Thank you to our parents

Who We Are | 07/24/2015

Lauren Sandherr
National Marketing & Communications Coordinator

Lauren manages the execution of Stand's marketing projects and hopes to bring needed attention to education issues.

In honor of Parents' Day this Sunday, some Stand staff members reflect on the things our parents did for us that strengthened our education and helped us achieve success in school. To our parents and all the others who instill the importance of education: we appreciate you!

"My parents’ role in supporting my education was nothing less than fundamental. From my earliest days of school, their sacrifice – time, money, effort – enabled me to reach goals that even I doubted at times. I’m so grateful for their support." - Scott McDonald, Illinois & Massachusetts Digital Strategist

"When my father’s job opportunity took us to England, I was bumped up from kindergarten to second grade. Unfortunately, because of the skip, I wasn’t reading anywhere near the level of my peers, but I made a promise that I would be the best reader in the class by the end of that year. Every night my mom or my dad would cuddle up with me and read with me before bed. Those nightly readings became ritual for us. We started with simple books, but those books eventually turned into novels and later lengthy series following lions and witches, magical wardrobes, wizards, and of course, small doses of reality. To date, I could not count the number of books I have read, but I am sure it numbers well into the thousands. Needless to say, of course, by the end of that school year I was one of the best readers in the class." - Alex Deiro, Louisiana Marketing & Communications Director

"If it weren’t for my parents, I would not have had the motivation or ambition to excel in high school or college. It’s because of them that I continue to strive for excellence. Thanks, Mama and Daddy!" - Amariah Tyler, Memphis Operations Coordinator and Digital Strategist

"My parents made reading and education a priority for me and my six brothers and sisters. We had individual library cards and made weekly trips to the New Orleans Public Library or to the book mobile. In addition, we received books on special occasions for our personal library." - Shelita Bourgeois, Louisiana Development Director

"On the evenings before my high school history tests, my mom would stay up late with me, listen to me relay stories from my history book, and have a conversation about historical events. Not only did I love to study this way, but I performed far better on these tests than when I simply relied on flash cards and notes." - Kelsey Cardwell, Oregon Marketing & Communications Director

"My dad had a very relaxed parenting style, full of advice and reminders, not mandates. So when he told me that I should join the debate club in high school, I listened. Carefully. And it was one of the best decisions I ever made. That club was a foundational experience that continues to impact me even today." - Eric Shellan, National Digital Manager

"In 4th grade I had a really scary teacher, she was adamant that we know our multiplication table, she would hit a ruler against her desk and make us chant the different tables. My dad spent a Saturday afternoon drilling me on my multiplication table so that I knew them in my sleep. I was never afraid of math with that teacher again. To this day I’m still pretty quick with my multiplication." - Allison Rubin, Massachusetts Marketing & Communications Director

"When I was in elementary school, my mom quickly pinpointed my love of writing and then proceeded to ceaselessly correct my grammar mistakes until I wrote (and spoke) like an AP Stylebook. She kept on me about sticking with writing as I grew up, which led to me joining yearbook, newspaper, and creative writing in high school. I don’t think I would have been able to go to the university of my teenage dreams without those crucial experiences." - Lauren Sandherr, National Marketing & Communications Coordinator

"My parents always told me that going to school was my 'job.' I am appreciative they instilled those values of hard work and consistency in me early on." - Juan Jose Gonzalez, Chicago Director

"My mother believed in me more than my school district did. I was an honor roll student when I became very, very sick in high school. State law required the district to provide homebound instruction so that I didn’t fall behind. Instead, district officials suggested that I just drop out. When we refused, they dragged their feet for months about lining up teachers and I fell further and further behind. My mother battled the school district on my behalf, taking the case to the Indiana Department of Education and seeking pro bono legal advice. Eventually, her efforts paid off and teachers were hired by the district. Without her, I wouldn’t have graduated high school, gone on to earn a B.S. from Butler University and had a successful career. I owe her everything." - Kate Shepherd, Indiana Marketing & Communications Manager

"I was very active and involved in numerous sports when I was younger. While my parents allowed me to enjoy activities, their number one priority was education. If I did not get my homework done and bring home good grades, I was not allowed to participate in sporting activities. That was my motivation to always do well in school. I knew if I didn’t get good grades, I would not be allowed to participate. I, too, have passed this on to my kids." - Patrese Williams, Illinois Operations Coordinator

"My parents were always involved in my education. Though I excelled in school, I was incredibly shy, and it was hard for me to participate in groups without being overshadowed. Having my parents come to class to volunteer in reading groups or drive on school field trips really helped me feel comfortable in my class setting. The day I remember specifically was in first grade. We had a parents’ day, and my dad came in with my little brother. We got to count with M&Ms, show projects, and have quality engagement time. Their support through elementary school and encouragement to take speech & debate when I got to high school helped me become an articulate, passionate, confident person. I’m so thankful they were involved." - Amy Waggoner, Applications Support Associate

"My father would ask me what I'm learning in math or science or English, and he would then ask me questions about it and make me provide examples. Invariably my answers would reveal how little I actually knew about the subject, which would then turn into more work for me as he would spend a full weekend day teaching me and making me practice doing things until I really knew how to do them. I was not a particularly studious kid - I just wanted to be outside playing with my friends, so these are not the fondest of memories for me. However, at the same time, I think that my father's active interest and involvement in my education was really key in getting me to pay more serious attention to the things I was learning in school – and to learn those things in more depth. Being a parent sounds hard; sometimes you have to make your kids do things they don't want to do because you know it's the best thing for them." - Omar Steinberg, Web Developer

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