Area: Middle School

Name: Patti Ashley
Title: 6th Grade English Instructor
Email: pashley@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3229
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Mrs. Ashley was awarded  a B.A. from Butler University’s Department of Education in History and a minor in English Literature. She has over fifteen years teaching experience.

Name: Kristin Ballew
Title: Chair, History Department
Email: kballew@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3230
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Mrs. Ballew has 10 years of teaching experience in middle and high school Social Studies. She has taught both CP and AP level classes in public school systems in Tennessee and most recently in the Cumberland County School System. She has a B.A. in Social Studies obtaining a major in Geography with minors in History and Business, and a Masters degree in Secondary Education from the University of Tennessee. Currently, Mrs. Ballew is teaching AP Modern History and Geography. In addition, she is also the Middle School Student Council Sponsor. 

Name: Dr. Molly Barger
Title: English Instructor
Email: mbarger@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131 x.3234
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Dr. Barger attained her Ph.D in English Education from University at Buffalo SUNY. Her specialty is teaching Shakespeare but loves to tackle many other forms of literature and poetry in ways that engage her students in the text with as much excitement as possible. She earned her MA in English from Belmont University and BA in Literature from Eckerd College. She’s taught at both the college and secondary levels but thinks middle school and high school are more fun and rewarding because they don’t yet have a fear and loathing of Shakespeare, poetry, or literature in general that many college freshmen have going into English 101. “If I can teach a student to genuinely love to explore a text, then I’ve helped begin building a bridge to their future education..” She comes to us from Tennessee with her dogs, Beowulf and Andy, as well as her cat, Friar Tuck, and turtle, Murphy. 

 

“Lord, we know what we are but know not what we may be.” Ophelia, Hamlet 4.5

Name: Kendra Byrd
Title: Middle & Upper Math Instructor
Email: kbyrd@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, 3242
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Mrs. Byrd holds a B.A. in Spanish with minors in Math Education and Music. She taught high school Spanish in California before moving to North Carolina where she taught two years for Cumberland County schools teaching both middle school Spanish and Math.

Name: Janet Coronel
Title: Spanish Instructor
Email: jcoronel@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3224
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Ms. Coronel has an Associate in Language and Cultural Studies (Spanish) degree from South Texas College.  She graduated magna cum laude from Barton College, where she earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Spanish.  While a student at Barton, she spent a year abroad studying in Mexico.  Her prior teaching experience was at Greenfield School in Wilson, NC, where she taught Spanish I to 5th and 6th grade students and Spanish II to 8th grade students.

Name: Simone Dennison
Title: Director of Middle School
Email: sdennison@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3321
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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: 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: Amanda Martin
Title: Chair, Math Department & Yearbook Sponsor
Email: amartin@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3235
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Mrs. Martin holds a B.A. from Guilford College and an M.Ed from The University of Southern Maine.  Amanda teaches Geometry, Advanced Algebra, and Calculus, and works with the yearbook staff and our online students.  She has served the Academy since 2008 and has been an educator since 2000.

Name: Michael Miller
Title: Math Instructor
Email: mmiller@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3246
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Mr. Miller recently graduated from N.C. State University, where he received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics with a minor in Psychology. While a student, he completed an internship as an assistant instructor at the N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences summer camps.  He also served as a math and physics tutor for three years and as an assistant teacher in the Neighbor to Neighbor outreach program. 

Name: Marcela Ovalle
Title: Spanish Instructor
Email: jovalle@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3226
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Mrs. Ovalle received both a BS and an MA in Foreign Language Education from the University of Antioquia in Colombia. She has five years of teaching experience at the college and high school levels and worked for the Houston Astros Major League baseball organization, teaching English as a Second Language to several of their minor league players. Mrs. Ovalle has also been a presenter at several symposiums, conferences, and workshops. She has loved teaching and learning languages since she was a little girl. She sees languages as windows to look at the world from different perspectives and wants to transmit that passion and love to her students. Mrs. Ovalle loves travelling, reading, and cooking Colombian food like empanadas, arepas, and paisa dish.

Name: Cath Rathbone
Title: SmartLab® Facilitator (grades 6-12), VHS Coordinator, TIE/TYE Advisor
Email: crathbone@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3330
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Mrs. Rathbone arrived in Fayetteville in May 2018 and is thrilled to be facilitating the HLT SmartLab® at Fayetteville Academy for grades 6-12.  She comes to us with a Master of Education in Educational Technology, a Bachelor of Arts in English & Creative Writing, has taught in three continents in various languages, and amongst other things is a master carpenter, a writer, and a painter. With twenty plus years in education and almost ten years in national and international sales, Mrs. Rathbone brings a plethora of experience to the world of Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics. 

