Side Military Student Network (MSN)

Meet Your MSTC Staff

Mark Patton, M.Ed. — Grant 1
Military Student Transition Consultant

Mark Patton, Military Student Transition
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Jack Britt High
South View High
Westover Middle
Hope Mills Middle

I am excited to be a part of this team! As a Fayetteville native who grew up as military child in Germany as well as Ft. Bragg,  I have had many roles related to the military community. After graduating from NC State, I was commissioned in the Air Force and taught in the Air Force Academy before retiring.  I’m a military spouse who has seen his airman deploy to serve in Afghanistan. I’m also the father of two students who experienced the unpredictability of the military life.  As a JROTC instructor for Cumberland County Schools, I have worked with many military children and parents over the years. With over 20 years in education, it is my hope to use my experiences to help even more families as a Military Student Transition Consultant (MSTC).  

Krysten Patton, BS — Grant 1
Military Student Transition Consultant

Krysten Patton Headshot
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Seventy-First High
Douglas Byrd High
Douglas Byrd Middle
Ireland Drive Middle

I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with this group of Military Student Transition Consultants.  I am a Veteran of the US Air Force Reserves, having served eight years with two deployment experiences.  I am a graduate of Fayetteville State University and have lived in the Fayetteville/Fort Bragg area for the last 10 years.  Teaching Criminal Justice within Cumberland County Schools redirected my life to the service of youth.  After teaching two years I moved into a position within the non-profit sector focused on providing supplemental support to school-aged children.  This new opportunity with the Military Child Education Coalition bridges my love for supporting children and my love of the United States Military.  I look forward to serving this community, our military students and their families while continuing to embody the “service before self” core value of the US Air Force.

Justine Cone, M.Ed. — Grant 2
Military Student Transition Consultant

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Justine Cone
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Ezekiel Ezra Smith High School
Lewis Chapel Middle School
South View Middle School
Westover High School

I’m excited to have the opportunity to work with military connected students and families as a Military Connected Student Transition Consultant (MSTC).  As the wife of a Navy/Army Veteran I have first hand experience dealing with deployments and PCS moves and understand the unique challenges facing our military connected students.

I graduated with my Masters in Education in School Counseling from the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA and started my career in education as the Indian Education Specialist for Tacoma Public Schools.  Since then, I have been a school counselor for all levels, K-12 in Eatonville, WA and in Hoke and Cumberland County school systems.

I look forward to serving our military connected students, families and school staff.

Carlos Antonio Swan, MSW–Grant 2
Military Student Transition Consultant

Carlos Swan, Military Student Transition
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Terry Sanford High School
Pine Forest High School
Pine Forest Middle School
Spring Lake Middle School
Max Abbott Middle School

Greetings, I am originally from Jacksonville Florida and came to Fayetteville North Carolina by way of the military. I have been in the Fayetteville/ Fort Bragg area for over 20 years. During my time in the Army I had the opportunity to serve not only at Fort Bragg but also in South Korea and Germany. I have also served in multiple deployments. After my tour of duties, I retired from the United States Army.

I have had the opportunity to serve the Fayetteville Community during and after my time in the military. I was able to serve the community as a coach, mentor, and educator. I also attended college with in this community at Fayetteville State University. During this time, I was able to obtain my Bachelors of Business Administration and a Masters in Social Work / Child and Family. I look forward to serving the children and parents of this great community once again.

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