Area: Pre-Kindergarten

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: 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: 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: 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: Laura Harsant Reeves
Title: Art Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3401
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.  
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Name: Debi Smith
Title: Chair, Technology Department and Technology Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3403

Mrs. Smith holds a B.S. from Methodist University.  She has served the Academy since 1990.

Name: Myrtle Summers
Title: Science Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3404

Mrs. Summers holds a B.S. and M.A. from Fayetteville State University.  She teaches pre-kindergarten and kindergarten science.  Mrs. Summers has served the Academy since 2006 and an educator since 1975.