Funds Raised: $7,006
In-Kind Donations Received: $0
Sheila Polk is a native Arizonan who received her Bachelor’s Degree and Law Degree from Arizona State University in Tempe. After clerking at the Arizona Supreme Court, Ms. Polk served in the Arizona Attorney General’s Office for eleven years before moving to Yavapai County in 1994. There, she joined the Yavapai County Attorney’s Office where she specialized in the prosecution of felony crimes, including elder abuse, sexual offenses and violent offenders. In November of 2000, Ms. Polk became the first woman to be elected as Yavapai County Attorney, and is currently serving her fifth term in that position. She holds many statewide leadership positions and is passionate about her work to bring the nationally renowned law enforcement course, What You Do Matters: Lessons from the Holocaust, to Arizona. Ms. Polk is Co-Chair and founding member of MATFORCE, the Yavapai County substance abuse coalition, awarded the national 2013 Outstanding Coalition of the Year.
Ms. Polk is an active member of the Prescott community where she and her husband of 35 years have raised their three sons, all of whom are lawyers. She cherishes her relationship with her “Little” of the past eleven years and is an enthusiastic supporter of the Boys & Girls Club. For many years, Ms. Polk was a regular visitor to the Club where her Little attended after school. Ms. Polk saw first-hand the many fun activities organized for the children, the steady mentoring that builds good character and citizenship, and the positive difference the Club made in the life of her Little.
Professional Dance Partner
Andrew (Andy) Smith
Andy began teaching Ballroom Dance in 1973 in Montgomery County, Maryland public schools. He had learned the basics of teaching dance in college as part of his Physical Education degree, and supplemented that with taking group classes and self-learning.
He taught Junior High and Middle School students from 1973 until his retirement in 2004. Andy had the opportunity to lead 3 state conventions on the topic of; “How to Teach Ballroom Dance in Public School Physical Education”.
In 1999 Andy decided to get my official certification to extend my dance instruction to adults. He earned a DVIDA based certification through the Ballroom Dance Company of Washington DC in 2000, and taught for them until moving to Prescott in 2004.
He has been teaching Ballroom Dance at Yavapai College for the past 10 years. He also taught at Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, the Adult Center of Prescott, and several private studios.
An interesting note about Andy is that he is totally deaf. He has always been partially deaf and wore hearing aids for 30 years. As his deafness progressed, the hearing aids became less effective, leading him to have cochlear implant surgery in July 2012. The surgery leaves one totally deaf, but he hears pretty well with his new, artificial hearing now. Music is an ongoing challenge (it mostly sounds muddled and harsh to him) but he still enjoys dancing and teaching the joy of dance to others.