Welcome to our new Faculty and Staff

Fayetteville Academy Welcomes New Faculty and Staff


Fayetteville, N.C.–Fayetteville Academy is excited to welcome Lauren Darbie, Kevin Dennison, Ashlee Grey, Sabrina Harmon, Alison Jones, Donna Jo Mangus, Miriam Patullo and Adrienne Thomas to the faculty and staff.

Lauren Darbie, Kindergarten teacher, has a B.A. in Educational Studies from Western Governor’s University and is anticipating finishing her Master of Arts degree in Elementary Education this fall. She has served as a lead teacher at the Roane School in Florida, has home-schooled her own children and has worked as an ABA Therapist/Registered Behavior Technician teaching language skills, academic skills and self-help skills to autistic children.

Kevin Dennison is the new Director of Facilities. Mr. Dennison previously served in this same role from 2003 to 2007. He also has served as the Fayetteville Academy girls’ varsity basketball coach and the varsity track and field coach for a number of years.

Ashlee Grey, a math teacher in the Middle and Upper Schools, previously worked as a high school math teacher in Texas. Ms. Grey earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Psychology from the University of Texas at San Antonio. She changed career paths and earned her teaching certification in Texas.

Sabrina Harmon is the new Middle and Upper School Latin teacher. Mrs. Harmon is originally from Germany, and she received her B.A. degree from the University of Mannheim. She studied Latin at the University of Heidelberg. Mrs. Harmon is also certified to teach German as a foreign language. She spent 13 years teaching English, Latin and History in Germany before moving to the United States. She spent the last two years as a Latin and English teacher at another independent school in Fayetteville.

Alison Jones has accepted the role of Director of Communication and Alumni Relations. She has a B.A. degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a master’s degree in managerial communication from Florida Institute of Technology. Previously, Mrs. Jones worked as a development officer at High Point University and director of the Annual Fund at Florida Institute of Technology. She served as the communications and marketing specialist for the American Cancer Society in Gulfport, Miss. and the executive director also for the American Cancer Society in Gulfport. 

Donna Jo Mangus, Director of Choral Music and Music Teacher, has a B.A. 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. 

Miriam Patullo is the new Middle and Upper School Spanish teacher. She earned her K-12 Spanish teaching credential from the University of North Carolina at Pembroke. Ms. Patullo also earned a B.A. degree in Special Education (Deaf and Hard of Hearing adaptive curriculum) in Argentina. 

Adrienne Thomas, first grade teacher, has a bachelor’s degree from Miami (Ohio) University and a master’s degree from Marygrove College. She is licensed to teach elementary school in four states including North Carolina. Mrs. Thomas has 23 years of K-6 teaching experience around the country and most recently taught at Stoney Point Elementary School in Fayetteville, N.C.

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