Courtney (Los Angeles, CA)
Courtney has two kids – both teenagers! – who attend a large district high school LA. Her kids are two of only a few white kids enrolled and, yes, they’re doing great. Courtney has been locally invested in the issue of school segregation since her eldest was in preschool and founded Integrated Schools in 2015 in an effort to harness the energies of all us making these choices.
Anna (Los Angeles, CA)
Hi! Im a white mom from Los Angeles. I have two kids- 7 year old girl in 2nd grade at our local school and a 3 year old boy in preschool. I love Reggaetón music and swimming. And I’m left handed.
Alexandra (Seattle, WA)
Ali McKay is a parent of two elementary aged kids in an integrated public school in Seattle, and started the Seattle chapter of Integrated Schools. Though her day job is as a lawyer, she writes, camps, sails and bikes for fun.
Ali (Austin, TX)
My name is Ali Takata. I live in Austin, TX with my husband and two daughters. After three years in our segregated, privileged, neighborhood public school, I started to educate myself about school segregation. As a result, I simply could not continue to uphold our racist education system with my choices and I decided transfer them to another school. Their present elementary school is 82% black and brown, and 89% econ disadvantaged. It's not a perfect choice, but our decision feels like a tiny step towards dismantling one of our many racist structures.
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)
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). I care about this work because I believe 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 me to plug in, learn as much as I can, and advocate for change. I am 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. I also teach writing in a Master's of Public Leadership program at the University of San Francisco, where my students are a diverse group of people -- mostly, but not entirely, military vets and spouses -- contemplating a run for elected office or otherwise pursuing a career in civic leadership. I love this work so much that I'm starting an Ed.D. program this fall: Educational Leadership for Diverse Learning Communities at Molloy College, where I'll be working on a fellowship under Dr. Allison Roda, among other studies.
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.
Clare (Washington D.C., DC)
Clare lives in southeast Washington, D.C., and has taught high school English in the DC public schools since 2009. Her husband, Michael, also recently became a high school history teacher. They have three children: a four-year-old son who is learning French at a public charter school, and twin two-year-old daughters who never stop moving or talking. Clare recently took on the role of teachers' union representative for Banneker HS and loves empowering her students to speak out for themselves and the wider community.
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 lives on Los Angeles's East side, works in entertainment, and grew up in Brooklyn, NY where her father has taught public elementary school for forty years. She has a three year old daughter, and finds that this age is a great time to start talking to other parents of preschoolers about racial (in)equity in our schools and the benefits of integration. Start 'em young!