Faculty and Staff
Ian Solomon | Principal | email@example.comIan Solomon graduated from North Carolina A&T State University as an NC Teaching Fellow in 1994 with a BS in History-Secondary Education. Ian began his educational career as a Social Studies teacher in the Guilford County School System. After three years at Northeast Guilford High School teaching various Social Studies courses, coaching basketball and forensics (speech & debate), Ian entered the MSA program at the University of North Carolina – Greensboro as a Principal Fellow.
Graduating in 1999, Ian began his administrative career at Cary High School as an Assistant Principal. In 2006, he moved on to the Lenoir County Public School System and became the High School Education Coordinator for the district. In 2007, he would become Principal of North Lenoir High School.Ian returned to the Wake County Public School System in 2008 where he would work at Durant Road Middle School as an Assistant Principal and Principal until November 2011 when he was appointed the privilege of heading the Young Men’s Leadership Academy. Ian sees the value of building relationships and setting high expectations for all stakeholders to make a school a successful, high achieving place of continuous learning.
John Bingham | Assistant Principal (WYMLA campus) | firstname.lastname@example.orgJohn D. Bingham graduated from The Ohio State University in 1987 with a BS degree in Secondary Social Studies Education. He spent his first year teaching 7th grade social studies at West Cary Middle and then moved to Fuquay-Varina Middle School for the next four years where he continued to teach 7th grade social studies and lead their Student Council. John then moved to Fuquay-Varina High School where he spent three years teaching various social studies courses and coaching the wrestling team. In 1994 John began his Masters in School Administration at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In 1995, he worked as an Assistant Principal intern helping to open up the then new Davis Drive Middle School. John then began his administrative career at Cary High School where he had the privilege of serving many roles such as opening up The Cary High School 9th Grade Center, serving as the school’s Assistant Principal for Instruction and finally given the opportunity to create a new role and serve as the Assistant Principal for Intervention.
The Bingham family enjoys the outdoors and can often be found boating on Jordan Lake. John’s passions are his family, boating, fishing and playing the guitar. John recognizes what a privilege it is to be a part of such an outstanding faculty and is looking forward to helping prepare the fine young men of the WYMLA student body to step into important leadership roles in our community.
Kevin Murray | Assistant Principal (St. Aug. Campus) | email@example.comKevin Murray served last year as the science teacher for grades seven and eight, but has moved to a new role as an administrator on the St. Augustine's University campus.Mr. Murray was born in Charlotte, North Carolina, but was raised in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He is working on his 17th year in the field of education—all of which has been in North Carolina. He started in Davison County working with sixth grade in the fields of science, social studies and math. He then came to Wake County Public Schools where he worked for a total of 12 years as an eighth grade science teacher first at West Millbrook and then Dillard Drive Middle School. Most recently Mr. Murray was the middle school principal of the East Wake Academy Charter School in Zebulon where he worked for three years.
Mr. Murray attended Kutztown University in Eastern Pennsylvania where he received his bachelor’s degree in elementary education with a concentration in science. His certification there is for grades kindergarten through grade eight. He is also certified in science, math and social studies in North Carolina. He has a master’s degree from North Carolina State University in Middle School Administration.Mr. Murray and his family live in Raleigh near the Rolesville/Knightdale area with his wife Valeria who is from Argentina. The couple has two children: Emma, 9; and Sean, 6 and a yellow lab named Casey. When he’s not working, Mr. Murray loves sports: whether it’s watching or playing. He is a former coach of soccer, baseball, football, basketball, cross country and softball so he loves playing them all. Mr. Murray was attracted by WYMLA’s focus of helping each student be successful in obtaining a college education.
Cortina Dixon | High School CTE | firstname.lastname@example.orgCortina Dixon is Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy’s CTE business teacher. She teaches Computer Skills & Applications I, II and II. Mrs. Dixon, like several of our new staff members, previously worked with Mr. Solomon at North Lenoir High School in Lenoir County. Mrs. Dixon worked in Lenoir County for 18 years and she still lives there with her husband Ricky and sons Covaunte, 16, and Jaheim, 13. Her son Maurice, 22, is attending East Carolina University where he is majoring in business and economics.
Mrs. Dixon graduated from the University of North Carolina in Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science in business education and she received a Master’s degree in school administration from East Carolina University. In her free time, Mrs. Dixon enjoys planning trips, working with youth at her local church, and teaching classes outside of school. Excited about the transition to middle school, Mrs. Dixon is looking forward to working with the staff, students, and parents of Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy.
