A native of North Carolina, Leigh Anne Faulkner earned her bachelor's degree in English and her master's degree in education from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington, N.C. She began her teaching career in Clinton, NC, at Union High School.
She taught English at Lejeune High School from 1991-1998. From 1998 to 2000 she served as assistant principal at Rocky Point Elementary School and principal at Pender Learning Center in Burgaw, NC, from 2000 to 2003. Mrs. Faulkner has been principal of Tarawa Terrace Elementary since 2009.
In 2012, the former Ms. Kapiko married Jimmy Faulkner who is the director of a nonprofit children's services organization in near-by Pender County. Mrs. Faulkner has three children. Aaron is 18 and will be attending North Carolina State University this fall and Grayson and Rachel are 14-year-old fraternal twins.