Area: Lower School

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, are currently students in our Lower School. 

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 has worked in the Cumberland County School System for 15 years. The last three of those years she has been 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

Mrs. Bruns holds a B.A. 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 has taught kindergarten and pre-kindergarten.  She is  thrilled to have both of her children attending the academy with her.

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 of Music Education with Piano Principal degree 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 to 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 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.

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 just completed her thirtieth year working in public schools in the Fayetteville area, the last seven of which were spent teaching Kindergarten at Gray’s Creek Elementary School.  She has been successful wherever she has worked, earning “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

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.

Name: John Harbison
Title: 1st/2nd Grade Science Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3405

Mr. Harbison earned a B.S. degree in Electrical Engineering from Arizona State University in 1969 and a M.S. degree in Human Resource Management and Personnel Administration from the University of Utah in 1977. Mr. Harbison has 10 years of full-time teaching experience at the Fayetteville Academy (1997-2007) teaching Middle and Upper School science, math, and technology classes.  After a short break, John returned in 2013 as a stalwart substitute teacher throughout the entire academy in all disciplines. In 2017, John accepted part time duty as a first-grade science teacher. This year John responsibilities will include teaching second -grade science as well.  

Name: Deanna Hare
Title: 3rd Grade Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3103

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 has taught the past 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

Mrs. Lauren holds a BS in Nursing from East Carolina University. She has been a pediatric nurse for 10 years working 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

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

Mrs. Lee has degrees from the State University of New York at Buffalo and Fayetteville State. 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

Ms. Levesque holds a B.S. and an M.A. from Bridgewater State College.  She oversees the pk-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

Mrs. Long holds a B.S. in Elementary Education and a M.A. in Early Childhood Education from Pembroke State University (UNC-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
Name: Susan Mescall
Title: 5th Grade Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3102

Mrs. Mescall holds a B.S. from Ball State University and a MEd. 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 attended the Mickleson-Exxon Science Teacher Academy and was one of 250 teachers chosen from over 1100 nation-wide applicants to attend the week-long academy.

She is currently teaching fifth grade.

Name: Gabriela Ostendorf
Title: 3rd Grade Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3106

Mrs. Ostendorf is a graduate of Fayetteville State University with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education.  Mrs. Ostendorf  has had the experience of teaching all grade levels from Pre-Kindergarten through Fifth Grade over the past ten years.  She has 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

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.

Name: Liz Prince
Title: 4th Grade Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3105

Mrs. Prince holds a B.S. from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.  She has served the Academy since 2010 and has been an educator since 1989.