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Plano ISD Council of PTAs

Gold Award CouncilOur Council, with 70 local-unit PTAs and more than 28,000 members, is the key link in the line of communication between the local, area, State, and National PTAs, as well as with the school administration and the general public. Councils provide opportunities for conferences, leadership training, and coordination of efforts, plus information, support, inspiration, and instruction for Council members. The Council serves to strengthen local PTAs, support new PTAs, develop leadership potential, promote PTA membership and serve the community and its children. Plano ISD Council of PTAs is involved in many programs and projects, including leadership training, Officer and Chairman Training, Outstanding PTA Award, Life Membership Banquet, Reflections and Texas PTA Environmental Programs, Vendor Fair, Plano ISD administration holiday luncheon, local PTA program recognition, legislative action and community issues and more.

PTA Vision, Mission, and Purpose

PTA Vision Making every child's potential a reality. PTA Mission PTA is

  • A powerful voice for all children,
  • A relevant resource for families and communities, and
  • A strong advocate for the education and well-being of every child.

PTA Purpose

  • To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community and place of worship;
  • To raise the standards of home life;
  • To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth;
  • To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth;
  • To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all children and youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social and spiritual education.


Plano ISD Council of PTAs Board

Plano ISD Council of PTAs Goals

  • Act as a resource and mentor to strengthen and improve the effectiveness of local PTAs
  • Broaden community awareness of the programs, services and initiatives supported by the Plano ISD Council of PTAs.
  • Strengthen Plano ISD/PTA connection to support excellence in education
  • Encourage an integrated approach to parental inclusion of cultural, educational, socioeconomic, linguistically diverse, and non-traditional families.


Council Board and General Meetings Please refer to the Calendar page. Council Board Member Orientation Council officers and chairmen are required to attend this training session, conducted by a state board member or a current district officer, by June 15 each year. This training acquaints the new board with the role of council in the PTA structure. Council Enews and Newsletter Plano ISD Council of PTAs produces the Council Connection Newsletter and also distributes pertinent news for local PTAs via email. Local PTA Presidents, Principals, and Council Delegates are encouraged to sign up to receive Council news using the link at right. Another publication of interest is The Voice, official publication of Texas Congress of Parents and Teachers, that contains timely articles, and commentary on children and education, programs, policies, and legislation. National PTA also offers focused monthly enewsletters. History of Plano ISD Council of PTAs On October 4, 1988, representatives from 15 local PTA units in Plano ISD met and voted unanimously to form Plano ISD Council of PTAs. A bylaws committee was elected to begin work on the Council Bylaws. A nominating committee was elected to begin work on a slate of officers. On October 24, 1988, Plano ISD Council of PTAs met to approve the bylaws and to elect officers to serve the remainder of the school year. Those elected officers were:

  • President: Donna Pittenger
  • 1st VP: Sue Rackers
  • 2nd VP: Sue Zimmerman
  • 3rd VP: Kathy Lindholm
  • Secretary: Karen Standlee
  • Treasurer: Eve Heaney

Council Past Presidents include:

  • Donna Pittenger: 1988
  • Karen Standlee: 1988 - 1990
  • Phyllis Henson: 1990 - 1992
  • Mary Beth King: 1992 - 1994
  • Terri Gibson: 1994 - 1996
  • Sharon Goldblatt: 1996 - 1998
  • Ginny Skelly: 1998 - 2000
  • Betty Wright: 2000 - 2002
  • Elise Gold: 2002 - 2004
  • Becky Brown: 2004 - 2006
  • Robyn Tatman: 2006 - 2007
  • Karen Schultz: 2007 - 2008
  • Cara Mendelsohn: 2008 - 2010
  • Angela Miner: 2010 - 2012
  • Annette Maule: 2012 - 2013
  • Rhonda Snyder: 2013 - 2014

Awards Bestowed Texas Life Membership Award Recipients:

  • Charlene Sledge: 1990
  • Dr. Allan Bird: 1991
  • Margie Nash: 1993
  • John Longstreet: 1993
  • Dr. James Surrat: 1993
  • Sharon Goldblatt: 1994
  • Carole Greisdorf: 1994
  • Linda Johnston: 1995
  • Mike Landingham: 1995
  • Dr. Myrtle Hightower: 1995
  • Dr. Doug Otto: 1996
  • James Wyen: 1996
  • Anne Biron: 1996
  • Linda Nelson: 1997
  • Joan Slater: 1998
  • Rick Hooker: 1999
  • Elise Gold: 1999
  • Florence Shapiro: 2000
  • Brian McCall: 2000
  • Marilyn Brooks: 2001
  • Nancy Wells: 2002
  • Nancy Boyd: 2002
  • Tom Salmon: 2003
  • Mary Gorden: 2005
  • Pam Seeger: 2007
  • Mark Wellborn: 2008
  • Michele Carey-Davé: 2009
  • Kelly Waterman: 2009
  • Graciela Katzer: 2010
  • Cara Mendelsohn: 2010
  • Karla Oliver: 2010
  • Erica Johnson: 2011
  • Annette Maule: 2011
  • James Thomas: 2011
  • Frances Fass: 2012
  • Russell Mast: 2012
  • Jim Hirsch: 2013
  • Kathy Kuddes: 2013
  • Minoo Wille: 2013
  • Penny Chapman: 2014
  • Amanda Driscoll: 2014
  • Richard Matkin: 2014
  • Lesley Range-Stanton: 2014

Texas PTA Extended Service Award Recipients:

  • Donna Ellis: 2001
  • Betty Wright: 2005
  • Barbara Roselli: 2006
  • Elise Gold: 2007
  • Dana Bilbray: 2008
  • Angela Miner: 2010

National PTA Life Achievement Award Recipients:

  • Sharon Goldblatt: 1998
  • Ginny Skelly: 2000
  • Betty Wright: 2002
  • Elise Gold: 2004
  • Dr. Doug Otto: 2004, 2012
  • Becky Brown: 2006
  • Angela Miner: 2012
  • Tamra Sadafsaz: 2013


as of July 26, 2014


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