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January 1, 2021

January 2021 – Executive Director Message

Dear Members, I love the new year. That was not always the case. In my youth, when my life was focused on science and mathematics, I thought that all of the falderal around the new year was just silly. Didn’t people understand how the calendar works, that it is all just arbitrary? The year just…
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Category: Leadership

December 14, 2020

December 2020 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, We are rapidly approaching my favorite day of the year. As a native of Washington, I have always been very tuned into our day and night cycle. Throughout the summer we luxuriate in our long days and late evenings. We treasure the extra time we can spend on our patios, decks, and in…
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Category: Leadership


September 30, 2020

October 2020 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, PTA was founded as an advocacy organization and for over 120 years has advocated on behalf of children and youth at the school, district, state, and national levels. It is an amazing history of a grassroots organization changing the course of history and making our world a better place. Most incredibly, almost all…
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June 2, 2020

June 2020 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, The 2020 Virtual Convention is finished. Wow! What an amazing event. Thousands of volunteer hours and hundreds of staff hours over the course of 10 weeks resulted in an awesome event. We had over 900 registrants with 40+ online events including educational webinars, panel discussions, keynote speakers, awards presentations, one-on-one coaching, and interactive…
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May 6, 2020

May 2020 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, I am so excited! In a few short days, we will be holding our first-ever virtual convention. Almost all state PTAs opted to cancel their spring conferences. We decided to jump into this virtual world with both feet. It has been an incredible challenge and far more work than the in-person convention would…
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March 30, 2020

April 2020 – WSPTA Executive Director Message

Dear Members, As we cope with the pandemic, I thought I would share with you some of the lessons I learned living through the HIV/AIDS epidemic in the 1980s and 1990s. Like most gay men of my generation, I was greatly impacted by that awful disease, losing friends and a partner/husband. It was a terrible…
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Category: Leadership