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.
Jill comes to OASIS with over 20 years teaching experience@ She hold a B.S. in Business Management and Public Relations, and is certified K-6 Elementary and Middle School Math. Jill is happily married to Bryan and has 3 grown children and a grandson with autism. She enjoys photography, rescuing and improving furniture, and walking on the beach. Fun Fact! Ms. Jill and Ms. Kim are sisters!