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Who I Am and Why I Stand


Allow me to introduce myself. My name is Lauren Sandherr, and I am the new National Marketing and Communications Coordinator for Stand for Children. In this role, I will be managing and coordinating various elements of the projects our team works on throughout the year, as well as contributing content to the website, blog, and more. While project management and communications compose my professional background, it is what Stand for Children, well, stands for that brought me here.

Teacher Appreciation Week: My Teacher was tough, but...


It was my senior year of high school. I wasn’t a great student and the prospects for college were looking grim. I hadn’t quite figured out what the future held – but I knew I wanted to go to Colorado State University.  You see, there was this girl…



Speaking of inspiring women, we couldn't help but introduce our very own Pam Welch, Stand's Chief Operating Officer. Take a few minutes to learn about Pam's upbringing, her experience as a female leader, and her unique and refreshing personality (don't believe me? Keep scrolling to check out her Halloween costume). 

Tell us about your upbringing.

I grew up in Camp Sherman Oregon, and I went to a two-room schoolhouse for first and second grade. I was the only 2nd grader and one of two 1st graders in the school.

Women Who Stand: Melinda Boone


Continuing on the Women Who Stand series from earlier this year, Tyler decided to track down Dr. Melinda Boone, the first female Superintendent of Worcester Public Schools in Massachusetts. The following is an excerpt from their conversation on leadership, motivation, and being the first female leader at a school district.

Why I Stand: Adriana Figueroa

At age 15, Adriana Figueroa started attending her brother’s parent teacher conferences. “My parents went above and beyond to make sure we lived in a neighborhood where the schools were really good,” Adriana explains. “And that came at a cost.” With her parents working around the clock cleaning office buildings and working in factories, Adriana was the de facto parent for her younger brother.

Why I Stand: Maria Luisa Ramos


Maria Luisa moved to the U.S. at age 15 not knowing any English. She was immediately shunted into remedial classes in every subject, even though she was in all advanced classes in Mexico.

“I went to the counselor and I told her that I wanted to go to college,” Maria Luisa says. “She told me ‘people like you don’t go to college’”.

Why I Stand: Toya Fick


This month, we are launching the "Why I Stand" series to introduce our blog readers to Stand staff members around the country. These folks spend countless hours training parents, organizing campaigns, and supporting other Stand staff across the country. Why do they do it? Read on.

Why I Stand: Felipe Vieyra


We spend a lot of time here at Stand talking about all of our amazing volunteer leaders who, together, power the movement to improve public education.

But this month, we are launching the "Why I Stand" series to introduce our blog readers to Stand staff members around the country. These folks spend countless hours training parents, organizing campaigns, supporting other Stand staff across the country, and a whole lot else.

Women Who Stand: Sara Garcia Gonzalez


Who better to round up our March profiles than Sara Garcia Gonzalez, a Stand leader in Reynolds, Oregon and the first Latino ever on the Reynolds budget committee. Tyler connected with her on the phone to talk about her education, her work in Reynolds, and her vision for the future.

Women Who Stand: Shannon Campion


Next on her Women Who Stand interview series, Tyler talked to Shannon Campion. Shannon founded the Portland, Oregon chapter of Stand for Children in 2002 (where Tyler worked as an organizer and director starting in 2008). Shannon has been the Executive Director of Stand for Children in Washington State for six years.