Parent & Alumni Leadership Council (PALC)
2023-2024 PALC Members
Allison is a Ward 1 parent at Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS. Allison is a returning member of PALC.
Why serve on PALC: "I want to help improve public charter schools for all students and help ensure that parents can access the information about schools they need."
Most impactful school memory: "A science field trip to the Chesapeake Bay"
Andrea is a Ward 8 parent at KIPP DC, the Learning Center. Andrea is a returning member of PALC.
Why serve on PALC: "I am an advocate for inclusivity of children with disabilities in all spaces in the District, including creating safe spaces and support spaces for children in all charter schools."
Carolyn (CiCi) Rivers is a Ward 8 parent at Friendship Tech Prep, KIPP DC and Digital Pioneers Academy. CiCi is new to PALC this year.
Why serve on PALC: "I want to serve on PALC to help assist and support the needs of the youth, the parents as well as the teachers. I believe that we all should have an understanding from both sides as well as the school board really understanding the issues that plague the inner city schools, neighborhoods and the backgrounds of the children. If you don't understand what demographic you are teaching or understand the children then that creates even more barriers and maybe unaware or unconscious bias."
Most impactful school memory: "One of my teachers telling me I would become a best-selling author in my adulthood."
Elizabeth is a Ward 8 parent at Monument Academy PCS. Elizabeth is new to PALC this year.
Why serve on PALC: "Expanding my advocacy into new spaces. I want to inspire others to speak their truth and advocate for topics that are important to their communities."
Most impactful school memory: "The only time I got straight A's with no behavior issues was in 5th grade. My teacher asked us what one thing she could do to help us be better students and I mentioned giving me all the work for the year so I could do it on my own. I hated group work and lessons. To my surprise she abided... Soon school became fun because I started to engage because I wanted to. Incentives and bribes weren't really my thing, I was strong willed, so my desire for success had to be my own. I became more well rounded that year and heavily involved in clubs. I did practically every club because I had the time. I went from a "troubled student" to a productive student leader."
Kara is a Ward 1 parent at Global Citizens Public Charter School. Kara is new to PALC this year.
Why serve on PALC: "Our family is thriving as part of the Global Citizens community, our first charter school experience. I'd like to be involved in both supporting our GCPCS community and also learning about other charter schools in DC, helping all of them flourish and be as effective as they can be. I am also passionate about literacy and technology education and I want to help empower students of all backgrounds acquire the skills they need to succeed."
Most impactful school memory: "My first research projects in Mr. Sanders' 5th grade class made me realize that with a little curiosity and perseverance, you can open up new worlds of opportunity."
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LaJoy is a Ward 8 parent at E.L. Haynes PCS. LaJoy is new to PALC this year.
Why serve on PALC: "Ensuring families of children with disabilities have their voices heard at PCSB."
Most impactful school memory: "My favorite teacher was Ms. Rosena, because she believed in me."
Nzinga is a Ward 7 parent at Inspired Teaching Demonstration PCS. Nzinga is new to PALC this year.
Why serve on PALC: "I have a passion for diversity, equity and inclusion as well as supporting students with disabling conditions. I'd like to learn more about the public charter school system in the District and I plan to apply what I learn to enhance the learning experience of all children."
Most impactful school memory: "My favorite memory from grade school is my fourth grade teacher Ms. Johnson. Ms. Johnson was very funny and serious about her students being respectful and prepared. She asked me one day why I didn't apply to be in the spelling bee. My answer was 'I just don't want to.' Ms. Johnson knew there was more to the story and urged me to use the knowledge I have to showcase my skills. When I reflect on that time and the talks she had with me, I realize she was pushing me to use the voice she knew I always had."
Rachel is a Ward 4 parent at Center City PCS Brightwood and former Principal. Rachel is new to PALC this year.
Why serve on PALC: "Families play a vital role in the educational experiences of their children, and I am excited to serve on PALC to help ensure that family engagement and voice is prioritized for all students in DC Public Charter schools."
Most impactful school memory: My favorite memory from grade school is of my very loving 1st grade teacher who used to start each day by playing the guitar and singing with all of us. She brought joy to each school day and genuinely cared about each and every student in our class."
Rebeccah is a Ward 4 parent at Sela PCS. Rebeccah is new to PALC this year and ready to get to work on the committee!
Suzie is a Ward 1 parent at DC International School. Suzie is a returning member, and has worked hard for DC public charter scholars.
Tunde is a Ward 5 parent at Shining Stars Montessori Academy PCS. Tunde is new to PALC this year.
Why serve on PALC: "Public service to the community, particularly our young people."
Most impactful school memory: "My teachers – Mr. Damico and Mr. Dorfman."