I have been many things already in this life of mine. Daughter, sister, wife, mother, friend, entrepreneur, teacher, activist, and advocate. These things all shaped who I am and who I have become. They have all helped me to find my purpose: my WHY.
I live by my passions and try to inspire others to follow theirs. Each of my passions may seem random, yet I assure you they are far from it. My working for and with my mother for the past 20 years as a seamstress and fabricator and now owning my own custom home decor business has taught me not just the skills of designing and creating, but the strength and inspiration of family and friends that can be brought into your work.
Being an education advocate and activist fighting to protect our NYS public schools and strengthen and transform our children’s classrooms to whole child environments continued that lesson of strength in family. My goal has been to teach every parent to find and their voices, empowering them to advocate for their children and others with strength and compassion. Our education organization has created a network of parents who care about and support each other.
Welcome all who are joining me on this journey called life. Let’s find our passions together!
The rise of high-stakes testing in New York and across the nation has narrowed and simplified what is taught, while becoming central to the effort to privatize public schools. However, it and similar reform efforts have met resistance, with New York as the exemplar, for how to repel standardized testing and invasive data collection, such as inBloom. In New York, the two parent/teacher organizations that have been most effective are Long Island Opt Out and New York State Allies for Public Education. The opt-out movement has been so successful that 20% of students statewide and 50% of students on Long Island refused to take tests. In Opting Out, two parent leaders of the opt-out movement—Jeanette Deutermann and Lisa Rudley—tell why and how they became activists in the two organizations. The story of parents, students, and teachers resisting not only high-stakes testing but also privatization and other corporate reforms parallels the rise of teachers across the country going on strike to demand increases in school funding and teacher salaries. Both the success of the opt-out movement and teacher strikes reflect the rise of grassroots organizing using social media to influence policy makers at the local, state, and national levels.
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