• Welcome to Wake Young Men's Leadership Academy's Student Services Department!
    Mrs. McGlade and Mr. Citrini look forward to helping each student succeed as he: sets academic, personal, and career goals; learns more about his strengths and areas in which he would like to improve; makes plans for his life after middle school and high school (college/university, military options, work opportunities); and more!
    We are available for individual student conferences, parent conferences, teacher consultations, and classroom opportunities.
    Mrs. McGlade is WYMLA's School Counselor for middle school and 9th Grade - and Mr. Citrini is our School Counselor for 10th-13th grade students and Dean of Students. We are excited about the upcoming school year, and we look forward to meeting each of you!

    Abigail McGlade

    Abigail McGlade
    School Counselor

    Abigail McGlade has been fortunate to develop a 20+ year career 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 years she 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.
    Mr. C
    Mr. Michael Citrini
    Dean of Students
    9th-12th grade 
    Michael Citrini has enjoyed his 20+ year career 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 Loyola University 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 the WYMLA Key Club Advisor and he enjoys helping connect our students with enriching and fulfilling service projects.

    Counseling and Student Services - Vision Statement

    The students at Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy (WYMLA) maximize their academic, personal/social, and career potential by taking full advantage of WYMLA’s comprehensive school counseling program. WYMLA students will use 21st Century Skills such as creative thinking and problem-solving; communication and collaboration; global awareness; and health literacy in becoming college and career ready.  WYMLA students will be life-long learners and productive citizens and will be eager to share their professional and personal knowledge with their local communities and the world at large – giving back to others in multitudes the educational opportunities they were afforded at WYMLA and Saint Augustine University.
    Counseling and Student Services - Mission Statement


    The mission of Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy’s Counseling and Student Services Department is to provide each student comprehensive support in academic, personal, social/emotional and college and career areas. To achieve this mission, our Counseling and Student Services Department provides individual student counseling, student/parent conferences, faculty and staff consulting, classroom lessons, and evening programs.  We believe that each student has inherent value, and we seek to maximize student learning and growth so each student is fully prepared for 21st Century challenges and opportunities.

     Counseling and Student Services - Beliefs Statement 
    • All students have inherent value.
    • All students have the ability to learn and grow academically, socially, and emotionally.
    • All students are empowered when they have clear college and career goals, and these goals lead to success in all areas of their lives.
    • Student developmental needs are best met by implementing a comprehensive school counseling program.
    • School counselors are responsible for advocating for all students through leadership in collaboration with teachers, administrators, school partners, and stakeholders.
    • School counselors will work directly with our teachers and staff to deliver a comprehensive school counseling program at WYMLA.
    • Data must be analyzed and translated into goals that guide the development of the comprehensive school counseling program promoting student achievement.
    • Applying the ASCA Ethical Standards for School Counselors empowers school counselors to make decisions based on the highest moral principles to promote the maximum development of every student.
    •   Each faculty and staff member at WYMLA has strengths that complement and contribute in positive ways to our mission and vision.

    The American School Counselor Association