Volunteer Roles & Descriptions


There are many ways to volunteer to help out the Clara Barton community.  One way is directly in the classroom, and the other is through PTSA events and activities.  You will find information for both types of volunteering on this page. Of course, you could always do both if you wish! Any and all help is greatly appreciated. Onwards!


Sign-up to be a Classroom Volunteer!

Sign-up for other PTSA Volunteer Opportunities!

Please note: All volunteers need to be approved through the Lake Washington School District volunteer program, approval is good for two years.

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Volunteer with the PTSA!

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

We are actively searching for the positions below, more details can be found lower on the website.

  • Corporate Partners Chair
  • Book Fair Chair
  • DEI Chair
  • Family Events Chairs (various)
  • Financial Review Committee Chair and Members
  • Fun Run Chair
  • Legislative Chair
  • Merchant Affiliate Chair
  • Pacific Science Center Van Chair
  • Pantry Pack Chair
  • Reflections Chair
  • Room Parent Chair
  • Special Needs Chair
  • Spirit Wear Chair
  • Staff Appreciation Chair
  • Sustainability Chair
  • Webmaster

Volunteer in the Classroom: 2022-2023

Clara Barton PTSA will be following all LWSD requirements for volunteering on the school premises.

Here's where you can lend a helping hand as one of our awesome volunteers:

  • Art Docent: The Art Docent program will continue as it has in the past. Lesson plans, materials, and a virtual or in-person 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 previous 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 work in the school office, other school work areas, or at home. Help support our teachers by providing essential behind-the-scenes support!
  • Field Trip Chaperone: Attend a field trip with the class to act as chaperone and/or serve as a driver (other conditions may apply)
  • Guest Speaker:  Share your expertise with the classroom, this could include something cultural, technology related, or anything else discussed with your teacher host.


You will find a complete list of all our positions and more details on open positions below. We look forward to working with you!

If anything looks of interest, please reach out to the the VP of the section for the role you're interested in filling.

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
Extended Curriculum VP
Family Events VP
Fundraising VP
Membership VP
Volunteers VP



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 (OPEN)
Special Needs (OPEN)
Sustainability (OPEN)

Susan Villecroze


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

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

Natalie Chavez & Juan Sepulveda


  • 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
Egg Drop
Math Challenge
Math Is Cool (OPEN)
Nature Vision
Pacific Science Center Van (OPEN)
Passport Club
Reflections (OPEN)
Spelling Bee

Fundraising Chair


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 (OPEN)

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

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 (OPEN)
Room Parent (OPEN)
Picture Day
Staff Appreciation (OPEN)
Vision & Hearing Screening (OPEN)
5th Grade Promotion (OPEN)
Bingo Night
Fall Festival
Ice Cream Social
Kindergarten Tears & Cheers Coffee
Math Night (OPEN)
Movie Night
Storywalk (OPEN)
Welcome Back Coffee (OPEN)
Financial Review Committee


Leads Financial Review committee for both mid-year and end-of-year financial review of the PTSA