Area: Lower School

Name: Dr. Mamie Allen
Title: 3rd Grade Instructor
Email: mallen@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3106
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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.

Name: Melissa Bruns
Title: Kindergarten Instructor
Email: mbruns@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3110
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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
Email: dburt@fayacademy.org
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 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
Email: jcogswell@fayacademy.org
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 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
Email: ccurry@fayacademy.org
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 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: Patsi D’Alpe
Title: 1st Grade Instructor
Email: pdalpe@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3109
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Ms. D’Alpe holds a B.A. from UNC-Chapel Hill and an M.A. from Campbell University. She teaches 1st grade.  She has served the Academy since 2005 and has been an educator since 1973.

Name: Leigh Anne Grice
Title: Kindergarten Instructor
Email: lgrice@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3114
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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 Grade Science Instructor
Email: jharbison@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3405
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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. 

Name: Deanna Hare
Title: 3rd Grade Instructor
Email: dhare@fayacademy.org
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 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
Email: ljenkins@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3323
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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
Email: mkizer@fayacademy.org
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
Email: glee@fayacademy.org
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. 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
Email: klevesque@fayacademy.org
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 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
Email: clong@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3104
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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 Roberson County, where she served for 31 years as a teacher at Pembroke Elementary School.  Mrs. Long’s daughter,Taylor, is currently an Upper School student at the Academy.

Name: Susan Mescall
Title: 5th Grade Instructor
Email: smescall@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3102
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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: Pre-Kindergarten Instructor
Email: gostendorf@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3112
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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-Kindergaten 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
Email: lownsworth@fayacademy.org
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.

 
 
 
Name: Liz Prince
Title: 4th Grade Instructor
Email: lprince@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3105
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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.

Name: Kristin Reeder
Title: Science Instructor
Email: kreeder@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3404
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Mrs. Reeder holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Campbell University and a master’s degree in Educational Leadership from Kansas State University. She has been teaching since 2008.

Name: Laura Harsant Reeves
Title: Art Instructor
Email: lreeves@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3401
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After studying Foundations and Illustration at the Savannah College of Art and Design for two years, Mrs. Reeves earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts with a concentration in Painting and Drawing from East Carolina University, as well as a Master of Arts in Teaching with a concentration in Art Education from UNC-Pembroke.  She teaches Art to grades Pre-K through 5th, as well as 7th grade.  Mrs. Reeves has been teaching since 2005, and she has been at the Academy since 2014.

Mrs. Reeves is the illustrator of the Tristan Trapp book series, authored by Martha Goetz. She is a member of the Society of Children’s Book Writers and Illustrators.

See Mrs. Reeves’ online art portfolio at www.reevesartworks.com.