New Collinswood Teachers & Staff

Date Posted: 8/9/2016



Treva Hunt Johnson, TD Teacher

     My name is Treva Johnson and I will be the new part-time Talent Development Teacher at Collinswood! I grew up in Florence, SC. I attended Claflin University and got my master's degree at Capella and Walden University.  I look forward to meeting everyone and having a great school year!

Lauren Aprile, Speech Teacher

     My name is Lauren Aprile and I will be the new speech-language pathologist at Collinswood! I grew up in Davidson, NC. I attended Appalachian State University and got my master's degree at Radford University in Virginia.  I look forward to meeting everyone and having a great school year!

Erin McGivern, K-4 Counselor

     My name is Erin McGivern and I am joining the Collinswood team as a school counselor this year. I completed my Master’s in K-12 School Counseling at the University of Virginia and attended the University of South Carolina for my undergraduate education. Originally from Fairfax, Virginia I am grateful to be back in the Carolinas. I am eager to get to know and serve the Collinswood family this school year!

Mershon Viscusie, Art/Drama Teacher

     I am Mershon (Vi-skoo-see) Viscusie. I have taught for 22 years. I went to UNCC. I am your new Drama/Art teacher. I love helping teachers to be creative with technology and to integrate arts into language acquisition. I will bring my son Perry to school with me! He will be in kindergarten.

Rocio Johnson, Kindergarten Teacher

My name is Rocio Johnson; I am originally from Peru, South America. I have my degree in Education from Marcelino Champagnat University. The Marist brother of Peru. For 20 years I worked as a teacher, from Pre-k to Elementary. I left my country 18 years ago, and I live happily in Charlotte with my family. Every day I am convinced that the path of education is the best decision I've ever made. I am honored to be part of Collinswood Language Academy community as a teacher.

Andres Felipe Jaramillo, 2nd Grade Teacher

My name is Felipe Jaramillo and I'm from Bogota, Colombia. My birthday is December 1st. I have a bachelor’s degree in Biology and I have been in the education field for 3 years. I really like sports, although swimming is my favorite. I also enjoy reading books and spending time with my family.

Candida (Candi) Craven, 2nd Grade Teacher

     My name is Candi Craven.  I'll be teaching 2nd grade & entering my 19th year in education.  I've taught in high needs schools in Gastonia, Greensboro, Shelby & Salisbury, NC.  I grew up in Franklinville, NC (small town near the NC Zoo).  I have a Bachelor of Arts in Child & Family Development from UNCC & a Master of Arts in Elementary Education from Gardner-Webb University.  

Ayisha Haskins, 2nd Grade Teacher

Hello Collinswood! My name is Ayisha Haskins.  I bring with me 10 plus years of experience.  I love teaching and reading.  I am excited to be joining you at Collinswood. I look forward to a great year.

Katherine Patterson, 3rd Grade Teacher

Hello! My name is Kaki Patterson and I will be beginning my teaching career at Collinswood this fall in third grade!  I am from Richmond, Virginia and attended Woffard College where I earned a bachelors in Humanities. From there, I earned a Masters in Elementary Ed from the University of Virginia. I am so thrilled to work with and learn from the Collinswood team. I had such a positive interview experience there and felt at home from the start. I knew I was surrounded by dedicated and passionate educators who I would collaborate with and learn from every day.

Katixa Sotil, 4th Grade Teacher

Hi! My name is Katixa Sotil and I will be joining the Collinswood team this year as a fourth grade teacher! I grew up in Miami, Florida, and attended Florida International University, where I studied Elementary Education. When I am not traveling, I am spending my days with my fiancé and amazing fur baby, Eros.

Mary Lauren Shea, 5th Grade Teacher

My name is Mary Lauren Shea, and I will be teaching fifth grade. I grew up in Charlotte and attended Texas Christian University for both my bachelor's and master's degrees. I am thrilled to be back in my hometown!

Kandace Baker, 7th Grade Teacher

My name is Mrs. Kandace Baker and I am from Rutherford County.  This year, I will be the ELA and Literacy teacher for our seventh graders. I truly enjoy teaching middle school students. I have over fourteen years of teaching experience, which includes some high school classes. This helps me to know what middle school students are gearing up for as high school comes into focus. I am eager and devoted to supporting my students to reach new goals and grow!

          My education includes a BA degree from UNC-C and a Masters from Converse College. I have three grown, college educated children. My husband of 39 years is a science teacher at Blue Ridge Community College. My hobbies revolve around gardening, traveling and reading. I also enjoy trying new recipes and creating Southern, home-grown dishes. I adore learning about the fantastic history of our old North State, too!    


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