Educating Our Children: Mocha Moms & RIISE


Last evening RIISE was graciously hosted by Aliya Newkirk,  New York State Coordinator Mocha Moms and Mocha Moms of Westchester President, Nicole Bell-Simon, at Aliya’s home in New Rochelle.

Over 25 moms gathered to talk about educating our children and the possibilities that exist. RIISE facilitated the event, so you know we pumped our fists for independent schools. These Mom’s are on the ball, so there was great exchange of information and resources. We even met some Moms who were accepted to Riverdale Country School and The Spence School. We discussed things like, if you pay taxes in Westchester you may be considering getting your money’s worth by attending a public school in your neighborhood…but independent schools, I’m proud to say remained the center of conversation.

In a pre-event survey, Mom’s had this to say about the top three things they look for in quality education. Read on. It sounds a lot like our indy schools- yet, we are still working hard on the diversity thing…

Diversity in the classroom, Teachers who love what they do-and it shows!

Education that is fun but advanced!

Strong Academics, Social Exposure, Diversity in faculty students and culture

Foster independent thinkers/minds, Hands on explorative experiences, Diversity

Diversity amongst student population, Understanding and catering to several learning styles, Challenging and thought provoking material

1.) Critical Thinking and Promotion of Inquiry 2.) Utilizing and Valuing Multiple Intelligences 3.) Social and Emotional Skill Development

Providing STEM education, Homework help, and Study tips

Recreational Activities, engaged & enthusiastic educators, Safe & clean school/play area, Innovative teaching

choice, curriculum, environment

Thank you Mocha Moms…you all ROCK!


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