When Ben Pierce heard the school where he taught, PAVE Red Hook in Brooklyn, wanted to open up a sister shop in North Carolina, he was excited.

PAVE Brooklyn is run by the PAVE Charter Management Organization which, at the time, had only one school. But they wanted to place another in Pierce’s home state. A University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill graduate, Pierce worked as a teacher at PAVE in New York, but he wanted to come back to North Carolina to be close to family and friends. He jumped at the chance to be a founding teacher at PAVE Southeast Raleigh.

“New York was fine, but I missed North Carolina for sure,” he said. “So it was a good opportunity to still work in the organization.”

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