Area: All Faculty and Staff

Name: Kara Adams
Title: Pre-Kindergarten Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3115

Ms. Adams holds a B.A. from Clarion University of Pennsylvania and a masters in reading education from University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She teaches Pre-Kindergarten, has served the Academy since 2013, and has been an educator since 2006.  Mrs. Adams has presented at the North Carolina Reading Association Conference and the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools Conference.  Her two children, Ben and Hannah, currently attend Fayetteville Academy.

Name: Antonia Anderson
Title: 2nd Grade Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3111

Ms. Anderson has a Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education from Appalachian State and a Master of Arts in Education in Instructional Technology from East Carolina University. She has her N.C. certifications in Elementary Education (K-6) and as an Instructional Technology Specialist – Computers.  Ms. Anderson  worked in the Cumberland County School System for 15 years. The last three of those years she was at Rockfish Elementary School, where she was named the school’s “Teacher of the Year” in 2020.

Name: Jonathan Andrews
Title: Band Director
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3557

Mr. Andrews joined the faculty of Fayetteville Academy in 2009. He has studied instrument music and played the French horn since the 5th grade. His mother a cellist, and father a trombone player, are both musicians who instructed him from an early age. Mr. Andrews played the horn in a church brass group until the 9th grade when he joined his first school band.

He went on to study music in college at Tennessee Temple, and the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. It was there he met his wife, Yvette, who is a trombone player. Mr. Andrews and his family moved to Fayetteville in 2001. They have six children and nine grandchildren.

In 2006, Mr. Andrews, his wife and another family met to form the Fayetteville Community Band which later was renamed the Fayetteville Symphonic Band. The band still meets at Methodist University every Monday night and gives regular concerts throughout the year.

Mr. Andrews is a composer of band works as well. His works have been played at all-district festivals and his brass works have been played across the country.

Mr. Andrews enjoys watching others discover the richness he has found through discipline of learning to play an instrument.

Name: Patti Ashley
Title: 6th Grade English Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3229

Mrs. Ashley was awarded  a B.A. from Butler University’s Department of Education in History and a minor in English Literature. She has over fifteen years teaching experience.

Name: Kristin Ballew
Title: Chair, History Department
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3230

Mrs. Ballew has more than 10 years of teaching experience in middle and high school Social Studies. She has taught both CP and AP level classes in public school systems in Tennessee and in the Cumberland County School System. She has a B.A. in Social Studies obtaining a major in Geography with minors in History and Business, and a Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Tennessee. Currently, Mrs. Ballew teaches AP Modern History and Geography.

Name: Dr. Molly Barger
Title: English Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131 x.3234

Dr. Barger attained her PhD in English Education from University at Buffalo SUNY. Her specialty is teaching Shakespeare, but she loves to tackle many other forms of literature and poetry in ways that engage her students in the text with as much excitement as possible. She earned her MA in English from Belmont University and BA in Literature from Eckerd College. She’s taught at both the college and secondary levels but thinks middle school and high school are more fun and rewarding because they don’t yet have a fear and loathing of Shakespeare, poetry, or literature in general that many college freshmen have going into English 101. “If I can teach a student to genuinely love to explore a text, then I’ve helped begin building a bridge to their future education,” Dr. Barger says.

She comes to us from Tennessee with her dogs, Beowulf and Andy, as well as her cat, Friar Tuck, and turtle, Murphy. 

“Lord, we know what we are but know not what we may be.” Ophelia, Hamlet 4.5

Name: Chip Bishop
Title: Athletic Director
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3549

Mr. Bishop holds a BA from UNC-Pembroke and an MA from Campbell University.  Mr. Bishop oversees all athletic teams and the entire athletic program grades 7-12.  He has served the Academy since 1982 and has been an educator since 1974.

Name: Melissa Bruns
Title: Kindergarten Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3110

Mrs. Bruns holds a BA from the University of Iowa.  Mrs. Bruns teaches Kindergarten.  She has served the Academy since 2007 and has been an educator since 1983.

Name: Dawn Burt
Title: Director of Lower School
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3322

Mrs. Burt holds a Bachelor’s Degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in Child Development and Family Studies. She is a member of the Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Fraternity.  She has been an educator since 2000 and joined the academy in 2011.  Prior to an administrative role, Mrs. Burt  taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten.  She is thrilled to have both of her children attending the Academy.

