Area: Lower School

Name: Kara Adams
Title: Pre-Kindergarten Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3115
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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
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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: Melissa Bruns
Title: Kindergarten Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3110
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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
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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: Joy Cogswell
Title: Music Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3560
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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
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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.

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Name: Angela Fedo
Title: Pre-Kindergarten Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3112
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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: Leigh Anne Grice
Title: STEAM Lab Facilitator - PK & K
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3114
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Mrs. Grice holds a B.A. from Columbia College. Leigh Anne teaches in the STEAM Lab for Kindergarten and pre-K. Previously, she taught Kindergarten at the Academy, and she has served FA since 1990.

Name: John Harbison
Title: 1st/2nd Grade Science Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3405
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Mr. Harbison earned a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University in 1969 and a master’s degree in Human Resource Management and Personnel Administration from the University of Utah in 1977. Mr. Harbison spent 10 years teaching Middle and Upper School science, math, and technology classes full time at Fayetteville Academy from 1997-2007 .  After a short break, John returned in 2013 as a substitute teacher throughout the entire academy in all disciplines. In 2017, John accepted part time duty as a first-grade science teacher.

Name: Deanna Hare
Title: 3rd Grade Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3103
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Mrs. Hare graduated with a B.S. in Education from Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She has been in education since 1980 in grades K-5 and taught 31 years in the Fort Bragg School System.

Name: Lauren Jenkins (FA’02)
Title: School Nurse and Administrative Assistant to Lower School
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3323
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Mrs. Lauren holds a BS in Nursing from East Carolina University. She worked as a pediatric nurse for 10 years in both hospital and clinic settings. She was born and raised in Fayetteville and is a Fayetteville Academy Alumna, Class of ‘02. Working as the school nurse and assistant to Head of the Lower School allows her to have the best of both worlds… working and being a mom!

Name: Marymelda Kizer
Title: Chair, Media Services
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3558/3313
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Mrs. Kizer holds a B.A. and M.A.T. from UNC-Chapel Hill.  Mrs. Kizer oversees the Lower School through Upper School Media Centers and supports classes that use modern technology in their curriculum.

Name: Grace L. Lee
Title: Lower/Middle School Spanish Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3221
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Mrs. Lee has degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Fayetteville State University. She is also a member of Pi Lambda Theta and has been with the Academy since 2014.

Name: Karin Levesque
Title: Chair, Physical Education Department
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3551
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Ms. Levesque holds a B.S. and an M.A. from Bridgewater State College.  She oversees the Pre-K through 12 physical education program as well as teaches Lower School physical education.  She has served the Academy since 1990.

Name: Connie Long
Title: 2nd Grade Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3104
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Mrs. Long holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education and a master’s degree in Early Childhood Education from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. She taught for two years at ASSETS School in Honolulu, HI before moving to Robeson County, where she served for 31 years as a teacher at Pembroke Elementary School.  Mrs. Long’s daughter, Taylor, is a graduate of Fayetteville Academy.

Name: Donna Jo Mangus
Title: Choral Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131 x.3556
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Donna Jo Mangus, Director of Choral Music and Music Teacher, has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Campbell University. She is a national board-certified teacher in early and middle childhood music. A lifelong resident of Cumberland County, Mrs. Mangus is recently retired from Cumberland County Schools where she most recently taught at Max Abbott Middle School and Terry Sanford High School. She is a member of the Cumberland Choral Arts and the Cross Creek Chorale. She serves as the artistic director of the Campbellton Youth Chorus.

Name: Susan Mescall
Title: 5th Grade Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3102
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Mrs. Mescall holds a bachelor’s degree from Ball State University and a master’s degree from Fayetteville State University.  Mrs. Mescall taught 21 years in public education working with second, third, fifth, and middle school students before coming to Fayetteville Academy. 

In 2010, Mrs. Mescall was one of 250 teachers chosen from over 1,100 nationwide applicants to attend the Mickleson-Exxon Science Teacher Academy. She is currently teaching fifth grade.

Name: Gabriela Ostendorf
Title: 3rd Grade Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3106
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Mrs. Ostendorf is a graduate of Fayetteville State University with a Bachelor’s of Science in Elementary Education.  Mrs. Ostendorf  has had the experience of teaching all grade levels from Pre-K through Fifth Grade.  She also served as an Instructional Coach for Cumberland County Schools for six years. Mrs. Ostendorf feels blessed to have her two daughters at Fayetteville Academy and plans to soak up these formative years with them as they grow. 

Name: Lionel Ownsworth
Title: 5th Grade Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3101
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Mr. Ownsworth’s qualifications include a Bachelor of Arts Degree, a Bachelor of Education Degree, and a Graduate Degree in Education. Mr. O. is a certified teacher and Project-Based Learning specialist.