Michelle Norman’s OpEd Featured in Military Times

Published on
February 24, 2021
Dr. Jill Biden, left, & Michelle Norman, Partners in PROMISE Co-Founder & Executive Director during a previous event in Virginia military listening panel.

“The quality of education directly impacts military readiness. I see this invitation to speak with the first lady as an opportunity to show that military family representation is vital.”

Michelle Norman, Partners in PROMISE Co-Founder & Executive Director

On Wednesday Feb. 17, I was invited to meet with the first lady of the United States, Dr. Jill Biden, as a representative of Partners in PROMISE in a roundtable discussion with five other military child education leaders. I had met Dr. Biden last year during her visit to Norfolk, Virginia, at a veteran and military spouse event. But, what happened when we started the listening panel shocked me. Not only did the first lady remember me, but in her opening remarks to the press, she mentioned me and our organization by name. She cited the good work we are doing in the military community for special education.

How on earth did I get here? I was given a shout out by the first lady of the United States…

Read Michelle’s first-hand experience from the meeting and see how our organization is making changes for military special education students and their families. 

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