Say Hello to Our School Advisory Committee

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The School Advisory Committee (SAC) is a wonderful group of educators who empower and support the Sandy Hook Promise National Youth Advisory Board, a cohort of youth leaders who serve as the national voice of SAVE Promise Clubs and Sandy Hook Promise. The SAC also provides insight, feedback, and direction for our violence prevention programs. We are grateful for their leadership, participation, and dedication to SAVE Promise Clubs!

Say Hello! Meet Our School Advisory Committee

My name is Sharmaine Brown. I’m the founder of Jared’s Heart of Success Inc. Youth Organization in Georgia and it’s my second year serving on the National Advisory Committee. When I learned about SAVE Promise Clubs, I immediately registered a club to help spread awareness of Sandy Hook Promise violence prevention programs in my community. Now, I partner with two local high schools where I have implemented clubs with community partners. One of my favorite SAVE Promise Club activities is the Promise Challenge. We are grateful to work alongside Sandy Hook Promise, advocating to prevent violence in our schools and communities!

My name is Mary Pat Carr and I am the Assistant Principal at Amos Alonzo Stagg High School in Palos Hills, Illinois. I have been honored to work with Sandy Hook Promise since October 2015. Stagg High School is the proud recipient of the 2017 Sandy Hook Promise Award for Student Spirit, Creativity, and Sustainability and a runner up to the 2019 Community Reach and Sustainability Award. Our students and families confidently report that we are a “Say Something School.”

In January 2020, we were thrilled to host over 100 students from neighboring schools for our “Say Something Summit.” Each year, one of the highlights is hosting a Pledge Day when we partner with local Police and Fire Departments to encourage thousands of students as they take the pledge to be an advocate and “Say Something.”

Hello, I’m Sarah Dianich. In 2006, after a tragic event in the first school I taught at, I began the first chapter of SAVE at Mukwonago High School in Wisconsin. Fourteen years later, it is still my passion. I had taught English literature and writing courses for 20 years, and now I’m in my second year as an administrator. We are very fortunate to have so much support from our community and school district in the important work of SAVE Promise Clubs. It is hard to pinpoint my very favorite SAVE Promise Club activity amidst so many, but I think watching our teen leaders spearhead activities at the elementary and middle school level is most rewarding. I also love to see SAVE Promise Club members from elementary all the way up to high school get excited about sharing the SAVE Promise Club message with others. That light of hope – that belief in being able to change the world – is quite possibly the most beautiful thing humanity has to offer.

My name is Tucker Farrar. I have been an Assistant Principal at California High School for three years and prior to that I was a math and science teacher for 13 years. My love for education centers around working with students from all backgrounds and collaborating with staff and teachers with a shared vision to support students. Sandy Hook Promise puts wind in my sails being able to help move our school into a more positive experience for all students.

My name is Michelle Henne, and I have been a teacher for 28 years at North Broward Preparatory School in Coconut Creek, Florida. I became involved with the Sandy Hook Promise organization five years ago when three of my students created a National History Day project titled “Fighting for a Change: Sandy Hook Parents”, and they had the opportunity to interview Mark Barden.

One of our founding club members, Jonny Feltingoff, recently passed away, and it is our mission to carry on his legacy in our community through the continued implementation of the Know the Signs programs and working towards a more inclusive environment.

Greetings! My name is Michelle Hinds and I am a Student Support Specialist at Del Norte High School in San Diego, California. I became a SAVE Promise Club Advisor as part of a district initiative to improve student safety and inclusion on all campuses. Start With Hello is my favorite program because everyone is empowered to make a positive difference in the community through kindness. My hope is that students feel safe on campuses nationwide.

Hello, I am Martha Kelley! I’m in my second year as a national School Advisory Committee member, representing Swansboro High School in North Carolina. I enjoy mentoring the student members and helping implement their ideas for student and community safety awareness. I also like the fact that our SAVE Promise Club has an ‘open door’ policy – we encourage others to join and to get involved at any time during the year.

Impressively, we won the Say Something Week 2018 national district award!  Our club’s efforts for the award-winning week included Say Hello Day; Trusted Adult recognitions; Take the Pledge Day; and our Meet at the Fence event!

Hello! I’m Daisy McCaroll and I have been a School Resource Officer for 13 years, and in law enforcement for 17 years. I am assigned to Biloxi High School in Mississippi. I started my club, Campus Security Council, 11 years ago. We joined forces with SAVE Promise Club about 9 years ago. I love all the programs that Sandy Hook Promise promotes. I would say my favorite activity is Start With Hello. We also do a huge toy drive for Christmas called Project Presents and we deliver gifts to families, which the members love.

My name is Patty Mullins. As a Support Counselor in the Wellness Center at California High School, I was inspired by our students to become a SAVE Promise Club Advisor.

I believe in their message and wanted to contribute to the cause of our students; teaching inclusion, kindness and safety. Their passion is contagious!

Hello there, my name is Christopher Nguyen and I am a Science teacher at Elkins High School in Missouri City, Texas. My passion for teaching sparked when I was in high school, seeing how my teachers were able to impact and change the way I think encouraged me to be where I am today at Elkins. This will be my first year with Sandy Hook Promise. I got a taste of it the year before when we had a speaker come and talk to us about Start With Hello. It really made me feel that as a community we have to do better in making sure our students are spreading the positive energy because you never know what that could mean to a person. My goal as an advisor is to build a positive community within our district to prevent violence.

Hello, my name is Victor A. Tejera. I have been working in public service for over 17 years, 14 in public education. Sandy Hook Promise has been an avid source of support since working in the high school setting.

I have been implementing Sandy Hook Promise and SAVE Promise Club initiatives at my current placement at Miami Southridge Senior High School for over 5 years, and have been blessed in experiencing the School Advisory Committee. Words will never truly describe the profound and positive experience it has been collaborating with such a neat organization! My professional background is in Social Work and Education.

Hello, my name is Marilyn Toshner and I am a Special Education teacher at Mukwonago High School (MHS) in Mukwonago, Wisconsin. I have been at this school for 20 years and have been a SAVE Promise Club Advisor for 10 years! One activity that I have always enjoyed doing and has received positive recognition is the last home football game of the season. Prior to the game our club members pass out either SAVE Promise Club bracelets, stickers, or ribbons to students on both the opposing and home teams. During half time, the students from both home and opposing sides come out to the football field and release balloons or hold stars (purple, orange, green) to commemorate the lives lost due to school violence all the while a couple of students are playing Taps. It is amazing to see the two schools come together.

LaShandaWest

Nice to meet you! My name is La-Shanda West and I am a Social Studies teacher of 18 years for the Miami-Dade County Public Schools System. I began as a SAVE Promise Club Advisor in 2018 following the tragedy at Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School. Learning from my mom’s resilience after being affected by gun violence when I was a child, I am determined to provide youth a platform to let their voice be heard in the campaign for safe spaces in schools. My favorite Sandy Hook Promise program is Start With Hello.