John Mata | Spanish | email@example.com
The Spanish teacher at WYMLA is John Mata. He teaches Exploratory Spanish, Beginning Spanish, Spanish I Part A & Part B, and Spanish II. Prior to joining the staff at WYMLA, Mr. Mata was teaching Spanish at Horizon Middle School in Aurora, Colorado. He also taught at Heritage High School in Littleton, Colorado.
Mr. Mata has been teaching for 16 years, he has taught all level up to Pre-AP Spanish. He received a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership with a Principal’s License, from the University of Northern Colorado. Mr. Mata has traveled to 26 countries with his students, such as Spain, Italy, France, Costa Rica, England etc. He has two more continents to go to. He loves the difference of food and culture in all the countries.
Mr. Mata is also an avid mountain biker and hiker. He has hiked the Himalayan mountains twice. He is a married and has 3 children, two daughters, and a son. His wife is also a Music teacher in Wake County. Mr. Mata is an avid Broncos fan. He bleeds orange and blue.
Cassandra Monroe | Middle School CTE | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mrs. Monroe is a native of Martin County where she grew up on a farm helping her grandparents. After graduating high school, she attended Elizabeth City State University and obtained her B.S. Degree in Business Administration. She was the first in her family to attend college. She worked as a paralegal/secretary for Legal Aid of North Carolina for 8 years. She attended Walden University online and received her MBA. Also during that time she went back to school to obtain a Master’s of Arts Degree & her teaching license from East Carolina University in Greenville, NC. She lived in New Bern, North Carolina for 10 years and taught at H. J. MacDonald Middle School as a Career & Technical Education Teacher. She is excited to come to Wake County and explore new possibilities and share her experiences with her students. She is also a choir director at her small church in Martin County. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, writing, and spending time with my family.
Jesse Joo | Art | email@example.comKwang Soo Joo received both BFA and MFA in painting and drawing from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Mr. Joo earned scholarships and an SVA presidential grant for his BFA program. Following the BFA program, Chairman of the Board of SVA awarded Mr. Joo with the Rose Family Award for his graduate program. While in his graduate program, Mr. Joo joined Manhattan Art as an art instructor. He worked as an art instructor for seven years sending students off to top art colleges in the country. He then worked as a stock trader for ten years before entering the art education program in North Carolina Central University. After finishing his student teaching at Shepard Middle School in Durham, Mr. Joo joined Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy.
Mr. Joo has had numerous group and solo exhibitions internationally, and one of his drawings was chosen to represent the Drawing Center in The Gramercy International Contemporary Art Fair.
Joe Pettiford | Physical Education | firstname.lastname@example.orgJoseph Pettiford, native to North Carolina, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2007 with a B.S. in Physical Education, Community Youth Sports Development, and Sociology. He has been a WCPSS teacher for 5 years at both middle and high school levels. Joseph enjoys giving students the opportunity to cooperatively engage in many traditional and non-traditional games and activities. He is WCPSS Sports Safety Certified, Child/Adult First Aid, CPR, and AED Certified. He also presented at the 2010 NCAAPHERD Convention (Zero to Hero Lacrosse) and is a member of AAPHERD and NCAAPHERD professional communities.
Josh Abernethy | High School Science | email@example.comJoshua Abernethy attended UNCP for my undergraduate degree and this summer (2014) he obtained his masters of Science Education from Montana State University. The thesis was on the effect that middle school writing has on students understanding, motivation, and problem solving skills. The students at WYMLA were the students involved in the research. This is his 6th year of teaching in public education and his second early college program. His certifications are in middle and high school science. Prior to teaching he was a TA and tutor at UNCP. He grew up in Asheboro, the home of the NC Zoo, and just down the road from the best BBQ in North Carolina (Lexington Style). When not teaching he enjoys traveling, hiking, backpacking, anything outdoors, and spending time with family.
Evan Farkas | High School Social Studies | firstname.lastname@example.orgEvan Farkas has a BA in History and Political Science from College of Charleston and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from East Carolina University. He taught for 3 years at the Wake STEM Early College High School in Raleigh before joining WYMLA in July of 2016. Mr. Farkas is excited about being at a school that emphasizes leadership through service learning and he especially enjoys engaging his students on those topics in Freshman Seminar. Outside of school Mr. Farkas enjoys live music and playing his guitar. He is an avid reader and a croquet master.
