Members of the Parent Advisor Group
Our Origin Story...
In Spring 2018, a mom at The Center for Early Education (Kawanna Brown) and a mom at Campbell Hall (Lisa Johnson) had a conversation many of us have had -- we wondered when someone would try to get all the Black families in private school together so that our children could socialize and we could better support one another. Lisa is the product of an independent school education in Atlanta, GA, where she was one of two Black students for most of her middle and high school education. As the mom of two small children in an independent school currently, she was naively surprised to learn not much had changed since she was in school. There was a generational experience being perpetuated, and nobody was doing anything to create lasting change.
In August 2018, Lisa Johnson asked a small group of moms to help bring Black families together, who were part of private schools. Her aim? To create an opportunity for her two elementary school-aged children to “see” themselves more and to get to know other children in the same, unique school experience. What started out as a simple evite to less than 75 people for an informal social moment, quickly grew into over 500 RSVPs. It was clear other Black and brown families shared Lisa’s desire to be part of an engaged community of color who could work together to help their children thrive in the private school
environment. This was the beginning of Private School Village (PSV)
After much interest from schools and from the Latinx/Hispanic parent community, in 2022, a similar community within PSV was introduced, Somos PSV. Like PSV, Somos PSV is a community for Latinx/Hispanic families who will benefit from having a similar sort of collective affinity space. Learn more about Somos PSV at www.somospsv.org.
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Some Photos Below: Michael Mayson