Our Faculty

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



Maria Mendiola


Mrs. Mendiola received her Associate of Science Degree in Medical Assisting from Guam Community College an umbrella program of Kapiolani Community College in Hawaii. She has both Early Childhood Administration credential as well as School-Age Child Care credential from the state of North Carolina. She has worked in the Early Childhood industry for over 10 years as a pre-school teacher, childcare assistant director, and childcare director.

Mrs. Mendiola is a native Guamanian from the Pacific Island of Guam. She is happily married for 26 years to her husband Michael. They have two children who have attended St. Ann Catholic School (Michaelynn- now in 11th grade at Massey Hill Classical and Mitchell-5th grade). She loves spending quality time with family and friends, enjoys baking, cooking, crocheting, sewing, reading, and traveling. 



Marilia Gannon



Mrs. Gannon has a BS degree in Physical Education and Health from Western Carolina University. She has been teaching at St. Ann for the past 19 years. 




Jennifer Tapia

1st 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 of her own children who attend St. Ann, in grades 2nd-8th. 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 is enjoying her second year of teaching first grade in 2018-2019!




Kristen Walton
2nd Grade



Mrs. Kristen Walton is returning to the staff at St. Ann Catholic School. She taught 4th grade from 2007-2010.  She has been married to her husband, Dave, for 24 years. They have two grown children, Jack and Lauren, who both attended St. Ann in grade school.  The Walton family are retired military and have lived in Fayetteville for 19 years. 

Mrs. Walton received a Bachelors of Arts in English Writing from Slippery Rock University in 1993 and a Bachelors of Science in Education from Central Texas University 1995. She has taught in the public and private sector.



Dawn Sifuentes
3rd Grade



Dawn Sifuentes is very excited and honored to be teaching at St. Ann this year. This is her seventh 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 the 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 6th grade this year, Sofia is in 2nd grade, and Zachary will be four. 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!" 



London Sylvestre
4th Grade


 Ms. Sylvestre graduated from Franciscan University in Steubenville Ohio with a bachelors degree in Elementary Education. She is new to the area, originally hailing from Canada! During her free time, Ms. Sylvestre loves traveling, cooking, hiking, and watching hockey. This is her first year teaching second grade and she is very excited to be here.





Tina Isenbarger

5th Grade


Ms. Isenbarger received her BS degree in Special Education from Ohio University and Master's Degree in Special Education from F.S.U.. She taught Junior and Senior High School in Ohio for 7 years and 3 years at a year-round school in Cumberland County. Ms. Isenbarger taught 2nd grade at St. Ann for eight years. This is her first year teaching 5th grade. . She has two children (Evan-9th grade and Kennedy-8th grade). Ms. Isenbarger loves football (Go Buckeyes!), yoga,dancing, and traveling. 


Sarah Panter
6th Grade Homeroom and Middle School English/Language Arts, and Social Studies


Mrs. Panter has a BS degree in Elementary Education from UNC - Pembroke. She started her teaching experience at St. Ann and is now in her 14th year here. 







Theresa Williams
7th & 8th Grade Homeroom and Middle School Math, and Social Studies




Margaretta Kelly

6th grade 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 7 years. 








Yadira Rodriquez



 Mrs. Rodriguez was born in Puerto Rico. She graduated in 1993 from the University of Puerto Rico with a Bacherlors Degree in Business Administration/Management. This is her eighth year teaching at St. Ann. She has been married for 23 years with two kids. Her daughter graduated from St. Ann in 2012 and now attends UNC Chapel Hill, and her son graduated from St. Ann in 2014 and now attends Norwich University in Vermont. She likes to read, do puzzles and crafts. She enjoys to cook and spend time with family and friends.

Antony Bishop
Middle School Religion


Mr. Bishop was born and raised in Fayetteville. He received his Bachelor of the Arts in Religion at Methodist University and his Masters of Divinity from Duke University.  



  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.

Physical Education




Sara Joyce



Bette Scott




Ernest Brown
Lunchroom Facilitator/Crossing Guard










Mack Herring

I studied at FTCC after high school and began working as a Tire Specialist for Kelly Springfield through Goodyear. I retired with 35 yrs. of service. I've worked part time as custodian for St. Ann School. I now begin my 14th year. My wife and I were pleased to send both of our children to St. Ann School. We recommend a Catholic education to everyone. We have been members of St. Ann Church since 1982. We enjoy spending our free time with family and friends and take day trips to different areas of North Carolina.