John Bingham | Assistant Principal| firstname.lastname@example.org
John 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.
Jevar Bransome | High School Science | email@example.com
I am a native of Oxon Hill, MD, which is a suburb of Washington, DC. I received my Bachelor of Arts degree from Temple University in 2001, in the area of Human Biology/Anthropology. Upon graduation, I served a year of service as an AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteer In Service To America) in Chicago, IL. I served as a Public Education Coordinator for the Campaign for Better Health Care, an organization dedicated to health care access for all citizens of Illinois. Upon completion of my AmeriCorps term of service, I relocated back home to Oxon Hill. I served as an Instructional Specialist for Prince George’s County Public Schools for 2 years. In 2004, I relocated to Durham, NC to pursue a career in education. For the past 8 years, I have served as a Science Educator at James E. Shepard Magnet Middle School. In 2010, I was honored as Shepard’s Teacher of the Year, as well as a Finalist for Durham Public Schools Teacher of the Year. On May 26, 2010, I was recognized as WRAL Teacher of the Week. I enjoy cooking, traveling and spending time with my wife, who is an administrator in WCPSS. I am excited about the opportunities at Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy.
LaMonica Brodie-Williams | 6th Grade Language Arts/Social Studies | firstname.lastname@example.org
Lamonica 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.
Paul Cancellieri | Middle School Science | email@example.com
Paul Cancellieri graduated from Southampton College in 1998 with a Bachelors Degree in Marine Science, and from NC State University in 2001 with a Masters Degree in Botany. After a short time as a scientist, Paul changed careers and brought his science experience into the classroom. From 2001 to 2012, he was a Science teacher at Durant Road Middle School. He was selected as the school’s Teacher of the Year in 2004 and 2007, earned his National Board certification in 2006, and served as Science Department Chairperson for four years. He has spent the past year as a 2012 Kenan Fellow.
Paul has also worked extensively with instructional technology, training teachers and students as well as troubleshooting equipment. His passion is hands-on experiential science education and the effect that real-world experiences have on developing the citizens of the future.
Kristie Chern | Middle School Social Studies |
Kristie Chern 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 Fiancé. They will be getting married in August 2014. 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. She is thrilled to be given the privilege to work at WYMLA with such an exceptional faculty and students.
Dana Corbin | Special Education | firstname.lastname@example.org
I received my bachelor degree from James Madison University and began my teaching career in Roanoke, Virginia. In January 1990, I moved to Matthews, North Carolina and taught school for five years in Monroe, North Carolina. Since January 2000, I have taught Special Education at East Millbrook Magnet Middle School. While there, I served as the Co-Chairperson for Special Education, a member of the Leadership Team and PBS team.
I have two daughters, Kandice and Alexis, who are both juniors in their education. Kandice attends East Carolina University and Alexis attends Millbrook High School. I recently got married in February of this year to Erik Corbin. Presently I am attending Gardner-Webb Univeristy where I will receive my master in Executive Leadership in the Spring of 2013.
Derrick Credle | Middle School Math | email@example.com
Mr. Credle, a native of North Carolina, is a recent graduate of North Carolina Central University. He graduated cum laude on May 11, 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Middle Grades Education with concentrations in both Math and Science. In his final semester at the North Carolina Central University, He taught 8th grade Science, Common Core Math 8 and Common Core Math I at Heritage Middle School. During his summer break, he taught Mathematics at Imhotep Academy located on NC State University’s campus. Derrick is an active youth leader at his church. In his leisure, he enjoys card games with family and friends, chess, guitar, reading, and basketball. He is enthusiastic about joining the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy family and guiding boys on their road to become competent men.
Sydney Doyle | Intervention Coordinator | firstname.lastname@example.org
Sydney Doyle- attended East Carolina University and graduated in 2007 with a B.S. degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Child Development and Family Relations. In 2010, Sydney received her M.Ed. degree in K-12 Reading. Sydney is passionate about teaching children reading and technology skills that will help them advance in their educational future. For five years, Sydney taught in the Wake County Public School System and is excited to start her sixth year at the Wake Young Men’s Leadership Academy.
Cindy Evans | Secretary | email@example.com
Cindy Evans attended The Braxton School of Business and Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA. She moved to Raleigh, NC in 1986 and until 2007 was a Corporate and Leisure Travel Agent with Carlson Wagonlit Travel. In 2008, she accepted a Receptionist position with WCPSS at Green Year Round Elementary where both of her children had attended Elementary School. In 2010 Cindy transferred to Durant Road Middle as Lead Secretary. Cindy enjoys all aspects of her Secretarial responsibilities and is so excited about being a part of the WYMLA.
