I am a first-generation college graduate who came from a single-parent household. Education changed my life trajectory. We need to provide those same opportunities for all our students in Minneapolis.
I grew up in Champlin, Minnesota. My dad left our home when I was in 2nd grade. My younger brother and I were raised by our amazing mother.
During college I met my wife, Megan. She is the most thoughtful and generous person I know. Megan loves animals (we have two rescue cats- Fetty and Peaches), spending time with our nephews, and playing board games. Megan is currently completing her doctorate in Physical Therapy at St. Kates.
During graduate school I received an early contract from MPS. I was fortunate enough to get a social studies position at Sanford Middle School. We moved to an apartment in the Standish neighborhood and I spent 3 wonderful years at Sanford teaching 8th grade Global Studies, 6th grade MN Studies, and 6th grade AVID. While teaching I proposed to (and married) Megan, continued to bartend (student loans ), and completed the Minnesota Education Policy Fellowship Program.
This year I made the tough decision to step away from the classroom. I wanted to try and make an impact on my community in another way. I founded PeopleSourced Policy, a nonpartisan, 501©3 nonprofit civic engagement organization whose mission is to increase access and community engagement in the local political process. We are still in our startup phase as we develop our online platforms and policy games-but the path we are on is very exciting!
I am also the Executive Director of Books on Wings, a 501©3 nonprofit serving Minnesota youth who attend schools with free or reduced lunch rates of 80% or higher. Our mission is to get culturally relevant books to students in grades K-3. My focus has been on developing new partnerships, growing the number of programs we offer, and increasing our fundraising efforts.
Right now a major focus in the Pauly household is our plans to adopt. We are going to wait until Megan graduates, but we have started the process by looking into resources and contacting a couple of prospective agencies. We are learning a lot and are very excited as we look to our future!