined the staff full time as a Third Grade teacher in fall 2010, and moved to First Grade in fall 2013. In 2017, she began a new adventure at Seven Gen as a Reading Teacher.

Born and raised in Allentown, she earned her B.S. in elementary education and early childhood from Kutztown University and her ESL Certification from Lehigh Carbon Community College, in 2010. In addition to substitute teaching at Seven Gen and acting as a group supervisor for preschoolers at a local childcare center, Michelle worked in the Education Department at the Lehigh Valley Zoo as a Conservation Educator. As at the Zoo, Seven Generations allows her to integrate her two main loves – teaching and nature. Living in Walnutport just minutes from Blue Mountain. Her backyard is one of her favorite places with the view of the mountain, surrounding forestry, and a variety of wildlife visitors its a relaxing atmosphere to truly take in and appreciate  all of nature’s beauty.

Michelle enjoys spending time with her family and friends, particularly sharing her passion for the outdoors with them.  She has a pet Leopard Gecko named Zoey, and a cat named Bobcat and her favorite things to do are hiking, going to the beach, landscaping/gardening with her husband Mike and keeping up with toddler son,  Maxwell. Contact Michelle Costello at

Carolan Gehret, K-4 Reading Specialist

Carolan worked in the restaurant industry from the time she was in high school until 2008. For 17 years, she and her family owned a luncheonette in downtown Reading, Pennsylvania where she served as the manager, cook, and dishwasher at times. However, she felt a calling to be a positive, encouraging role model in children’s lives. Since she always loved school and learning, she started taking night courses at Kutztown University. She earned her bachelor’s degree in secondary education with a concentration in English in 2011. She returned to Kutztown to pursue her master’s degree in 2013, and earned her master’s and reading specialist certification in the summer of 2015. She was a substitute teacher in the Fleetwood, Oley and Kutztown school districts before joining our staff in 2016.

Of course, one of her favorite hobbies is reading. She also enjoys cooking and trying new recipes. Other pursuits include travel, movies, and planning fun events for her family. Contact Carolan Gehret at