Faculty Directory

The chance to work on the leading edge of independent Catholic preparatory education draws powerful teachers to STMA. Serving together with high collaboration and a shared vision, our talented administrators and instructors work tirelessly to form every student for authentic Christian excellence.

Dr. Jake Noland

Dean of Faculty

Jake Noland was born and raised in Virginia, and as the son of a Methodist minister he lived allaround the state. He began studying philosophy during his first semester at UVA and started teaching it as a graduate at Texas A&M…

Mrs. Ann Cureton

Registrar

Ann Cureton is the Academy’s registrar and administrative assistant to the Headmaster and Dean. She supports families with RenWeb, FACTS tuition payment, and all matters of student records. “I came to St. Thomas More after five…

Mr. Joel Decker

Instructor in Humanities

Following years of rich work with youth in Ohio, Joel Decker came to North Carolina to attend Duke Divinity School with his wife in order to be better equipped for work in Catholic catechesis. “I loved about every minute of my…

Ms. Kelly Jackson

Instructor in Science & Mathematics

Kelly Jackson was born and raised in New Jersey, where she attended Catholic schools. “Drawn to a warmer climate,” she says, and keen to study engineering, she decided to pursue her studies at the Georgia Institute of Technology…

Ms. Metta Longo

Instructor in Humanities and Mathematics

Metta Longo was given early examples of teachers who cared about the success of each student. “They would meet with a student during lunch because they knew she had already finished the assigned book and couldn’t wait to talk…

Ms. Adriana Lee

Instructor in Business & Finance

Adriana Lee was born in Bogotá, Colombia, and raised in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl.  She brings to STMA a varied background in business, with experience in information technology, financial services, and marketing.  In college she discovered…

Mr. Charles McCants

Instructor in Humanities and Coordinator of Student Life

Charles McCants was born and raised in Raleigh, but went off to Virginia for greater formation in the Classics and Theology. During college he spent a number of weeks at Holy Cross Abbey, a Cistercian monastery in Northern Virginia…

Ms. Emily Nye

Instructor in Humanities

Emily Nye was born and raised in Corpus Christi, Texas. Wanting to find in her learning “a satisfying response to the restless human heart,” she studied at Franciscan University and later at Notre Dame, where she read St. Augustine…

Mr. Kell Peterson

Instructor in Humanities

Kell Peterson's subject is literature, especially poetry, though he admits to being “skeptical” in his youth he as “about the reading recommendations of adults.” Always afraid “I was being tricked into hours of boredom or ‘impracticality…

Mr. Joe Rankin

Instructor in Mathematics and Director of Athletics

Joseph Rankin was born in Pittsburgh, but spent time in different parts of Pennsylvania and Rhode Island before his family settled in Steubenville, Ohio. After finishing college he realized that his calling and vocation in life…

Mr. Jeff Rice

Instructor in Fine Arts

Jeff Rice grew up in Baltimore, but came to North Carolina to attend college. His involvement in campus ministry, especially directing the student choir, set the course for a life of work in ministry.  “Music helps animate and…

Mr. Dan Rolando

Instructor in Science and Mathematics

Daniel Rolando believes in lifelong learning. “The world is a beautiful, new, and exciting place when you are constantly in search of expanding your mind and your perspective. I hope to impart this mindset to students. If a student…