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About Carolina Prep School

Everything we do at Carolina Prep School comes back to a singular mission:

To build a diverse, positive, stimulating learning environment which values excellence in academics, leadership, and service.
Our facility, staff, and curriculum are all built to nurture and develop the young students in our care.

Defining Characteristics

A nurturing culture, using maternal care as a model.

Faculty and staff consistently provide caring attitudes and actions to mirror the way you would treat your child.

A facility designed with children in mind.

We have designed our space to provide an array of exciting experiences for your student throughout the day.

A parental support program.

We partner with you in the development of your child.

A solid foundation for learning.

Our Creative Curriculum® inspired foundation provides a framework for excellence in core academic areas—as well as character and confidence development.

In Their Words

  • “This school is very diverse culturally. My children attend with students who are from many backgrounds who speak multiple languages.”
  • “The teachers are wonderful. They have a wonderful core knowledge format and teach in a very caring, nurturing manner.”
  • “I feel my kids are getting a well-rounded education from a quality faculty and staff, but of equal importance to me is that my kids enjoy going to school and are having fun learning.”
  • “This is an environment that provides, besides safety and the highest competence, international and cultural enrichments, and outstanding social skills for your child.”

Facility & Location

Carolina Prep School is located in close proximity to the Roper Mountain Rd. / I-385 intersection at:

212 Roper Mountain Rd Ext.
Greenville, SC 29615


Our prep school facility is designed to fit our school values and mission. An open, friendly learning environment, our facility includes a gymnasium, theater, traveling technology center, language lab, outdoor learning and play, art studio, and music hall.




Entry to our facility is allowable through key fob entry only. A school-wide intercom system allows for immediate communication.

Our team includes administrators, faculty, staff, and our Board!

Kelsie Thornton Art

Website: Art Blog

Mrs. Kelsie Thornton is Carolina Prep’s beloved Art Teacher!  Kelsie spends her days helping students reach their potential because she believes “they are all talented in some way – in art, athletics, or anything else!”  She is currently pursuing her BA in Elementary Education at North Greenville University and has lots of experience teaching in early child care centers.  Kelsie can be found creating, reading, cooking, and binge watching “Grey’s Anatomy” in her down time!  If she could choose one superpower, she would have wings like a bird to fly anywhere she wanted to, like Italy for some fresh Italian pasta!  Stop in Kelsie’s classroom or email her at to say hi!

Kristin Eppinger Assistant Director


Ms. Kristin Eppinger is an enthusiastic and positive woman who incorporates her love for nature, health, and creativity into her teaching! Originally born in Philadelphia, Kristin has since lived in California and England before moving to Greenville, South Carolina. She has been caring for and teaching children for over 12 years as a camp counselor, sports coach, volunteer, and Pre-School teacher. Kristin attended Winthrop University where she studied Sociology and is currently working on her CDA. Through free exploration of all materials in their environment, Kristin helps promote creative freedom and independence in every child’s young life!

Lee Pariseau Executive Director


A native of Moncks Corner, SC, Lee Pariseau is a graduate of Winthrop University. She holds a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. Mrs. Pariseau began working at Classy Kids with all ages before becoming the teacher of their certified Kindergarten program. She then became director of the location in Simpsonville. Mrs. Pariseau had the opportunity to be a part of Palmetto Prep. She was a key member of the original startup team. She became a director responsible for the Preschool and Primary School. Mrs. Pariseau was responsible for choosing, implementing, and monitoring curricula for infants through 5th grade. She developed and implemented ongoing training for the entire staff, as well as, maintained scheduling, human resources, accounting/deposits, and all requirements for state agencies. Mrs. Pariseau enjoys golf, watching sports, and spending time with her husband Brad, son Jake, and dog Millie.

Ubarana Heloisa First & Second Grades

Website: Exploring with Ms. Ubarana!

Ms. Heloisa Ubarana is new to our family this year at Carolina Prep!  She was born in Brazil and speaks multiple languages, but has called Greenville home for a long time!  Heloisa graduated from Clemson University (Go Tigers!) with her Bachelor’s Degree in English/Elementary Education.  She completed her student teaching as a Kindergarten teacher at Mauldin Elementary School and a Sixth Grade teacher at LaFrance Elementary, where she also tutored Kindergarten – Fourth Graders in Math and English.  In her spare time Heloisa enjoys reading, hiking, and spending time with her younger brother and sister!  Email Ms. Ubarana at and follow her teaching adventures on the First/Second Grade Blog!

