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Faculty & Staff

Administrative Staff:

Susan Shobe, Early-Childhood Administrator

Early-Childhood Teachers:

Susan Shobe, Early Childhood lead teacher. Mrs. Shobe has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Education from Cleveland State University. She obtained a Masters Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Cleveland State University. Susan taught primary grades for seventeen years at Urban Community School on Cleveland’s near west side before joining the Urban Oak staff.

Darla Crow, Early Childhood Assistant Teacher. Ms. Crow graduated from John Carroll University in 2013 with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology. She completed a TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) in 2015. She began working at Urban Oak in 2018. In her free time, Darla loves to travel, sing, and try new food!
Christina Pratt, After-Care assistant teacher. Ms. Pratt obtained a Bachelor of Science from Lake Erie College. Ms. Pratt has multiple years of assistant teaching at Maple Elementary in Painesville Ohio. Ms. Pratt has also volunteered in various schools in the greater Cleveland area where she furthered her love of education. Ms. Pratt loves music.

Class Teachers:

Monique Nicholson, Main Lesson Teacher. Ms. Monique Nicholson holds a BA in Biology from the University of California, Riverside, and possesses a Multiple Subject K-12 and Single subject Science Credentials. Ms. Nicholson began her Waldorf career 20 years ago at the Waldorf School of Orange County CA., where she earned her Waldorf certification. Ms. Nicholson later taught in various Waldorf Charter Schools in California and also worked for many years in a Waldorf School in Israel. Ms. Nicholson loves Nature!

Felicia Campbell, Main Lesson Teacher, Music Teacher. Mrs. Campbell is a musician and educator with over thirty years of experience. Mrs. Campbell holds a Bachelor of Music Education, K-12 from the University of Akron, a Masters of Elementary Education/Music from Sunbridge Institute, and a certificate in Bio-Dynamic Agriculture from the Pfieffer Center in New York. Mrs. Campbell has taught and mentored faculty in Waldorf schools in Ohio, California, and Hawaii. She is a member of the Akron Symphony Chorus, the North American Waldorf Music Educators Association, and is a freelance musician.

Renae Lesser, Main Lesson Teacher. Ms. Lesser holds a BA in Human Ecology from College of the Atlantic and an MA in Philosophy and Education from Columbia University. She was born and raised in Cleveland Heights but has lived all over the country, from San Francisco to New York City to the Maine coast. Ms. Lesser has previously worked as an educator in schools, museums, and libraries. She is also a published author and has worked as a writer and editor for numerous publications. In her free time Ms. Lesser enjoys painting, hiking, traveling, and learning new things. 

Subject Teachers:

Julie Hoehnen completed Eurythmy training at Eurythmy Spring Hill in Chestnut Hill, NY.  Julie teaches movement throughout the school year.

Strings and Spanish Teacher, Carolina Borja-Marroquín is a cellist and Suzuki educator with ten years of experience. Born and raised in Colombia, South America, Carolina holds a Masters of Music in Cello Performance Pedagogy from Ohio University, where she attended as a Fulbright scholar. Ms. Borja collaborates with symphony orchestras, dance companies, chamber music ensembles, folk fusion bands and interdisciplinary groups of artists on a regular basis. She is currently a member of the bands Kombilesa Asé and Cellocentric.