Our Instructors

Our instructors bring over 30 years of experience to the classroom. They are dedicated to providing quality instruction to help you achieve your best score on your next test.

English Instructors

 
Kari Case - Bachelor's Degree in Secondary English Education
Mrs. Case spent many summers in Charlotte as a child, she moved to Charlotte at the finish of her freshman year at Cazenovia College in Central New York. Mrs. Case transferred to UNC Charlotte in 1993 and earned a Bachelor's degree in Secondary English Education. She has been teaching developmental English and reading courses at Central Piedmont Community College since 2003, where she regularly teaches English, reading, and writing skills in the classroom. In addition to college teaching experience, she has also taught middle school math and high school English. Mrs. Case has been in the SAT/ACT community since 2007 when she began as a proctor for a nationally known test prep company. She quickly moved into teaching prep classes and then training many of the teachers for the Charlotte area center. More recently, Mrs. Case joined Collegiate Test Prep and began working with the TEAS test in addition to her SAT and ACT experience.  She enjoys helping students analyze their strengths and weaknesses so their tests highlight their skills and knowledge and assist them in getting into the schools and programs they choose.

Ray Leach - Master's Degree in Teaching Middle Grades English
Mr. Leach is a 6th grade English teacher at Lake Norman Charter School in Huntersville, NC. Originally from Gastonia, NC, he is proud and energized about returning to his alma mater, CPCC ('07). After graduation, Mr. Leach transferred to UNC-Charlotte to complete his Bachelor's degree in English with a minor in Technical and Professional Writing ('08). After a successful run in the corporate world, he returned to UNC-Charlotte to complete his Master of Arts in Teaching Middle Grades English ('18) and is currently pursuing his PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, Urban Literacy, at UNC-Charlotte with an expected graduation date of 2022. As a test-taker, Mr. Leach scored in the top 2% of all writers across the world on the GRE test from 2015-2018. As a full-time classroom teacher, Mr. Leach is on the front lines of reading and writing instruction and knows the importance of these skills as students apply to college programs. As a former college writing center coach, he also understands the needs of incoming college freshmen as they adjust to the demands of college reading, writing, and comprehending. In addition to teaching full-time, Mr. Leach has served as an SAT proctor since 2018.

Catherine Poynter - Bachelor's Degree in Secondary English Education
Ms. Poynter, a native of Winston-Salem, attended Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Her passion for English literature and psychology led her to double-major in both disciplines, earning her Bachelor's degree in 1992. After beginning her family, Ms. Poynter discovered a joy for teaching and embarked on a fifteen-year career in education. She holds a teaching certificate in Secondary Education from Western Carolina University and has taught secondary English courses in diverse populations from urban public schools to a gold medal, nationally-ranked charter school. Additionally, Ms. Poynter has five years of experience teaching in the Middle Years International Baccalaureate Programme. She plans to begin coursework for her master's degree in Holocaust and Genocide Studies in the fall. A new member of Central Piedmont Community College's test prep team, Ms. Poynter has administered the SAT for over eight years, with additional experience administering the Pre-SAT, ACT and PLAN tests. She enjoys teaching subject-related critical thinking skills and strategies to her students. For her, there is nothing more rewarding than witnessing students' mastery of test-taking strategies so that their talents and expertise can shine.

Carrie Roth - Bachelor's Degree in Literature
Ms. Roth attended UNC Asheville as a NC Teaching Fellow.   She graduated with a BA in literature and a teaching licensure for grades 6-12.  Although licensed to teach middle school, all her experience thus far has been at the high school level.  She's taught in both public and charter school settings and has taught English I, II, and III, as well as an elective speech and debate course.   Recently, Ms. Roth left the classroom to explore a corporate career, but was not ready to let go of teaching altogether. She enjoys language and literature, but loves working with young people.  As an educator, creating genuine and meaningful connections with her students is of the utmost importance to her, helping them take the next step in their journey.

math instructors


Brenda Bridges-Jones - Master's Degree  in Industrial Education
Ms. Bridges-Jones received both her Bachelor's degree in mathematics and her Master's degree in Industrial Education, concentrating in Graphic Arts, from Clemson University. She received her certification through a Professional to Classroom program. She has taken an additional 33 hours of graduate credit in education and math strategies. Ms. Bridges-Jones is AP endorsed for Calculus AB and AAP endorsed to teach gifted and talented students. She is certified as a Peer Mentor and is ADEPT and SAFE-T certified (Peer Evaluator). She has taught all high school math courses and worked as a homebound instructor and an after school program tutor.

Mark Brown - Master's Degree in Educational Administration and Supervision
Mr. Brown was born and raised in Newark, New Jersey. He received his Bachelor's degree in Mathematics from Rutgers University and his Master's degree in Educational Administration & Supervision from Montclair State University. In his almost 30-year career as an educator for the Newark Public Schools, he was a high school mathematics teacher and taught classes from Pre-Algebra to Pre-Calculus (including SAT Prep). He was also an elementary and high school assistant principal for 15 years where, among other duties, he supervised the mathematics, science, and guidance departments. Most recently, he taught middle school mathematics (Algebra I/Algebra I Honors) at a Christian school and home-schooled his youngest daughter for 8th grade. Mr. Brown a self-employed income tax preparer and regularly tutors students in middle and high school mathematics. In his spare time, Mr. Brown enjoys spending time with his family, reading self-help books, and enjoying the outdoors. He is looking forward to working with Central Piedmont and the Collegiate Test Prep Program to help students advance their education and fulfill their dreams.

