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


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


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).  This is her second year at St. Ann Catholic School.  She has nearly two decades 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 has her basic catechist certification and is CPR certifed. Mrs. Dodge is a native of Michigan and is married to a retired USMC Officer, and they have one daughter who is in the 6th 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 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 attends 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 twelfth 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 11th grade this year, Sofia is in 7th grade, and Zachary is in 3rd 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!" 






Ms. Margaretta Kelly

4th Grade

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. Lisa Knapp

5th Grade


Mrs. Knapp has served her community as a registered behavior technician for the last four years. Mrs. Knapp has worked with children on the spectrum from ages as young as four and young adults as old as seventeen to nineteen years of age. Advocating for the needs of others and helping children reach their goals keeps her in this field. Mrs. Knapp is currently working on her Master’s degree in Applied Behavior Analysis and plans to become a BCBA , a board certified behavior analysis, after graduating. She is here at St. Ann’s because of a long-time desire to teach. 










Mrs. Dawn Leone

6th Grade Homeroom and Middle School Religion and Science

Mrs. Leone is a returning St Ann Catholic School faculty member in a new role as Religion and Science teacher as well as 6th grade homeroom 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. Theresa Williams

7th Grade Homeroom and Middle School Math and 7th and 8th Grade Social Studies

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.






Mr. Mark Culbreth

8th Grade Homeroom, Middle School English/Language Arts, and 6th Grade Social Studies

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. 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








Ms. Sara Joyce

Administrative Assistant







Mrs. Xandria Henry








Mr. Ernest Brown

Crossing Guard








Mr. Mack Herring


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

Nettie Miller is a resident of Fayetteville, NC.  She graduated from Fayetteville State University with a BS degree in Sociology.  In addition to the BS degree, she has a MS degree in Counselor Education from A & T State University.  Ms. Miller has over thirty-five years as a certified Counselor.  Her professional experience includes; Career Counselor (Bladen County Schools & the Department of the Army; Heidelberg, Germany) and Educational Counselor (Cumberland County Schools).  

Her passion is assisting children in meeting their academic, social and emotional goals.  Listening and observing behaviors a unique skill that she utilizes to meet individual needs.

Ms. Miller has one adult daughter (Renae) who resides in Virginia Beach, Virginia.


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