Board Election & Candidates

October 22, 2018

To Polaris Tech Charter School family and staff members, below are the candidates to be elected for your board of directors for the school year 2018 - 2019.

Remember, Voting will start with an e-ballot links emailed to each parent/guardian and employee of the school from the “Public School Alliance of South Carolina”. The voting will open at 8AM on TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2018 and close at 12 NOON on THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 1, 2018. There is one vote per child enrolled in the school and one vote per employee. Voting will be available via e-ballot allowing parents and employees to vote via the internet. Each ballot will have a unique pin number to ensure confidentiality and integrity of the process. Parents and staff with more than one child enrolled, will receive a pin number for each child. Computers will be available at the school during normal school hours for families with no internet access or for those who seek additional help.


Sammie L. Brown

I am a retired Professional Non-Commission Officer from the US Army as a Command Sergeant Major and an Airborne Ranger Infantryman. Graduated from the US Army Sergeant’s Major Academy, one of the finest Leadership and Planning Schools in America. A second retirement from the SC Department of Education as a JROTC teacher. JROTC gave me the experience of knowing young people and the things they need for a successful future. I’m originally from Jasper County SC, graduated from Matthew E. West High School. I have an Associate Degree from Central Texas College. I’ve had the opportunity to participate on various boards to include Leadership and Planning. Presently I’m the CEO of a Non-Profit Organization, supporting children in Haiti. If elected I will bring to this board my experience in leading, planning and working with others to developed Polaris Tech students within the top 10% of the schools in South Carolina. I am delighted to have this opportunity and I am determining to work hard as an outstanding board member for the students of Polaris Tech. Please give me your VOTE.

Vicky V. Hanley

I am a native of Jasper County. I am a former law enforcement officer with 20 years of experience (2 years in the United States Airforce and 18 years in Jasper County).  I've spent the majority of my law enforcement career working with the Jasper County School District in the School Resource Officer Program as a resource officer and later as the Supervisor of the Community Division for the Sheriffs Office. I have worked with various organizations and agencies to ensure that students received the proper assistance needed to help them become productive citizens ( ranging from mentoring, counseling, food, clothing and shelter, to drug rehabilitation programs). I bring to this board my resourcefulness and my ability to work as a team to build a foundation for students at Polaris Tech so that they will become successful and productive citizens in society.  I am honored and excited to have the opportunity to be a part of this great team. Give me your vote and I promise to work hard as a board member to make Polaris Tech a success for our students!

Jeffery "Scott" Hanna

My name is Jeffery Scott Hanna (Scott) and I am the Pastor at Black Creek Baptist Church in Walterboro and Project Coordinator for Mission Serve in Walterboro (Serve Management Group). My past experience working with other board members and various committees for varied different organizations will be of great value. I believe both the past and present opportunities granted to me to serve with other boards will prove helpful in part when combined with the experience and skills of the other present and/or potential board members. It is my desire to serve with other like-minded individuals whose goals and purposes for serving are to help ensure that Polaris Tech becomes the premier Charter School for today, tomorrow, and generations to come. Understanding the mission is of upmost importance for advancing the mission. The mission of "unleashing student potential and cultivating aspirations so that students are career-oriented, college-ready, and community-invested" must be at the forethought of every idea presented, decision made, and action implemented by the entire leadership team. My hope is to help advance this mindset in conjunction with the other team members. I request your vote.

Shirley L. Mears

I was a Foster Care Specialist working with children and parents for the South Carolina Department of Social Services for 5 years before I began my career in education as an elementary teacher in 2004 in North Charleston, South Carolina. I am a retired teacher, having taught for 14 years in the Jasper County School District. I have taught grades 2nd, 3rd and 5th grades. I was the first teacher in Jasper County Schools to instruct struggling readers at specific levels of intervention. My growth data results help support the implementation of hiring Reading Interventionist in the Jasper County Schools. I have experience as a Parent and Volunteer Coordinator working with parents and stakeholders throughout the school community. My experience gives me an understanding of how to meet the needs of Jasper County’s children so that they can be successful adults in life. I hold a bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of South Carolina. A master’s degree in Elementary Education from Wheelock College & an Educational Specialist degree in Administration from Walden University.

Jennifer Reyes

With a degree in Criminal Justice from the Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico, I have been working for the past year as a Paralegal. Before this, I worked managing an auto parts store and am well-versed in excellent customer service and management. I am also a Notary Public. I bring to Polaris Tech a passion for and an understanding of the special needs child. I have deep roots in the Hispanic community and I am looking forward to serving all of you as your representative on the Polaris Tech Board of Directors.

Brandon J. Wright

I am a native of Early Branch, South Carolina and a 2008 graduate of Wade Hampton high school.  I have a Bachelor’s degree in Biology with a minor in Chemistry from Benedict College, a Master’s degree in Higher Education Administration from Columbia College, and currently pursuing a PhD in Educational Leadership from Mercer University.  Professionally, I currently serve as a first-year academic advisor and adjunct professor at the University of South Carolina Beaufort. If I am elected, I will bring a wealth of experience in student success, engagement, and advocation.  I feel that working in education requires a passion for students, their educational needs, and their future.  As a board member, I will be committed to the mission and vision of Polaris Tech Charter School.  As a community member, I am soliciting your vote for this amazing opportunity of service.