The Palmer-Addy Family!


Q.Tell us about your children at Teasley.

Our son Jahkaii is in his final year at Teasley and it makes me sad. He has been here since Pre-K, so it’s bitter sweet for us to leave. Currently his teachers are Mrs. Oliver and Mrs. Ahern. Our son Jaraiiah’s teachers are Mrs. Swanson and Mrs. Hardie.


Q.So three children!  How long have you been part of the Teasley community?

We have been a Teasley family for 8 years. Wow, doesn’t feel like that at all!  The most invaluable thing about this community is the people. From educators, families, support staff and so many more, they have loved on our kids for almost a decade. Pouring into their growth and partnering with us to ensure that they have what they need to succeed in the world. 


PTA:We are so happy to hear that. Many parents do not realize their child has a village of Teasley teachers and staff encouraging him in some way.  It may be the sweet lady in the cafe who always greets him by name, the Specialist who remembers his favorite color or a teacher who always remembers to ask him about his game.


Q.Our school community is so diverse, it is fun to learn about the many cultures and traditions of our families.  Does your family have any traditions or activities that are special to you?

Our family of 5 is exceptionally layered. What I mean is our middle and youngest son have special needs and each of their diagnosis present in various ways. However, we do not let this keep us from being involved or enjoying life. Two years ago we started a tradition of cutting down our own Christmas tree and reading the Paper Bag Christmas (great book) as a family. We really just love making memories. 


Q.Since your family has been around since Teasley started the process of becoming an IB school, what  are your thoughts on the IB program and have you noticed an impact on your children?

We have had the opportunity to see our oldest child who is now at Campbell Middle catch the tail end of IB and our youngest be fully emerged into it. IB brings more out of the children and challenges them to express their curiosity in so many creative ways. At home it has opened more conversations about what their learning and how it applies to the world we all live in.


PTA: I love how you describe it as "expressing their curiosity in creative ways.”  I think many parents would say starting conversations at home is a big priority.


Q.Do you have advice for new Teasley families?

The advice I have is to get plugged in. Teasley, although big, really does have a small feel. When you get involved, you make connections. Seek out people who aren’t like you and extend your community table, believe me you won’t regret it!


PTA:That is great advice for both new and old timer families! We certainly can learn from your family as well as Open Minded students. Thank you for taking the time to share a bit about your sweet family.


Best advice ever!  Seek out people who aren’t like you and extend your community table!


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