IPS Education Foundation board member Andy Pollen is preparing to leave Indianapolis, but before he ends his time as a Hoosier, he took some time to speak with us about his time serving on the board. Pollen has been involved with the Foundation for two and a half years. While he did not grow up in IPS, he is the son of two public school teachers so education has always been a priority.
The belief that a strong public school system can positively influence a community, led him to become involved with the IPSEF. Pollen says one of his favorite experiences with the IPSEF is the partnership with the Monumental Marathon.
“I’ve really enjoyed working with them and seeing how passionate they are about public education,” he said.
Like other board members, Pollen noted how working the water station at the Marathon is a great group bonding activity, but beyond that he enjoyed seeing the faces of people supporting public education.
“You look at the runners and think, ‘You’re helping a student, whether you know it or not,’” he said.
Another highlight was making school visits and answering questions about the IPSEF.
“We’re working hard to raise awareness of the Foundation. One of the best ways to do it is by directly meeting with teachers and parents and explaining how we, as a board, can directly impact the work they do in the classroom,” he said
As Pollen heads to Minneapolis, he encourages citizens of Indianapolis to find out more about IPS, the work of the Foundation and how easy it is to help IPS students.
“Any person curious about IPS should ask questions. Learn more about the Foundation and how you can help change the lives of 30,000 students,” He said. “Connect with a board member, get into a school or meet one of the many passionate educators. Anyone can connect to the Foundation or IPS without having to make a long-term commitment.”
Andy Pollen is an account director at Borshoff, where his work focuses on public relations and marketing strategy for the life science and health industries. A Hoosier native, Andy graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in public relations and journalism from Ball State University, and he holds a master’s degree in business administration from Anderson University.