Volunteer Roles & Descriptions

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Review the list of open PTSA leadership roles for the 2021-22 school year and their descriptions below to see if there's a fit for your time and skills.

  • Enrichment VP
  • Legislative Chair
  • Special Needs Chair
  • Sustainability Chair
  • Office 365 Admin
  • Pacific Science Center Van Chair
  • Spelling Bee Chair
  • Corporate Partners Chair
  • Fun Run Co-chair
  • Merchant Affiliate Chair
  • School Pool Chair
  • Yearbook Chair
  • Family Events Chairs (Various)
  • Financial Review Committee Chair & Members

Volunteering during COVID-19 Restrictions

Per LWSD requirements, all Volunteers entering the school must wear a mask and be fully vaccinated by October 18, 2021.

Here's what else is new about volunteering for a classroom this school year:

  • Art Docent: The Art Docent program will continue as it has in the past with a few adaptations, such as limiting the number of adults in the classroom and varying the lesson locations (Commons, STEAM Lab). Lesson plans, materials, and a virtual training session will be provided. This is a great way to get to know your student's teacher and classmates. Students love art docent volunteers! No art training/experience is required.
  • Room Parent: Room Parents will work together to plan Fall, Valentine, and End of Year Celebrations for a class. The Fall celebration this year, for example, will be an all-school Fall Festival during the school day.
  • Teacher Production Assistant: Due to new Math/Science curriculum, teachers have requested extra help preparing classroom materials. Volunteers will not be permitted to enter classrooms but will work in the school office, other school work areas, or at home. Help support our teachers by providing essential behind-the-scenes support!

Ready to sign up?

Sign-up to be a Classroom Volunteer

Sign-up for other PTSA Volunteer Opportunities

Board of Directors


Emily Lawless


  • Conducts Board and General Membership Meetings
  • Makes appointments to Nomination, Financial Review, and Awards committees
  • Attends PTSA council meetings and reports on info about WSPTA and LWPTSA programs
  • Communicates regularly with the school principal
  • Completes the Standards of Affiliation Agreement
  • Serves as an ex-officio member of all committees except Nominating and Financial Committees
  • Facilitates Grants and Teacher Stipends provided to the school
  • 10-25 hours per month
Executive Vice President
Advocacy VP
Communications VP
Enrichment VP (OPEN)
Extended Curriculum VP
Family Events VP
Fundraising VP
Membership VP
Volunteers VP

Advocacy Chairs 


Egypt Burton Charles


The DEI Chairperson leads PTSA efforts in fostering an equitable and inclusive environment throughout all PTSA policies, programs, and all other efforts. This is a new role within the Clara Barton PTSA organization (being added in 2020-2021) and is expected to evolve and grow as the DEI Chairperson researches, analyzes, and evaluates diversity, equity, and inclusion practices in the PTSA space.

Position Responsibilities:

  • Helps educate PTSA leaders and members on the needs, cultural beliefs, expectations, and traditions of the school population and larger community
  • Informs PTSA decision-making processes by providing equity and inclusion-based lense
  • Develops and implements DEI key initiatives in line with LWSD and Clara Barton diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic priorities
  • Participates in PTSA general membership and board meetings, provides updates regarding equity work, and offer DEI learning opportunities
  • Collaborates with school and other stakeholders to gather input and ideas from a diverse group of parents and other community members to understand the needs and priorities of the community related to DEI issues
  • Serves as a parent liaison to the school’s Equity Team
  • Follows updates and activities of the LW PTSA Council DEI committee to stay informed of district PTSA DEI initiatives and shares resources, parent education events, and trainings to the Clara Barton Community
Emergency Preparedness
Legislative (OPEN)
Pantry Packs
Special Needs (OPEN)
Sustainability (OPEN)

Communications Chairs


Susan Villecroze


Creates, purchases and manages digital assets and media for PTSA use

Newsletter Editor
Office 365 Admin (OPEN)
Reader Board
Social Media

Extended Curriculum Chairs

Art Docent

Natalie Chavez & Lakshmi Lakshmanan


  • Ensures each classroom has an Art Docent
  • Holds an Art Docent training at the beginning of the year for docents
  • Manages the supplies for the program within the allotted budget
  • Coordinates an art showcase
Math Challenge
Math Is Cool
Nature Vision
Pacific Science Center Van (OPEN)
Passport Club
Spelling Bee (OPEN)

Fundraising Chairs

Corporate Partners (OPEN)



  • Facilitates corporate matching of monetary donations and volunteer hours 
  • Researches various corporate policies, tools, and timelines for matching
  • Recruits team of employees from key area companies to serve as expert advisors on their employers 
  • Attends “Managing your Nonprofit PTA” class 
Fun Run (OPEN)
Grant Writing
Merchant Affiliate (OPEN)
School Pool (OPEN)
Spirit Wear

Membership Chairs


Valarie Schenken


  • Leads Family & Community Engagement (FACE) committee
  • Welcomes new families to Clara Barton
  • Communicates with Clara Barton community to evaluate if PTSA is relevant and meeting community needs
Yearbook (OPEN)

Volunteer Chairs 

Volunteer Support

Amanda Papaefstathiou


  • Maintains volunteer database and verifies background checks
  • Identifies volunteer spotlight nominations and submits writeup for the monthly spotlight in PTSA newsletter and website
  • Provides snacks for volunteers during lengthy shifts
Awards Committee
Book Fair
Room Parent
Picture Day
Staff Appreciation
Vision & Hearing Screening (OPEN)

Other Chairs

Family Events (OPENINGS)

Welcome Back Coffee

Kindergarten Tears & Cheers Coffee: Komal Sisodia

Ice Cream Social: Valerie Schenken


Math Night


5th Grade Promotion

Fall Festival

Egg Drop


  • Leads event committee to plan, promote, and execute the event within the allotted budget
  • Coordinates event volunteers
Financial Review Committee (OPEN)