Michal Cohen comes to us with 5 years of K-8 school counseling experience and 8 years of teaching experience, Pre-K-5. She has worked in schools in Greensboro, Israel, Boston, India, San Francisco and, most recently, at the Friends School of Wilmington. Michal holds a Masters Degree in Clinical Psychology from New College of California and a Masters Degree in Education from Wheelock College in Boston, MA. Michal moved here 3 years ago with her family, in order to be close to her parents. She considers herself a bit of a foodie and loves making ice cream and pasta most of all. Her favorite thing to do, however, is build Lego creations with her 3 1/2 yo son, Ethan.
Michal is extremely excited to join the CFCI community and looks forward to getting to know all of you…and, please, don’t be shy about asking her how to pronounce her name:)
I was born in Brisbane, Australia and moved to the US when I was 6 years old. I met my husband, Jeff, in NYC, and we moved to NC in 1989. We have one son who has been a student at CFCI since entering Kindergarten in 2009. I am beginning my 15th year as a Speech-language Pathologist. After graduating from Salem College in 1994 with a Bachelor’s degree in English Literature, I attended UNCG where I earned my Master’s degree in Speech Pathology. I have worked with children and adults in a variety of settings, but my main focus has always been with a school-aged population. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, running, spending time with family and traveling. I love everything about CFCI and am proud to work with such a dedicated staff and wonderful kids!
Carly is originally from Peoria, Arizona and moved with her family to Wilmington in June 2014. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology at the University of Arizona and her Educational Specialist (Ed.S.) degree in School Psychology at UofA as well — Go Wildcats! From there, she completed her internship and obtained her first position as a school psychologist back in her hometown of Peoria. Here she gained valuable experience working across categories with students aged preschool through high school. She is currently a professional member of the National Association of School Psychologists as well as the North Carolina School Psychology Association. Carly loves living in Wilmington with her husband, two daughters, and two fur children. In her spare time she enjoys spending time with her family, catching up with friends, exploring her new town, enjoying the beaches, and reading.
Paul Allen is originally from Savanna-la-Mar Jamaica, but has resided in Wilmington, NC with his family since 2005. Paul graduated from Miller-Motte College in Wilmington, NC with a certificate in Computer Systems Network Administrator. Paul has worked in the IT field for many years, constantly keeping abreast of the latest in technological advancements.
When he is not repairing a computer, designing a network, or troubleshooting IT issues, Paul enjoys spending time with his family. A proud father of four girls, Paige – Brown University / Providence, RI | Miranda – Duke University / Chapel Hill | Gabrielle – Northeastern University in Boston, MA and 4 year-old Stella (Future CFCI Student) but for now her goal is to go to every park in North Carolina. Paul also has a passion for reggae music and enjoys organizing and promoting reggae concerts throughout the United States.
Lisa Cole has been a classroom teacher since 2004 after realizing her love for working with children as a potter. She joined the CFCI team in 2016 as the Academic Intervention Specialist. Lisa holds a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising/Art Direction from the University of Texas in Austin, where she grew up and worked for IBM for several years. Lisa received her teaching certification in San Diego, California where she began her career in bilingual kindergarten. In search of warmer waters, Lisa found Wilmington her next home, teaching in NHC schools for many years. She has also received her Master’s degree in Curriculum Instruction and Supervision from UNC Wilmington.
Lisa enjoys time on the beach reading and swimming, working in the garden and kayaking with her husband, and traveling anywhere and everywhere! She also loves lazing around with her two fur babies when possible.