Faculty Directory

The opportunity to work on the leading edge of independent Catholic preparatory education draws supremely 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
Headmaster

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 directs STMA’s academic program. He also teaches the annual advanced tutorial in humanities and a variety of popular elective courses…

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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….

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Mr. Randall Blessing

Instructor in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Randall Blessing sees science and mathematics 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

Bio Coming Soon!


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

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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Doug Dieter
Mr. Doug Dieter
Director of Athletics

Doug Dieter is STMA’s Director of Athletics. In his coaching he stresses the many opportunities that sports provide for developing the personal virtues that empower success “on any path that the future might hold…”

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Ms. Christina Geradts

Instructor in Humanities

Ms. Geradts has a venerable view about the education of the young. “My father often shared his philosophy of education with my sisters and me, especially whenever we were celebrating an academic achievement in our family…”

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Dr. Anjela Govan

Instructor in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Dr. Anjela Govan was born and raised in Soviet Russia and immigrated to the United States with her family when she was in high school. “My parents always encouraged my pursuits in sciences…”

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Patricia Hartley
Service and Outreach Coordinator

Bio coming soon!

Kate KirkpatrickMrs. Kate Kirkpatrick
Instructor in Humanities and Agriculture

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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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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david-richardsDr. David Richards
Instructor in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Dr. David Richards was born and raised in Colorado.  He developed an interest in the sciences while in high school and pursued a degree in engineering…

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oliviaMrs. Olivia Seitz
Instructor in Mathematics and Natural Sciences

Olivia Seitz was born in upstate New York. “I deeply enjoy,” she says, “finding the many connections between various scientific disciplines and learning about the ways mathematics can serve each one…”

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