Kirby Lesesne Floating Teacher


Ms. Kirby Lesesne is a master of all trades here at Carolina Prep!  With a BA in Theater from Converse College and 5+ years working with young children, she spends time in each of our Pre-School classrooms, teaches Art classes, and designs sets for our annual musicals!  Kirby is originally from Florence, South Carolina, but has lived in several places around the Upstate.  Kirby finds daily inspiration in people who go after their dreams, which adds to her excitement when her students accomplish something new.  In the little amount of free time she has, Kirby is often reading, painting, or making travel plans.  Connect with Kirby at!

Kylie Simpson Floating Teacher


Ms. Kylie Simpson is an early childhood teacher because she wants to make a difference in young children’s lives!  She brings laughter and warmth to all of our classrooms here at Carolina Prep.  Kylie is passionate about children, her family, her church, and maintaining a positive outlook on life.  One of her favorite times of year is the early winter when she can watch as many Christmas movies as she wants!  Kylie also enjoys reading, drawing, and painting in her spare moments.  Send Kylie an email at!

Ronnie Oliver Housekeeping


Mr. Ronnie Oliver is the backbone of our school!  He keeps all of our classrooms, kitchens, and other areas around our school stocked with supplies necessary to stay clean and live a healthy lifestyle!  Ronnie is originally from Chicago, IL, but moved to the Upstate in 2017 with is family.  Ronnie enjoys exploring each child’s personality and intelligence, and we love when Ronnie comes to visit our classroom because he joins in with our activities!  After work, Ronnie can be found cooking and traveling, and his neighbors love to hear him sing.  Give Mr. Ronnie a big hug the next time you see him!

Elizabeth Carver Infant 1

Website: Infant 1 Blog

Elizabeth Carver’s favorite parts about being a young infant teacher are watching her children grow, building an unbreakable trust with them, and simply being able to show them love throughout the day!  She has been teaching young children for over 11 years and holds a certificate in Early Childhood Education.  Outside of school, Elizabeth enjoys taking road trips, hiking and other outdoor activities, spending time with her nephews, and hanging out with friends!

Brittany Niles Infant 1

Website: Infant 1 Blog

Brittany Niles is so happy to be a part of our Carolina Prep family!  Although originally from Florida, she has lived most of here life here in Greenville, South Carolina.  Brittany has been working with young children for three years and is rewarded by the difference she makes in their little lives everyday.  She brings her artistic and crafty talents into the classroom with her creative activities for Pre-Preppers!  Along with loving children and animals, Brittany’s family is the biggest part of her life!

Kathy Ryan Infant 2

Website: Infant 2 Blog

Kathy Ryan was born and raised in New Hampshire and after living in Texas, moved to Greenville seven years ago to be near her grandson. She has over six years of experience working with children. In her free time, she loves to bake, shop and spend time with her husband, three children and grandson.

Misty White Kindergarten

Website: Kindergarten Blog

Misty White graduated from USC Upstate with a B.A. in Education, and holds her certification in Early Childhood Development by the South Carolina State Board of Education. While completing her degree, Misty volunteered in Greenville County classrooms, as well as led weekly classroom reading programs. She has worked in Kindergarten classrooms at both Brushy Creek Elementary and Mountain View Elementary schools. Mrs. White was also an Elementary School Age Children’s Director at a local church, where her responsibilities included, but were not limited to: curriculum development, teaching, and scheduling. Misty has a passion for helping children learn and grow, and she has been a part of the Carolina Prep team since January 2011.

Gwendolyn Pollock Music

Blog: Music Blog

Gwendolyn Pollock moved to Greenville, SC after finishing her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Music from Pensacola Christian College.  During her high school years, she began teaching piano lessons to beginners in a group class setting at Gaylyn Capitano Music Studio.  Originally, she moved to Greenville to pursue her Master’s degree in Piano Pedagogy but fell in love with the area!  While pursuing her Master’s degree, she began teaching private lessons at Piano Central Studios and, after completing her Kindermusik certification, taught several classes on site and at different pre-schools in the area.  Because of her diverse training, Gwendolyn has taught private students from young beginners to seasoned adults.  Gwendolyn’s passion is giving the students the tools they need to make their practice more efficient and productive which leads to a greater understanding of the music, giving the student the power to perform confidently.  In her free time, Gwendolyn loves being outdoors.  Although different from the beach scenes of Florida she grew up with, Greenville has offered her trails to hike, places to bike, and parks to explore.  She also embraces a nerdy side by spending afternoons at the library or her favorite local coffee shops listening to live music.

