Are Catholic Schools better than Public?

I disagree with the premise that it takes a village to raise a child – especially in this day and age. The village may have its opinions but at the end of the day, I need to be sure I am raising a child of God.

NOTE: If you’re in the Atlanta area, St. John Neumann Church, Wednesday Sept, 5th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm; I’m addressing the youth and parents on the topic of self confidence, self esteem and self presentation – entitled “Becoming Irresistible”.

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Marisa Pereira is a mother, fashion designer, currently runs a Design and Image Consulting business in Atlanta, GA, is a freelance writer and volunteers at her church and in the community. She holds a BA in Fashion Design and a BA in French with a minor in Psychology and has worked in the Fashion Industry for over twenty years. Frustrated at her inability to find appropriate church clothes for her 14 year old daughter, she heeded God’s call, and created the stylish but modest, Michaela-Noel clothing collection, now available on-line. Having lived in multiple countries, she is acutely aware of the emphasis cultures place on visual appeal. She analyzes the importance of presenting the best image of ourselves and passionately insists that it starts within. She regularly addresses adult and youth audiences – encouraging and teaching them to make a memorable first impact but more importantly - to create a lasting impression. Her websites are: and

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