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:)
I am honored and excited to join CFCI as your School Psychologist. After a two year hiatus from education, I’m looking forward to getting back into the field my heart never left!
I moved to Wilmington two years ago from the San Francisco Bay Area with my husband and son. Before that time, I worked in California schools as a school psychologist for over a decade and served as a coordinator for district Early Mental Health Intervention programs. I have been privileged to work with students from ages 2-22 in a number of different settings, from preschools and elementary schools to comprehensive and alternative high schools, as well as post-secondary settings.
Previous to these roles, I was also in mental health crisis and counseling for two years and also have a background in writing. I have a Masters in Counseling with emphases in Clinical/Child/School Psychology and Marriage Family Therapy, with a particular passion for how academic, social, and emotional learning intersects, as well as utilizing the unique strengths of each learner. I cannot wait to join CFCI and look forward to supporting CFCI students and staff!
For 27 years, I have been in the classroom with children ages 4-15. My degree is from Bethany College in Elementary Education with a minor in Language Arts. Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania I went straight into the classroom at 22 years of age and have been there ever since! Since retiring from New Hanover County Schools in July, I have started teaching English as a Second Language to children in Beijing ages 4-15.
I believe having firsthand experience administering tests, along with writing and evaluating EOG test items will not only be helpful in this position but will enable me to aid the teachers in a successful, organized testing season.
I have 2 daughters. Jenna, my oldest, works in the Obstetrics Department at Mercy Hospital near Chicago. Jillian is a senior nursing major at Lenior Rhyne University. My husband is Chief of Training for the Wilmington Fire Department and we have a beautiful German Shepherd named Montana.
In my ‘spare’ time I enjoy planning and directing weddings, tutoring and scrapbooking. I also teach a scrapbooking camp in the summer. I also enjoy relaxing on the beach and boating.
I am proud and excited to come to CFCI as your Testing Coordinator and I look forward to getting to know the teachers, children and families of this very special community of learners.
Kelly Rooney is originally from Chicago, Illinois but moved to Apex, North Carolina in 2002. She came to Wilmington to attend UNCW where she received a Bachelor’s degree in Special Education as well as her Elementary Education license. She also played soccer all 4 years at UNCW and enjoyed the challenges of being a college athlete. Kelly has been involved with CFCI since she first completed field experience here in the spring of 2011. She returned to do her student teaching with Lori Benazzi, in the Spring of 2012. Kelly is very proud to be a part of the CFCI community as an Exceptional Children’s teacher and Behavior Specialist. Her teaching certifications include Special Education K-12, Behavioral and Emotional Disabilities K-12, Middle Grades Math 6-9 and Elementary Education K-6. In her spare time Kelly loves spending time with her husband, working on their new house or her three siblings, including her twin sister. On the weekends, you can often find her on a soccer field, either playing or coaching her 03 girls travel team.