Michelle Spaulding, executive Director

Michelle Spaulding is the Executive Director of Carolina Collaborative Prep. She is a North Carolina Certified P-12 Special Education Teacher with 26 years of experience in the field. This certification has allowed Michelle to help students of all ages and abilities succeed both in the classroom and their personal lives. Prior to CCP, Michelle worked in Laurel Heights Behavioral Health Hospital in Atlanta, Atlanta Public Schools, Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools, UCP Easter Seals, Developmental Disabilities Resources, and her own start-up company Soar Tutoring.

Michelle graduated from the University of Georgia in 1995 with a 5 year Bachelor of Science Degree in Special Education. Additionally, Michelle has received certificates in Orton-Gillingham Multi-Sensory Training, TEACCH Fundamentals of Structured Teaching, and Handwriting Without Tears. Her goal in teaching is to help children achieve their maximum potential in all areas of development in a multi-sensory, fun, positive, supportive environment that focuses on the unique learning styles and strengths

of the individual learner.

Michelle has lived in Charlotte since 1998. She is happily married with two children and two adorable

mini-schnauzers. She is on the PTSO of her son’s high school and enjoys golf, yoga, reading, playing cards

and going to the beach.

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.