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scott Lassiter

College of HUMANITIES and social sciences

2010

Scott Lassiter grew up in Apex North Carolina where he attended Wake County Public Schools.  His interest in public service developed early and he got his first real taste when he was elected freshman class president at Apex High School.  He continued on to lead the class of 2006 until his senior year when he was elected student body president.  Scott was privileged to get both a lesson in politics at Apex High but also the administration of a school-- both skills that would soon come in handy.  The Mayor of Apex appointed Scott to serve on the town's parks and recreation advisory board when he was just 18- a position he held until 2009.

Scott attended NC State from 2006-2010 where he earned a political science degree with a concentration in secondary social studies education with honors.  Scott served in the NC State Student Senate from 2006-2009.  He was elected student body treasurer in 2008. During his time as a student at NC State Scott worked as an intern at the North Carolina General Assembly. 

After completing his student teaching experience at Middle Creek High School Scott was hired to teach US History and Psychology at his alma mater, Apex High School.  After a year at Apex High Scott wanted to experience something different.  He was hired by Johnston County Schools to teach 8th grade social studies at Benson Middle School.  Scott knew he wanted to be a school leader and knew he needed to experience a variety of school atmospheres.  Aside from teaching and coaching track Scott was also running for a seat on the Apex Town Council.  

When Scott won his election to the Apex Town Council he was drawn back to Wake County Public Schools by a principal who had created a unique, inclusive and supportive environment at a school with a population very different from both Apex High and Benson Middle.  At East Wake Middle School Scott reflects that he truly became a teacher who could motivate students and forge relationships with stakeholders to pull success out of students who often times did not know they were capable of it.  Scott served as the student council faculty advisor.  Scott applied and was accepted to North Carolina Central University where he earned a Masters in School Administration in 2015 graduating magna cum laude.  Scott's time at NC Central was invaluable in his work providing him with a different frame of reference.  After two years at East Wake Middle and with plans to complete his required school administration internship there Scott learned that the principal that lured him back to Wake County Public Schools was being transferred to Durant Road Middle School.  The principal took Scott with her and after his year-long internship hired him full-time as her assistant principal.  

Scott ran to retain his seat on the Apex Town Council after a successful four year term.  He accomplished many of his goals including building a skate park, nature park, a new public safety center and helping to lead the town to win Money Magazine's Best Small Town in America designation.  Scott narrowly lost his reelection.  He committed to double-down on his efforts to make lasting positive change at Durant Road Middle and spend more time with his wife Jamie whom he married in 2013.  He's also enjoying spending a little more time on the golf course rather than in the board room. Aside from family time and golf Scott enjoys shooting sports, Wolfpack athletics, fashion, model trains, maintaining his lawn (a skill he gained though a turf-grass management elective at NC State), cooking and dining out.