Our PTA is made up of hard-working parents & teachers who pool their talents to provide practical support for our school. Those listed below volunteered to provide leadership this year. Get to know their names and faces, and feel free to ask them if you have questions.


 2022-2023 PTA Board 



Shannon Guindin,  President

Heather McGowan, VP of Communications & Parliamentarian

Christina Hunt, VP of Events
Kandice Crago, Treasurer 

Amy Bell, Secretary

Stephanie Jones, Auditor


2022-2023 Chairpersons:


When adults volunteer, all students benefit! While there is not a requirement to volunteer, there are many opportunities for parents and community members to get involved if you’d like to help! Below is a list of the areas where we are currently seeking volunteer interest. Please contact PTA President Shannon Guindin if you would like to  learn more and volunteer for any of these roles! 




Read Across America Day Chair: Kari Miskit & Masi Ciani

Popsicle Sales: Savannah Adams

Room Parent Coordinator: Savannah Adams

Restaurant Nights Chair: Heather Dickerson

Pastries With Parents Chair: Jodee Whitby

Apparel Chair: Laura McCallum & Yong Yu

Bingo Night Chair: Aimee Johns

Birthday Marquee Chair: Mary Vogel

Welcome Back Coffee Chair: Shannon Guindin

Membership Chair: Jodee Whitby

PTA Liaisons Chair: Jodee Whitby

Historian: Shannon Guindin & Heather McGowan




Room Parent (1 per class): Help teacher coordinate class parties, coordinate Teacher Appreciation Week (May 1-5) activities with your class

PTA Liaison (1 per class): Attend PTA meetings (4 per year), send PTA-related emails to your class (content is provided) approx. 1/week (or less)

Event Helper: Fall Festival (October), Snowflake Festival (December), and Family Fun Night (April) each have activities where set up, clean up, activities, and other assistance is needed.

Hospitality Team: Assist with picking up food and  set-up for various PTA events and teacher appreciation celebrations throughout the school year.

Poster Communications Chair: Create posters for events as requested by the VP of Communication. VP of Communication will provide details and timelines at least two weeks prior to the events. Posters are painted onto butcher paper, and all supplies are provided by the PTA.  The event chairperson is responsible for taking the posters down.


Maker Space Monday Chair: Empire Oaks has a Maker Space with supplies for students to create and innovate one Monday a month with their class.  This chairperson will develop and coordinate one Maker Space activity per month, September-May, provide the necessary supplies, and communicate the Maker Space Project with the teachers. The school has an established Maker Space activities book that can be used, or the chair can come up with their own activities.  The PTA funds the materials for the Maker Space.

Meet the Masters Chair: Meet the Masters is a classroom-based  art education program funded by and run by the PTA.  Six times per year, students will learn about an artist during an assembly and then complete an art project related to that artist in class. The PTA provides all of the materials and lessons for these assemblies and art activities.  The chair will coordinate the assemblies with the school, coordinate the necessary art supplies for each class and work with the Meet the Masters classroom docents on scheduling their time to coordinate the art activity in their class.

Meet the Masters Classroom Docent: Work with the Meet the Masters Chair on scheduling and coordinating six art activities during the school year, and bringing the necessary supplies and providing the art project instruction to their class.


Harvest Festival Chair: This is the Halloween carnival/dance party held in October. This person will recruit and work with a committee of volunteers to coordinate this event, which includes Trunk or Treat, a cake walk, dance party and games. Chair will coordinate decorations and materials needed for this event.

Staff Appreciation Week Chair: The chair can recruit a committee of volunteers to assist with the following activities: Establish the theme and activities for Staff Appreciation week, coordinate those activities with the room parents, ensure that staff and teachers without a set class (such as PE, music, etc.) are recognized and receive gifts and treats, deliver and set up/clean up  food (breakfast and lunch each day during the week, along with snacks and treats) and decorate the staff lounge.

Snowflake Festival Chair: This is the annual winter celebration held in December which includes vendor sales, pictures with Santa, crafts, Santa's Secret Shop, and the pancake breakfast. This person will recruit and work with a committee of volunteers to coordinate this event.  Chair will coordinate decorations and materials needed for this event.


Family Fun Night Chair: This is a new event that the PTA will be holding in April, and includes a movie, games, food and other activities for the whole family to enjoy! This event will also include the teacher experience/basket auction. This person will recruit and work with a committee of volunteers to coordinate this event.  Chair will coordinate teacher experience/basket donations, decorations and materials needed for this event.



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