Name: Deborah Reavis
Title: Chair, Fine Arts Department
Email: dreavis@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3555
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Ms. Reavis, known by her students as D. Rev, holds a B.S. in Art Education (K-12) with a concentration in painting from Appalachian State University. She is the Fine Arts department chair and teaches all visual art classes for students in grades 8-12. She has been teaching since 1993 and has been at the Academy since 1999. Ms. Reavis sponsors the FA chapter of the National Art Honor Society, teaches after school enrichment classes, private lessons, and conducts camps for FA’s Summer Odyssey program. She is a member of the National Art Education Association, NC Art Education Association, and the SCBWI Carolinas Chapter (Society of Children’s Books Writers & Illustrators). Ms. Reavis is a practicing artist and her work can be found at Lisa’s Custom Framing in Fayetteville, N.C.; she has shown her work locally at Ellington White Gallery, and the Arts Council.

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 7th grade.  She has been teaching since 2005, and she has been at the Academy since 2014. Mrs. Reeves is also the co-founder of Care’s Coasters, an active art-based charity in memory of her twin sister Caroline, as well as illustrator of the independently published Tristan Trapp book series, authored by Martha Goetz.  She is a member of SCBWI Carolinas Chapter (Society of Children’s Book Writers & Illustrators). Mrs. Reeves is also the acolyte director at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church.
 
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Name: Marissa Sarver
Title: Latin Instructor
Email: msarver@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3222
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Ms. Sarver graduated magna cum laude from UNC-Greensboro with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Classical Studies with a concentration in Classical Language and Literature and a minor in Archaeology.  She also received her Master of Arts degree in Classical Studies from the University of Iowa. She has served as a graduate teaching assistant at Iowa in Latin I and Latin II as well as in Rhetoric. Ms. Sarver also served in the University’s Speaking Center, where she worked on speaking skills and pronunciation with native speakers and ESL students

Name: Debi Smith
Title: Chair, Technology Department and Technology Instructor
Email: dsmith@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3403
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Mrs. Smith holds a B.S. from Methodist University.  She has served the Academy since 1990.

Name: Rick Spell
Title: History Instructor
Email: rspell@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3228
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Mr. Spell will be rejoining the F.A. faculty after having previously served as a teacher and a coach and having worked in our advancement office.  He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Religious Studies from UNC-Chapel Hill. He also earned a Master of Divinity degree with a concentration in the History of Religion in America and World Religions from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary. Mr. Spell has also taught previously at Fayetteville Tech and Sampson Community College.  In his prior stints at F.A., he taught A.P. World History, Middle School Geography, Government, and the History of Sports in America.

Name: Cindy Stanbridge
Title: Middle School Math Instructor
Email: cstanbridge@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3248
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Mrs. Stanbridge received a B.S. in Intermediate Education with a concentration in math and her M.A. in Intermediate Education from Fayetteville State University.  She has 45 years of teaching experience in grades 4-8 in both public and private schools in Cumberland County. She taught 4th grade at Fayetteville Academy for seven years after retiring from the public school system and returned to the Academy in 2017 to teach Mathematics in the Middle School. This year Mrs. Stanbridge will also be teaching Science in the 6th grade.

Name: Katie Terry
Title: Chair, Science Department
Email: kterry@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3249
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Ms. Terry has BS degrees in both Marine Science and Meteorology as well as a Master of Science in Meteorology, all from NC State University. She taught various courses including chemistry, biology, geoscience, and AP Environmental Science in her three years at St. Mary’s School in Raleigh. She also has spent time as a Middle School math teacher as well an ESL teacher. Ms. Terry has several hobbies and areas of interest, including scuba diving, and she holds several advanced certifications in that area.

Name: Deborah Tyminski
Title: History Instructor
Email: dtyminski@fayacademy.org
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3233
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Ms. Tyminski earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in History and American Studies from Wellesley College.  While a student there, she spent time studying abroad at the University of St. Andrews and Cambridge University in the United Kingdom. She also earned a Master of Arts degree in American History from Pace University. She is currently a certified teacher in North Carolina, Virginia, and Kansas.  Ms. Tyminski has taught for nine years, most recently at Leavenworth H.S. in Kansas. She taught locally for three years at Jack Britt H.S., where she helped create the current A.P. U.S. History syllabus for the Cumberland County School system. Ms. Tyminski has served for the last five years as a reader (grader) and table leader for the A.P. U.S. History Exam. She was also selected for and attended a Gilder Lehrman Summer Teacher Seminar 2017 on Daily Life in Colonial America at Yale University.