STAFF DIRECTORY

OUR SCHOOL

Administrators and Front Office

Our Administration works to support our classroom teachers by creating a culture of collaboration, communication, and healthy, sustainable success. Learn more about our Principal and her small team here.

ANGELA DAWSON

ANGELA DAWSON

Principal

adawson@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Fayetteville State University

“Every child deserves a champion: an adult who will never give up on them, who understands the power of connection and insists they become the best they can possibly be.” 

– Rita Pierson

RODNEY BERRY

RODNEY BERRY

Upper School Assistant Principal

rberry@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: North Carolina Central University

“The need for imagination, a sense of truth and a feeling of responsibility – these are the three forces which are the very nerve of education.”

– Rudolf Steiner

MEGHAN McCOLLUM

MEGHAN McCOLLUM

Lower School Assistant Principal

mmccollum@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Maters: Meredith College, North Carolina Central University

“Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself.”

-John Dewey

CHASTITY RIVERA

CHASTITY RIVERA

EC Department and Student Support Assistant Principal

crivera@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Kean University

“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.” 

-Helen Keller

SUZANNE JACKSON

SUZANNE JACKSON

Curriculum and Instruction Coordinator

sjackson@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: North Carolina State University

“Education is the movement from darkness to light”

-Allan Bloom

LASHAWNDA HOLMAN

LASHAWNDA HOLMAN

Instructional Coach/Interventionist

Alma Mater: Liberty University

“The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility- these are the three forces which are the very nerve of education.” 

-Rudolf Steiner

MEGAN GRIGOLETTI

MEGAN GRIGOLETTI

School Counselor

mgrigoletti@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Maters: University of Maryland, Centenary University

“One of the most important roles of school is to help kids find their spark.”

-Dr. Michael Carr-Gregg

JOYCELYN COOPER

JOYCELYN COOPER

Office Manager

jcooper@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Cranford Community College

“Tell me and I forget, Teach me and I remember, Involve me and I learn”

-Benjamin Franklin

LAURA WALTERS

LAURA WALTERS

Executive Operations Director

lwalters@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Maters: UNC-CH and UNC Wilmington

“You can’t use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have.”

-Maya Angelou

A Word

From Our Principal

Dear ROCS Community,

I consider it such a privilege to continue serving our wonderful and resilient community. As an educator for over 25 years, my dream has always been 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 being provided the very best educational experience; academically, socially, emotionally, and physically.
I can confidently say that my dream is being realized every day as we offer a Waldorf-inspired education where we are preserving childhood by allowing children to be children while creating a place for the head, heart, and hands of every child to be enriched, encouraged, and engaged.
The journey to whole child education continues!
With Gratitude,

       – Angela Dawson

Faculty and Support Staff

Our teachers come from many different backgrounds, including private, Waldorf, charter, and traditional public schools. Their lesson plans are imbued with beauty, imagination, and joy

KINDERGARTEN

KATELYN WEST

KATELYN WEST

Kindergarten Teacher

kwest@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Saint Michaels College

“Teachers who love teaching, teach children to love learning.”

-Robert John Meehan

VANESSA KUZMIN

VANESSA KUZMIN

Kindergarten Teacher

vkuzmin@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Grand Canyon University

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all”

-Aristotle

LAUREN ARNONE

LAUREN ARNONE

Kindergarten Teacher

larnone@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Dominican College

“Teachers who love teaching teach children to love learning.”

-Robert John Meehan

GERMAINE TURNBULL

GERMAINE TURNBULL

Kindergarten Teacher

gturnbull@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Maters: SC State University, NC Central University

Education is the most powerful tool which you can use to change the world.

-Nelson Mandela

1st Grade

JULES-DIANA MASSAMBA

JULES-DIANA MASSAMBA

1st Grade Teacher

​jmassamba@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: East Carolina University

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.”

-Benjamin Franklin

MAEGHAN SILL

MAEGHAN SILL

1st Grade Teacher

msill@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.”

-Rudolf Steiner

DEANNA PERRY

DEANNA PERRY

1st Grade Teacher

dperry@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Ashford University

“When educating the minds of our youth, we must not forget to educate their hearts.”

-Dalai Lama

2nd Grade

ALLYSSA BERNASCONI

ALLYSSA BERNASCONI

2nd Grade Teacher

abernasconi@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Kutztown University of Pennsylvania

“Education is the most powerful weapon, which you can use to change the world.”

– Nelson Mandela

HEATHER READING

HEATHER READING

2nd Grade Teacher

hreading@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Maters: Campbell University and NC State

“Raise children who love the unloved things, dandelion, worms & spiderlings. Children who sense the rose needs the thorn & run into rain swept days the same way they turn towards sun. When they’re grown & someone has to speak for those who have no voice may they draw upon that wilder bond, those days of tending tender things and be the ones.” 

-Nicolette Sowder

3rd Grade

JENNY (JENNIFER) GREEAR

JENNY (JENNIFER) GREEAR

3rd Grade Teacher

jgreear@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Clemson University

“Love is higher than opinion. If people love one another the most varied opinions can be reconciled – thus one of the most important tasks for humankind today and in the future is that we should learn to live together and understand one another. If this human fellowship is not achieved, all talk of development is empty.” 

-Rudolf Steiner

LIANNA HARBESON

LIANNA HARBESON

3rd Grade Teacher

lharbeson@raleighoakcharter.org 

Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Greensboro

“Our highest endeavor must be to develop free human beings who are able of themselves to impart purpose and direction to their lives. The need for imagination, a sense of truth, and a feeling of responsibility—these three forces are the very nerve of education.” 