Stuart Gordon | High School Math | email@example.comStuart Gordon graduated from NC State University in 2012 with a B.S. in Mathematics and a B.S. in Mathematics Education. He graduated as a valedictorian of his class: a distinction given to all students graduating with a 4.0 GPA. At NC State he was also a part of the Caldwell Fellows Program: an intensive leadership-development program that helped foster his passion for leadership which made the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy an appealing place for him to teach. Mr. Gordon is passionate about teaching mathematics and empowering young people, especially young men, to reach their potential as scholars, leaders, and persons of character. He enjoys engaging his students in mathematics through discovery activities, discussion, and exposition, but he was initially drawn into the field of education by the opportunity to equip young men to maximize their potential in all aspects of life. Now in his fourth year teaching at the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy he has taught all courses offered in the WYMLA HS Math Curriculum.
Outside of school Mr. Gordon enjoys spending time with his wife Kelley and their cat Osker.
Jeanine Haigler | High School English (St. Aug. Campus)| firstname.lastname@example.orgEmployed by Lenoir County Schools from 2006 – 2014, Ms. Haigler was a high school English teacher at North Lenoir High school until 2010. From 2010 to 2014, she worked with Lenoir County as an educational grant coordinator, working with at-risk youth in the Drop Out Prevention Grant, and later working with all high school students in the college readiness grant GEAR UP – Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs. Ms. Haigler attained her graduate degree in Multicultural International Literature in 2010 from East Carolina University. She has three sons: a UNC-W graduate, a junior at NC State, and a high school senior. She is thrilled to be working in Wake County and very happy to have joined the WYMLA family.
Shane Long| High School English | email@example.com
Shane Long, M.Ed. is the new High School English Teacher on the Thompson Campus. Mr. Long has taught at Randolph Military Boarding School where he taught middle school Language Arts for two years. He then taught for four years at Linden Hall School, an all-girls school in his hometown of Lititz, Pennsylvania. He has taught AP English Literature and Social Studies for students in grades 6-12 at Lititz Christian School for six years. He worked in Middle School Theatre at all three of these Eastern Pennsylvania schools.
Attracted to NC by the beautiful weather, Mr. Long joined Lee County Public Schools where he worked at San Lee Middle School as an Avid Site Coordinator (Career Readiness) and also taught several electives for three-and-a-half years before joining WYMLA last spring. Mr. Long is looking forward to working with Wake Young Men students where he can put his college readiness background and working with single gender students to good use. He also loves that he is closer to his Cary home where he lives with his wife Linda and their two-year-old son Evan. Linda is a Burn Unit nurse at UNC Chapel Hill.Mr. Long graduated from Lancaster Bible College in Bible and Literature with an Associates in Science. He then received his BSE from Millersville College and then his Master’s in Education from Cabrini College, all in Eastern Pennsylvania.
Adam Raby | High School Social Studies (St. Aug. Campus) | firstname.lastname@example.orgAdam Raby was born in a small wooden cottage somewhere in the wild suburbs of Raleigh, North Carolina. Despite his odd beginnings, he graduated from Queens University of Charlotte with a Bachelors degree in History. During his time in college as a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, Adam has visited classrooms all across the state of North Carolina. When not in class, Adam was President of Phi Alpha Theta (the national history honor society) as well as the Royal Board Game Society (a club he created himself). Not content with just an American take on education, Adam spent a semester abroad in Växjö Sweden. There, he was able to spend time observing the Swedish school system as well as getting a multicultural perspective on how to run a classroom (and freezing himself to death in the constant snow). While in Sweden, he made a pilgrimage to St. Petersburg in order to gain a closer understanding of America’s longest running rival, Russia.
When not in the classroom, Mr. Raby is typically found in the cinema. A fan of vintage horror and science fiction, Adam declares that cheesy special effects are always a high sign of quality. In his free time, Mr. Raby loves listening to podcasts, playing board games, reading comic books, or playing trivia while pursuing other nerdy endeavors. As coach of the Quiz Bowl team, Mr. Raby hopes to bring students a love of weird history, politics, and higher level thinking.
