I have been a teacher at Pine Lake Preparatory since 2009 and love being a part of this wonderful community! Teaching students is my passion. I enjoy getting to know so many wonderful students each year and building relationships with them. When students leave my class, I hope that they have learned to love mathematics and have strengthened their critical thinking and problem solving skills. Outside of the classroom, I enjoy reading, being outdoors, and spending time with my family. I have two girls, Marissa (4) and Leah (2), who keep me very busy!
Master of Arts, University of Georgia
This is my 6th year teaching and 2nd year at PLP. As a science teacher, I strive to teach lessons focused on inquiry, technological investigations and hand-on activities. I am originally from Atlanta, GA and attended the University of Georgia (Go Dawgs!) I just got married this summer (Lide to Readmond) and love spending time with my husband and two dogs!
Master of Science in Environmental Education, Southern Connecticut State University
Masters, School Counselor, Capella University
Biography: This is my first year in school counseling at Pine Lake Prep and I am so excited to meet all of you and build awesome relationships. I enjoy working with students strive to achieve their goals, realize their potential and become the best human being they can possibly be in the world ahead. I am a North Carolina native! I received my bachelors degree at North Carolina A&T State University (AGGIE PRIDE!) and my masters at Capella University! I love to travel and spend time with my family!
“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams.” —Eleanor Roosevelt
Secondary English License, Cleveland State University
This is my 19th year of teaching after spending 10 years working in corporate television production. We moved from Ohio 12 years ago and still root for the Indians, Cavs, Browns, and Ohio State! My wife and I have two children, one a freshmen at NC State, the other is a senior here at PLP. I enjoy working with students on their writing skills, especially seniors applying for college. I teach English and a senior Ethics of Technology class which I love as it is constantly changing based on the evolving world of technology. I believe teachers and their students have responsibilities towards each other. It is my responsibility to help students engage with the material and develop their critical thinking, reading, and writing skills. Students are responsible for their own preparation, participation, and willingness to learn.
Masters of Library Information Science, UNC Greensboro
Coral Riley has lived in the Lake Norman area for over 10 years. She attended UNC Charlotte for an Undergraduate in English Education and taught at South Rowan High School for 3 years while pursuing her Masters in Library and Information Science at UNC Greensboro. She then taught for 3 years in Stanley County at a K-8 while earning her National Board Certification. Then she worked at an "At-Risk" Elementary School in Charlotte, however after teaching for 7 years she took time off to be with her kids and launched Lake Norman Woman Magazine to celebrate the success of local women in her community. In this time she developed a passion for technology, web design, photography, and computer science so she decided to go back into the classroom at Statesville High School to help launch the AP Computer Science Principles and Adobe Visual Design Programs. In her free time she can be found spending time with her amazing children. Coral also leads a woman's book club called, "Mom's on a Mission", volunteers at her church, is involved in Cycle to the Sea where she rides 180 miles as an assist rider for paralyzed hand cyclists. She is an avid yoga and extreme sports participant and you can find her striving towards the next challenge. Her other passions include painting, reading for personal development, and mentoring young leaders in the community.
B.S. in Pre-Med Biology, Gardner-Webb University
This will be my 8th year in education and my first full year teaching at PLP. I was born and raised in New Jersey but fell in love with North Carolina while attending Gardner-Webb University for my undergraduate studies and decided to call NC home. I have a passion for teaching science and enjoy sharing that passion by providing students with opportunities for investigative problem-based learning activities. I look forward to working with the great students and families at Pine Lake.
Master of Science in School Counseling
I enjoy working with students and helping them discover their potential. It is exciting to help them discover their college options. I enjoy seeing the excitement when they get their acceptance letters and make their final decisions.
Master of Art in Teaching, English Education, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
“People, even more than things, have to be restored, renewed, revived, reclaimed, and redeemed; never throw out anyone.” - Audrey Hepburn
After earning a BA in English/Spanish from Furman University, I started my career in Santiago, Chile, working for the Catholic University's business school. There I met and married my Chilean spouse and we returned to Atlanta, Georgia, three years later. I have worked in marketing and advertising before leaving the corporate world to raise my children. As my children entered school, I realized that I wanted a career with a schedule that more closely mirrored their school schedule.
I began my career in education working as an elementary and high school English as a Second Language teacher for three years in New Hampshire. After my family relocated to North Carolina, I worked as a middle and high school Spanish teacher for two years at Woodlawn School.
In addition to teaching Spanish, I have worked as a personal finance freelance writer and blogger. I am very excited to work at Pine Lake and my boys are very excited as well, especially about the Lego robotics team and STEM courses.