Letisha Vinson: Wellness, the Root

March 10, 2023

As a PAVE parent leader, I am always focused on identifying ways to better support our students and families.  From my experience with my own children, Nahla, age 12, and Isaiah, age 11, I know that there is so much more to a child’s happiness and success in school than what happens in the classroom.  […]

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Kirsten Pelzer-Clark: The Last Straw

January 13, 2023

My family is no stranger to the impact mental health issues have on a home.  Ten years ago, my husband gained full custody of his nine-year-old son. Though my husband’s relationship with his ex-wife felt unsalvageable, his son maintained a relationship with his mom.  However, between the custody battle and the constant bi-weekly move from […]

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Karla Reid-Witt: Stepping out of comfort to step up for change

February 22, 2022

As quiet as it’s kept, I hate public speaking.  Well, it is not really kept quiet, I tell people all the time. Some people are blessed with the gift of gab but not me. I’ve been an education advocate for about 20 years and if I had my way, I would always lead from behind.  […]

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Gaby L. Fraser: The POWER of parent voice

September 20, 2021

I am a parent of three DC public school graduates, a grandmother of five current DC public school and public charter school scholars – two of whom have graduated. I’ve always been involved with the Parent-Teacher Associations (PTAs) and Parent-Teacher Organizations (PTOs) my children attended.   As the PTA President of SEED Public Charter School of […]

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Letisha Vinson: A stumble worth taking

May 7, 2021

Sometimes sharing my story feels like stumbling down a flight of stairs.  I start at the top, sharing all the good parts – like my spiritual growth and relationship with God, building my interests in the pre-med and public health field, and my deep family ties that have strengthened over time.  But then I share […]

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Brittany Wade: For my family, it was time to homeschool

January 29, 2021

For my five children, my husband and I made the decision to homeschool. We had considered homeschooling before the pandemic, and with the onset of the pandemic, virtual learning in my house meant constant calls from five teachers, managing five children’s differing schedules, and too much learning on a screen. We decided it was time […]

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