Instruction and Performances Located at 3468 Apex Peakway, Apex NC 27502

AWARD WINNING Performing Arts Program!!


CAPA  Cottage Learning Center 2021-22 Staff

Melanie Prince

My husband Spencer and I have two young-adult children, Payton and Bryant, in college.  We also have two littles, Ava Gail in 3rd grade and Neely in 5th. I’m in my 5th year of running an arts program for children. You can find more information about CAPA at Additionally, for two years each, I  recently ran a production program for homeschoolers as well as taught music and theatre for Pine Springs Preparatory Academy In Apex. Prior to these endeavors, I taught Acting in North Raleigh, for three years, at Moonlight Stage Company. Although I am not an NC credentialed teacher, prior to moving to North Carolina in 2007, I was the drama teacher, for three years, at Brown Academy, a charter high school in California.  In addition to obtaining a B.A. in Theatre, with emphasis in Musical Theatre, I completed specialized training at Kennesaw State University through ECMMA as well as from the Division of Early Childhood Education of Placer County. Prior to teaching at Brown, while living in Tennessee, I had my own arts school, Music and More, where I taught music, movement and performance for infants through high school age students. My first love was early childhood education and I had my own arts preschool when my big kids were that age. I love children and I feel empowered to create an environment that will benefit them as a group and as individuals. 


Melanie Prince, Artistic Director and Director of Carolina Academy of Performing Arts (, is returning to teach fine and performing arts, to all grades, this year at CAPA Cottage. With Specialized training in music and movement for our youngest learners, Melanie is excited to enhance the everyday learning of CORE subjects, with the arts this school year. 


 Vicki Earl  

Our new Lead Teacher is Vick Earl. Vicki will be teaching the upper grades.

Vicki received her Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Marshall University and her Masters in Special Education from West Virginia University. Vicki has 29 years of experience working in the fields of education, special education, and higher education. She worked as a preschool educator, preschool learning center owner, early intervention Birth to Three special education child development specialist, substitute public school teacher, educational consultant, college instructor of education, grant writer, and assistant to the President of a community college while residing in West Virginia.  Since moving to Holly Springs, NC in 2014 she has worked as an online instructor of education at a community college and as a short term and long-term substitute teacher in a local elementary and middle school. Vicki’s experience in both education and special education gives her the knowledge and experience needed to differentiate education for all students in her classrooms. Experienced in hands on and project-based learning, Vicki looks forward to incorporating cooperative learning activities and technology skills into the classrooms in which all students can participate at their current level of learning while new academic and technology skills are modeled.  In her eyes, children need choices, responsibility, physical and emotional safety, love, and gentle guidance to thrive in the classroom.  Vicki is willing to invest the time and effort needed to make sure that all children enrolled at CAPA Cottage reach their academic and individual potential both in the classroom and in life.

Melissa Romans

With the direction and tutelage of Vicki Earl, Melissa Romans looks forward to teaching the middle grades.

Melissa's greatest accomplishment to date is raising four children: Ellie (20), Reagan (18), Maddox (15), and Tess (13). She has been married to her husband, Jordan Romans, for 22 years, which is also no small accomplishment. She earned a Bachelor's degree in Health Science from Brigham Young University. Her coursework included classes and training for teaching in business, community, and school settings, where she spent time in first and fourth grade classrooms. Melissa has devoted countless hours in the classroom working with children and assisting teachers. She has worked with groups of children who needed additional help to get on grade level for reading, writing and math, as well as working with children who benefitted from small group work to accelerate their already advanced learning level. In recent years, Melissa was elected as the PTSA president and has held various board positions. She also volunteers in her church, teaching children from 18 months to 18 years, including being the music leader. Melissa loves children and believes she has been given a gift to love others and see the good in everyone. She is so excited to be part of the CAPA Cottage team! 

Kate Kendro

Under the direction and tutelage of Vicki Earl, Kate Kendro looks forward to teaching the middle grades.

Kate recently moved  from Michigan to North Carolina to be closer to family (The Grecos). She is a Michigan State University graduate with a degree in Communication. She has eight years of classroom experience in the Troy, Michigan public schools where her peers and employers sing coutless praises in recommendation letter after recommendation letter. She enjoys spending time with family and friends, travel, golf and helping others. CAPA kids will love her competence and gentle nature.