Area: Leadership

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

Mr. Bishop holds a B.A. from UNC-Pembroke and an M.A. 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: 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 has taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten.  She is  thrilled to have both of her children attending the academy with her.

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

Mrs. Dennison previously worked at our school in the admissions and business offices and as an English and Journalism teacher and 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: Kevin Dennison
Title: Director of Facilities and Grounds
Phone: 910-868-5131 x.3561
Name: Joanna Frady
Title: Director of College Counseling
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3315

Mrs. Frady holds a B.A in English and History and an 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 and earned a certificate in College Advising from Teachers College at Columbia University.  Mrs. Frady first served at the Academy from 2005-2010 first as the School Counselor and then 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.

Alison Jones, Director of Communications and Alumni Relations
Name: Alison Jones
Title: Director of Communications and Alumni Relations
Phone: 910-868-5131 x.3312
Name: Kim Kaplan
Title: Director of Advancement
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3316

Mrs. Kaplan serves on the Administrative Team at F.A. and leads our efforts in both fundraising and marketing.   She has a BS degree and an MBA from Christopher Newport University.  Prior to coming to F.A., Mrs. Kaplan spent time as a registered nurse, a real estate agent, and as a professional grant writer.  

Name: Barbara Lambert (FA ’76)
Title: Director of Admission
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3311

Ms. Lambert holds a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Ms. Lambert oversees the admission office for grades pk-12.  She has served the Academy since 1983.

Name: Jim Pittman
Title: Director of Finance and Operations
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3310

Mr. Pittman is a licensed CPA and holds a degree in Accounting from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mr. Pittman has been a resident of Fayetteville since 1987 and is an active member of the community, serving on many private and civic boards. Mr. Pittman and his wife, Dellmarie have three children, Christina, Mary Carty, and Sam; and they are active in their church, Snyder Memorial Baptist.

Name: Ray Quesnel
Title: Head of School
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3303

Mr. Quesnel is the Head of School. He has served in that role since his appointment in 2012. He graduated from the University of Vermont in 1989 with a degree in mathematics. He has worked in two other independent schools in North Carolina since then. His prior positions held include Assistant Headmaster, Academic Dean, Athletic Director, Upper School math teacher, and coach. Mr. Quesnel and his wife, Wendy, have two grown children, Kelly and Jonathan.

Name: Christie Rains
Title: Director of Student Support Services
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3329
Mrs. Rains has an M.Ed. in School Counseling from American Military University, an M.A. in Criminal Justice from American Public University, a B.A. in Interdisciplinary Studies from Georgia State University, and she is currently working on my Ph.D. in Professional Counseling.  
Mrs. Rains has been the school counselor and the International Coordinator at Fayetteville Academy since 2016.  Prior to that, she worked for six years total at the Department of Defense Schools in Germany and at the U.S. Army Child, Youth, and School Services in Germany, Arizona, and Ft. Bragg.  She also worked for five years as a teacher, curriculum specialist, and assistant director at Primrose School at Eagles’ Landing in Stockbridge, GA.
Name: David Tisdale
Title: Director of Academic Technology
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3317

Mr. Tisdale holds a B.S. in Business Administration with a concentration in Management Information Systems from East Carolina University.  He has worked as an Information Technology (IT) consultant for clients such as Centura Bank and Microsoft.  Mr. Tisdale also worked as a programmer, operations manager, systems administrator, and business Analyst. Mr. Tisdale also spent 12 years as a general contractor building and renovating houses.  Mr. Tisdale, a native of Fayetteville, is married to Karen and has three children Dawson, Jackson, and Callie. Mr. Tisdale has served Fayetteville Academy since 2017.