Why One Parent Volunteered for the PTA

A Huffington Post article posted last year does a fabulous job of summing up the benefits of being a PTA volunteer (in case the stories from our own PTA volunteers aren’t enough to convince you!).

“All I’m asking is for you to put away those old feelings and realize the PTA exists to benefit your children and their education. When someone posed it that way to me? Well, you already know what happened. I stepped up. Like I said, I’m not asking you to become the president like me. I’m asking you to buy a membership, attend a PTA meeting to share your thoughts and/or volunteer for one event.

“I promise you, in the eyes of your children, it will be worth it.”

The full Huffington Post story can be read by clicking here.


PTA Board Members Share Their PTA Stories

Volunteer_PowerWondering what a position on the PTA Board is all about? Like you, we’re all busy parents who want the best for kids. Every single Board member is there for their own reasons, and some have shared a little about their experience in the stories below.
Learn more about open positions for next year by clicking here. We’d love to have you join us!

“Knowing parent involvement was a key indicator of child outcomes, just as a fly on the wall, I began attending PTA board meetings in my son’s kindergarten year to learn about the PTA. With time, I was able to see beyond my needs, and my reasons for being involved grew to include helping the other parents who devoted their time and to ensure all children had a great overall experience at Washington.

“As the mother of a 10-year-old, I have less than eight more years to be involved in this capacity in my son’s life. Ethan is now in the 5th grade, and, after dedicating two years to fundraising, one year to membership, going on two years in communications and this year as 5th Grade Activities Co-Chair, I wouldn’t change it for the world!”

-Jennifer Kim, mom to Ethan (5th Grade)


“I have been a parent at Washington for the last six years. As a mother of three children, I knew I would be at the school for at least 12 years. I wanted to get to know my school and Washington families better, so I became active in PTA when my oldest started kindergarten. I started out by volunteering and by my second year I was chairing two programs that are near and dear to me, STEM and the Green Program.

“Being active in the PTA has allowed me to get to know other parents, the teachers and our principal on a more personal level. Washington is such a dynamic school with so many wonderful opportunities to get involved from volunteering, to helping with a program that peaks your interest or by being on the Board. I work full time and was worried that maybe I wouldn’t be able to do a great job, but everyone backs me up, there are always helping hands I can count on. The experience has been amazing. I highly recommend for parents to join us and jump on board to help keep Washington the awesome school it is. It takes a village to keep our school great!”

-Gena Dix, mom to Taryn (5th Grade), Bryce (3rd Grade DI) and Kylie (Incoming Kinder)


“This is my second year as VP of Membership at Washington. I was able to go to PTA convention in the spring before I started and it was wonderful to go to the workshops and feel the energy (as well as get all the free goodies and spend time with fun ladies!). I highly recommend it for any new board members. I had recently switched from full-time to part-time work and wanted to put some of the extra time into being involved at the school.

“The time commitment for membership starts in mid-August preparing a theme and getting ready for class post. The two years I did membership we used a classroom competition approach (learned at convention) and it worked very well. The second year we were able to get a digital roster of the students (to determine which classroom to give students credit if the parent didn’t include it on their form and it made MUCH smoother). Being at events to promote PTA and memberships as well as keeping track of the competition is really the bulk of the time commitment and it ends by Halloween.

“The teamwork makes this fun and you get to meet a lot of great Washington students and parents. You will need basic comfort with Excel and the ability to be on campus at least once a week during September and October to pick up forms and be at the Friday morning exercises when possible.”

– Michelle Dale VP Membership (mom of CJ 14, Katie (Adams 7th grade), Jake (5th grade Washington)


“I was so excited to be involved in my children’s school, but since I work full time, I wasn’t sure how I could do it effectively. Once I went to a meeting and realized that there are many kinds of jobs available, I was able to find something that fit my limited schedule.

“Over the past 5 years, I have been Secretary, Financial Secretary, and Parliamentarian. All three have been great opportunities to really get to know the people in PTA and to feel like I am helping my children’s school. I feel informed about school events and have met some amazing people. I strongly encourage people to try out PTA leadership positions, even if you work full time. It is well worth it!”

