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.

Deacon Brad WatkinsDeacon Brad Watkins

Deacon Brad Watkins is the Academy’s headmaster. He also teaches electives in theology, art and design. Deacon Watkins came to the Academy after many years of teaching on both the secondary and collegiate level and several years as the Administrative Secretary to the Most Reverend Michael F. Burbidge, Bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh…

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Dr. Wesley Kirkpatrick

Dean of Studies

Wesley Kirkpatrick supervises STMA’s academic and formation programs and leads a college support team that has placed seniors into over 200 schools…

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Mrs. Ann Cureton


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….

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Mr. Randall Blessing

Instructor in Mathematics and Sciences

Randall Blessing sees math and science as forms of play and exploration. “As I teach physics and mathematics I want students to think about situations and problems with me and to experience learning as a process…”

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Mrs. Luisana Briceño
Instructor in Humanities

Luisana Paiva-Briceño was born and raised in Barquisimeto, Venezuela, and came to the United States in 2004. Before coming to STMA she worked as a bilingual teaching consultant at the University of North Carolina and Florida International University.

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Mrs. Kristy Chandler
Instructor in Humanities

Kristy Chandler is the STMA student’s first encounter with the Trivium, the heart of classical education….

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Mr. Joel Decker
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…

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Ms. Christina Geradts

Instructor in Humanities

B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

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Mr. Mattison Hale

Instructor in Humanities

M.T.S., Boston College

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Mrs. Patricia Hartley
Service and Outreach Coordinator

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Mrs. Shari Huggett-Milton

Instructor in Non-Cognitive and Technical Skills

Bio coming soon!

Mrs. Kelly Jackson

Instructor in Mathematics

B.S., M.S., Georgia Institute of Technology

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Mr. Brian Johnson

Instructor in Humanities

B.A., M.B.A., Iona College

Bio coming soon!

Mrs. Kate Kirkpatrick

Instructor in Humanities, Agriculture, and 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 wilderness experience program…

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Franz KleinMr. Franz Klein
Instructor in Humanities

In 2009 Franz Klein enrolled in the “Great Books” Ph.D. program at the University of Dallas with the idea that he would someday teach at a small, Catholic liberal arts college. “But a few things made me realize that my calling was to teach on the prep school level…”

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Mr. Patrick Kurz

Instructor in Humanities

Mr. Kurz first fell in love with literature in his youth while reading Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment. “I found myself enthralled by the protagonist’s struggle for justice in a fallen world…”

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Mrs. Adriana Lee

Instructor in Business

B.S., University of Delaware, M.B.A., University of Virginia

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Ms. Metta Longo

Instructor in 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 about it.

Mr. Charles McCants

Instructor in Humanities

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…

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Jake NolandDr. 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 all around the state. He began studying philosophy during his first semester at UVA and started teaching it as a graduate at Texas A&M…

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Ms. Emily Nye

Instructor in Humanities

M.T.S., University of Notre Dame

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Mr. Kell Peterson

Instructor in Humanities and 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 the reading recommendations of adults.”


 Mr. Joe Rankin
Instructor in Mathematics and 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 was to teach mathematics.

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Mr. Jeff Rice
Instructor in Humanities and 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.

Mr. Dan Rolando

Instructor in Mathematics and 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.

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