Lamonica Brodie-Williams | Language Arts and Social Studies (6th) | email@example.comLamonica Brodie Williams is a native New
Yorker,but spent the majority of her childhood growing up in Franklin County. Mrs. Williams, a North Carolina Teaching Fellow, graduated from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro with a Bachelor of Science degree in Human Environmental Sciences and K-6 Education. She received her Master of Science degree in Educational Administration from the University of Scranton, as well as attended various post graduatestudies at North Carolina State University. Mrs. Williams has over 20 years of experience with Wake County Public Schools. She has served students as a classroom teacher, an Intervention teacher, and as a tutor. She has supported teachers and fellow colleagues by serving as a Math Coach, Tier III Case Manager, PBIS Chair, Leadership Team Co-Chair, School Improvement Team Co-Chair, and a District Mentor. Mrs. Williams has a passion for helping both students and teachers develop their potential. She once had an admired mentor of hers to tell her, “I use what happens to me, whether something positive or something challenging, I use it to reflect, to grow and to make myself better.” This is an insightful perspective that Mrs. Williams encourages students and teachers to share.
Kristie Farrell | Social Studies (7th and 8th) | firstname.lastname@example.orgKristie Farrell graduated from The Pennsylvania State University with a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education. She quickly obtained further certifications in Middle Grades Social Studies and Language Arts. In college, she was apart of many activities including the Pennsylvania State Education Association, The National Council of Teaching, THON (the largest student-run philanthropic event), and the nationally recognized Pennsylvania State Equestrian Team, where she was an Executive Board Member. Kristie was involved in these and other various activities all while exceeding the strict standards for Penn State’s Dean’s List every semester.
Kristie loves helping students learn and develop their own sense of pride in learning and personal growth. In her spare time, she likes being outside, playing sports, and spending time with her husband. She also enjoys going back to Pennsylvania to visit her family and two horses. Kristie loves to cook and runs her own food blog to share her love of cooking with others.
Allen Strader | Math and Science (6th) | email@example.comIn 2014 Allen Strader graduated Summa Cum Laude from East Carolina University with a B.S. in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in Math and Science. Before college, Mr. Strader spent 20 years in the construction industry as a framing carpenter, business owner, and superintendent. During this time he worked closely with architects and engineers, ensuring their two-dimensional drawings became 3D realities. He looks forward to blending his real-world experience in mathematics and science into classroom lessons in order to challenge his students, and, “Keep them learning at the edge of their potential,” he says.
When he’s not teaching, Mr. Strader enjoys spending time with his wife Amanda and two young children: Lucas, age 7 and Lily Kate, age 2, or riding his motorcycle or writing.”
George Ward | Science (7th and 8th) | firstname.lastname@example.orgGeorge Ward earned his undergraduate degree in Middle Grades Education from North Carolina State University, a Master's Degree in School Administration from Western Carolina University and an Educational Specialist degree from North Carolina State University. He has been employed as a science, math teacher, and as a school administrator in Wake County. George has also been involved in training STEM teachers throughout North Carolina and educational policy work for the NC State Board of Education.George enjoys relaxing with his family and playing with his dog, Grayson, a Great Dane. George is excited to be a part of the WYMLA family and an integral role in positive academic and social outcomes for every student.
Shanetta Williams | Language Arts (7th and 8th) | email@example.comMrs. Shanetta Williams, a 19-year veteran of WCPSS, earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in English from North Carolina Central University (1997) and a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from NC State (2006). Ms. Williams has inspired students from the middle school classroom to the college campus. In her inaugural year of teaching English, Ms. Williams was named the Sallie Mae First-Year Outstanding Teacher Award at Cary High School (1999). While pursuing a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction/ Mentoring and Supervision at NC State, Ms. Williams taught the teacher-candidate undergraduate field experience course, revised the course to fit the needs of the learners better and coordinated Triangle East Partners in Education (
TEPIE), a school-university partnership between NC State and Wake, Johnston, and Franklin County schools.
Throughout her career, Ms. Williams has been honored to mentor beginning teachers and host several student-teachers from local universities. Connecting all students to the learning community, bolstering academics, and discovering the world energizes her instruction and strengthens students at WYMLA.
Tamiko Williams | Math (7th and 8th) | firstname.lastname@example.orgTamiko Williams is a 19-year veteran of teaching middle school mathematics. She graduated from Saint Augustine’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Math Education. Mrs. Williams has a variety of teaching experiences in different environments such as Montessori, public and private schools. She is also a Wake County teacher mentor where she has had the pleasure of guiding new teachers to find their path in education.
Mrs. Williams recently co-lead a Math Lab tutoring program for three years. The program was designed to help students improve their growth in mathematics. She has a special interest in architecture and building design and because of this, Mrs. Williams encouraged students to design and build model bridges. She took two teams to the NCDOT model bridge competition.
