New Faculty & Staff: 2014-2015
Please join us in welcoming new members of the faculty and staff to Laurel for the 2014-2015 school year.
Staci Block - World Languages: Long-term sub Pre-Primary, Primary and Middle School French
A parent of two Laurel alumnae and a former part-time French teacher in Laurel’s Early Childhood and Primary divisions, Staci returns to Lyman Circle as the maternity sub for Christina Hunt. She has taught Upper School French at Hawken and Middle School French at Ruffing Montessori and has been a lecturer in French grammar, composition, conversation and literature at Case Western Reserve University. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and her Master’s from the University of Michigan; her awards include a Fulbright Scholarship. A member of the American Association of Teachers of French, she served a three-year term as president of Le Cercle des Conferences Francaise.
Karla Crucke - Assistant Director of College Guidance
After eight years in college admissions, most recently as Director of Admission at Case Western Reserve University’s Weatherhead School of Management, Karla brings to Laurel intimate knowledge of the college side of the admission process. Prior to her tenure at Weatherhead, she was an Assistant Director of Undergraduate Admission at Case and has worked in Admissions at The University of Akron and Otterbein University. She has a B.A. from The Ohio State University and an M.A. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Akron. Karla particularly enjoys working one-on-one with students and is excited about building relationships and working closely with Laurel girls and their parents.
Ghenwa Daoud - World Languages: Middle and Upper School French
Fluent in French, Arabic and English, Ghenwa has taught French at the elementary, middle, high school and college levels in her native country of Lebanon. Most recently she taught French at Lakeland Community College. Her undergraduate work in French language and literature was completed at Lebanese University, and she has a Master’s in French literature from Francois-Rabelais University in Tours, France.
Erika Globits - Pre-Primary: Co-lead Early Learners
Familiar to many parents and students in last year’s Pre-Primary when she served as a maternity sub, Erika returns to Laurel full time in the new Early Learners classroom. A graduate of Walsh University, with a bachelor’s in early childhood education and a reading endorsement for K-12, Erika completed her student teaching in Massillon, OH. She has substituted and tutored in Prek–Grade 7 classrooms in the Lakewood, Amherst, Westlake, Fairview and Massillon public school districts. Erika has volunteered with Ohio Reads and as a camp counselor at a Hungarian youth summer camp in New York.
Chanel Smit - Physical Education: Long-term sub Primary and Middle School
Laurel’s head field hockey and lacrosse coach since 2011, Chanel joins us as the maternity sub for Becky Hutchinson. During her undergraduate years at John Carroll University, Chanel served as an athletic manager and a resident assistant. She also has taught at Kindercare in Beachwood.
Lee Mei Stokes - Director of Finance
Lei Mei has served as a senior financial executive at the corporate level and has extensive experience in financial analysis, strategic planning, global operations, contract negotiations, business expansion and performance measurement. She most recently served as the Controller for Lumitex in Strongsville; her prior positions include CFO of Park Farms, Corporate Controller at Oatey Co., General Director of the Akron Summer Musical Festival, Controller at Land O’Lakes Dairy Foods, Accounting Manager at Alphabet, Inc., Senior Financial Analyst at Forest City Enterprises and Auditor at Deloitte & Touche. She is an honors graduate of Kent State University and received her M.B.A. from Cleveland State University. Lee Mei is fluent in English, Chinese and Malay.