STAFF DIRECTORY

OUR SCHOOL

Administrator 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.

RODNEY BERRY

RODNEY BERRY

Interim 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

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

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

Student Support Team

DALLAS STEPHENSON

DALLAS STEPHENSON

School Counselor

Joyce Coleman

Joyce Coleman

Nurse

Curriculum Team

JENNY PATRICK

JENNY PATRICK

Lower School Instructional Coach

KATIE ARNEY

KATIE ARNEY

Upper School Instructional Coach

Elaine Dobson

Elaine Dobson

Multilingual Teacher

Exceptional Children

MINDY MIAZGA

MINDY MIAZGA

EC Coordinator

mmiazga@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: Liberty University

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

-Bill Nye

LEAH WALDMAN

LEAH WALDMAN

EC TEACHER

BRITTANEY WASHINGTON

BRITTANEY WASHINGTON

Exceptional Children's 1:1

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

JANELLA MENDIVIL

JANELLA MENDIVIL

Exceptional Children's 1:1

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

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

1st Grade

LIANNA HARBESON

LIANNA HARBESON

1st 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

2nd Grade

MAEGHAN SILL

MAEGHAN SILL

2nd 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

JULES-DIANA Banzouzi

JULES-DIANA Banzouzi

2nd 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

DEANNA PERRY

DEANNA PERRY

2nd 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

3rd Grade

HEATHER READING

HEATHER READING

3rd 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

Jessica Garner

Jessica Garner

3rd Grade Teacher

4th Grade

NADIA WHITE

NADIA WHITE

4th Grade Teacher

5th Grade

UNIQUE BAILEY

UNIQUE BAILEY

5th Grade Teacher

HAYDEN PARRISH

HAYDEN PARRISH

5th Grade Teacher

6th Grade

SARAH REYNOLDS

SARAH REYNOLDS

6th Grade Teacher

Alma Mater: University of North Carolina at Greensboro

“Wisdom begins in wonder” 

-Socrates

7th/8th Grade

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

Laureen Pelayo

Laureen Pelayo

8th Grade Teacher

Fine Arts Department

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

Sharyn Loy

Sharyn Loy

Handwork Teacher

Instructional Assistants

Shyla Harbin

Shyla Harbin

Kindergarten IA

EVA BENTON

EVA BENTON

Kindergarten IA

Maria Campagna

Maria Campagna

Kindergarten IA

Jaleesa Edwards

Jaleesa Edwards

First Grade IA

JENNIFER HAUSER

JENNIFER HAUSER

First Grade IA

FACILITIES TEAM

Samuel Fells

Samuel Fells

Custodian

Students

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