-Janis Byars- Mother of Amy (4th grader) and Ethan (1st grader)


“As a full-time working mom, I felt challenged to find a role for myself at Washington that wouldn’t eat into my already sparse time. After talking to the then incoming PTA president – I found a role that fit my background and experience and that I could do away from campus. I was VP of Communications for two years and started the Washington PTA’s Facebook page – and am thrilled to see it continue as a valuable communications and community tool.”

-Denise Nix, mom of Holden (6th grade at Adams) and Riley (4th grade), current Historian and website admin


PTA Positions for 2016 – 2017 School Year

This is the time of year, PTA starts to prepare for the next school year. Students do better academically when their parents are actively involved in their schools. Parental participation in school decision making is more important than ever. If you are interested in any of the following open positions and would like more information and/or a job description, please contact the Nominating committee at:

(Want to learn more? Current PTA Board members share their stories here.)


President – Angelica Medeiros

Executive Vice President – Jenna Tsuruta

Secretary – Nicol Kuns

Treasurer – Marissa McPheeters

1st Vice Presidents, Programs/Special Events – Lavanya Soni

2nd Vice President, Ways and Means/Fundraising – Allison Kolb

3rd Vice President, Membership – Tiffany Minn

4th Vice President, Health – Christine Wilkas

5th Vice President, Communications – Denise Nix

Financial Secretary – Mona Colee

Parliamentarian – Janis Byars

Historian – Kathleen Jacecko


Report To: (P) VP of Programs, (F) VP of Fundraising, (Administrative) PTA President, (H) Beach Cities/ VP Health

Back to School Night/Open House (P)-OPEN (Nikki Vasquez?) Battle of the Books 3rd Grade (P)- OPEN Battle of the Books 4th Grade (P) – OPEN
Book Fair (P)- Tess Holland Box Tops (F)– Vanessa Johnson? Fundraising Chair- Margo Trone
Community Outreach (Admin-F) – Renee Hartman Cultural Assembly (P) – Erika Youngblood Dining for Dollars (F) – Susan Jamrog
E-scrip (F)- OPEN Earth Day (P) – Gena Dix/Katie Joynt Father/Daughter Dance (P) – Sunghye Cho
Family Fun Night (P) – Nikki Vasquez Fifth Grade Events (P) –Marianne Carlton-Felix Galleria Rewards (F) – OPEN
Garden Club (H) – Amanda Vrchan Green Program (P) – Gena Dix Hands on Art (P) – Becky Atkinson
Hands on Art Supply (P) –Tess Holland STEM (P) –Gena Dix, and Ryan and Nicol Kuns Jog-a-Thon (F) –Jennifer Cole/Christine Wilkas
Live Well Garden Lead Docent (H) – OPEN Live Well Nutrition Lead Docent (H) – Jessica Alidio Membership Committee (P) – Allison Kolb
Mother/Son Event (P) – Robyn Willey-Pratt Movie Night (P) – Laura Ruiz Parent Education Night (P) – Jenna Tsuruta
Parent Event Night (P) –Marissa McPheeters Ralph’s (F) – Joanne Wildenhain RBEF Liaison (Admin-P)– Rachel Lipson
Recycling Program (P) – Amy Huh Reflections Program (P) – Lizette Guevara Room Parent Liaison (Admin-P) – Sydney Arfin
Running Club (P) –Tammy Rothschild/ Kim Matthew Spelling Bee (P) – Allison Kolb Spirit Wear (P) – Jessica Roth and Susan Jamrog
Talent Show (P) – Nicol Kuns Teacher Appreciation Week (P) – OPEN Volunteer Coordinator (Admin-P)–Michelle Abel
Walking School Bus (H) – Lisa Toone Website (Admin) – Denise Nix Yearbook (P) – Charisse Eickhoff
Yearbook Committee (P) – OPEN Fall/Winter Catalog Fundraiser (F)- Kathy Soccol Scooter’s Jungle Night (F)- OPEN
Ice Skating Night (F)- OPEN Fall/Winter Auditor (Admin)- OPEN Spring/Summer Auditor (Admin)- OPEN
SkyZone Night (F)- OPEN Stem-tastic Nights (P)- OPEN Read Across America Week (P)- OPEN
Red Ribbon Week Chair (H)- OPEN Yellow Ribbon Week Chair (H)- OPEN In Meeting Hospitality (P)- OPEN
Community Coffee/Principal (P) – OPEN Out of Meeting Hospitality (P)- OPEN Legislative Chair to Council- Margo Trone



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