Lynn Shoemaker has been a resident of Wilmington since 1982, and it is here that she reared her daughter Marlee. Shoemaker began her career in public education in New Hanover County as a middle school and high school teacher with certification in nine academic areas including science, and left the classroom as Teacher of the Year to advance the rights of public school teachers and students as a field organizer for the NC Association of Educators-NCAE and later as a freelance political organizer for the National Education Association.
She received back-to-back national school press awards for coverage of issues impacting public school employees and students in 1997 and 1998 respectively. Shoemaker has served the state as a governor-appointed member of the NC Women's Council. She also has served the rights of women as a board member for the NC Political Women's Caucus (bipartisan), The Dance Cooperative, Inc., Friends of Planned Parenthood, Lillian's List of NC and as an advisory Board member of Public Schools First NC, where she continues to serve today.
Presently, Shoemaker serves on the Parent Council of the NAACP and the Board of Directors for the NC Foundation for Public School Children as an advocate for students. In addition she is the founding member of the grassroots organization WoW!-Women Organizing for Wilmington. She is also the Executive Director of the TarHeel Alliance of Classroom Teachers and a freelance writer of short stories and essays as well as author to many papers on effective education leadership.
Lynn Shoemaker is an alumna of William Peace University formerly known as Peace College in Raleigh, NC (English and Business Law) and has an M.Ed. in Secondary English Education and Instructional Technology from UNC Wilmington, where she was inducted into Pi Lambda Theta (an international honor society for educators).
When she's not in the field fighting for social justice for the most socio-economically disadvantaged of our citizenry, her husband Sandy Younce and she enjoy traveling, reading, cooking and entertaining, music and organic gardening.