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.




Christina Rivera is an Instructor for Writing and Grammar at Carolina Collaborative Prep.

Before she began teaching, Christina was a Magazine Writer at a local TV Network for several years. From there, her passion for teaching English to middle and high schoolers was sparked. She has a creative approach to storytelling, creative writing, and making grammar fun utilizing a multi-sensory approach.

Patti Collins


Patti Collins is the Science and Executive Functioning Instructor at Carolina Collaborative Prep.


She has a bachelor’s in English from UNC Chapel Hill and a master’s from UNC Charlotte. She taught middle and high school English for fifteen years. During that time, she also started a cooking class in the high school and served as the service-learning coordinator, where she arranged local volunteer opportunities and lead international trips.

Subsequently, Patti began teaching teens and adults with disabilities English, job and life skills. She developed a particular interest in ASD and obtained a graduate certificate in Autism Studies. Recognizing the need for growth in job opportunities for adults with disabilities, she acquired a bakery from a friend who was retiring and offers internships and employment for people with special needs.




Steven Rivera is a Substitute Instructor for Carolina Collaborative Prep. He previously taught History, Executive Functioning and Science at CCP and was and is still one of the students favorite Instructors!

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.