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OURLEADERSHIP

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.

SARAH Taylor,
instructor

Sarah Taylor is an Instructor in the Lower Academy at Carolina Collaborative Prep.  

 

In July of 2018, Sarah retired from teaching after 25 years in the Gaston County Schools system.  During those years she was a classroom teacher for grades 2-5 with most of her years in 3rd  and 5th grades. Sarah was also employed as a Title I reading teacher for several of those years serving students who needed extra support to improve their reading skills.  In order to be a Title I reading teacher, Sarah had to earn a specialized reading certification from classes taken at Belmont Abbey College in addition to her degree in Elementary Education.  More recently in 2021, she was hired to be the reading facilitator for a program that was created for 2nd grade students who were behind in their reading skills at Paw Creek Elementary School in Charlotte. Sarah continues to work with these students every Wednesday afternoon.  The program has proven to be both a success and a blessing.  Her goal in teaching has alway been to create a safe and positive environment for students to learn and to allow for open communication. I believe with those two components in place, students can soar!

Sarah is the mother of two young men who amaze her everyday. She enjoys spending time with extended family, her faithful dog who is always excited to see her at the end of the day, reading (when time allows), and relaxing on the beach.

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CORTNEY HAMEL,
instructor

Cortney Hamel is an Instructor in the Upper Academy at Carolina Collaborative Prep.
 
Cortney graduated from The University of Tampa with an undergraduate degree in Elementary Education. She began her teaching career in Fairfax County, Virginia teaching sixth grade. Cortney's first teaching experience consisted of teaching students with a variety of disabilities in the general education setting. Three years later, she took on the ESOL teacher position and serviced students in the classroom while learning English. After the birth of her son, her family moved to Florida. Cortney enjoyed some time off with her son, but stayed teaching international students in the evening and one on one with students with functioning disabilities. When she was ready to get back in the classroom, Cortney joined a title one school teaching students from other countries with behavior and academic disabilities.
 
After COVID, Cortney taught middle school Language Arts and Intensive Reading. Her husband had a job opportunity in Charlotte, which led them to our area. They are loving the season changes and slower pace and Cortney is currently enrolled in Graduate school for Social Work. In addition to her son she also has two rescue dogs. Cortney's passion is helping students find their confidence and guide them on a path of growth. She is focused on communicating with parents and families to build strong relationships to help each child reach his or her fullest potential. 

SARAH PULLEY,
instructor

Sarah Pulley is an Instructor at in the Upper Academy at Carolina Collaborative Prep.

Sarah graduated from the University of North Carolina Wilmington with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology. After graduation she joined the team at the North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher as an Outreach Coordinator traveling around the state teaching environmental science classes featuring native NC animal species. After moving to Charlotte she became the Youth Programs Manager at Daniel Stowe Botanical Garden where she continued to foster a fun, inclusive learning environment for all students.

While in university, Sarah studied abroad in Australia which deepened her love of traveling and environmental science and jump started her journey of teaching others.

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Victoria McLain,
instructor

Victoria McLain is an Instructor in the Upper Academy at Carolina Collaborative Prep.

 

Victoria graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in Human Development and Family Studies. In her undergraduate studies, she specialized in Birth-Kindergarten Education and received a minor in Spanish. While attending UNCG, she tutored students in Biology, Nutrition, and Spanish. 

 

As an undergraduate student, Victoria studied abroad in Puebla, Mexico. During that time, she immersed herself in the culture and served at a local orphanage. After graduating, Victoria taught at the Jewish Community Center in Tampa, FL. After about 4 years, she relocated to her hometown, Charlotte, NC, and began working as a tutor for Beam Tutoring. Victoria enjoys teaching children of all ages, primarily in math, reading, and writing. 

 

In her spare time, Victoria enjoys hiking, traveling, learning new languages, and spending time with loved ones. 

TAYLOR LANE,
ASSISTANT instructor

Taylor Lane is an Assistant Instructor in the Lower Academy at Carolina Collaborative Prep.

Born and raised in Fort Worth, Texas, Taylor relocated to Charlotte, NC in August 2022. Before her move, she received her Bachelor of Science from the University of North Texas. Taylor plans to pursue a teacher's certification in the near future.  

Taylor has 10 years of experience working with children. Her experience includes 2 years as a substitute teacher (for Keller ISD where she worked with grades PreK-3rd, 5th and 6th, as well as Special Education) as well as being employed as a Registered Behavior Technician in autism therapy. Her experience with children also includes volunteering at Cook's Children Hospital, nannying, tutoring, and babysitting. 

In addition to her career goals and work, Taylor enjoys spending time with her cat, hiking with her dog, photography, painting, and reading. Taylor is so excited to join the CCP family!

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