The McDonald PTA: Who We Are

The McDonald Elementary Parent Teacher Association is an inclusive organization of enthusiastic parents, teachers and community leaders. We are dedicated to supporting our school through volunteering, community-building, and fundraising.

There are lots of ways to contribute. Whether you donate financially or volunteer your time, you're making McDonald International School better for our kids.


Our Mission
McDonald Elementary PTA is an inclusive organization of McDonald parents and teachers that supports McDonald International School through volunteering, community-building and fundraising. We believe that an active, involved and effective PTA makes a crucial contribution to our community and to the academic success of our children's school.

National PTA Mission
The overall purpose of PTA is to make every child’s potential a reality by engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children.

PTAs serve as a forum where parents, teachers, administrators, and other concerned adults discuss ways to promote quality education, strive to expand the arts, encourage community involvement, and work for a healthy environment and safe neighborhoods.

2019-20 Executive Board 

These positions are elected each school year by the PTA membership.

Nekole Shapiro

Vice President
Elizabeth Oestreich

Secretary & Membership Chair
Becky Anderson

Cindy Jed & Vanessa Laughlin

Additional Board Members

The following positions are appointed by the Executive Board.

Fundraising Chair
Kate King

Volunteer Coordinator
Sara Downing

Building Leadership Team (BLT) Liaisons
Tia Paganelli & Kathleen Rankin

Immersion Advocacy Chair
Kristi Gilbert and Aaron Armstrong

Events & Community Building
Mary Kachel & Danely Landeros

Communications Chair
Kristin Hoffman & Michael Strazzara

Each year, a Nominating Committee is tasked with filling PTA Board positions for the following school year. If you're interested in joining the board, read about the positions or email with questions.