My name is Michelle Williams, and this picture right here is why I love being involved in PTO. My husband Jason and I just celebrated 17 years of marriage and together we are raising three amazing children. Our oldest daughter, Janicka is 22 and currently working on her Accounting degree at University of Houston Clear Lake. Our son, Bryce just turned 15 and will be a Freshman at Shadow Creek High School this next school year. Alexis, our youngest daughter is currently a third grader at Glenn York Elementary. I have been involved in PTO and PTA since our oldest was in Kindergarten.
I currently serve as the Treasurer for GYE and have very much enjoyed this year! As PTO Treasurer, not only was I responsible for day-to-day finance, I also worked diligently to update our financial reports with the State Comptroller and the IRS, reinstating our non-profit status, which was suspended for reports not having been filed in previous years. My family was a sponsor for the carnival, and I was responsible for raising $2500, along with my team. Unless I had a sick kiddo, I was at every event. When you are part of a team, title means nothing. I think it’s safe to say that each of us played all roles at some point during our term.
In preparing to write my bio, I was told to list things I do outside of PTO. This is hard for me because I do these things just because I love to help others. However, I will share a few little things I do to show my appreciation throughout the year. I have made ice bags for the nurse for four years, and this year I started helping with Box Tops program, which means I go through each box top donated to check expiration dates and make sure no information has been cut off. Once I have done so, I count them out and mail them off. The school receives 10 cents per box top so please send yours in. I helped several people within the school privately after Harvey. I volunteer to help teachers with whatever they need, and I bring them lunch as often as I can. Honestly, there is not much I won’t do for Glenn York Elementary. This year was extra special for me because Glenn York Elementary chose me as Volunteer of the Year!
As for outside of GYE, my family is part of the 5pMinus Society, which is a world-wide connection for families who have children with Cri-du-Chat syndrome. Cri-du-Chat is a genetic disorder which affects the #5 Chromosome. I am very active in my son’s school as well. He attends a school for children with learning differences. I hope to be just as active as he reenters public school in high school. I volunteer and help as much as I can with other non-profit organizations like SoléAna Stables and Kyle Academy for Autism.
My vision as President would be to get parents, staff and the community more involved and excited about PTO and to host a variety of events that are fun for families and students and that raise a lot of money, so we don’t have to do other fundraisers throughout the year. Better communication will be key in obtaining these goals. Thank you for supporting your school’s PTO and for your nominations.