Faculty and Staff
Xavier King | Principal | email@example.com
Kevin Murray | Assistant Principal (Thompson Campus) | firstname.lastname@example.orgKevin 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 gradescience 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
andsoftball 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.
ANDREA GREENE FLOWERS | Assistant Principal, SAU | email@example.com
Andrea Greene is a graduate of Shaw University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Math Education and North Carolina State University with a Masters in School Administration. She has nearly 20 years of experience as an educator in North Carolina. Ms. Greene served as a math teacher at Selma Middle School and Ligon GT Magnet Middle School before transitioning into school administration. Prior to joining WYMLA, Ms. Greene fulfilled roles as an administrator at East Wake (High) School of Integrated Technology and Perquimans County Middle School, an Executive Director at the Achievement Academy of Durham, and most recently as an Academic Assessment Coordinator at Shaw University.
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 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
timeshe 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
inNorth 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.
Danielle Mir | High School Science | email@example.comDanielle Mir has a BS in Biology and BA in Chemistry from Meredith College. While attending Meredith College, she was the co-founder of their environmental club A4E which still is in existence today. She obtained her Masters of Science from Florida International University (FIU) in Biological Sciences with expertise in the interactions of chemical and biological indicators in the environment. Prior to arriving at WYMLA, she was
biologyteacher at Apex High School, and years ago taught chemistry and earth science at Miami Beach Senior High School in Florida. She has over a decade of science/leadership roles, such as project manager on multiple projects while she was a water quality analyst for the City of Durham Stormwater Services and served as the lead environmental biologist with the Intensive Survey Unit with the NC Division of Water Resources in the Environmental Sciences Section. Ms. Mir is passionate about teaching sciences to students with an emphasis on relating the NC curriculum to real-world situations to help them make connections.Outside of school Ms. Mir enjoys spending time with her teenage daughter, hiking, diving, being outside, and runs a half-marathon or two on an annual basis.
Evan Farkas | High School Social Studies | firstname.lastname@example.org
Evan Farkas has a BA in History and Political Science from the 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
Jeannine 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.
Laura Woodard | High School English | email@example.com
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
QueensUniversity 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 runningrival, 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 graduate studies 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.
Samuel Lee | Head Custodian | email@example.com
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 son, Isaiah and 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
coursereading and learning!
Kylene Thomas | Intervention/ALC Coordinator | email@example.comKylene Thomas is a native of Southeast Ohio. She began her teaching career in 2003 where she taught
eighth grademath for five years in Zanesville, Ohio for the Maysville Local School District. She then decided to move to Raleigh in 2008 and began teaching Track 1 sixth grade math at Durant Road Middle School. She joined the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy in 2018 as the Intervention Coordinator and Math and Reading Support Teacher. She earned a Bachelor’s of Science degree at Ohio University, in Middle School Education Math and Language Arts. She earned a Master of Science degree in Educational Leadership at the University of Dayton. She is married to her husband Tiko, and they have a daughter, Hadlee.
She hopes to change the world through her students! As Nelson Mandela said, “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”
Lorrie Hetzell grew up in Wendell, North Carolina attending Wake County Public Schools from Kindergarten through 12th grade. She graduated from Appalachian State University with a degree in Middle Grades Education and a concentration in Language Arts and Social Studies. After graduating, she returned to Wake County, obtaining her AIG certification while teaching
6th gradelanguage arts and social studies at East Wake Middle School. She has been an AIG teacher since 2006 at East Wake Middle and Wendell Middle. She also taught social studies, math, and science during this time. She joins the staff of WYMLA in 2018 and is the AIG teacher at Wakefield Middle as well. She enjoys challenging her students to think outside the box and to learn something new every day.
When not teaching, Ms. Hetzell enjoys spending time with her husband Jason, and her children, Mason and Carson. She loves the beach and the mountains, playing volleyball, and spending time with friends and family.
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.
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
positionshe 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.”