Dr. Allen has been awarded three degrees: B.S. Elementary Education, Masters in School Administration, and Doctorate in Educational Leadership from UNC at Fayetteville. While achieving these degrees, Dr. Allen taught in a local public school district for nine years, DODD schools in Germany for seven years, and served for 12 years on a school administrative team. Subsequently retiring in 2014 with 28 years of educational experience, from the North Carolina Department Public Instruction, Dr. Allen started teaching as an Adjunct Instructor at Sandhills Community College. After teaching at the community college for two years, she decided to add another educational opportunity to her experiences and she accepted a position at Fayetteville Academy.
Jonathan 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. Jonathan played the horn in a church brass group until the 9th grade when he joined his first school band, and was hooked.
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. Jonathan and his family moved to Fayetteville in 2001. They have six children and 9 grandchildren.
In 2006 Jonathan, 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.
Jonathan 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.
Jonathan enjoys watching others discover the richness he has found through discipline of learning to play an instrument.
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.
Mrs. Bahamon has a B.A. in Spanish and English Education from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional of Bogotá, Colombia. She has six years of experience as a language coordinator and teaching Spanish and English as a foreign language.
Mrs. Ballew has six 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 most recently 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 Masters degree in Secondary Education from the University of Tennessee.
Dr. Barger attained her Ph.D in English Education from University at Buffalo SUNY. Her specialty is teaching Shakespeare but 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..” 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
Mr. Bishop holds a B.A. from UNC-Pembroke and an M.A. from Campbell University. Chip 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.
Ms. Blancas holds a Bachelor’s degree in International Relations from Universidad Iberoamericana in Mexico City, Mexico and a Master of Criminal Justice, Cybercrime Investigation & Cybersecurity Concentration from Boston University Metropolitan College. She worked for two years as a substitute teacher at the elementary and middle school levels at the American School Foundation in Mexico City. Ms. Blancas served as a consultant/assessor to the Ministry of Public Education in Mexico City for three years. In that role, she helped promote a program of collaboration between schools in Mexico and Chicago. During the last nine years, Ms. Blancas has also held positions as a project coordinator at a national program office in the United Nations Office against Drugs and Crime.
Prior to her employment in 2000, Ms. Bruffey was a member of the Board of Trustees, chaired the Auction and Grand Garage Sale, served as treasurer of the Eagle club, and volunteered in the school store.
Mrs. Bruns holds a B.A. from the University of Iowa. Melissa teaches 2nd Grade. She has served the Academy since 2007 and has been an educator since 1983.
Mrs. Burt holds a Bachelor’s Degree from West Virginia University with an emphasis in Child Development and Family Studies. She was awarded the Teacher of the Year at Upchurch Elementary in 2004 and was a member of the Phi Upsilon Omicron National Honor Fraternity. Dawn has been an educator since 2000 and has been teaching Pre-Kindergarten at the academy since 2011.
Mrs. Byrd holds a B.A. in Spanish with minors in Math Education and Music. She taught high school Spanish in California before moving to North Carolina where she taught two years for Cumberland County schools teaching both middle school Spanish and Math.
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 both in and out of public schools 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.
Ms. D’Alpe holds a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill and an M.A. from Campbell University. Patsi teaches 1st grade. She has served the Academy since 2005 and has been an educator since 1973.
Mrs. Darden holds a BA in Sociology from Meredith College. She also has her M.Ed. 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.
Ms. Frady returns to the Academy for a second time. She holds a B.A in English and History and a M.A. in American Studies from The College of William and Mary. She also has her M.Ed. in School Counseling from SUNY at Buffalo. Ms. Frady served at the Academy from 2005-2010 as first the School Counselor and then the Director of College Counseling. Prior to her time at F.A., she served as either an Assistant Dean or Director of Admissions at UNC-Chapel Hill, William and Mary, and Niagara University.
Mrs. Gillis holds a B.A. from East Carolina University and an M.A. 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.
Mrs. Goodrum holds a B.A. from Furman University. Nancy oversees the science curriculum. She has served the Academy for over 25 years and has been an educator since 1976.
Mrs. Grice holds a B.A. from Columbia College. Leigh Anne teaches one of two Kindergarten Classes in the Lower School. She has served the Academy since 1990.
Mr. Harbison earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University in 1969 and a M.S. in Human Resource Management and Personnel Administration from the University of Utah in 1977. Mr. Harbison has 10 years of teaching experience at the Fayetteville Academy (1997-2007) teaching Middle and Upper School science, math, and technology classes. For the past three years, John has been a stalwart substitute teacher throughout the entire academy in all disciplines. Welcome back.