Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Sciences & Disorders and a Master of Science degree in Speech-Language Pathology from Appalachian State University. 

Kim has 26 years’ experience with writing literacy, Project Based Learning, enrichment, differentiated and remedial instruction. Kim’s passion is teaching writing literacy for all learning styles. She is certified in Project Read and Framing Your Thoughts and is known for inspiring and teaching writing literacy, written and oral expression for at-risk and low strategic learners, children with learning differences, as well as gifted and talented students. 

As Eastern Regional Literacy Teacher of the Year, sponsored by the International Reading Association, Kim shares her visual writing techniques with all learners. Her first literacy article was published in a national teacher’s magazine; Creative Classroom- Tapping into the Arts.  She self-published a writing & literacy book; The Art of Visual Writing for elementary teachers k-5;  .  She has incorporated various creative/visual writing techniques & strategies, integrating the core content and the arts across a variety of genres. Moreover, her writing and Project Based Learning strategies were highlighted in over 100 news articles. She has also been recognized for her literacy and educational contributions by Oprah Winfrey, CNN, Fox News, and honored by the White House and CT State Governor several times. All learning styles have been successful with Kim’s visual writing & reading strategies, enhancing children’s literacy; one word at a time. 

Education:  Graduated from Central Connecticut State University with a Masters in Early Childhood Education.  She also holds an honorary seat with the USA Today All-Star Teacher team.

Amy is a reading specialist at CCP. She has been tutoring and teaching students with learning disabilities for over 23 years. Amy is highly trained in the Orton-Gillingham approach and currently at the Certified Level of the Academy of Orton -Gillingham Practitioners and Educators (

Education: Masters of Science degree in Speech and Language Pathology and a Bachelors of Science degree in Teaching of the Speech and Hearing Handicapped, and a Minor in Spanish from Ithaca College, Ithaca, New York. 


Kerry Richman-Connors, M.S., CCC-SLP

Education: Bachelor of Science degree in Rehabilitation Services from East Carolina University prior to receiving an Occupational Therapy Assistant degree from Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in 2012. Kelly's career as a pediatric OTA inspired her to further her education in Occupational Therapy, successfully obtaining her Masters in Occupational Therapy through Cabarrus College of Health Sciences in 2016.

Pam has 10 years of experience teaching children and adolescents with learning disabilities, ADHD, language and auditory processing disorders, and behavioral-emotional disorders.  Pam has experience teaching in both the public and specialized private school settings in Charlotte, NC, where she lives with her husband and three children.  Her own personal experience as a parent helps her to understand the feelings of frustration in the special education process, empathize with parents who are trying to navigate through the system, and relate to a parent's desire to maximize their students' learning, success, and self-esteem.

​Julie Stevens 

​5101 Providence Rd, Charlotte, NC 28226 

Kelly Fitzgerald - Occupational Therapist

Prior to acquiring KidSpeak, Inc. Kerry worked for the Charlotte Speech and Hearing Center with the pediatric, adolescent and adult populations. Kerry acquired KidSpeak, Inc. and has been operating it since 2001.  Kerry has grown the KidSpeak practice and now serves families in the Charlotte community both in the clinic, preschools, daycares, and schools.  Kerry enjoys working with children of all ages and a variety of speech and language issues. Her special interest areas are early language development, language disorders, feeding, motor speech difficulties, childhood apraxia of speech, cleft palate, sensory integration dysfunction, Down syndrome, Autism, and language processing.  Kerry is a certified Hanen Speech Language Pathologist that offers a family-focused program for parents of children who are in need of language development.  Kerry is also PROMPT trained.   Kerry is licensed by the North Carolina Board of Examiners for Speech and Audiology and holds a Certificate of Clinical Competence from the American Speech Language Hearing Association. When Kerry is not at KidSpeak, Inc. she enjoys spending time with her husband and three children, Thomas, Emily,

Kim Waltmire, M.Ed.  - Writing Specialist

Katrina Smith - Math Specialist

Ingalls Tutoring

Education: M.Ed. in Learning Disabilities from UNC-Charlotte & BA in Elementary Education from UNC-Chapel Hill

Education: Bachelor of Education (Honors) 1st Class Degree & Master of Education (Special Education)

Education: B.S. in Home Economics Education with a minor in Business from the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN (1991) and an M.Ed. in Special Education from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, VA (1993). 

