Madeira senior, Theresa Carr, spoke at the National Private School Leadership Conference on September 20 at the Department of Education’s headquarters in Washington, D.C.
Theresa was the only high school student asked to speak at the conference which included the nation’s top private and home school educational leaders from across the country, including the Secretary of Education. The annual conference provides a forum to address Department of Education programs and initiatives, listen to the concerns of the nonpublic school community, highlight innovative practices, and facilitate discourse between the Department and national nonpublic school leaders.
Theresa was asked to speak about her experience at Madeira and why she choose to attend an independent school. In her speech Theresa covered single-sex education, equality, and the privilege of a Madeira education.
“At Madeira, gender excludes you from nothing,” she said. “Our strongest athletes are women, our fiercest advocates are women, our most steadfast leaders are women.”
She went on to speak to Madeira’s mission by saying: “We aren’t just launching women to change the world. We’re a little too impatient for that. We’ve decided to go ahead to start building the new world we wish we saw.”
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