Name: Kendra Byrd
Title: Middle & Upper Math Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, 3242

Mrs. Byrd holds a B.A. in Spanish with minors in Math Education and Music and a Master’s degree in Math Education for Curriculum and Instruction. She has taught for seven years and teaches Middle School Spanish and Middle & Upper School math. “

Name: Joy Cogswell
Title: Music Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3560

Mrs. Cogswell has been a renowned music teacher and performer for over 40 years. She has a Bachelor’s of Music Education with Piano Principal from Florida State University and has completed graduate studies in piano performance at Meredith University. She holds certifications in both Kindermusik and Musikgarten. Mrs. Cogswell has extensive teaching experience, ranging from church youth choirs and individual lessons to music camps and academies. She still serves as Director of the Snyder Music Academy and teaches Kindermusik once a week to children at the Fayetteville Metropolitan Housing Authority. Mrs. Cogswell enjoys teaching a few children at home for private piano lessons.

Name: Charley Curry
Title: 4th Grade Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3107

A graduate of Virginia Tech, Mrs. Curry received her bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies in 2011. In May 2014, she completed her student teaching requirements and received her teaching license from Shenandoah University. Since then, she has completed a Master of Science in Education from Shenandoah University. She has taught since 2013.

Mrs. Curry and her husband recently moved to Fayetteville from Virginia with their two wonderful children, Chanan, who is attending Fayetteville Academy, and Avaleigh. When not working or running around with the kids, she enjoys reading, running, yoga, and being outdoors with her family.

Name: Lauren Darbie
Title: Kindergarten Instructor

Mrs. Darbie has a B.A. in Educational Studies from Western Governor’s University. She served as a lead teacher at the Roane School in Florida, has home-schooled her own children and has worked as an ABA Therapist/Registered Behavior Technician teaching language skills, academic skills and self-help skills to autistic children.

Name: Pam Darden
Title: Assistant College Counselor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3305

Mrs. Darden holds a BA in Sociology from Meredith College.  She also has her master’s degree in School Counseling from Campbell University.  Mrs. Darden has served the Academy since 2013 and was a counselor for Cumberland County schools from 1988-2013.

Name: Kevin Dennison
Title: Director of Facilities and Grounds
Phone: 910-868-5131 x.3561

Mr. Dennison previously served as FA’s Director of Facilities from 2003 to 2007 and has returned to the role. He also has served as the Fayetteville Academy girls’ varsity basketball coach, middle school girls’ basketball coach, and the varsity track and field coach for a number of years.

Name: Simone Dennison
Title: Director of Middle School
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3321

Mrs. Dennison previously worked at the Academy in the admissions and business offices and as an English and Journalism teacher. She spent 13 years as an Assistant Principal in the Cumberland County School System. Mrs. Dennison has a BS in Mass Communications from Methodist University and an MA in School Administration from the University of Phoenix.  She also holds a Professional Educator’s license as a K-12 Principal. Mrs. Dennison’s husband, Kevin, also works at F.A. as the varsity track and field coach and the varsity girls’ basketball coach.

Name: Angela Fedo
Title: Pre-Kindergarten Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3112

Ms. Fedo has a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Campbell University. She is N.C. certified in Elementary Education (K-6) and Academically Gifted (K-12).  Ms. Fedo worked 13 years in public schools in the Fayetteville area, the last seven of which were spent teaching Kindergarten at Gray’s Creek Elementary School.  She earned “Teacher of the Year” honors at Lake Rim Elementary (2004), E.E. Miller (2011), and at Gray’s Creek (2015).  

Name: Joanna Frady
Title: Director of College Counseling and Academic Advising
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3315

Mrs. Frady holds a bachelor’s degree in English and History and a master’s degree in American Studies from The College of William and Mary. She also has her M.Ed. in School Counseling from SUNY at Buffalo and earned a certificate in College Advising from Teachers College at Columbia University.  Mrs. Frady  served at the Academy from 2005-2010, first as the School Counselor and then as the Director of College Counseling. Prior to that time, she served as an Assistant Dean of Admissions at William and Mary and an Assistant Director of Admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill and Niagara University. Mrs. Frady returned to Fayetteville and to the Academy in 2016.

Name: Amanda Gillis
Title: Upper School Latin Instructor & Eagle Publication Sponsor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3220

Mrs. Gillis holds a BA from East Carolina University and a master’s degree from The University of Florida.  Amanda teaches Latin in grades 9-12. She has served the Academy since 2009 and has been an educator since 2000.

Name: Ashlee Grey
Title: Math Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131 x3231

Ashlee Grey is a math teacher in the Middle and Upper Schools and previously worked as a high school math teacher in Texas. Ms. Grey earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She earned her teaching certification in Texas.