Area: Upper School

Name: Kristin Ballew
Title: Chair, History Department
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3230

Mrs. Ballew has more than 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 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 Master’s degree in Secondary Education from the University of Tennessee. Currently, Mrs. Ballew teaches AP Modern History and Geography.

Name: Kendra Byrd
Title: Middle & Upper Math Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, 3242

Mrs. Byrd holds a B.A. in Spanish with minors in Math Education and Music and a Master’s degree in Math Education for Curriculum and Instruction. She has taught for seven years and teaches Middle School Spanish and Middle & Upper School math. “

Name: Amanda Gillis
Title: Upper School Latin Instructor & Eagle Publication Sponsor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3220

Mrs. Gillis holds a BA from East Carolina University and a master’s degree from The University of Florida.  Amanda teaches Latin in grades 9-12. She has served the Academy since 2009 and has been an educator since 2000.

Name: Alexander Kirby
Title: Science Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3244

Mr. Kirby graduated from the University of South Carolina with a BS degree and a double major in Physics and Mathematics. While at U.S.C., he served as an astronomy lab instructor and held a part-time job as an observatory educator at the S.C. State Museum in Columbia. Mr. Kirby has also done extensive work as an undergraduate researcher in the area of astrophysics.  He comes from a family of educators, as both his mother and sister are also teachers.

Name: Dr. Mike Limberg
Title: History Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3232

Dr. Michael Limberg received a BA from Gordon College and an MA from the University of Colorado-Boulder.  He recently completed a PhD in History at the University of Connecticut, where he also taught.

Name: Donna Jo Mangus
Title: Choral Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131 x.3556

Donna Jo Mangus, Director of Choral Music and Music Teacher, has a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Campbell University. She is a national board-certified teacher in early and middle childhood music. A lifelong resident of Cumberland County, Mrs. Mangus is recently retired from Cumberland County Schools where she most recently taught at Max Abbott Middle School and Terry Sanford High School. She is a member of the Cumberland Choral Arts and the Cross Creek Chorale. She serves as the artistic director of the Campbellton Youth Chorus.

Name: Amanda Martin
Title: Chair, Math Department & Yearbook Sponsor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3235

Mrs. Martin holds a bachelor’s degree from Guilford College and a master’s degree from The University of Southern Maine.  Amanda teaches Geometry, Advanced Algebra, and Calculus and works with the yearbook staff.  She has served the Academy since 2008 and has been an educator since 2000.

Name: Michael Miller
Title: Math Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3246

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: Jessica Osnoe
Title: Upper School English Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3327

Ms. Osnoe holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Campbell University and a master’s degree in English Literature from N.C. State University. She has previously taught at N.C. State, Campbell University, and Cumberland International Early College High School. She has been a faculty member at Fayetteville Academy since 2016.

Name: Marcela Ovalle
Title: Spanish Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3226

Mrs. Ovalle received both a bachelor’s degree and a master’s degree in Foreign Language Education from the University of Antioquia in Colombia. She has 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
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3330

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
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3555

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: Christine Sappington
Title: Upper School Science Instructor & Director of Odyssey Programs
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3241

Mrs. Sappington holds a B.S. from Greensboro College and is EMT-B Certified.  She has served the Academy for since 2005 and has been an educator since 2001.

Name: Gary Southerland
Title: Middle & Upper School Math Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3242

Mr. Southerland received his bachelor’s degree from Lipscomb University. He spent thirteen years of active duty in the U.S. Air Force where he served as a pilot, a crew chief, and a squadron commander, among many other duties. After his time in the Air Force, he served briefly as a commercial pilot for ACJet Airlines. In 2000, Mr. Southerland decided to enter the field of education, and he has spent the last 21 years as a highly regarded math teacher, most recently in the Cumberland County School System.

Name: Rick Spell
Title: History Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3228

Mr. Spell has worked at the Academy as a teacher and a coach and in the 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 Technical Community College 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.

Katie Terry, Chair, Fayetteville Academy Science Department
Name: Katie Terry
Title: Chair, Science Department
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3249

Ms. Terry has BS degrees in both Marine Science and Meteorology as well as a Master of Science in Meteorology from N.C. 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
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3233

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 taught for three years at Jack Britt High School where she helped create the current A.P. U.S. History syllabus for the Cumberland County School System. She has served  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.

Name: Mary Vanderzell
Title: Upper School English Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3225

Mrs. Vanderzell holds a B.A. in English from Wilson College in Chambersburg, PA, a English Education from Roberts Wesleyan College, Rochester, NY, and a M.A. in English Literature from State University of New York at Brockport, Brockport, NY. She has extensive experience teaching at the secondary and college levels and teaches 10th and 11th grade English classes at the Academy. Her areas of interest include children’s literature, contemporary British literature, and pop-culture immersion. Mrs. Vanderzell is the Varsity Volleyball Coach and is the mom to three FA students. She has been teaching at Fayetteville Academy since 2017. 

Name: Paul Washburn
Title: Chair, English Department
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3223

Mr. Washburn holds a B.A. in English from Binghamton University and a M.A. in Linguistics from Cornell University.  Prior to the Academy, he taught at Cornell University and SUNY Cortland in New York.  His interests include theoretical syntax, fantasy and horror literature, and philosophy.  He currently teaches 11th and 12th grade English, and has occasionally taught linguistics and philosophy. Mr. Washburn has served the Academy since 2010 and as the English Department chair since 2016. He has been an educator since 2002.

Name: Meredith Wermel
Title: Science Instructor
Phone: 910-868-5131, ext. 3247

After graduating from Fayetteville Academy, Mrs. Wermel went on to study at Wake Forest University and N.C. State University.  She received her BS in Biology from N.C. State.  She has previously completed AP summer institute training for both biology and chemistry, and she has taught all levels of those two subjects over her time at Jack Britt High School, Hill Country Christian (Austin, TX), and Cape Fear High School.