When she’s not teaching math, Mrs. Williams can be found spending time with her family, husband and two children. She is excited about the opportunity to teach at WYMLA. Her goal is to encourage our young men to be tomorrow’s leaders.
Tracy Branch | Lead Secretary | email@example.comTracy Hicks is a native of Raleigh, North Carolina and a product of WCPSS. She received her Masters of Science in Health Services Administration from Strayer University (2013) in Raleigh, NC and her Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from St. Augustine's College (currently St. Augustine’s University) (2004) also in Raleigh, NC. She worked for the Federal Government for many years. She received her Certified Nursing Assistant license in the late 90’s which afforded her the opportunity to work at an assisted living facility as the 3rd shift Supervisor and Medication Technician.Tracy is a mother of 3 children, one of which was killed in action while serving his country in Afghanistan in 2012. She enjoys spending time with her family, singing, traveling, relaxing and playing with her dogs. She is excited about her new position and she looks forward in working with all the students, faculty and staff here at WYMLA.
Sharion Outlaw | Data Manager (Power School) | firstname.lastname@example.orgSharion Outlaw attended and graduated from Bertie High School located in Windsor, NC. In 1990, she moved to Raleigh, NC were she started working as a Teller at Central Carolina Bank. After working there for three years, she transitioned to a Receptionist position at Durant Road Middle working with students, staff, and parents for eight years. She has been working for the Wake County Public School system for twelve years. In 2012, she accepted the position at Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy as their school Data Manager which she has upheld for three years. Ms. Outlaw enjoys reading, spending time with her dog, Marlie, three children and one grandson.
Beatice Sumner | Clerical Assistant (St. Augustine's Campus) | email@example.comBeatice Sumner is the new secretary for the Wake Young Men’s and Women’s Academy students at St. Augustine's University. She comes to us from Knightdale High School where she was the Guidance Assistant for six years. Mrs. Sumner attended North Carolina Central University. She and her husband Reginald recently celebrated their 30th anniversary! Reginald surprised her with a trip to California this summer where they visited San Diego, Los Angeles and San Francisco. The couple have three children. Chelsea, 22, is a Pharmacy student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Bryan, 21, is a senior at Winston-Salem State University where he is majoring in Political Science. The youngest son Alex, 20, is a junior Computer Science major also at Winston-Salem State University.
In her spare time, Mrs. Sumner loves spending time with her 21-month granddaughter Keenan. She also loves to read anything and everything, and is an avid Carolina Panthers fan! She also loves traveling to UNC and Winston-Salem for their homecomings and other events.
Mrs. Summer was attracted to working here for the opportunity to make more of a difference in a smaller setting. Knightdale boasts a large population of 1,700 students so she is looking forward to getting to know each of the students from the men’s and women’s academies.
Kimberly Crutcher | Special Education Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.orgKimberley Crutcher, M.A., M.Ed., is the new special education teacher for Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy. She worked with students with learning disabilities and taught Social Studies at Enloe High School. Ms. Cutcher also taught at a private international high school in Kuwait for two years, working with students with mild to moderate disabilities. She taught Social Studies and was the curriculum coordinator as well while there.
Ms. Crutcher received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Interpersonal Communications and Psychology from Meredith College. She received her Master of Arts degree in Special Education from North Carolina State University and her Masters of Education from Liberty University in Administration and Supervision.
Ms. Crutcher lives in downtown Raleigh. She was born and raised in Raleigh and graduated from Southeast Raleigh High School.
In her free time, Ms. Crutcher loves to travel. She loves experiencing all that she learned in school. She enjoyed the Egyptian museum in Cairo where she saw King Tut’s bust. Ms. Crutcher also loved Dubai, Greece, Istanbul, Turkey, Thailand and South Africa to name a few of the places she visited. “I love collecting new experiences, whether it’s trying a new restaurant or just something new,” she says.
Eric Terwilliger | Special Programs Assistant | email@example.comEric has been with the Wake Young Men's Leadership academy since 2013. He provides excellent support for our young men through his continued effort to get them to be the best they can be.
Logan Hargrave | Special Education Teacher (ICR) | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mr. Hargrave, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Therapeutic Recreation from Catawba College (2012) and a Masters in Healthcare Administration from Kaplan University (2015). Mr. Hargrave is currently working toward obtaining his Masters in Special Education. Mr. Hargrave enjoys his opportunity and duty to educate his students from middle school & high school.
