Angela Dawson, Principal
Angela Dawson is looking forward to joining, connecting with, and serving the Raleigh Oak students, staff, and community. She brings 14 years of public school administrative experience. She also has years of experience teaching upper elementary students. She grew up in Fayetteville, NC where she began her career in education as a school bus driver, teacher assistant, teacher, assistant principal, and principal. She moved to High Point, NC where she also worked as an elementary school principal for 4 years. She earned her undergraduate degree in Elementary Education and Master’s Degree in School Administration from Fayetteville State University. Her heart’s desire is to cultivate an environment where every child is excited to learn, every teacher wants to teach, and every parent is secure in the fact that their child is receiving the very best educational experience.
This summer, Angela will be relocating to Raleigh with her husband, two daughters, and their dog, Stuart.
In her down time she spends as much time as possible reading and crafting.
Chastity Rivera, Assistant Principal
Matthew Freville, School Counselor
Laura Walters, Director of Operations
Having lived in North Carolina all of her life, Laura Walters is the definition of a “Tar Heel born and a Tar Heel bred.” She grew up in Pilot Mountain, a small town in Western NC, but she’s called Raleigh home for the past five years. Before joining ROCS, she worked with A+ Schools of NC at the North Carolina Arts Council. She’s an advocate of arts education and integration and she strongly believes in the power of the arts!
She received her BA in History from UNC Chapel Hill and her MA in Museum Education from UNC Wilmington. Aside from being a very enthusiastic dog mom to Frances, she enjoys Carolina Basketball, traveling near and far, and sewing (but mainly collecting fabric).
Joycelyn Cooper, Office and Data Manager
Joycelyn grew up in North Carolina. After graduating high school, she moved to New Jersey and gained employment with Horizon Blue Cross and Blue Shield of New Jersey and later with Pfizer. She attended Union County College of Cranford, New Jersey and earned an Associate in Applied Science Degree in Administrative Support. From September 2009 - July 2018 she worked as a Secretarial Substitute in the New Jersey Public School System. In July 2018, Joycelyn returned home to North Carolina. During November 2018 she received a Substitute Effective Teacher Training Certificate from Wake Technical Community College of Raleigh, North Carolina.
Aside from spending time with family and friends, some other things that give her great pleasure are: watching documentaries, listening to music (especially instrumental piano) and taking long walks.
Joycelyn considers each and everyday a blessing, privilege and honor to come and serve the staff, children and parents at ROCS.
Suzanne Jackson, MTSS Coordinator