Noelle Jones-Marotta is new education director at Hanna Perkins School

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Hanna Perkins School names new Education Director;
former director remains on staff

July 1, 2020

Noelle Jones-MarottaSHAKER HEIGHTS – Lead kindergarten teacher Noelle Jones-Marotta has been promoted to Education Director for Hanna Perkins School, effective July 1. She takes over the role from Barbara Streeter, who has held that position since 2009. Streeter will remain on the Hanna Perkins School staff as Consulting Therapist.

The announcement was made by Karen Baer, CEO of Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development, the school’s not-for-profit parent organization.

“I’m excited by this transition and what it will mean for our school community,” Baer said. “Noelle and Barbara have worked closely together for seven years and know each other well. They share the same values and philosophy about working with parents and children, and have been working together to assure a smooth transition.”

Marotta joined Hanna Perkins in 2013 and has worked in both the preschool and kindergarten classrooms. A native of Cleveland, she has a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education and a master’s degree in education, both from John Carroll University.

“I’m proud to be part of this amazing team of professionals who are so dedicated to serving families,” Marotta said. “The Hanna Perkins approach brings parents into a true partnership with our teachers and family helpers, and it really makes a difference in meeting the individual needs of each child.”

Streeter joined Hanna Perkins in 1989 as associate director of the Extension Division (now Community Engagement), which provides training in social emotional development to early childhood educators and childcare workers throughout the region.

She became the school’s therapy director in 1997, and continued in that role since becoming education director in 2009. Beginning in 2012, she also has served as faculty chair for the Cleveland Child and Adolescent Psychoanalytic Training Program.

In her new role as Consulting Therapist, Streeter will work with Marotta, teachers and the therapists – who are often referred to in the school as family helpers – to provide the highest level of support for parents and children who attend the school.

Hanna Perkins School is a private, non-profit charter school offering kindergarten, preschool and parent/toddler group classes. While offering excellent academics, it focuses on the understanding and mastery of emotions as a foundation for learning. The school provides small classes and highly individualized education for typically developing children as well as those who need extra support and might struggle in a traditional classroom environment.

About Hanna Perkins

Since 1951, Hanna Perkins Center for Child Development has partnered with parents and professionals to help children understand, communicate and manage their feelings for success in school and life. Located in the historic renovation of the former Malvern School in Shaker Heights, Hanna Perkins provides these services:

  • Hanna Perkins School: State-chartered kindergarten, preschool and parent/toddler program
  • Hadden Clinic for Children & Families: Mental health counseling and therapy specifically for children from birth through adolescence, and for new moms struggling with postpartum depression.
  • Bullying Prevention: My Mad Feelings is an educational curriculum for young children that provides age-appropriate social-emotional lessons that head off bullying as they grow older.
  • Consultation and training with other schools and early learning centers.
  • Continuing education for early learning educators, child care workers, social workers, and others who work with children on a daily basis.
  • Child psychoanalytic training: An official training program of the American Psychoanalytic Association, conducted in cooperation with the Cleveland Psychoanalytic Center.