Mr. Hargrave’s purpose in life is to educate and be a role model to his peers and the children under his educational umbrella. The love for people is what keeps Mr. Hargrave going because he genuinely loves people and wants the best for people all over the world.His favorite quote is from Martin Luther King Jr: “The ultimate test of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and moments of convenience, but where he stands in moments of challenge and moments of controversy.”
Michael Citrini | Dean of Students | email@example.comMichael Citrini has enjoyed his
23 yearcareer as a School Counselor. Born and raised in Durham, NC, Mr. Citrini earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Wake Forest University before receiving a Masters in Education in School Counseling from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He earned a Masters of Pastoral Studies degree from LoyolaUniversity of New Orleans in 2006. Mr. Citrini spent the first eight years of his career in middle school (Margaret Brent Middle School in MD and North Garner Middle School) and the past fifteen years at the high school level (seven years at Cary High School and the past eight years as Dean of Students at Wake Early College of Health and Sciences in Raleigh). In his spare time, Mr. Citrini enjoys traveling to our state and national parks where he develops his love for wildlife and landscape photography. In addition, he enjoys hiking, camping, and spending time with his three nieces and six nephews. Mr. Citrini is very much looking forward to meeting our students, parents, faculty, and staff here at WYMLA and being part of the best learning community in North Carolina.
Abigail McGlade | School Counselor | firstname.lastname@example.orgAbigail McGlade has been fortunate to develop a
21 yearcareer in North Carolina public schools as a Teacher and then as a School Counselor. Born in Knoxville, TN and raised in Atlanta, GA. Mrs. McGlade earned a Bachelor's in Education and Masters in School Counseling from Appalachian State University. She is also a Nationally Board Certified Counselor since 2004. Mrs. McGlade began the first four years of her career at West Mecklenburg High School and Crestdale Middle school, both located in Charlotte, NC. Over the past seventeen yearsshe has served as the Lead Counselor and Track 4 Counselor at Durant Road Middle School in Raleigh, NC. Mrs. McGlade is married and has a daughter in high school and a son in middle school. She enjoys playing tennis, reading, traveling, and watching her children participate in activities. Mrs. McGlade is very excited to be a part of the WYMLA family.
William Partin | Head Custodian | email@example.comMr. Partin is the new custodian at Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy. He joined Wake County Public Schools in 2010 and has worked at Hunter Elementary and Enloe High School before coming to the Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy. Mr. Partin is from Connecticut, but moved here during his senior year of high school where he attended Athens High School for a short time. He graduated from high school in Connecticut, but returned to Raleigh after graduation. When he isn’t working, Mr. Partin loves watching sports on ESPN with his pit-bull Storm. He and his dog especially enjoy watching football.
Heather Barkley | School Library Media Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.orgMs. Barkley has been a School Library Media Coordinator for over 6 years. She previously worked at Dixon Road Elementary in Johnston County. Ms. Barkley received her Master's in Library Science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She graduated Valedictorian and Summa Cum Laude from North Carolina State University with a Bachelor of Science in Horticulture and a Minor in Spanish.Ms. Barkley has a 17 year old son, Isaiah, who is a senior at Broughton High School. She also has a cat named Morris. When she is not being a School Library Media Coordinator, she enjoys all kinds of crafts including crocheting and painting, spending time with friends and family, and of course reading and learning!
Wendy Blue | Intervention/ALC Coordinator | email@example.comWendy Blue is the new Intervention Coordinator/Alternative Learning Coordinator (ALC) for Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy. Mrs. Blue formerly worked at West Cary Middle School teaching math at all grades and levels of math for three years and as the math intervention coordinator for an additional year. She has also taught in Vance and Guilford counties. Her professional experience includes four-and-a-half years as the Assistant Director of the Minority Engineering Program and six years as a Supply Chain Manager at IBM. She continued her work as a Supply Chain Manager at Lenovo for a year.
Mrs. Blue graduated with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Clemson University. She conducted her graduate work in manufacturing systems engineering, and her Master’s work in adult education. She is certified in math and has completed North Carolina’s lateral entry program.
She has been married to her husband David for 17 years and the couple has twin daughters who are freshmen at Millbrook High School. The family lives in Raleigh.
Mrs. Blue loves sports and is a big Clemson Tigers fan.