Stuart Gordon | High School Math | firstname.lastname@example.org
Stuart Gordon is a recent graduate of NC State University. He graduated on May 12, 2012 as a valedictorian: an honor given to students who graduate with a perfect 4.0 GPA. He earned degrees in Mathematics Education and Mathematics as well as a minor in Spanish.
He was selected, by his peers and professors, as the outstanding senior of his Math Education cohort. At NC State he was well equipped with the tools and understanding necessary to be the instructional leader of a mathematics classroom. He was also a part of the Caldwell Fellows Program: an intensive leadership-development scholarship program. This program afforded him the opportunity to teach 2nd grade in Atencingo, Mexico during two of his spring breaks. He tutored and mentored several young men individually during his college years through Communities in Schools and served as a part of the Communities in Schools team that facilitated the Enloe summer credit recovery program in 2011. During his final semester at NC State, he taught Algebra I and Algebra II at Garner High School.
Stuart 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.
Heidi Hill | Special Education Teacher | email@example.com
I am a native of Atlanta, Georgia. I received my Bachelor’s of Science degree in Psychology with a minor in Biology from Tennessee State University, dual master’s degrees in Public Administration and Special Education from GA College and State University, and a specialist degree in Educational Leadership from Liberty University. After working in the corporate sector and state government for five years, I decided to make a career change and pursue teaching. I worked as a special education teacher for eight years in Newton County Georgia. During my tenure, I worked in additional assigned roles as a lead teacher, STEEP trainer, ALEKS teacher, and as a middle grades special education content specialist in science. I moved to Raleigh this July due to my husband taking a job with NC State as an assistant coach/recruiting coordinator for women’s basketball. I have two children, Genevieve Ashlynn and Guy Alexander. In my free time, you will find my family rooting on the sidelines. GO WOLFPACK!
Chris Howell | Media Specialist | firstname.lastname@example.org
Christopher L. Howell graduated from Mount Olive College with a Bachelor’s degree in Religion and a Master’s degree from The College of Saint Scholastica in Media and Technology. He also is a Smart (smart-board) certified trainer. Chris began working at Ayden-Grifton High school as a Student Management coordinator for six years, and two years in the media center. Chris then moved to Ayden Middle school. He was the Media Coordinator there for four years, and also served as the Planning Leadership Team chair. On March 2012, he was recognized as Pitt County Schools employee of the month. Chris enjoys reading, church and spending time with his family. I am excited about joining the WYMLA team and I look forward in working with the students and staff.
Ricardo Jofre | ESL & World Languages | email@example.com
I am native of Santiago, Chile. Graduated from Universidad Catolica de Chile with a Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Latin American Literature, and a concentration in Education. In the USA, I took Exceptionality and Diversity courses at Greensboro College. I came to Chatham County, NC in 2001 as part of a cultural exchange program and since then, I have taught Spanish, ESL, Newcomers class, Spanish for Native Speakers and Earth Science to sheltered ESL students. Moved to Wake County in 2009. Throughout my profession, I have been fortunate to teach different age groups: elementary, middle, high school, college students, and even adult classes. I enjoy traveling and so far have been to Italy, France, Belgium, Netherland, England and Canada. Hanging Rock State Park and Ocracoke Island are among my preferred getaways in North Carolina. I also enjoy sports, tennis and soccer, of course. I used to coach high school soccer. After 20 years of experience, teaching has given me the opportunity to meet amazing people, to learn and share, to give and receive while working. It is a truly rewarding profession!
Kwang Soo Joo | Visual Art | firstname.lastname@example.org
Kwang Soo Joo received both BFA and MFA in painting and drawing from the School of Visual Arts in NYC. Mr. Joo earned scholarships and a 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.
Javier Martinez | Dean of Student Services | email@example.com
Javier Martinez received his undergraduate degree in Psychology from The Ohio State University. After graduation, Javier moved to Portland, Oregon for a year of service in AmeriCorps. There he implemented a college entrance advisory program that connected high school students with adult volunteer college advisors. After a successful year, Javier decided to continue in education and entered the counselor education graduate program at Ohio State.
Since moving to Raleigh after graduation, Javier has worked as a school counselor at Ligon Middle School, a Positive Behavior Intervention Support Coach in central office, and once again as a school counselor at Enloe High School. His interest in school counseling center around school counselors as leaders and creating supportive and functional school environments. He is excited to have the opportunity to help create a long lasting successful school and school counseling program at WYMLA.
