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Our Faculty & Staff

St. Ann is blessed to have a magnificent staff with various backgrounds and a wealth of knowledge to share with our students.

 

 

Ms. Melissa Herrera

     Pre-Kindergarten                                                        

Ms. Herrera has been a member of the St. Ann family for 10 years. She is a mother of five children, three of whom are graduates of St. Ann. Over the course of her time at St. Ann, she has worked as a librarian, a teacher's assistant, and worked in the after care program. She is a North Carolina certified early childhood education teacher and is an alumna of UNC-Greensboro.

Ms. Wendy Merritt

Kindergarten

Ms. Merritt attended Catholic school from kindergarten through twelfth grade in her hometown of Perryville, MO.  The military brought her to Fayetteville in 1994.  She has both her B.S. and M.Ed. in Elementary Education (K-6) in addition to her certification in Reading Education (K-12).  She joins us with 15 years of teaching experience - most of those years as a Catholic school teacher in the lower primary grades.  Ms. Merritt has one daughter, Nicole, who works in higher education at UNC-Greensboro.

Mrs. Leslee Dodge

1st Grade

Mrs. Dodge has served on the St. Ann staff since 2018 as a Teacher Assistant in both Kindergarten and Second Grade. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Business Administration-HR Management from Baker College in Flint, Michigan, and a Master’s Degree in Education from Liberty University in Lynchburg, Virginia. She is a member of the Kappa Delta Pi International Honor Society and a recipient of the USFAA Molly Pitcher Award.  Mrs. Dodge is a native of Michigan and is married to a retired USMC Officer, and they have one daughter who is in the 5th grade here at St. Ann.  In her spare time, she enjoys reading, being outside at the pool, and spending time with her husband, daughter and two crazy cats.

 

 

 

 

 

Ms. Jennifer Tapia

2nd Grade

The Army brought Ms. Tapia and her family to Fayetteville in 2014. She is originally from Washington State and loves hiking, exploring outdoors and traveling. She has four children,one of whom attend St. Ann (and three graduates). Ms. Tapia received her teaching certificate in Florida and has taught 4th grade in local Fayetteville public schools and also middle school ELA at St. Ann. She's excited to be teaching second grade again this year after spending four years in first grade.

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Dawn Sifuentes

3rd Grade

Dawn Sifuentes is very excited and honored to be teaching at St. Ann this year. This is her ninth year at St. Ann, but she had taught in Harnett County previously. She and her husband are originally from Toledo, Ohio, but they moved to North Carolina so that she could pursue teaching. She received her Bachelor of Arts in Early Childhood Education at Lourdes College in Sylvania, Ohio, and has her Ohio teaching license as well as her North Carolina license. She and her husband have three beautiful children, Zachary, Sofia, and Nickolas. Nickolas is in 10th grade this year, Sofia is in 6th grade, and Zachary is in 2nd grade. She also has two college aged step-children, Maggie and Jonathan, who live in Ohio and visit in the summer. Mrs. Sifuentes and her husband love college football season! Although they are from Ohio, they are both Michigan fans. "Go Blue!" 

Mr. Mark Culbreth

4th Grade

Mr. Culbreth is a Fayetteville native who worked and retired from Cumberland County Schools this summer after 35 years with the system.  He worked as a teacher, curriculum specialist, school administrator, and district administrator.  He first attended East Carolina University where he received a degree in English Writing and Psychology.  He later received his certification in teaching and advanced degrees in education and school administration from Fayetteville State University.

Mr. Culbreth has been married to his wife Keneen since 1997.  They have one daughter, Madison, who attends Cumberland County Schools.  He is excited to be back doing what he loved best in his career, working with children and helping them succeed and grow.

Mrs. Dawn Leone

5th Grade

Mrs. Leone is a returning St Ann Catholic School faculty member in a new role as 5th grade teacher.  She graduated from the University of Florida in 1991 with a Bachelor's of Science in Exercise and Sport Sciences. She taught PE in Florida, Texas, and North Carolina. Nine of her teaching years were as the PE teacher at St Ann Catholic School while her two sons were students. Mrs. Leone is a supporter of youth athletics and scouting programs. She serves as a Scouts BSA  leader and is a Swim Official for NCHSAA. As a veteran and the spouse of a retired Army Officer, she understands the challenges and needs of military families

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Sarah Panter

6th Grade Homeroom and Middle School English/Language Arts, and Science

Mrs. Panter has a BS degree in Elementary Education from UNC - Pembroke. She started her teaching experience at St. Ann in 2005.

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Theresa Williams

7th Grade Homeroom and Middle School Math, and Science

Theresa P Williams is a graduate of Fayetteville State University. She has worked in the Cumberland County School System for many years. She is a certified teacher of Middle School Mathematics. This is her fourth year at St. Ann Catholic School.

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Yadira Rodriguez

8th Grade Homeroom, Middle School Religion, and Spanish

Mrs. Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico. She graduated in 1993 from the University of Puerto Rico with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration/Management. She moved to Fayetteville in 2001 (spouse was in the Army). This is her 13th year teaching at St. Ann. She has been married for 27 years and has two children. Her daughter graduated from St. Ann in 2012 and is now a music teacher in Charlotte, NC. Her son graduated from St. Ann in 2014 and is now a senior at Norwich University in Vermont. She likes to read, do puzzles and crafts. She also enjoys cooking and spending time with family and friends.

Ms. Margaretta Kelly

Middle School Social Studies

Ms. Kelly is a certified K-8 teacher who is retired from Ft. Bragg Schools after 36 years. She has worked with St. Ann students for the past 8 years. 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Sharona Carter

Music and Band

Mrs. Carter was born and raised in the Fayetteville area. She has a BS degree in Music Education from UNC Pembroke. In 1987, Mrs. Carter began her teaching career in the Hoke County School System. (1987-1994) (1996-1997 School Year) Mrs. Carter joined the St. Ann Staff in 1998 as the music teacher, and teaches all of our students on a weekly basis. In addition to the general music classes, students are given the opportunity to participate in chorus and band. Over the years she has served other schools in the Fayetteville area as well.

• Breezewood Christian School (1999-2000)

• Freedom Christian Academy (2009-2011)

Mrs. Carter is married and has two children, Stone and Emma.

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Mitch Adams

Physical Education

Coach Adams graduated from Reid Ross High School in 1985. While at Reid Ross, he played football and baseball. In 1989, he graduated from Methodist University with a Bachelors of Science degree. He also played baseball while at Methodist. In 2002, he received a Masters Degree in Physical Education from North Carolina A & T. From 1990-2019, Coach Adams was a teacher at Douglas Byrd Middle School, John Griffin Middle School. He coached football and baseball during that time as well. Coach Adams has one son, Dustin, who is 27 years old. 

Mr. Ted Faber

Art

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Sara Joyce

Administrative Assistant

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mrs. Bette Scott

Bookkeeper

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Ernest Brown

Crossing Guard

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Mack Herring

Custodian

Mr. Herring studied at FTCC after high school and began working as a Tire Specialist for Kelly Springfield through Goodyear. He retired with 35 yrs. of service. He has since worked part time as custodian for St. Ann School. He and his wife were pleased to send both of their children to St. Ann School. They recommend a Catholic education to everyone. They have also been members of St. Ann Church since 1982. They enjoy spending their free time with family and friends and taking day trips to different areas of North Carolina.

Ms. Nettie Miller

Guidance Counselor

 

 

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