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Celebrating the Sweethearts

of Plano ISD

Welcome................................ Rhonda Snyder

3rd VP – Membership

Plano ISD Council of PTAs

Introduction of Special Guests............... Annette Maule


Plano ISD Council of PTAs

Recognition of Sponsors.................... Rhonda Snyder


Guest Speaker........................... Richard Matkin

Superintendent of Schools

Plano ISD Presentation of Awards............. Rhonda Snyder Readers: Michele Carey-Dave’, Penny Chapman, Erica Johnson, Paula Johnston, Amy Nelson, Kelley Thomas Closing......................... Rhonda Snyder Plano ISD Council of PTAs 2013 Award Honorees Mrs. Tamra Sadafsaz, PTA Leadership Mentor – National PTA Life Achievement Award Tamra Sadafsaz has been involved in PTA for 18 years and a total of 21 years if you include Early Childhood PTA. She has been President at all the schools that her boys have attended: Saigling, Haggard, Vines, and Plano Senior High School. Tamra has served in just about every position that a PTA Board has to offer. She has also been on PTA Council for Plano ISD for 8 years and currently serving as a Leadership Mentor. She no longer has a child in the school system but she still likes to be active in the PTA. This year she was helping a PTA that needed some mentoring and she had a hard time finding a President to lead the Meadows PTA. So without thinking twice, she became the President of Meadows PTA and currently their PTA is doing really well. They have almost 200 PTA members and the PTA is doing wonderful things for the students, staff, and families of Meadows Elementary. She loves to volunteer and give back to the community where she lives. Tamra has served for 2 years on the Key Communicators Committee for the school district. Tamra is also a member of the Junior League of Collin County and this is her 10th Active Year and is currently the Secretary for the JLCC Board. She has been a member of the Women’s Auxiliary for Children’s Medical Center at Legacy for 3 years now and currently serves as the Hospitality Chairman. Tamra is on the Ski Plano Committee in charge of Volunteers for the event. Tamra was recognized by the State Board of Education and was awarded the Heroes for Children Award on November 21, 2008 for District 12. Tamra co-chaired the Teacher of the Year Gala the last 2 years and what a great experience that was to honor our wonderful teachers in our school district. This will be Tamra’s last year being involved in PTA but she will continue to stay involved in the community. She is married to her husband Moe for 25 years and they have three boys, Mirza John age 22 who is a Personal Banker at View Point Bank, Christopher age 20 who plays basketball for Fisher College in Boston, and Marcus age 18 who is a freshman at Collin College.

Minoo Wille, Arts in Education Chair –Life Membership Award

For the past three years, Minoo has served as the PTA Council Arts in Education chair.

After the position was left open following her initial two year term, she graciously stepped in and offered to fill the vacancy for one more year. She has previously served as the Arts in Education Chair at Rasor & Dooley PTAs, and Vines HS PTSA. Her love for the arts has allowed her to flawlessly coordinate & promote Reflections programs at 69 schools and organize all of their entries for the Council level judging and Awards presentation. Her passion for promoting the arts has also led her to become the Area 15 Arts in Education Chair this year, helping to coordinate all of the entries from PTA Councils in Area 15 that are moving on to the Texas PTA level of judging. Minoo also currently serves as a Mentoring Coordinator at Dooley PTA, Treasurer for Armstrong MS PTA, and the Vines Band Booster Club Treasurer. In addition to receiving the Life Membership Award from Council, Minoo is also being honored by Dooley Elementary PTA for her years of service to their campus PTA programs. She shares this award with her husband, David, and their 3 children, Emilie (10th grade), Nathan (7th grade), and Rickie (3rd grade).

Kathy Kuddes, Director of Fine Arts & Special Programs –Life Membership Award

Kathy Kuddes joined Plano ISD in 1995 following music positions in Stafford, Killeen and College Station, Texas and the completion of a Masters Degree at the University of North Texas. She served as a music specialist at Christie, Weatherford and Skaggs Elementary Schools prior to moving to the district level Fine Arts Department. She spent three years as the Vocal Music Coordinator before taking on her current role as Director of Fine Arts and Special Programs in 2001. Kathy is thankful to the PTA organizations locally and nationwide for their strong history of support and advocacy for arts education for every child. She salutes the nearly 300 Fine Arts teachers and JROTC instructors who help students discover their strengths, pursue their passions and express themselves in creative ways every day. Kathywould like to express her appreciation to her husband, Kent, who has always been her biggest fan!

