I graduated from the University of Vermont with a B.S. in Art Education and went on to earn my M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction from Lesley University. I taught Integrated Arts for 9 years prior to becoming the Dean of Students in a PK-4 school in Massachusetts. I received a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Leadership from Worcester State University. I have been the Principal of a PK-8 International Baccalaureate School in Provincetown, MA for the past eight years where I worked with teachers to prepare students to become open-minded, active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others. I look forward to joining the CFCI learning community and getting to know the children and families who have made the choice to embrace inquiry to better understand the world in which they live, learn, communicate, and work.
My husband, Brian, is a farrier and we have two daughters, Hunter – who is a casting assistant for film and television in Chicago (Elon ’16 graduate) and Sage – who is a high school senior. We enjoy spending time together traveling, cooking, kayaking and hanging out at the beach. We have a little dog – Sailor and two cats – Bella and Bleu. We look forward to exploring the Wilmington area, getting to know our new neighbors and giving back to our community.
“Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” – Albert Einstein
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 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.
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:)