Wall of Thanks

Clara Barton PTSA volunteers are working parents, stay-at-home parents, students, and grandparents. They are role models for students, an extra pair of hands to help teachers, and liaisons between the school and community. 

The PTSA Volunteer Wall of Thanks celebrates honorees that have demonstrated GRRRRREAT service to the Clara Barton Community. Additionally, our PTSA honors one individual each year with the WSPTA Golden Acorn for exemplary and outstanding volunteerism and service.

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Art Docent Lesson, Grade 1 Student, January 2021

View past WSPTA Golden Acorn and Outstanding Educator award recipients here.

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Honorees are nominated by PTSA Board Members, PTSA Members, and members of the Clara Barton Community.

Jenn Nitta

June 2021

Jenn Nitta updates the readerboard and keeps the community up to date on news and often includes positive messages. Jenn loves to volunteer in the classrooms and has lead small groups in math and reading and she is known to happily lend a hand during Picture Day, Hearing & Vision Screening, Egg Drop Day, and the Fun Run. She recently volunteered as Nature Vision Chair. Outside CBE, Jenn loves to stay active. Some of her favorite activities include coaching soccer, paddle boarding, walking her puppy, and experimenting with new fitness classes. Jenn has two boys in the first and third grades at CBE. Thank you, Jenn!


May 2021

Ashwini Suresh was nominated for her contribution as Spelling Bee Co-Chair. She has also volunteered as a Parent Helper and a Hearing & Vision Screening volunteer. Outside of CBE, Ashwini enjoys cooking, reading, and teaching. She has a 1st-grade student at CBE. CBE PTSA is grateful to have dedicated volunteers like Ashwini. Thank you, Ashwini, for making this year's Spelling Bee A-W-E-S-O-M-E for students!

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April 2021

Jaya Nigam was nominated for her contribution as Spelling Bee Co-Chair. This is Jaya's second school year working to make Spelling Bee an important and awesome program a S-U-C-C-E-S-S. Jaya has also volunteered her time to chair Kindergarten Tears & Cheers Coffee and assisted with Hearing & Vision Screening. She also takes on other opportunities like preparing the First Day of School materials. Outside of CBE, she enjoys outdoor activities with family, playing with her dogs, and gardening. She has a 2nd-grade student at CBE. The CBE PTSA is grateful to have dedicated volunteers like Jaya. Thank you, Jaya!

Photograph of Natalie Chavez with her two elementary students in a pumpkin patch

March 2021

Natalie Chavez was nominated for her contributions to the Clara Barton Community. She is the PTSA VP of Advocacy and Art Docent Chair. Previously, Natalie has volunteered as a Room Parent and Learning Center Helper, and has assisted with Pantry Pack distribution. In her spare time, Natalie enjoys crafting, hiking, and taking pictures with her family. Her CBE students are in 1st grade at The Learning Center and in 2nd grade. Thank you, Natalie, for your time and dedication. We are grateful to have you as a volunteer!

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February 2021

Nomita was nominated for her contributions to the Clara Barton Community. She is currently the PTSA Extended Curriculum VP (this is her third year serving on the Board). She has also volunteered as Hearing & Vision Screening Chair, Room Parent, and Art Docent. She helped organize and facilitate the Theater Program, Pacific Science Center Van, Nature Vision, Spelling Bee, Math Challenge, Math Competition, Passport Club, and Reflections. Wow! Nomita is a Sociologist and teaches in higher education. She enjoys swimming, working out, reading, and hanging out with friends. Nomita has a 5th grader at CBE.

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January 2021

Poornima was nominated for her contribution as a Math Challenge Program Co-Chair. Previously, she volunteered as an Art Docent, a position she loved because she enjoyed teaching and learning from students. When the program was suspended due to COVID-19, Poornima switched to help lead Math Challenge. Outside of CBE, she works as a contract firmware engineer at Facebook. She enjoys knitting, crocheting, biking with her kids, running, and walking her new Labrador puppy, Juneau. Poornima has two students at CBE, a daughter in grade 5 and a son in grade 1. 

Neelam Ladhani

December 2020

Neelam was nominated for her role as Math Challenge co-chair where she has been innovative to provide students the opportunity to sharpen their math problem-solving skills. She has been co-chair for International Night, where she choreographed an Indo-American dance. Neelam has volunteered for the Art Docent Program, has been a Room Parent, and has always been available to help wherever she can at school events. Neelam is a board member of the LWSD Gifted Education Advisory Council. Outside of CBE, her favorite activities include listening to music, long walks, hiking, cooking, making new friends, and playing board games. Neelam has a student in grade 5.

November spotlight

November 2020

Taunya Covington has been involved with PTSA for more than a decade, but this is her first year at CBE. She was nominated for her stellar contributions to the design and production of The Bobcat Bulletin. She currently serves as VP of Communications where she helps our leadership keep families informed of news, resources, programs, and events that are being delivered in new ways this school year. In her spare time, she is a dance mom, news junkie, indoor cyclist, and media relations volunteer for her church. She has a kindergartener.

Ana spotlight

October 2020

Ana Feito was nominated for her dedication to creating an amazing 2019-2020 yearbook. She persevered through production challenges brought on by COVID-19 to deliver an awesome way for Bobcats to remember their extraordinary school year. Previously, Ana served on the PTSA Board as Communications VP and as a Room Parent. This year she is hard at work on the Board as Enrichment VP, bringing great choices for virtual after-school enrichment classes and organizing a virtual cooking event for adults. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, traveling with her family, enjoying good food with friends and family, and going on long walks with Patxi, her Australian shepherd dog. She students in grades 4 and 5.

Spotlight Sangeetha

September 2020

Sangeetha was selected for her time and effort in chairing CBE’s Spelling Bee, along with being a Room Parent and Art Docent. This fall she launched the Passport Club. In addition, she is a LWSD Gifted Education Advisory Council (GEAC) Board Member. She has a student in grade 2 and in her spare time she enjoys playing tennis.

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June 2020

Shilpa Asrani was nominated for her support at CBE including co-chairing the Spelling Bee and STEAM Night for two years. She is also a Room Parent, Picture Day Chair, and she initiated the school's first Food Drive. In her spare time, she enjoys traveling and playing board games with family, painting, and taking her puppy for walks. She has a 5th grader at CBE. 

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May 2020

Emily Lawless was nominated for her time and effort in chairing Staff Appreciation Events at CBE. In addition, she is a Room Parent, Art Docent and helps in the classroom. In her spare time, Emily enjoys baking cookies, reading a good book, spending time with family and friends, and doing crafts with her three kids -- a preschooler,  kindergartner, and 2nd grader.

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March 2020

Sujeet Kharkar was nominated for his time and effort in chairing the National PTA Reflections contest. In his spare time, he enjoys skiing and biking with his kids. Last Summer he and his 4th grader completed the Kitsap Color Classic, a 25-mile ride around Bainbridge Island.

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February 2020

Jenny C. was nominated for being a dependable and skilled Classroom Helper. She has also been a Room Parent and is known to add special touches to class events.


January 2020

Susan Villecroze was nominated for being an outstanding Room Parent. She also volunteers as an Art Docent, Fun Run Chair, and Digital Media Chair. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, running, and spending time with her family. She has a 5th grader and a pre-schooler.