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

Emmanuel Meggett - Master's Degree in English (Current Ed.D Student)
Mr. Meggett earned his undergraduate degree in English with a minor in Education at South Carolina State University. Soon after, he completed a Masters In English with an emphasis in Higher Education from Grand Canyon University. Currently, Mr. Meggett is pursuing a Doctor of Education in Learning and Organizational Change at Baylor University. His teaching assignments range from teaching in public schools where he taught middle and high School English, to the collegiate level. Mr. Meggett is elated to help grow and refine our future leaders of tomorrow.
 
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.

Victoria Efird - Master's Degree in Higher Education/Reading
Victoria Efird earned her undergraduate degree in English Education at East Carolina University, and a Master's Degree in Higher Education/Reading from Appalachian State University. She taught English at the middle school and high school level before starting her fulltime community college career at Central Piedmont Community College. Her diverse assignments at the college have included teaching inmates at Camp Green Prison to teaching onsite classes for employees of various Charlotte businesses. Ms. Efird is currently a fulltime faculty member in the English Department at South Piedmont Community College, where she was promoted to professor in 2016. She teaches Integrated Reading and Writing, Transition English, and Writing and Inquiry Support. She is also an adjunct instructor in the English Department at Central Piedmont Community College.

Sarah Honeycutt - Master's Degree in Reading Education
Mrs. Honeycutt has been teaching high school English for thirteen years, first in Mohave Valley, Arizona and in Charlotte and Concord, NC since 2006. She earned her undergraduate degree in English Education with a minor in Educational Psychology from Ball State University in Muncie, IN. Later, she completed a Masters in Reading Education from UNCC, and then she went on to earn National Board Certification in English Language Arts. Mrs. Honeycutt incorporates effective test-taking skills into daily lessons as her students prepare for high-stake assessments such as state End-of-Course exams, the ACT, the SAT, the TEAS, and the GRE. She is excited to be part of a team working to help students increase their formal assessment scores as they prepare to be accepted into college, Master's programs, and successful futures.

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.

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.

math instructors

Albertia Burgess - Master's Degree  in Criminal Justice
Ms. Burgess comes to us with over 10 years of experience in teaching various Language Arts related courses, ranging from Adolescent Literature to Strategic Reading. Having taught in both the public and state schools, her experience includes exposure to students from a wide array of cultural, economic, and educational backgrounds. Ms. Burgess obtained a Bachelor in English from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington.  She went on to complete a Master in Criminal Justice with an Emphasis on Legal Research at Grand Canyon University.  With more than a decade of experience in foundational English, ELA, collegiate test prep, and elective literacy coursework, Ms. Burgess has a wealth of knowledge and expertise in comprehension strategies, literature analysis and language decryption.

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.

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 CPCC and the Collegiate Test Prep Program to help students advance their education and fulfill their dreams.

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."

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!

Tricia Werkheiser - Master's Degree in Mathematics Education
Ms. Werkheiser taught mathematics at Pocono Mountain High School in Pennsylvania for 25 years, serving as Department Head for several of those years. She instructed all levels, but mainly focused on Advanced Placement Calculus. Ms. Werkheiser participated in a grant program, Classrooms for the Future. She has worked with the College Board, providing audits for both Calculus AB and BC, and regularly attended regional and national College Board conferences. Ms. Werkheiser facilitated AP seminars for 10 years. She also provided private tutoring lessons for over 20 years.
She has a Bachelor's Degree in Mathematics and a Master's in Mathematics Education. Ms. Werkheiser has an additional 60 credits in a variety of areas including instructional strategies, technology, inclusion, multiculturalism, cooperative learning and peer coaching. She has extensive professional development experiences in learning styles, differentiated instruction and outcomes based education.

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.

Dr. Pierre Bizer - Doctor of Physical Therapy
Dr. Bizier is a professor at CPCC teaching Anatomy and Physiology. He is originally from Watertown, Connecticut. He obtained a Bachelor's Degree in Molecular and Cell Biology from the University of Connecticut and a Doctorate's degree in Physical Therapy from the University of Hartford. After spending time as a physical therapist he decided to change careers to become a Biology Instructor. He has also taught at Queens University of Charlotte. Outside of school, he loves traveling and is currently coaching a traveling youth hockey team out of Pineville, North Carolina.

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!