Hi! My name is Robin Atkins Wierzbicki, and I'm running for the Saluda seat on the Polk County Board of Education on November 8th, 2022. I was born and raised in Saluda, attended Saluda School, and have two children in Polk County Schools.
I received a B.A. in History, a B.A. in Political Science and a Master's in Education from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, NC. Special education is my passion! I taught students with disabilities for 5 years in Wake County while serving as Department Chair for 3. I dedicated myself to building relationships between parents and teachers at my high school and helped create a cooperative environment that greatly benefited our students. In 2007, I returned home to take an active role in our family apple business. Two years later, I married my high school sweetheart, Ryan, who was serving on active duty as an infantry officer with the United States Army. We made our permanent home together in Saluda, where we are raising our two amazing children.
LOCAL MATTERS! As a parent, a former high school teacher, and a fifth-generation Polk County
resident, I am dedicated to working with parents and the school community to have an open dialogue to support our children and actively improve education in Polk County. I believe our entire community shares the goal of re-focusing on academic achievement and fostering local values in order to help our children become productive and responsible citizens.