Area: Middle School
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.
Mrs. Bahamon has a B.A. in Spanish and English Education from Universidad Pedagógica Nacional of Bogotá, Colombia. She has six years of experience as a language coordinator and teaching Spanish and English as a foreign language.
Mrs. Ballew has six 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.
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
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.
Mr. Kamara holds a B.A. in Chemistry and a minor in Biology from the Fayetteville State University. He is currently completing his Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with a minor in STEM from Concordia University. Previously, he taught middle grades science in Burlington, NC utilizing technology and project-based learning.
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.
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.
Ms. McNeice has six years of teaching experience in North Carolina high school social studies courses at CP, Honors, and AP levels. After graduating UNCW with her Bachelor’s in History Education she began teaching in Hoke County schools. She obtained her Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from Concordia University shortly after beginning teaching.
Mrs. Rathbone arrived in Fayetteville in May 2018 and is thrilled to be facilitating the brand-new STEAM program at Fayetteville Academy. 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.
Ms. Reavis holds a B.S. from Appalachian State University. She oversees the Fine Arts department and teaches grades 8-12. She has served the Academy since 1999 and has been an educator since 1993.
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.
Mrs. Satisky holds a B.S. from East Carolina University and an M.A. from Fayetteville State University. Virginia is the Head of the Middle School and teaches Science 6. She has served the Academy since 1975.
Mrs. Smith holds a B.S. from Methodist University. She has served the Academy since 1990.
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 42 years of teaching experience in grades 4-7 in both public and private school in Cumberland County. She taught 4th grade at Fayetteville Academy for seven years after retiring from the public school system.
Mr. Warren holds a B.S. and a B.A. from Methodist University, an M.A. from Garrett-Evangelical Theological Seminary, and a post-graduate certificate from The Methodist Theological School in Ohio. He teaches Exploratory Latin, Latin 1A, and Latin 1B. He worked for a number of years as a substitute teacher at the Fayetteville Academy and in the Cumberland County Schools, and has been involved in our After School Care program since 2010, prior to joining the faculty in 2015. He serves part-time as a pastor in The United Methodist Church in addition to his duties at the Academy. Mr. Warren attended the Academy as a Lower School student from 1981 to 1984, and is a second-generation Academy educator, following his mother Linda Warren, who taught 5th grade from 2004 to 2014. Mr. Warren is a third-generation educator, having parents and grandparents who made teaching their life-long careers.