Mary McNall | 6th Grade Math/Science | firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary graduated from Boston University in 2002 with a Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education. She recently completed a Masters Degree in Elementary Education with a Math Specialist add-on licensure at North Carolina State University. Mary has spent most of her career as a math intervention teacher, specialist, and coach. She enjoys presenting workshops for the district and helping other teachers develop a love for math. She hopes all her students will learn to love math and science as much as she does!
When she is not in the classroom, Mary is usually cooking up a storm in her kitchen or running around on the soccer field. She also loves to travel and coming from a family with 6 kids, she has lots of people to visit. She is excited to be a part of the WYMLA family and looks forward to helping your child be the best young man he can be.
Teresa Outlaw | CTE | email@example.com
After graduating cum laude from Eastern Michigan University with a Bachelor of Business Administration degree, Teresa Outlaw spent the next 18 years working in the business community as a human resources administrator, start-up business consultant, trainer, business owner, merger and acquisitions consultant, and non-profit board member. During this time, Teresa had the opportunity to consult for many types of businesses — from small mom and pop operations to Fortune 500 companies.
When not working, Teresa has spent time rescuing animals, earning her 2nd degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do, and planning adventures for young people. Teresa spent several years as an Outdoor Leader for the Girl Scouts, and volunteering at her children’s school. Among other pursuits, Teresa has planned and chaperoned trips for groups of 12-60 students on outdoor camping and wilderness awareness adventures.
After volunteering extensively with young people in the community, Teresa decided to embark on a new career and earned her Master of Arts in Teaching degree magna cum laude from NC State University in 2010. Triple certified in Special Education, Secondary English and Business Education, Teresa worked her internship semester at Cary High School teaching ICR and CCR English, and has worked for the past year and a half at Wake Early College of Health & Sciences teaching Special Education. Teresa is looking forward to combining her love of teaching young people with her business experience as the new CTE teacher at WYMLA.
Latonya Haywood Pender | Academically Gifted / Instructional Resource Teacher | firstname.lastname@example.org
Latonya Haywood Pender is a native of Youngsville, North Carolina (Franklin County). She graduated from North Carolina Central University in 1998 with a Bachelors of Arts degree in English and immediately began her teaching career in Franklin County as a Special Education Math and Science teacher for grades 9-12. After a year of service in Franklin County, she accepted a position as 6th grade Language Arts and Social Studies teacher with Warren County Public Schools (Warren County) where she proudly served on the School Improvement Committee, cheerleading coach, and a mentor for the “Distinguished Gentlemen” club which encouraged young men to make plans for their academic future. After three years of service with Warren County Schools, her family relocated to Palmyra, Virginia (near Charlottesville, VA) and she quickly obtained a position working in a nearby county with Louisa County Public Schools teaching 7th and 8th grade Language Arts. When the opportunity presented itself to relocate back to North Carolina, that’s exactly what happened. Once on the familiar grounds of North Carolina, she accepted a position with Wilson County Schools as a 7th grade Language Arts teacher. During her stay in Wilson County, she obtained a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction with emphasis in Secondary Reading from Grand Canyon University located in Phoenix, AZ. Shortly after graduation from Grand Canyon University, she decided to obtain Academically and Intellectually Gifted certification from East Carolina University, located in Greenville, NC. Throughout her 5 years with Wilson County Schools, she has held various positions, such as 6th-8th grade Language Arts teacher, middle grades Reading Instructional Coach and an Academically and Intellectually Gifted Specialist. She has recently served as one of the Wilson County School’s countywide trainers of the Common Core and Essential Standards and has had the opportunity to study at the North Carolina Teacher’s Academy. She has presented numerous professional development workshops in an effort to help teachers provide the best education to students in efforts to prepare future ready learners and achievers. Her motto is “Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier.”
Joseph Pettiford | Middle & High School Healthful Living | email@example.com
Joseph 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 Sport 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.
Amy Schroeder | Career Development Coordinator |firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Schroeder earned both her BS and Ma.Ed from Montclair State University, NJ where she majored in Industrial Technology and Education respectively. She was fortunate to have had the opportunity to study at Brighton Polytechnic; UK while pursuing her BS. Amy began her Ed.D in Curriculum and Instruction while teaching and attending Illinois State University and plans to revisit that personal goal when she has some down time.