-Rudolf Steiner

4th Grade

EVA BENTON

EVA BENTON

4th Grade Teacher

ebenton@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: William Peace University

“I’ve learned that people will forget what you said. Students may forget what you did. But a child will never forget how you made them feel.”

-Maya Angelou

ALICIA HEDRINGTON

ALICIA HEDRINGTON

4th Grade Teacher

5th Grade

SARAH REYNOLDS

SARAH REYNOLDS

5th Grade Teacher

Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Greensboro

“Wisdom begins in wonder” 

-Socrates

SAVANNA SAUNDERS

SAVANNA SAUNDERS

5th Grade Teacher

sasaunders@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: High Point University

“You are my other me. If I do harm to you, I do harm to myself. If I love and respect you, I love and respect myself.”

-Lak’Ech

6th/7th Grade

KATHLEEN ARNEY

KATHLEEN ARNEY

6th Grade Teacher

karney@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Maters: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Currently enrolled at American University

“We repeat what we don’t repair.”

-Christine Langley-Obaugh

CHRISTINE KEFFER

CHRISTINE KEFFER

7th Grade Teacher

ckeffer@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Loyola University New Orleans

“Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives.”

-Thomas Berry

Fine Arts Department

JOANNA HODY

JOANNA HODY

Handwork

jhody@raleighoakcharter.org 

Alma Mater: North Carolina State University

“The artist is not a special kind of person; rather each person is a special kind of artist.”

–Ananda Coomaraswamy

ROXANA HADDEN

ROXANA HADDEN

Spanish

rhadden@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Belmont University 

“Observe the children. Actively meditate. Follow your intuitions. Work so that all your actions are worthy of imitation.” 

– Rudolf Steiner

BENJAMIN BYROM

BENJAMIN BYROM

Music

bbyrom@raleighoakcharter.org

 Alma Mater: North Carolina State University

“Music is the pleasure the human mind experiences from counting without being aware that it is counting.”

-Gottfriend Leibniz

 

LINDSAY WINTHROP

LINDSAY WINTHROP

Movement

lwinthrop@raleighoakcharter.org 

Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Greensboro

“Waldorf school education is not a pedagogical system but an art – the art of awakening what is actually there within the human being.” 

-Rudolf Steiner

Exceptional Children’s Department

EC INSTRUCTORS

JESSICA ALLEN

JESSICA ALLEN

EC Self Contained

jallen@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Elizabeth City State University

“Education is for improving the lives of others”

-Marie Wright Edelman

JILLIAN FORTMULLER

JILLIAN FORTMULLER

EC Self Contained

jfortmuller@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Greensboro

“Tell me and I will forget, Show me and I will remember, Involve me and I will understand.”

– Unknown

EC RESOURCE STAFF

MINDY MIAZGA

MINDY MIAZGA

EC Resource

mmiazga@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Liberty University

“Everyone you will ever meet knows something you don’t”

-Bill Nye

RASHIEA RIGGSBEE

RASHIEA RIGGSBEE

EC Resource

rriggsbee@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: North Carolina Central University

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.”

-Ignacio Estrada

Support Staff

INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANTS

BRITTANEY WASHINGTON

BRITTANEY WASHINGTON

Kindergarten IA

bwashington@raleighoakcharter.org

Currently Enrolled at Liberty University

“Observe the children. Actively meditate. Follow your intuitions. Work so that all your actions are worthy of imitation.”

-Rudolf Steiner

JALEESA EDWARDS

JALEESA EDWARDS

Kindergarten IA

jedwards@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: North Carolina Central University

“If your dreams don’t scare you, they aren’t big enough!”

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

JANELLA MENDIVIL

JANELLA MENDIVIL

Kindergarten IA

jmendivil@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Vance-Granville Community College

“If you are not willing to learn, no one can help you. If you are determined to learn no one can stop you.”

-Zig Ziglar

KACEY REYNOLDS

KACEY REYNOLDS

Kindergarten IA

kreynolds@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Duke University

“Play is the highest form of research.” 

~Albert Einstein

SHYLA HARBIN

SHYLA HARBIN

IA

sharbin@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Wake Tech

“Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for today”

-Malcom X

KYLE LAMPART

KYLE LAMPART

IA

klampart@raleighoakcharter.org

Currently Enrolled at Vanderbilt University

“Good teaching is one-fourth preparation and three-fourths theater.”

– Gail Godwin

IMANI MILLS

IMANI MILLS

IA

imills@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: University of North Carolina Central

“In learning you will teach, and in teaching you will learn”

-Phil Collins

CATHERINE RANCOURT

CATHERINE RANCOURT

IA

AKILAH PORTEE

AKILAH PORTEE

IA

CUSTODIAL TEAM

DARLENE SMITH

DARLENE SMITH

Day Porter

“I enjoy the pleasant environment and interaction with our wonderful students and staff. Shoutout to our admin team and front office staff because they are all awesome! I am so glad I am able to keep everybody safe, clean, and healthy!”

– Darlene

Grades

Chickens

Faculty

Years Established

Get In Touch

Location: 9400 Forum Dr, Raleigh, NC 27615

Telephone: (919) 424-7626

Email: info@raleighoakcharter.org

School Hours: M-F: 8am - 4pm