Open Enrollment | June 28, 2023

Mee⁠t⁠ No More L⁠i⁠nes Fellow Chr⁠i⁠s⁠t⁠⁠i⁠na Garre⁠t⁠⁠t⁠

yes. every kid. foundation. is excited to announce the inaugural class of No More Lines Fellows. These fellows will bring their experience and voice to raise awareness about the injustice of families being barred from accessing public schools that work best for their children.  

In the coming weeks, we will highlight each of our fellows on our blog. This third post is from Christina Garrett. 

Take a deep breath. 

Take one more.  

I know I’m pushing it. . . but take a third breath. 

Take a moment to intentionally slow down.  

In a society that is moving at the speed of light, being more present, rested and focused can be an ongoing challenge. We want to achieve more, get to our destinations faster and become the ideal version of ourselves. We want to be efficient in our families, self-care and career goals. We want to show up — consistently, relentlessly and on time. 

If you see yourself rushing to the destination (whatever your goal may be), I’m excited to meet you. I’m Christina Garrett – pastor’s wife, homeschooling mom of 5 and productivity coach for ambitious leaders and working moms. It has been my honor for the last ten years to support busy women with the strategies they need to get more done while keeping their families a priority. I create change through work/life balance workshops, hosting conferences and facilitating transformational conversations that challenge our ideas around productivity. 

I talk to busy mothers every day, and frequently, I hear from them that handling their children’s education is a challenge. They just want what’s best for them, but too often educational opportunities are limited by their wealth or income. Usually, the only option is their zoned neighborhood school, which might not be the right fit — and so they have to scramble and cobble together better opportunities, which is stressful and detrimental to their health.  

As a No More Lines fellow, I hope to change that. While homeschooling has been a great fit for my family, I know it’s not right for everyone—after all, every child is unique and has different values and priorities. Families should be able to make sure their children have the best without compromising their work/life balance and overall productivity. And that means being able to enroll their children in the school that is right for them, regardless of ZIP code, and have support with transportation, costs, and other logistics. When children thrive and can learn in the atmosphere that best supports their needs, the family thrives as well.  

I believe that in 2023, we can create new paths—for ourselves, for our workplaces and most importantly, for our children. 

That being said, take a deep breath. 

And if you’re bold, take one more.