Brad Pariseau Operations


Born and raised in Massachusetts, Brad Pariseau is graduate of Boston College, where he holds a Bachelor of Science in Marketing. Mr. Pariseau was the general manager of Palmetto Prep responsible for all aspects of running the school, including growth, expansion, personnel, financials, and operations. He previously worked with investors as the general manager of Right Source. In that capacity, he grew the education/learning services business, opened five state-of-the-art technology learning centers, developed and implemented the educational business plan, and managed global sales and marketing initiatives and learning services. Brad also served as the Vice President of Availant, Inc. in Cambridge, MA. He was responsible for all aspects of running and developing the business including strategy, direction, growth and profitability. Brad has also owned and operated his own businesses, including a temporary staffing agency and retail store. Brad enjoys golf, watching sports, and spending time with his wife Lee, son Jake, and dog Millie.

Marcus Allen Physical Education and After School


Marcus Allen is a Spartanburg native and a huge Clemson fan! For almost 13 years, Marcus has been a role model for youth across the state of South Carolina. After receiving his Children’s Ministry Certification from the Children’s Ministries Institute in Missouri, Marcus traveled around South Carolina with the Children’s Evangelism Fellowship. He has also been a part of Fairforest Middle School’s After School program and was the Director of After School for the YMCA. Marcus co-owns Spartanburg Swing where he shares his passion for dancing! Marcus enjoys watching movies and long-boarding during his free time as well.

Melissa Sharpless Pre-K

Website: Pre-K Blog

Melissa Sharpless grew up in Sumter, South Carolina and graduated from Laurence Manning Academy. She received a BA in Elementary Education from Southeastern University in Lakeland, Florida. Mrs. Sharpless taught pre-school in Sumter for three years before moving to Greenville. She taught K4 for four years at Trinity Methodist Kindergarten. Melissa was most recently a Prepper teacher at Palmetto Prep, where she taught for 3 years. She enjoys spending time with her family.

Susan Butler Pre-K


Susan Butler was born in Greenville, South Carolina, and has called it home ever since!  She graduated from Winthrop University with degrees in Elementary Education and Special Education.  Susan spends her time at home reading, gardening, and working on do-it-yourself projects, but her most favorite time is spent with her wonderful nieces!  At Carolina Prep, Susan enjoys working in several classrooms because she gets to know all of our children throughout the school!

Joy Motz Pre-Preppers

Website: Pre-Prepper Blog

Joy Motz was born and raised in Greenville, SC. Mrs. Motz has worked in childcare since 1999. She has served as an after-school teacher, after-school site director and day camp director at the Eastside Family YMCA. Most recently she was an after-school/day camp teacher at Palmetto Prep. Joy enjoys working with children and spending time with her family.

Lindsey Phillips Pre-Preppers

Website: Pre-Preppers Blog

Lindsey Phillips is a native of Greenville SC. While Attending high school at J. L. Mann, she worked as a nanny part-time, became full-time after graduating, and stayed with the family for 9 years. Lindsey saw to the daily schedules of the children, planned outings and activities, and kept the children for long periods while the parents were out of town. She loves working with children and hopes to continue here at Carolina Prep. In her free time, she enjoys watching her favorite Gamecocks play any sport! Lindsey also enjoys spending time with family, and friends.

Megan Brown Pre-Preppers

Blog: Pre-Prepper Blog

Mrs. Megan joined us in 2018 as a Pre-Prepper teacher!  She has a daughter of her own, and has always enjoyed watching young children learn, grow, and develop their unique personalities.  Megan is from Greenville, SC, and studied at Greenville Technical College.  In her spare time, you can find her hiking or getting lost in a good book!  One of her favorite times of year is around the Christmas holiday where she does “Christmas time things” with her daughter.  Megan is a volunteer in her community by helping out at local animal shelters and The Children’s Hospital.  Email Megan at or stop by and say “Hello” in the Pre-Prepper classroom!

Julie Camposano Preppers

Website: Prepper Blog

Julie Camposano is a native of Greenville, South Carolina and has worked with preschool through after school aged children for over 18 years. Julie attended USC-Upstate where she studied both Early Childhood Education and Psychology. She volunteered at The Meyer Center working with children with special needs, and was a peer tutor for the Rainbow Games. During her free time, Julie enjoys painting and diving into a good book. Julie’s favorite activity is spending time with her husband and beautiful son, Mayes!

Cierra Hudson Rotating Teacher


Cierra Hudson joined us after working in the business administration field post graduating from college because she missed being around children and teaching so much!  She works with children ages infancy through 3 years, and brings her love for crafts into all of our classrooms.  Cierra has two children, Tristan and Lilly, and enjoys staying busy by going on exciting adventures with them!  Cierra also takes pleasure in cooking, jewelry making, crafting, and promoting the usage of essential oils.

Kelsey Hudson Spanish


More information about Ms. Kelsey will be available soon!

Dianne Chaney Substitute Teacher


It is always a fun day when Mrs. Dianne Chaney is here!  Dianne has been working with Carolina Prep students, infants through Pre-K, and teachers since 2013!