Amy has over 10 years of experience working in education and over 10 years in the corporate world. She began her career as a Graphic Artist and secondary Industrial Technology / Graphic Communications teacher in New Jersey, where she grew up. She has continued with her passion for education since 2007 with Athens Drive High School as their Career Development Coordinator (CDC). Amy left public education between NJ and Athens to teach at Illinois State University and spent 10 years with State Farm Insurance Corporate Headquarters in Illinois. Her tenure with State Farm allowed her to gain experience in Human Resources, and Education & Development where she earned professional certifications as a Darryl Sink Instructional Designer Instructor, Myers Brigg Type Indicator Instructor, and Flight of the Eagles – Team Building Instructor. In addition Amy is a licensed Career Development Facilitator through the National Career Development Association.
Amy serves on a number of committees across the county promoting Career Technical Education and School-to-Career initiatives such as career and leadership development. She has developed a youth leadership program at Athens Drive High School through the Cary Chamber of Commerce. Amy has worked as a planning committee member for the NC Career Development Summer conference for three years and has been the co-chair for county-wide career events for the last two years. She has presented various career development topics at the ACTE National Conference, the NC Tech Prep Conference, the NC CTE State Summer Conferences, the NC FBLA Regional Conference, and has been a repeat guest lecturer for Graduate Level Counselor Education courses at NC State and UNC-CH.
Amy and her family reside in Wake Forest. When not working, she enjoys down time with friends, gardening, experimenting in the Kitchen, Zumba, Bacci, Billiards, Sewing, Sketching at the Beach, Reading, Traveling, and sharing these activities and more with her Two Blessings – Her Children.
Amy’s favorite quote is something she shares with everyone – “You can do anything you want to… IF you really want to” – Lawrence Aloysious Conroy
Peter Snow | Middle School Social Studies | email@example.com
Although not given away by my accent, I was raised outside of Boston. After attending the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and working in their admissions department, I earned my master’s degree from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor. For the past fourteen years, I have been teaching Social Studies in Wake County. During that time, I earned my National Board Certification and became a department leader. With assistance from a grant from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, I helped to design and teach in the East Wake School of Health Science. My wife, two sons, and I live in Raleigh where I try to find time to play soccer, cook, learn to play the mandolin and follow the Red Sox.
Ian Solomon | Principal | firstname.lastname@example.org
Ian 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.
Shanetta Williams | Middle School Language Arts| email@example.com
Ms. Shanetta Williams, a 13-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 enjoyed opportunities to inspire 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 with a concentration in Mentoring and Supervision at NC State, Ms. Williams taught the teacher-candidate undergraduate field experience course for 4 semesters, 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 that funded school-requested projects to build school community. As an English teacher at Athens Drive High School, the school administrative team recognized Ms. Williams as a Teacher of Excellence (December 2009). Throughout her career, Ms. Williams has been honored to mentor beginning teachers and host several student-teachers from local universities. In addition to teacher leadership in the school setting, Ms. Williams has mentored and supported Lateral Entry teacher candidates in the WCPSS Teach-Up program. In the past year, Ms. Williams’ work has included rewriting materials for the WCPSS mentor program, mentoring beginning teachers in the Beginning Teacher Support Induction Program, training teachers and mentors at the district level in 21st century skills, research-based instructional strategies, meeting the needs of diverse learners, as well as, representing WCPSS at universities to recruit outstanding teachers to the district. Connecting all students to the learning community, emblazoning academics, and discovering the world energizes her instruction and will strengthen her students at WYMLA.
Spencer Ziegler | High School English & Social Studies | firstname.lastname@example.org
Spencer Ziegler graduated from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst with a double major in English and Journalism. While there, he spent a semester abroad in Freiburg, Germany, which ignited in him a love of travel. For the past five years, he has taught at JFK Middle School in Hudson, Massachusetts. His work regularly extended past the bell, as he managed the literary magazine, chaperoned the ski-club and helped run the intramural basketball league. Recently his work has included planning, designing and implementing a new world geography curriculum; establishing a pen pal system with students in Hangzhou, China; and spearheading a 1:1 initiative which will result in every student and staff arriving with a computing device by the fall of 2012. When he’s not in his classroom, Mr. Ziegler can probably be found in someone else’s as he has taken a plethora of courses through programs such as the National Endowment for the Humanities, Teaching American History and Intel Teach. He is thrilled to have the opportunity to be a part of WYMLA in its inaugural year.