LISA RIVERa, Director

Lisa Rivera is the Director of Carolina Collaborative Prep. With over 20 years of experience teaching in both classrooms and one-on-one tutoring, she developed a new way of teaching that allows students who struggle to have success through multi-sensory learning. 


Her passion is to prove that children with any type of learning difficulty can thrive in school and have confidence as they approach high school, college, and their own careers. It all started when one of her daughters struggled to grasp the standard teaching methods and was later discovered to be dyslexic. As a result, Lisa embarked on a quest to discover all-inclusive, effective, and fun teaching methods for students who struggle in traditional classrooms... and has found great success.


After receiving her training in Orton Gillingham, Lisa wrote a series of workbooks and recently published the first edition, an interactive phonics workbook, “The Spellings of Long Vowels.” 


Each week Lisa is able see such growth in her students as a direct result of the personalized, multi-sensory instruction they receive from their caring, qualified, and experienced teachers. Students who once struggled elsewhere now thrive at CCP! 

Dawn Newbury, Fellow/AOGPE

Dawn Newbury is Head of the English Department at Carolina Collaborative Prep. She has been involved in education for over twenty-five years with experience as an elementary school administrator, K-12 testing coordinator, classroom teacher, private language instructor, facilitator and instructor for multi-sensory language instruction training courses. 


Her educational degrees include a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary and Special Education from Central Michigan University and a MA in Reading from Spring Arbor University.


She is certified as a Fellow with the Academy of Orton-Gillingham Practitioners and Educators and has certification with IDA as a Dyslexia Therapist. She has also presented at the North Carolina International Dyslexia Association Conferences. She loves teaching and seeing students gain confidence as they reach their full potential.



Grace Geraci is a Writing Instructor as well as Science & Science Lab Instructor at Carolina Collaborative Prep.


She achieved her Graduate Certification in Teaching from the University of Charlotte North Carolina at Charlotte. Prior to her teaching certification, she also received her BA in English Literature. 


Grace has over ten years of one-on-one teaching experience and several years of classroom experience as well as experience working with disabled adults in the work field. 



Steven Rivera is an Instructor for History and Executive Functioning & Life Skills at Carolina Collaborative Prep.

He earned his bachelor's degree in psychology from Winthrop University and is completing his Master's degree in counseling from Gordon-Conwell. His desire is to help adolescents and their families through counseling. Steven has four years of experience working with children/adolescents with learning differences in various capacities and has been involved in helping disadvantaged youth for the past 6 years. 




Joshua August is an Instructor for Photography at Carolina Collaborative Prep.

Joshua is a professional photographer & videographer by trade.  His work has been seen on television, internationally in journals, Amazon Prime Video and countless websites.  He has photographed products for successful companies, right here in Charlotte, as well as many weddings.

Above that, he has a deep passion and love for teaching new generations the art of creativity.  You will always find Joshua giving 150% to his craft!  

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