Area: Lower School
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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
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!
Mrs. Kizer holds a B.A. and M.A.T. from UNC-Chapel Hill. Marymelda oversees the Lower School through Upper School Media Centers and supports classes that use modern technology in their curriculum.
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.
Ms. Levesque holds a B.S. and an M.A. from Bridgewater State College. Karin oversees the pk-12 physical education program as well as teaches Lower School physical education. She has served the Academy since 1990.
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.
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. She is currently teaching fifth grade.
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 has one daughter in our Lower School and one daughter who will join our Lower School next school year.
After 25+ years of travel and international teaching experiences, Mr. Ownsworth brings a ‘Best Practices’ approach to his classroom anchored by rigorous academics enhanced by student-centered inquiry and Project-Based Learning dynamics. Mr. O. has a Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education Degree from Canada, a Graduate Degree in Education from Australia, and he is a Certified Teacher.
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.
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.
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. Smith holds a B.S. from Methodist University. She has served the Academy since 1990.
Ms. Strauch 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. Ms. Strauch has presented at the North Carolina Reading Association Conference and the North Carolina Association of Independent Schools Conference. She is currently the president of the Cross Creek Council of the North Carolina Reading Association. She has initiated, planned, and implemented the annual Dr. Suess Family Night for the Lower School since 2015. Her son, Benjamin, is a current student in the Lower School.