Jim Hirsch, Associate Superintendent for Academic & Technology Services –Life Membership Award Jim Hirsch has served students, parents, and teachers in public education for 38 years, including the last 17 years in Plano ISD. As a mathematics educator and technology leader, that means his career began BEFORE the VHS videotape was invented by JVC! In addition to serving as the Associate Superintendent for Academic and Technology Services in Plano ISD, Jim serves on a number of national advisory boards such as Microsoft's CIO Advisory Panel and eSchool News' editorial advisory board. Jim, and his wife Sharon, made the decision in 1996 to move their four children and head 1,000 miles south from Minneapolis, MN to join the community of educators here in Plano. This Life Membership Award is a highlight to these long years of service where Jim's focus has remained on the children in our classrooms. As you might expect, the entire Academic and Technology Services division is clearly focused on that same student body and makes coming to work each day a worthwhile endeavor.

Texas PTA Extended Service Award Honorees In 1987, the Texas PTA Board of Directors developed criteria for an Extended Service Award to be given to those people who have received an Honorary Texas PTA Life Membership AND who have continued to give outstanding service AND who have been actively involved in the Texas PTA for ten years or more. Presentations of the Extended Service Award honor that long term dedication to Texas PTA and the young people of Texas. On behalf of the Plano ISD Council of PTAs and its local unit member PTAs, we congratulate tonight’s honorees.

Haggar ElementaryKimberly Rider-Sealey, Music Teacher - Extended Service Award

Kimberly Rider-Sealey has been a member of the Rose Mary Haggar PTA since its inception in 1995, the year R.M.H. was opened. While serving as the full-time Music Teacher to 600 plus students, Kimberly has found it a joy to serve as the Faculty Representative every year for 17 years. She loves to work closely with the parents on every school project and adventure that involves the students. Kimberly brought the 1950’s Sock Hop to Haggar which has become a successful fundraiser each year. In 1995 Kimberly received her Texas PTA Life Membership from the PTA and is very honored to accept the Extended Service Award tonight. If the doors are open at Haggar, you will find Kimberly there.

Plano West Senior HighAmy Abernathy, 1st VP, Aide - Extended Service Award

"Loyal, organized, diplomatic, calm - these are the qualities that make this person a superb volunteer!” says a fellow volunteer, “You want to work with her because she makes it FUN!” She grew up in Texas, attended the Univ. of North Texas, joined a coed business fraternity, and earned a degree in finance. Initially working for Prudential Insurance, she went to work at a branch of Copeland Companies that sold 403B plans to non-profits. She focused on the individual and what would work best for them. She immediately got really involved in PTA. She has done every job PTA-wise that you could possibly do. She served as Room Mom every year. She took tons of photographs and helped paint over 350 Life-Size Nintendo WII characters, one for each 8th grade Graduation. Amy has served as President, VP-Volunteers, VP Programs, chaired Red Ribbon Week and Silent Auction, and more.

Amy brings out the best in people that they cannot see in themselves. She teaches them not to settle for less than they deserve. She always knows there were two sides to everything and listens to both sides of an issue and makes people feel heard. She is a great sounding board. People respect her ideas and leadership.

Robinson Middel SchoolLisa Schumacher, President - Extended Service Award

Lisa has proudly served on Plano ISD PTA boards at Gulledge Elementary and Robinson Middle School since 2003. She has held many positions, including President at both schools, as well as Treasurer,VP, Secretary and Historian. She has had the opportunity to serve as a campus Key Communicator and SBIC member for several years. Lisa is very active at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church, where she works part time in the preschool office, assists with several parish ministries and teaches a weekly faith formation class for teenagers. She and her husband, Craig, have been married for 18 years and have been blessed with two great kids: Courtney (15) is a sophomore and Christopher (13) is in 8th grade. Robinson PTA is indebted to her for her many years of service.