Wanda Barnes | Career Development Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.orgWanda Williams Barnes is a native of Kinston, North Carolina (Lenoir County) and a proud graduate of Kinston High School “Vikings”. When she entered college, she chose to major in Business Administration. She attended North Carolina A & T State University and completed her undergraduate degree in Business Administration from North Carolina Wesleyan College. She obtained her certification in Business Education (6-12) from East Carolina University. She received a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction/Specializing in Technology Education and a Masters in Supervision and Administration from the University of Phoenix. Her first teaching position was at North Lenoir High School where she taught Business courses at the high school level for more than 19 years. She was honored to serve on a curriculum team with professional colleagues from across the state of North Carolina to assist in writing the Principles of Business and Finance curriculum for North Carolina Public Schools.
Mrs. Barnes' philosophy of teaching is simple: a teacher is a leader who inspires and encourages individuals to reach their true potential. She relishes the daily conversations of uplifting students who are feeling down, instilling in them to be a positive individual, cheering them on when they have accomplished a goal and inspiring them to dream big dreams. This is a daily routine that she lives by in making her students have a wealth of belonging, feeling loved and supported regardless of their socio-economic backgrounds. As she fosters a good rapport with students, they tend to display good work ethics in the classroom, have healthier attitudes and show respect. Self-respect and self-acceptance enable her to have the respect and acceptance of her students and other professional colleagues. She was chosen by her peers as “North Lenoir Teacher of the Year” during the school years of 1998-1999, 2002-2003 and 2013-2014. She was also chosen by her school administrators as “North Lenoir Teacher of the Month" in October 2013.
Linda Louise Baker is a native of Sydney, Australia and a proud graduate of Maroubra Junction Girl’s High School. Having been awarded a full University Scholarship, she entered college, majoring in Microbiology and Education. She attended the University of New England, Armidale Australia whereby she completed her undergraduate degree. Miss Baker’s last business position before immigrating to the United States of America, was as an International Instructor for IBM responsible for the Asia Pacific region.
Miss Baker attended Nova SE University, Florida and completed a second undergraduate degree majoring in Science. Additionally, attending Saint Leo’s College adding a Gifted Endorsement for K-12 Grades.
Her first teaching position was at Banyan Creek Elementary School, Palm Beach Florida where she taught academically and Intellectually Gifted Students. Miss Baker has taught courses at the business, elementary and middle school levels for more than 30 years.
Miss. Bakers' philosophy of teaching is simple: education is the key that unlocks your future. Her enthusiasm is contagious and as a teacher she shares the belief here at the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy to inspire and encourage individuals to reach their true potential.
Sue Parks| Instructional Resource Teacher (IRT) | email@example.comSue Parks is a native of Henderson, North Carolina but has lived in Raleigh for several years. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Intermediate Education from East Carolina University and her graduate degree in School Administration from Gardner-Webb University. She has certifications in middle grades for language arts, science, and social studies as well as her AIG certification for grades K-12. She has taught in the Craven County, Granville County, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County, and Wake County public school systems. Most of her years in the classroom focused on middle school science, but she has also served as a curriculum coordinator, AIG resource teacher, instructional resource teacher, testing coordinator, teacher mentor, and as the beginning teacher coordinator in the various schools where she has worked. Along with working in public schools, she also served as a trainer for the North Carolina Teacher Academy for seventeen years. In this position she provided staff development and professional support for teachers all across the state of North Carolina.
Mrs. Parks has used one of Aristotle’s quotes (her favorite) as her philosophy toward education and work. “Excellence is never an accident. It is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, and intelligent execution; it represents the wise choice of many alternatives – choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
Dr. Melissa Senior| School Psychologist | firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Melissa Senior earned her undergraduate degree in Psychology at North Carolina State University before receiving a Masters in Clinical Rehabilitation and Mental Health Counseling at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She recently earned her Doctorate in School Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to entering Wake County Public Schools, Dr. Senior worked for four years as an Accessibility Specialist in the Office of Accessibility Resources and Services (formerly Disability Services) at UNC where she worked with college students with disabilities. Dr. Senior completed her graduate-level externship and internships in WCPSS. She is a Certified Rehabilitation Counselor (CRC) and is currently completing the components to become a Licensed Psychologist. In her spare time, Dr. Senior enjoys spending time with her family, watching sports (Go Patriots and Boston Bruins!), and doing crafts. Dr. Senior is looking forward to working with students, parents, faculty, and staff here at WYMLA!