Experts in Residence: Parent Expertise

Aug 26, 2015 | All School, Impact


Valerie Vargas – Vice President, Advertising & Marketing Communications at AT&T

At this year’s Head of School Address, Dr. Jacobsen referred to our Experts in Residence program as a way for our accomplished parent community to contribute to the discovery of our students’ curiosities and passions. While we encourage parent involvement throughout the School to any degree and at any level, our Experts in Residence program focuses specifically on three areas for immediate impact: interacting within the classroom; providing internship opportunities; and presenting real-world challenges for students to solve.
In order to share real-world expertise, Experts in Residence might participate in a classroom learning experience, provide feedback, or be a student mentor or coach. Our parents are uniquely positioned to provide authentic input throughout each division at Mount Vernon. Please complete this form to share your passions, hobbies, talents and experience.
Interaction in the 

Brent Reid – CEO, Winter Construction

With the assistance of our in-house experts during the 2014-2015 year, our Upper School students were able to earn Interim Week internships at several local Atlanta companies, such as:

  • Spaceworks Enterprises
  • Georgia Tech Department of Biochemistry
  • AT&T
  • Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta
  • Emory University
  • Atlanta History Center
  • Winter Construction

Additionally, throughout the year, students benefitted from our parents’ involvement by participating in mock interviews in preparation for college and job interviews, developing new ideas for cancer treatment, obtaining relevant feedback during the Lower School Invention Convention, as well as participated in mini experiences during Interim Week. Through the Experts in Residence program, our families are helping our students develop their curiosities and passions.

As an additional piece this year, we have introduced the Project Brief. If your business, place of work, or organization has a project or opportunity that needs solving, please consider allowing our Innovation Diploma students to assist this year. We are are looking for experiences to provide relevant opportunities for learning.  Last year, Mount Vernon’s first IDiploma cohort facilitated mini design thinking workshops and helped solved problems for the Centers for Disease Control, the Museum of Design Atlanta, Thrive, and NAES.

If you are interested in working with and learning from a group of eager problem solvers, please indicate your interest on this form, and the Director of the IDiploma Program, Meghan Cureton will contact you directly.

We look forward to working with you this year!
How might you share your passions and talents with students? Contact Emily Goldman, Director of Engagement at [email protected] to get involved.