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Ben McDonald was born in Jackson, MS and raised in Wake Forest, NC. Growing up in Wake County schools, Ben has seen the Triangle area grow. From an early age, Ben understood the importance of giving back to his community. He decided to pursue a career in education by first attending Campbell University and then going on to earn his Masters in Education at North Carolina State University. Ben met his wife Lori in high school at the age of 16. After college, the couple got married and created their home in Knightdale, North Carolina. 


Ben has been a Wake County Public School System middle school teacher for eleven years and currently teaches Social Studies at Martin Middle School. During this time Ben has also served Knightdale in many capacities including:


  • Chairman - Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

  • Chairman - Land Use Review Board

  • Knightdale Pedestrian Plan Steering Committee

  • Knightdale Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee

  • Churchill Neighborhood HOA Board

  • Knightdale Elementary School PTA


When he isn’t teaching or giving back to his community, Ben can be found with his family exploring the many greenways and parks near Knightdale or playing at the beach!



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