This week’s #NashvilleEduStory is with parent Kelley Dement. Ms. Dement is an active participant in the community as well as her son’s school and has recently been appointed to the Parent’s Cabinet, a group selected to identify strategies and best practices to report out to the Mayor and Nashville Public Education Foundation.
“In my opinion the people who are underrepresented are misunderstood. And I think that people with more privilege, more money tend to think people of a certain economic status or certain races don’t care about their kids’ education. So when I came back to Nashville and working for the system, I started hearing teachers in the break room saying ‘they just don’t care about their kids.’ It really made me step back and say I care about my child and I go to the meetings. I don’t know why people choose not to take a more active role in the education process. Why they choose not to go conferences or meetings, but I can’t judge them because they don’t. So that’s why I decided to represent those who are maybe underrepresented and also to help those who are not represented know you have a voice and you need to use it.”