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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Serena Stainback

Serena Stainback

1st Grade Teacher

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 Banzouzi

Jules Banzouzi

2nd Grade Teacher

Deanna Perry

Deanna Perry

2nd Grade Teacher

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

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

4th Grade

KATHY BEERS

KATHY BEERS

4th Grade Teacher

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

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

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

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

Exceptional Children and Student Support

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

DALLAS STEPHENSON

DALLAS STEPHENSON

School Counselor

Support Staff

INSTRUCTIONAL ASSISTANTS

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

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

IMANI MILLS

IMANI MILLS

Floating IA/Permanent Substitute

imills@raleighoakcharter.org

Alma Mater: University of North Carolina Central

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

-Phil Collins

Shyla Harbin

Shyla Harbin

Kindergarten IA

EVA BENTON

EVA BENTON

Kindergarten IA

JENNIFER HAUSER

JENNIFER HAUSER

First Grade IA

CUSTODIAL TEAM

Wallace Lassiter

Wallace Lassiter

Evening Porter

Students

Chickens

Faculty

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Get In Touch

Location: 9400 Forum Dr, Raleigh, NC 27615

Telephone: (919) 424-7626

Email: info@raleighoakcharter.org

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