The staff of OASIS NC has knowledge, experience, and is unparalleled in its enthusiasm and appreciation for children with autism. We know how they learn. We know what they need to learn. We know how they think. We see their gifts that they bring into this world. We truly love them and want to make a difference in their lives!
Erika is a certified Exceptional Student Educator in North Carolina. She graduated from the University of Miami (FL) in 2004 with Bachelors of Science Degree in Exceptional Student Education and Psychology, with an additional ESOL endorsement. In 2005, she received a Masters of Education Degree in Early Childhood Special Education from the University of Texas and has since been teaching students with autism, learning disabilities, Attention Deficit Disorder, and emotional/behavioral disorders. Erika taught elementary students with high-functioning autism in the Intensive Social-Communication Support program for three years in New Hanover County, before founding OASIS NC in 2011.
Director of Education/Lead Teacher
Carolina Sotomayor-Matt, B.Ed
Carolina is a certified Exceptional Student Educator in North Carolina. She graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Special Education and Elementary Education from the University of North Carolina Wilmington in December of 2013. In 2006, she received her Associates of Arts in Early Childhood Education from Broward College in Hollywood, Florida before moving to Wilmington, NC with her husband and two children. For the past five years, she has been working with special needs students in New Hanover County Schools with a specific focus on autism and learning disabilities. During the same time period, she gained valuable experience working as a substitute and tutor for both elementary and middle school students. Recently, she has been an active council member of the NHCS Advisory Council for Exceptional Students working with community members and schools to learn more about their programs.
“As an Exceptional Student Educator, I believe that all students flourish in a classroom where the teacher understands their individual needs and makes changes as needed to meet those needs. In my experience, students learn best when they feel safe and can communicate their needs to a trusted adult. Teaching is about showing each child how to reach their full potential with guidance, patience, and support.”
Elizabeth graduated from Meredith College in 2001 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in Psychology and with her K-6 teaching license. She was a North Carolina Teaching Fellow and received her National Board Certification in 2008. Elizabeth taught third grade for eight years in Currituck County Schools and in New Hanover County Schools. She and her husband have four children and live in Wilmington.
Brandy graduated from the University of South Carolina in 1994 with a B.A. in International Studies. She made her dream of traveling all over the world a reality with Delta Airlines as a flight attendant from 1996-2005. Married to the bravest man alive in 2002, she and Shawn (a RAC with the ATF) began their family in 2005 with the birth of their son Jesse, and then Jackie was born in 2008!
Brandy received her yoga teaching certification (230 hours) in Asheville, NC in 2012 and her coaching Level 1 certificate for Crossfit in 2013. She has been teaching both ever since. “I am happiest when I can help others feel better.”
Now she couldn’t be more excited to be joining the staff at Oasis as a teacher’s assistant!
“I am beyond happy about this new direction in my life! I really feel like everything has led me here to be with Erika and Kim and these incredible, amazing kids! My daughter Jackie is so happy here and it has given us peace when I didn’t know if there could be any! I am looking forward to years and years of Oasis awesomeness!”
Carol is a Wilmington native who spent much of her childhood in Winston-Salem before moving back in high school. She graduated from North Brunswick High school in 2002 then attended CFCC where she met her husband, Alex. Their family quickly grew to include a son and three daughters. After nearly nine years at home raising their family she re-entered the workforce to serve as Office Assistant at the Roger Bacon Academy’s Leland campus. “Schools are my passion because I love to serve students, families and teachers.”
Children with autism and special needs hold a special place in her heart because in addition to her son, Grant, who attends Oasis she also has two younger brothers on the spectrum. “I believe in the mission of Oasis and want to be a part of making it great for these special kiddos and their families.”