James Phillips IV
Dean of Academics
Jim holds a Master of Arts degree in English from North Carolina State University and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from The University of North Carolina at Wilmington. He is a North Carolina native who hails from Jacksonville, but now resides in nearby Pittsboro with his wife Isabel.
Jim has been an instrumental member of the Auldern Academy faculty since the summer of 2007 where he inspires our students through his own passion for reading and writing. He was promoted to his current position as Dean of Academics in the fall of 2013. Jim enjoys playing the guitar, watching college basketball, and collecting books. Among his favorite authors are Herman Melville, J.D. Salinger, and William Faulkner.
Director of Student Support Services
Jan Andrew graduated with honors from Sandhills Community College, earning an Applied Science Degree in Human Development and Psychology. She immediately began working with adolescents, which has become her passion for over 15 years. Jan joined the North Carolina Boys’ program seven years ago where she began as the Day Treatment Coordinator. She later became the Academic Coordinator, working closely with both teachers and students in the education department. She joined Auldern in early 2010, once again fulfilling the important duties of making schedules, preparing transcripts and assuring the delivery of quality education to the Auldern students and families.
Jan is an avid UNC Tarheel fan and enjoys attending football and basketball games, dressing in her favorite color, Carolina Blue. She also enjoys spending time with her grandson, Cadence who is her pride and joy.
History and Lead Teacher
Chris Will has been with Auldern since the school opened in 2001 and then became the Lead Teacher in 2007. Chris loves sharing his passion for History, Economics, Sociology, and Geography with our students. Chris has lived in North Carolina since 1984 and was raised in a large family of seven boys and one girl. He earned a degree in History Education from North Carolina State University and is certified to teach World History, World Geography, U.S. History, U.S. Government, Economics, and Sociology. He is an avid N.C. State Wolfpack fan. He is a U.S. Army veteran infantryman, who was awarded many honors including the Expert Infantry Badge, the highest honor an Infantryman can receive. He served overseas and in the Middle East. He was even a member of a security force for former Secretary of State Colin Powell while in the Persian Gulf. Chris is a Civil War buff and has traveled to many Civil War battlefields. Chris and his wife, Alice, a veterinarian, reside in Apex along with their beautiful daughter Kerrigan who is the love of their lives.
Senor Edward King
Ed King received his M.A. in Latin American History at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He studied Spanish and Latin American History in a doctoral program at the University of Florida in Gainesville. An avid world traveler, Ed lived in Chile for two years. He taught History at Austin College in Sherman, Texas for 7 years, taking students to Peru, Columbia, and Mexico for January term courses. He was the Regional Director of Church World Service/CROP in both Illinois and the Carolinas for 18 years. He inspected CWS relief and self help development projects in the Dominican Republic, Haiti, Brazil, Argentina, Thailand, Vietnam, and Cambodia. He helped build housing in the slums of San Felipe, Guatemala for two summers with the God’s Child school project. He traveled to Nicaragua and Cuba in Spring of 2004 with the delegation of Witness for Peace to study “Neo Liberalism” in Central America and the Carribean. He has three grown children.
Jessie Lorbacher recently graduated magna cum laude from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Art education. As a teacher, Ms. Lorbacher loves challenging students of all ages and backgrounds to reach their full potential as artists and as art advocates.
Although she favors ceramic sculpture and pottery, Ms. Lorbacher loves working with a variety of media including charcoal, pen and ink, and acrylic paint. Her work has been featured in several galleries in Greensboro and a few local galleries. In her spare time, Ms. Lorbacher enjoys watching The Walking Dead, reading, and playing with her German Shepherd, Wilhelm.
Ornella Darlington Turner
Ornella Turner holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Applied Mathematics and Statistics from North Carolina State University and is currently pursuing her Master’s degree. She also has a teaching certification in the state of North Carolina. Mrs. Turner began her career at the North Carolina Boys’ program where she taught mathematics for 5 years before coming to Auldern. She previously has served as a mathematics tutor for Auldern Academy. While attending NCSU, Mrs. Turner was the recipient of an undergraduate research award for her project on “Water trends in the Raleigh-Durham area with the EPA”.
A native of Trinidad and Tobago, she previously worked as a statistical analyst and school counselor. Her goal is to motivate students in mathematics while accessing their inner strengths and discovering what inspires them. In her spare time, she enjoys scrapbooking, cross stitching, swimming and travelling with her husband, John.
Natasha Staton, BS
Natasha holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology from Fayetteville State University with a Minor in Chemistry. She hails from Taylorsville, about an hour west of Winston Salem, NC. While she was a student at Fayetteville State she conducted research in Organic Chemistry. She has also worked as a Chemistry tutor at Wilkes Community College.
As a Science Teacher at Auldern, she is able to share her passion for science and encourage her students to enjoy science as much as she does. She states that, “The small class sizes allow me to connect with the girls and pick up on their different learning styles. As a mother of four children, two of whom are teenagers, I am familiar with the variety of dynamics that teenagers can possess – and the different approaches they sometimes require.”
In her spare time, Natasha enjoys spending time with her family, working out, hiking, or watching a good movie.
Allison Hogue relocated to North Carolina from Oklahoma, where she taught several English classes in a public high school. She has a degree in English Education from Northeastern State University in Oklahoma. “I was drawn to Auldern because of the size of the program and how that would allow me to work with students on a more individual basis,” she said. “I always wished I could do more of that when I taught at a larger school.” Allison finds the faculty and staff at Auldern “amazing,” noting that “I knew immediately that this was a team I wanted to be on.”
“I feel that it is my job as a teacher to not only expose my students to literature, but to give them the tools they need in order to become stronger readers and writers. My goal is to both challenge and support the girls so they can grow and be successful – both as students and as individuals.”
Joey Howell, BS
Joey Howell has been a musician for most of his life. He started playing piano at age 4, and has been performing publicly on guitar, bass and drums since he was a teenager. Joey is a regular on the local music scene, both with his band and as a soloist, and has released four CDs. He graduated magna cum laude from Duke University, with a Bachelor’s degree in Mathematics and German Language and Literature. Joey studied guitar, jazz and music theory at the National Guitar Workshop and the Durham Jazz Workshop and has over 20 years of experience teaching private students. He is also a visual artist, with paintings in collections from Scarsdale, AZ to Boston, MA. He previously worked as a software developer/IT specialist at Family Violence & Rape Crisis Services in Pittsboro, NC and at Duke University.
Joey is a native of eastern North Carolina, and has been living across the Rocky River from Auldern Academy in Chatham County, NC for over 30 years with his wife, Lisa. They have two dogs and one cat. When not practicing guitar, Joey enjoys studying foreign languages and cosmology.
Hannah is a native of Greensboro, NC. She Graduated from the University of NC at Wilmington in 2010 with a bachelors in Physical Education with a concentration in Community Health. Hannah later added a Special Education licensure for teaching students with Learning Disabilities as a specialty. She worked in the public school system for 4 years before joining Auldern in 2014. Hannah is a certified CPR/First-Aid instructor and SAMA trainer and is currently studying to get Personal Trainer certified through the American College of Sports Medicine. Her hobbies include going to the gym, camping, going to the beach, and hanging out with her husband and “fur daughter” named Kiki.