Three guest parents traveled from New Orleans to participate in education sessions to learn about changes in public policy that would affect their children. Their hope was that their voices would be heard.
Dana Wade is the proud mother of 3 wonderful kids Layla, 9, Steven, Jr., 8 who both attend Andrew H. Wilson Charter School and Dominic, 3. I was also educated in the New Orleans public school system and I’m a proud graduate of Mc Donogh 35 Senior High School. Currently I’m employed with a local hospital in the New Orleans area but my passion lies with parent advocacy. My heart lies with assuring my kids as well as kids locally and across the US have a voice and are guaranteed the best education possible.
Lamont J. Douglas is the loving father of Amir, 16, who attends Edna Karr High School, Tra’Von, 15, who attends Kipp Renaissance High School and Taylor, 6, who attends Andrew H. Wilson Charter School. Lamont believes in the power of family and that a strong family makes for a strong community. He currently serves as an active member of the Andrew H. Wilson PTO and the Andrew H. Wilson POPS Group. These two groups led the way with tremendous parent involvement. They were an integral part of the RSD selection committee in choosing a new CMO for Andrew H. Wilson. Lamont’s future goals are to grow and learn more about parent advocacy, not only for his children, but for the benefit of all parents and children in the Greater New Orleans community.
I’m LaToya Douglas from New Orleans, La. A proud parent of 2 wonderful blessings. I’m also an engaged parent.Very active with my kids and the kids of New Orleans education. I have set out to take a nationwide stand on education. Hopefully along the way I will be able to get more parents to be involved and very vocal as well. As a parent you are your child’s voice. No one knows your child better than you.
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The last in a 3-part series surveying the achievements of New Orleans’ education system in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. Watch the full series, and read more about the educators, students and political leaders at the center of the New Orleans story, at http://bit.ly/NOLASchools.