Parent Voices: My First Meeting with Nashville Rise

Clarissa Sebree, Nashville Rise Parent Ambassador
Born and raised in Nashville, I am a mother of two children. My three year old son attends Pre-K, and my seven year old daughter attends East End Preparatory School. As a stay-at-home mother, I have been able to actively participate at both my children’s schools. Because of this, the urgent needs that exist in Davidson County schools have been brought to my attention.

My son is developmentally delayed. When he was two years old, he started showing signs of being different. Since then, he has been in and out of the hospital – with his most recent surgery in June of this year. When he recovered from his last surgery, he had aged out of the daycare, so I waited and put him into a Metro Schools Pre-K program. Due to his individualized education plan, it has been challenging to find the appropriate resources for him.

After meeting a Nashville Rise Parent Captain, I felt compelled to learn more about the organization’s work and how I could get involved.

On Saturday, October 15, I attended my first meeting with Nashville Rise. At the meeting, Mr. Moreno Carrasco, Executive Officer of Priority Schools, joined our group of parents in a discussion around improving our schools, diversity and the seven steps to being a better parent advocate for our students.

I was very impressed and enlightened by Mr. Mo’s presentation on the turnaround procedures that will soon occur within our schools, such as collaborative meetings between Metro Nashville Public school board members and principals. He was very informative on many controversial issues and how these matters can be handled, such as race, prejudice and discrimination which can all begin to improve when we educate ourselves and accept others.

I was so glad that I was able to attend this meeting with Nashville Rise, and look forward to the work that we will achieve together.

If positive changes are implemented in our school district, not only will my children benefit, but also children in every corner of Nashville will benefit. As a Nashville Rise parent advocate, I believe that I can help make changes that will lead to positive outcomes for all children. Join me. Join us.

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