Cara Harris Third & Fourth Grades

Website: Coming soon!

More information about Mrs. Cara Harris will be available soon!

Alexis Scott Toddlers

Website: Toddler Blog

Ms. Alexis Scott is from right here in the Greenville area!  She attended Greenville Tech where she obtained her Early Care and Education Associate in Applied Science.  Alexis has been working in early child care centers for over 5 years and her favorite part about her job is that “everyday is a new adventure!”  Her classroom is filled with creative decorations and her students’ art projects!  Her inspiration in life comes from her father’s work ethic and her mother’s sweetness and positive outlook on things.  In her spare time outside of Carolina Prep, Alexis spends time with her family, crafting, and shopping.  Email Alexis at!

Holly McManus Toddlers

Website: Toddler Blog

Ms. Holly McManus is originally from Winnsboro, SC, but we are so glad she has moved to the Upstate!  She has worked with young children for over 15 years and continues to love watching her friends learn!  Ms. Holly earned her degree from Christ Central University and also spent time studying at Midland Technical College.  Holly’s spends a majority of her time with her family.  As a family, their favorite holiday tradition is to spend all day baking cookies on Christmas Eve for the Christmas celebration!  Holly can be found lifting up her co-teachers with the motto, “Be fearless in the pursuit of what sets your soul on fire.”  Email Holly at!

Board Members

Carla Beals


Carla Beals is a senior consultant with Ramboll, an environmental consulting firm.  She has conducted and managed ecological risk assessments and due diligence and regulatory compliance activities for industrial, manufacturing, and commercial facilities throughout the United States as well as renewable energy (wind, solar) projects.  She obtained her MS in Fisheries and Aquatic Sciences from the University of Florida and her BS in Marine Sciences from the University of South Carolina.   She’s from South Carolina but has moved around a bit (i.e., Florida, Georgia, and New Zealand) before returning to South Carolina by way of Greenville in 2016.  She has a daughter in the Preschool.

Scott Brown

Scott Brown is currently Business Director for the Aerospace Adhesives segment of Solvay Composite Materials.  With a 20-year career in engineering, manufacturing operations, and business management in the automotive and aerospace fields, Scott’s experience includes a wide range of responsibilities and leadership roles including recently returning from being a plant manager on an overseas assignment in Germany.  Scott holds a Bachelor’s degree in engineering from University of Illinois, a Master’s degree in engineering from University of Wisconsin, and a Master of Business Administration degree from Clemson University.  Scott and his wife have 2 sons enrolled in Carolina Prep’s Pre-School program.

Brent Hodgson

Brent Hodgson is an outside sales manager for Sierra Nevada Brewing Co.  A Georgia native, he and his family have lived in Alabama, Texas and Colorado before settling in the Upstate in 2014.  Brent has a BA in History from Auburn University and has two children in our Pre-School.

Jamie Langenhan Chair


Jamie Langenhan works for GE Renewable Energy. Jamie obtained her MS in Mechanical Engineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology and completed her undergraduate studies in Mechanical Engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. She is working toward her MBA at Clemson University.  Jamie is a transplant from Buffalo, New York, but she now calls Greenville her home.  She joined the board in 2013 and has two children in the preschool.

We want your student to be a part of our family!

Here are a few compelling reasons to choose Carolina Prep School:


  • A solid Core Knowledge Sequence that builds on each previous year
  • Creative lesson plans developed by classroom teachers that are tailored to meet the specific needs of each group
  • Custom classroom placement based on individual development
  • Ultra-low student to teacher ratios
  • Music classes taught by a certified music teacher
  • Art classes taught by a certified art teacher
  • Daily Spanish classes taught by a certified Spanish teacher
  • All-inclusive tuition, which includes diapers, wipes, diaper ointment, nutritious breakfasts, morning snacks, hot lunches, and afternoon snacks
  • Highest quality teachers, who are selected through a comprehensive, team approach
  • Monthly Parent’s Night Out caregiving available on-site


  • A solid Core Knowledge Sequence that complements our skills-based language arts and mathematics curriculum. Our curriculum exceeds state standards and meets national standards.
  • A robust enrichment curriculum, including daily Spanish, music, art, and physical education integrated across the curriculum and taught by certified teachers
  • Low student to teacher ratios to maximize teach time and provide individualized learning opportunities
  • All-inclusive tuition, which includes early drop-off, breakfast, hot lunch, curriculum materials, and field trips
  • Bi-weekly character education classes to promote integrity, self respect, accountability, and respect for others
  • Highest quality teachers, certified by the state of South Carolina and selected by a comprehensive, team approach
  • On-site after school, holiday camp, and summer adventures programs that meet academic and recreational needs