My name is Shaun Pollenz and I am running for Wake County Board of Education in District 3. I grew up in Wake County and have lived here for almost 20 years. I am a proud graduate of the Wake County Public School System, having attended all 13 of my K-12 years in a Wake County Public School. I spent time at Jeffrey’s Grove, Morrisville, and Pleasant Union Elementary Schools, Martin Middle School, and graduated from Leesville Road High School in 2001.
After high school, I went to college at American University in Washington, DC where I graduated with degrees in Political Science and Economics. I then obtained my law degree from Chapman University in Orange, California before returning home to NC in 2013. I am licensed to practice law in both California and North Carolina, and I now operate a small securities litigation and criminal defense law practice here in Raleigh.
I have two siblings, a brother who is a pilot in the Navy and a sister who is a local event planner. My father is a Navy veteran and commercial airline pilot, and my mother is a current WCPSS teacher. I am the proud father of a cockapoo named Bill and an orange tabby cat named Sookie, and a loving uncle to three other fabulous dogs and one cute kitten.
As the son of a public school teacher and a graduate of Wake County’s public schools, I know first-hand the challenges facing teachers and students today. In fact, I’m running because I want those challenges to become opportunities for our children. I want those challenges to become opportunities for our teachers. I want those challenges to become opportunities for our businesses and for our communities. I don’t see those challenges being addressed by our current Board of Education, and I hope you’ll support my efforts to keep our school system strong and competitive in the 21st century.