Community Teachers

Meet our Community Educators! 

Shoshanna Utchenik, Art

Shoshanna Utchenik is proud to have been the first art teacher at the Boggs School because she believes art is essential to our mission of nurturing creative, critical thinkers who contribute to their communities. She is a professional artist especially focused on puppetry, theater design, and public events that spark curiosity and excitement around reimagining our world and ourselves in it.  She holds a Master of Fine Arts from Northwestern University and Bachelor of Fine Arts from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Shoshanna has exhibited or performed throughout the Midwest, NYC, and internationally in Slovenia under the umbrella Interstate Arts. She has worked as a Teaching Artist with arts non-profits, camps, and schools in Chicago and Detroit for 20 years, which she keeps doing because children have the best imaginations and deserve all the time and space they need to explore and create. Shoshanna is entering her fifth year at the Boggs School. 

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Angela Newsom, Roots to Fruits

Angela Newsom is a trained chef that is passionate about teaching the next generation how to eat and live healthily, grow and preserve food, and care for the Earth. After losing her father in 2002 to a diet-related illness, Angela began a healing journey to reverse her own illnesses through diet and lifestyle changes. She believes that access to knowledge, resources, and healthy food is crucial to creating a thriving community and is committed to being an advocate for Detroit children and families. Angela has been coordinating the school's Farm to School program for 4 years and is thrilled to have a weekly class this year to explore cooking, nutrition, and gardening in more depth with Boggs students. 

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Katie Triest, Physical Education & Roots to Fruits

Katie has spent the past eight years adventuring between New York City and Telluride, Colorado. In NYC, she was a Licensed Wildlife Rehabilitator and the Director of Education at New York City's only wildlife rehabilitation center. In Telluride, Colorado, she served as a programmer and educator at the Telluride Historical Museum and the Bird Specialist at the Telluride Academy. A graduate of the University of Michigan, Katie is excited to be back in her home state to teach at the Boggs School this year! 

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Sicily McRaven, After-Care

Sicily graduated Cum Laude from Wayne State University's dual degree program in 2011 with a BFA in Fiber Arts and a BS in Art Education. She has been inspired by the educational practices and community-centered atmosphere of the Boggs School and was happy to join the team last year. Outside of work, she is an event and workshop organizer focused on social justice and inclusion.


Sarah Brooks, After-Care

Sarah will graduate this December from Wayne State University with a degree in English and Fine Arts before pursuing a degree in Urban Education this coming summer. Outside of school and her work at Boggs, she is mentor in the Big Sister program through Alternatives for Girls and sits on the Michigan Coalition for Human Rights Board. Sarah began volunteering at the Boggs School in 2013 and felt so connected to the community that she was thrilled to join the team as an after-school teacher last year. 


Dakarai Carter, After-Care

Dakarai is a social work student at Wayne State University who stays involved in his community in many ways. As a young person, Dakarai started his interested in organizing with Detroit Summer and continues that work through this day. In addition, he holds a board position with the Boggs Center to Nurture Community Leadership. Dakarai has a passion for working with young people and has been working with the Boggs School for four years.