Anna (Los Angeles, CA)
I am a white mom from Los Angeles with 2 kids age 8, and age 4. Our 8 year old attends an integrating school in our neighborhood where she is in 2nd Grade. Our 4 year old will start kindergarten there this fall. I also have an undergraduate degree in public policy, management and planning with an emphasis in nonprofit management. I love Reggaetón music and swimming. And I’m left handed.
Ali (Austin, TX)
Ali lives in Austin, TX with her Asian mixed family. After three years in their privileged, white neighborhood school, Ali transferred her daughters to a mostly Black and LatinX school across town. Every day she tries to be mindful about how she shows up at her daughters' school.
Andrew (Denver, CO)
Andrew is a father of a 3nd grader and kindergartener in Denver. His kids attend the same, integrating elementary school he attended.
Bridget (Minneapolis, MN)
Bridget Gernander lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota with her middle school aged kids. Bridget grew up in Minneapolis going to an integrated elementary school before her parents white flighted to the suburbs. When it was time for her kids to go to school, their family found an integrating school where they would be part of a community that looked like the city as a whole. Minneapolis faces enormous equity challenges and Bridget has formed a local chapter of Integrated Schools to have parent to parent conversations about how to live your values through the school choices you make.
Susan (Pasadena, CA)
Susan Savitt Schwartz lives in Altadena, CA, which is part of the Pasadena Unified School District. Two daughters, now in and beyond college. I have worked since 2008 with Pasadena Education Network (PEN), a grassroots local parent group that encourages parents to visit their local (district) schools, connect with parents who have kids in the schools, enroll, and engage. We offer parent leadership development workshops and work with parents and the district on effective, collaborative, cross-cultural parent engagement.
Molly (New Haven, CT)
Molly Wheeler is a resident of New Haven, CT, where she is a parent of five children, ranging in age from 2 to 19. Originally from New Hampshire, Molly is an archivist at Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library but is currently pursuing coursework for a switch to nursing.
Zoe (Philadelphia, PA)
Zoe is a biracial mom of two and high school math teacher. She spends a lot of time grappling with issues of race and identity, special education, and equity. When not working on local education advocacy, lesson plans, or various projects with her kids, so infrequently at best, she enjoys a variety of art, craft, and home-improvement projects.
Sarah (Houston, TX)
Sarah is a school psychologist and mom of three who lives with her family in Houston, Texas. She enrolled her children in a highly-sought-after public Montessori magnet but through the work of Integrated Schools, found support and guidance as she moved them to a neighborhood school. She is also the Houston chapter leader.
Lee-Ann (St Louis Park, MN)
Lee-Ann Stephens is a champion for excellence and racial equity in education. She is also an advocate for learner-centered education. She has been an educator for 29 years and was named Minnesota’s Teacher of the Year in 2006. She currently serves as a Racial Equity Instructional Coach for the St. Louis Park Schools in Minnesota. Stephens holds a M.Ed. in Curriculum and Instruction and an Ed.D. in Educational Leadership.
Vicky (Los Angeles, CA)
Vicky is a community activist, organizer, mother and former Respiratory Care Practitioner that loves her community. As an immigrant she experienced discrimination throughout her life and continues to see it which led her to get involved with Integrated Schools. As a mother her hopes are that not only her children but those in her community and throughout grow up more aware of the privilege surrounding them and how added barriers are at times created.
Kelly (New York, NY)
Kelly Bare lives in Brooklyn, NY with 11-year-old Drew (6th grade) and 8-year-old Lizzie (3rd grade). She cares about this work because she believes that America needs anti-racist thought and action at personal and institutional levels in every area of society, and as a white parent living in a gentrifying neighborhood, schools are a logical place for her to plug in, learn as much as she can, and advocate for change. She is a founding member of the New York City Alliance for School Integration and Desegregation, and of Live Here, Learn Here, a community support organization for Central Brooklyn schools.
Greg (Oxford, MI)
Greg is a black husband and dad of 5 in Michigan and works with the Achievement Initiatives team in his district. Greg reached out to Integrated Schools having listened to the podcast. He is thoughtful and passionate about about segregation and race and equity and sees himself as a bridge to bring the promise of Brown into the reality of today.
Courtney (New York, NY)
Courtney lives in Brooklyn, NY and has two kids - one in third grade and a (giant) baby. A former third grade teacher in NYC public schools and now a public school parent, finding the IS podcast has helped support Courtney through many challenging conversations that previously would have sent her raging elsewhere, unproductively. Courtney believes strongly in the Integrated Schools grassroots groundswell, moving people from good intentions to intentional and impactful action.
Kim (Richmond, VA)
I’m Kim Gomez I live in Richmond, VA and my husband and I have 3 kids: 7, 5 and 4. We chose to move our oldest from a majority white, heavily resourced school after her kindergarten year to a nearby global majority school. It’s been one of the best decisions of our entire life. I’m personally committed to the work of education and true equity. I’m committed to the self-work of reflecting, and messing up, and continuing to try and lead an antiracist life. I want to ensure that antiracist values are integral to my personal family as well as my community.
Mimi (Los Angeles, CA)
Mimi works in the non-profit sector, lives in Los Angeles, and grew up in Brooklyn, NY where her father has taught public elementary school for forty years. She firmly believes that school integration is absolutely essential to the formation of a more fair, just, and anti-racist society.
Melissa (Memphis, TN)
Melissa Collins is a second grade teacher at John P. Freeman Optional School with Shelby County School District in Memphis. She has been teaching for 17 years. To help ensure that all children have access to a caring and committed teacher, she has mentored several teachers through the National Board Certified Teacher process. She has received the Horace Mann Teacher Excellence Award, Presidential Award for Excellence Mathematics and Science Teaching and West Tennessee Teacher of the Year. She received her Bachelor of Science in Early Elementary from Murray State, and Master, Specialist and Doctorate (Ph.D.) of Education in Administration from the University of Southern Mississippi.