Saigling ElementaryMona Halverson, PTA Member - Extended Service Award

Mona Halverson was born in Gainesville, Florida -- Go GATORS!!! She grew up in a very small town just north of Gainesville called Alachua, population: 3000. Everyone knew everyone! Mona went to the University of Florida. She says, “Unfortunately I fell in love and was short my AA when I moved with my now-husband to south Florida and that was that. I guess you can say I got my ‘MRS.’” Married for 30 years to Joe Halverson, their 2 children are Sara (22) and Eric (18). As many of us know, Mona’s hobbies include gardening, crafts, scuba diving, fishing (salt and freshwater), and reading. Her PTA Volunteer Positions are as follows: Saigling Elementary: 4th VP Ways & Means, 5th VP Volunteers, Shoe Box Science Chair, Silent Auction Chair, Library Volunteers, Environmental, Room Mom.

Haggard: 3rd VP Ways & Means, Parliamentarian, School Supplies Chair, Landscaping Chair, Write A Check. Vines: 4th VP Ways & Means, Environmental Chair. Mona worked at the University of Florida for 2 years compiling the Florida Statistical Abstract. She has also worked at SEARS (17 years) as a Customer Service Mgr. She has had her hands in many areas at Saigling: FANS Dept (1 yr), Library (7 years), and PE Dept (3 years). Mona does not like to be the person in the spotlight, but will make sure you look good if you are the person in charge! She loves to sit back at the end of a project and feel that sense of accomplishment, that satisfaction, like when the flowers are blooming in the butterfly garden, or the kids are having so much fun at their favorite games at Field Day. “It is important to me that the people I care about and the people around me are happy, it makes me happy.” She is a huge part of so much that goes on at Saigling and no one knows it because she doesn’t want the credit. Her reward is seeing the enjoyment people get from what she gives…a trait we can all learn from!

Stinson Elementary Robyn Tatman, Reflections Chair - Texas PTA Extended Service Award Robyn Tatman is not only a current Stinson teacher, she is also a former Stinson mom & PTA president. Robyn was awarded Stinson's Life Membership Award in 2002 and was also presented with the National PTA Life Achievement Award, the PTA's highest honor, in

2006. Robyn went on to be a leader among her local PTAs at Murphy, Williams and Plano East Senior High, as well as the PISD Council of PTAs, where she served as President.

Robyn currently serves as Stinson's "Reflections" Chair and is the only teacher that holds a PTA board position. Thank you, Robyn, for your commitment to Stinson students, the district and the PTA.

Thomas ElementaryLynn Swanson, Principal - Extended Service Award

Lynn has always joined the parent -teacher organization at each of the schools she has taught and led. She graduated from New Mexico State University with her Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education and then earned her Master in Education at University of North Texas. Over her 34 years in education she has taught fourth and fifth grade; been fourth grade team leader; taught gifted students and served as a special education team leader where she was responsible for special education teachers and students in grades K-5. Her love of teaching and watching students learn and achieve transfers to her roles as assistant principal and principal. Lynn says she truly enjoys working with the Thomas community of students, parents, and teachers. The staff members at Thomas Elementary inspire her everyday with their commitment to our Thomas Texans. When she became the principal of Thomas, our parent organization was a PTO. It was a joy to work with the parents as we transitioned to the strong PTA that is in place today.

Texas PTA Life Membership Award Honorees For over 90 years, Texas PTA has made available the honorary Texas PTA Life Membership award as one of the highest honors that may be presented to individuals for outstanding service to children and youth. Presentations of life memberships are made to publicly recognize those who have given of their time and ability in the interest of young people in Texas. Over 2500 Life Memberships have been given to educators and volunteers in the Plano ISD. On behalf of the Plano ISD Council of PTAs and its local unit member PTAs we congratulate tonight’s honorees.

Pearson Early ChildhoodSteven Lindner, Staff Member - Life Membership Award

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