Faculty Directory

The opportunity to work on the leading edge of independent Catholic preparatory education draws qualified, powerful and passionate 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.

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 & STMA Athletics Coordinator

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…

Mrs. Kate Kirkpatrick

Instructor in Humanities, Agriculture & Culinary Arts

Kate Kirkpatrick was born and raised in Chicago. Though her roots are urban, she formed a special interest and expertise in nature and its potentials during her years as an instructor and outdoor education coordinator for a youth…

Ms. Metta Longo

Instructor in Humanities & 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…

Dr. Jake Noland

Supervising Instructor

Jake Noland is St. Thomas More Academy’s Supervising Instructor. He 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…

Mr. Kell Peterson

Instructor in Humanities & Sciences

Kell Peterson joins the STMA faculty with more than a decade of teaching experience across several disciplines. His greatest passion is literature, especially poetry, though he admits to being “skeptical” in his youth he as “about…

Mr. Joe Rankin

Instructor in Mathematics & Sciences

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 Humanities & 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 Mathematics & Sciences

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…