Angelica Davis - Master's Degree in Curriculum & Instruction
Ms. Davis received her BS in Mathematics Education from NCSU, MA in Curriculum & Instruction, from Gardner-Webb University-North Carolina Teaching Fellow.  She is a highly qualified secondary mathematics instructor with over 9 years of teaching experience.  Ms. Davis has great passion for teaching and is fit to instruct all types of scholars.  She will go the extra mile for her students. Her motto is "math is fun when you learn from experts."

Allison Hahn - Master's Degree  in Mathematics Education
Ms. Hahn is originally from Brookville, New York. She attended Clemson University for undergraduate degrees in both Mathematical Sciences and Secondary Education in Math. She moved to Charlotte after graduation and taught a wide range of math courses at a high school in Concord for six years. During this time, she received her Master's degree in Mathematics Education at UNC Charlotte. This led to a current full-time position as Teacher-in- Residence in the math department at UNC Charlotte. She enjoys teaching math in each of these various capacities. In her free time, she loves to travel, go to Panthers and Hornets games, and spend time with her dog, Koopa.

Sarah Jackson - Master's Degree of Teaching, Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics
Ms. Jackson's passion for teaching began when she was little, pretending to be a teacher with all of the neighborhood kids. In high school, she took a teacher cadet course where she was able to shadow her favorite middle school teacher. She graduated with her B.S. in Mathematics and M.T. in Secondary Ed from the University of South Carolina. She then moved to Dallas, TX where she taught 9th grade math to predominately English Language Learners. Ms. Jackson later moved to Charlotte, NC where she taught three years at Vance High School. Go Cougars! She looks forward to continuing her teaching career helping students be successful with Collegiate Test Prep!

Michelle Johncock - Master's Degree in Mathematics, Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics Education
Ms. Johncock's math teaching career began 25 years ago after she graduated from American University in Washington, DC with her B.S. in Mathematics Education. Since then she's taught at several independent schools in Washington, DC, Annapolis, MD and here in Charlotte. She was a 2007-2008 Fulbright Teacher's Exchange Award recipient and taught eighth & ninth grade math for one year in Sterkspruit, South Africa, while completing her MA in mathematics education from George Washington University. She has taught mathematics at every grade level from fifth through twelfth grade but finds working with her own first and fourth grade kids the toughest teaching yet. She relaxes (recovers?) with Taekwondo, pickleball, and binge watching Supernatural. She's super excited to be working with Central Piedmont and can't wait to share her enthusiasm for mathematics.

Brittany Sandy - Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering
Ms. Sandy is a Clemson University graduate with a degree in chemical engineering.  After 5 years working as a chemical engineer, she took a leap to pursue her true passion, teaching.  Since making the career change, she has taught and tutored all levels of math and science through AP Calculus and Chemistry.  She has experience teaching students from very diverse backgrounds, and she strives to build relationships with each student she teaches!

Quadasia Walker-Moss - Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics
Ms. Moss earned her undergraduate degree in Mathematics at Johnson C. Smith University in 2007. She is currently in her 8th year of teaching High School Math and has experience teaching in both the public and charter school system. Ms. Moss is also a tutor for Ramana Learning Center in which she covers SAT prep, high, and middle school math. In her spare time, Ms. Moss loves to travel and enjoys being a dance instructor at a dance studio in the Charlotte area. Ms. Moss is extremely passionate about educating others and believes that you should always, "begin with the end in mind."

Science instructors

Dr. Pat Alfarone - Doctor of Chiropractic
Dr. Alfarone has a MA in Education with a focus in the sciences. He currently teaches anatomy and physiology on the community college level and biomedical studies on the high school level. He is currently working on completing National Board certification. Prior to his educational career, Dr. Alfarone worked independently as a Chiropractic physician since 1994.

Manal Guirguis - Master's Degree in Biological Sciences and Biotechnology
Ms. Guirguis is originally from Alexandria, Egypt. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Pharmacy and a Master's Degree of Biological Sciences and Biotechnology and has more than 25 years of teaching experience.  Ms. Guirguis has been teaching at Central Piedmont for 11 years. She is a creative crafter and artist who loves music, reading, walking, traveling, and cooking.

Melissa Holland - Master's Degree in Secondary Science Education, Master's Degree in Educational Leadership, Bachelor's Degree in Zoology
Ms. Holland has taught high school science in North and South Carolina for twenty years.  She holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Zoology from NC State University, a Masters in Secondary Science Education from Coastal Carolina University, and a Masters in Educational Leadership from Coastal Carolina University.  She currently teaches for Gaston County Schools. She looks forward to helping students succeed with Collegiate Test Prep!

Brittany Sandy - Bachelor's Degree in Chemical Engineering
Ms. Sandy is a Clemson University graduate with a degree in chemical engineering.  After 5 years working as a chemical engineer, she took a leap to pursue her true passion, teaching.  Since making the career change, she has taught and tutored all levels of math and science through AP Calculus and Chemistry.  She has experience teaching students from very diverse backgrounds, and she strives to build relationships with each student she teaches!