Lauren Hachen-Speech and Auditory Therapist

Education: UNC Chapel Hill's Kenan Flagler School of Business with BS in Accounting and Marketing. In addition, she has an MBA certification from Georgia Tech's MBA Dupree School of Management. 

Katrina is the Center Director of Myers Park Mathnasium. Mathnasium program helps students in grades K - 12 understand math by teaching the way that makes sense to them.  When math makes sense, kids leap way ahead – whether they started out far behind or already ahead in math. Our formula for teaching kids math, the Mathnasium Method™ has transformed the way kids learn math for over a decade across 600+ centers in the US and Canada: She graduated from UNC Chapel Hill's Kenan Flagler School of Business where she received a BS in Accounting and Marketing. In addition, she has an MBA certification from Georgia Tech's MBA Dupree School of Management. 

For more than 20 years Katrina progressed at AT&T excelling in multifaceted senior management and leadership roles in Training, Operations and Sales.  Katrina also served as Treasurer of the Charlotte District School PTA system representing over 110 schools. She has spent most of her adult life working with and developing youth in primary and secondary schools. From extracurricular activities to tutoring, her love of math and seeing the results of academic advancement in our youth makes Mathnasium a great partnership with CCP.  Katrina is the proud mother of a Mathlete, Kendall Prescott.  

Katrina's Mission: "Change the lives of our future generation in the Greater Charlotte area by investing in our children today.”

Kelly Fitzgerald is Nationally Board Certified with license to practice in the state of North Carolina.  For as long as she can remember, Kelly has always had a passion and desire to work with children.   Her experience includes working in a pediatric practice with emphasis in handwriting, executive functioning, and motor planning.  Throughout her educational and professional career, she has had the opportunity to work with children experiencing Down Syndrome, Autism Spectrum Disorder, ADHD and a variety of developmental disorders. Kelly is a very positive and energetic therapist who is dedicated to children’s needs and seeing them achieve great things.


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Lisa Rivera

Pam Tan, M.Ed. - Reading Specialist, Education Consultant

Julie trained and taught in the UK for over 20 years specializing in meeting the needs of individual children with various barriers such as behavioral difficulties, dyslexia, autism, receptive/ expressive language difficulties, and specific learning difficulties. Julie enables children to feel safe and take risks with their learning, supported with kindness and motivated to be the best they can be.  Julie has lived in Charlotte for the last eight years, where she has taught children from 2 to 15 years of age, before joining Carolina Collaborative Prep.  As an experienced teacher and private tutor, she values the importance of forming solid relationships that enable children and to learn and flourish.

Specialist Areas - Reading Skills & Comprehension, Writing Composition, Spelling & Grammar, Study Skills & Approaches to Learning, Confidence Building, Math

Amy D. Ingalls, M.Ed.  

Lauren has had experience with children, adolescents and adults with a variety of disorders. Her areas of professional interest include preschool and school age language disorders, articulation, auditory challenges, Autism, feeding, and language processing. When not at work, Lauren enjoys photography, traveling, yoga and reading.

Lisa Rivera is one of the primary teachers at CCP who has 15 years of teaching experience and over five years of tutoring. She has five children, all of whom she homeschooled or tutored during their elementary years. While homeschooling one of her daughters, Lisa noticed her child struggling to grasp the standard teaching methods and discovered she was dyslexic. Lisa embarked on a quest to discover various teaching methods to benefit students that learn differently. Lisa received her training in Orton Gillingham and used methods of multi-sensory teaching in her classroom. This paved the way for her to write and publish “The Spellings of Long Vowels,” an interactive phonics workbook for both elementary students and teachers. Currently, her preferred teaching methods are out-of-the-box and very interactive.   Every week, Lisa is able to express her love for teaching with engaging, creative lessons at CCP.