Elections will take place at the PTA General Meeting on Wed, May 16 at 6:30pm in the MMR.
SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM (SLT)
We will be electing THREE PARENT MEMBERS to our School Leadership Team (SLT).
The school leadership consists of the principal, the PTA president, the UFT (teacher’s union) representative, and six elected parent representatives and six teachers elected by their colleagues. Learn about the SLT here.
What is the time commitment?
- 1 x month 90-min SLT Meetings Tuesday afternoons at 4:30pm.
- Members are also required to join in subcommittees, make time for those monthly meetings, and put in additional work on their own time.
PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD
We will be electing all PTA Executive Board roles—and we need YOU to step up!
Your PTA Executive Board is made up of 21 PS 154 parents who lead our community efforts in fundraising and community events and working with teachers and staff to determine PTA-supported school programming. Learn more here.
What is the time commitment?
- 1 x month Executive Board Meeting: hear reports from our principal and parent coordinator, plan PTA business; all urgent business being covered within an hour.
- 1 x month PTA General Meetings. Meetings alternate between morning (8am for Exec Board / 8:30am for general) and 6:30pm. Evening meetings have babysitting for children.
- Executive Board members take responsibility for various projects which are completed on their own time.
TO BE NOMINATED...
Contact Nominations Committee Chairperson Priya Patel at firstname.lastname@example.org. Priya will nominate you at the April meeting, and your name will be on the May ballot. Parents nominated for the SLT at the April meeting will have the opportunity to share their platform via a written statement in advance of the May elections. If you are not nominated at the April meeting for either a PTA or SLT position, you can still be nominated from the floor at the elections. Each SLT and PTA Exec board candidate (whether or not they’ve been nominated in advance) will have an optional 1 minute to speak at the May PTA meeting.
PTA EXECUTIVE BOARD MEMBER-AT-LARGE CANDIDATE STATEMENTS
I’m the mom of a kindergartner and have been blown away with what I’ve seen from the PS154 community this year. Having been a resident of NYC and Windsor Terrace for only three years, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but have found the school community warm and welcoming. As a parent with a background in education and science, one of my goals is to further expand the science curriculum at PS154. I understand we’ve made lots of improvements this year and want to be a part of furthering this important aspect of our children’s education. I’ve enjoyed volunteering at various school events and if elected as a member-at-large would continue to work with the Garden committee, as well.
Crystal is the deranged parent who for three years has brought you "Raffle Mania". She joined the PTA Executive Board after being overserved at a Parent's Night Out in 2015. She has served on the Executive Board as Chair of Events and Chair of Fundraising. She looks forward to the opportunity to serve again as as Member at Large where she will focus on chairing "Raffle Mania" one more time. "This is the last time!" -she swears, as she googles spiked punch recipes.
SCHOOL LEADERSHIP TEAM (SLT) CANDIDATE STATEMENTS
(Henry, grade 3; Beatrice, grade 1)
Hello PS154! As my SLT term ends, I’m proud of the work we’ve done and eager to see it continue. We created a truly collaborative Community Education Plan, with teachers, parents, and administrators contributing to draft school-wide goals. I’ve served on committees focused on training in social-emotional learning, enhancing science education, and meeting the needs of children with IEPs. If elected, I’ll advocate implementation of the Responsive Classroom model, which will guide the school in establishing daily practices that support children’s emotional development. I’d also like to see more physical activity at PS154, including programs to utilize Prospect Park in our curriculum.
I have a background in education and currently work part-time for NYC’s UPK program. As an SLT member, I try to listen with care as we work toward consensus. And I’m eager to hear your ideas about meeting the needs of our diverse community.
Over my years at PS154, I’ve been impressed with how teachers have really gotten to know my children, their individual strengths and challenges. I see the SLT’s main role as enhancing the programs and systems that support that individual teacher-student relationship. For all of our children.
I live in Windsor Terrace with my husband Rich Colacino, son James (1-205), and our dog Cocoa. I am very excited about the possibility of joining the School Leadership Team (SLT) and working toward strengthening school curriculum and the community as a whole. I come from a family that is very passionate about education, including two brothers with 30+ years of administrative and educational (including special needs) experience in the NYC DOE. I am an adjunct professor of English at St. John’s University where I recently earned my PhD in English, with a focus on women’s and gender studies. I served on the PTA as a member at large (2017-18) and was highly active in assisting with a variety of tasks including the coordination of Free Money programs for the school and chairing the Art Auction, which raised just over $2500.00. This year I also initiated Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams’ Online Capital Budget Application for mobile STEM carts for PS154 with the incentive to help further our new science initiatives. My goal is to continue to seek more grant opportunities for the school that can serve as support for our daily educational needs and curriculum, as well as our enrichment programs.
At my first PTA meeting this September, I volunteered to serve as Programs Chair. While I didn’t know what I was signing up for exactly, I have loved getting to know the school through this role. As I became more familiar with 154, I became especially excited about the work of the SLT.
Professionally, I have always been an educator. I began my career as a teacher in a Bronx public high school and soon, found my calling as a museum educator. For 15 years, I have taught students from all over the city, conducted education research, taught teacher trainings, and written teacher curriculum. I am trained in the Teachers College literacy program, special needs theory and practice, and classroom management techniques, to name a few.
At 154, as Programs Chair, I worked closely with teachers, beginning with meetings in September to gather their feedback. I surveyed local schools to get their recommendations for the best assemblies, programs, and author talks. I also organized sign language classes for the first grade – a program I hope the SLT might explore further. Recently, I advocated for parents' voices to be heard through a programs survey. I hope to use this data to argue for the priorities parents have articulated.
I am committed to continuing our work with social-emotional learning - and constantly improving classroom and recess management. I also believe we are underutilizing our incredible local resource – Prospect Park. I would like to make nature exploration a priority and think this will align perfectly with the SLT’s science efforts as well as another priority I believe in: more free play and physical activity for our children.
Hello, PS 154 families! My daughter Serena is a 2nd grader. As a teacher myself -- I’ve taught 6th grade social studies and literacy for the past 14 years in a highly regarded public middle school in District 2 -- I know how important an effective School Leadership Team can be. I am an instructional leader in the school where I teach, serving as a mentor to newer teachers and as a member of the professional development committee. I teach in both general education and ICT classrooms, so I know the opportunities and challenges that exist in our diverse classrooms. I am passionate about helping students build independence, a sense of agency, and community through project-based learning. I received my Master’s in Education from Bank Street College, and before teaching, I ran a grant program at New Visions for Public Schools. My experience as a middle school teacher in District 2 (which is similar to District 15 in many ways) can lend an important perspective to help our students be prepared for the academic challenges of middle school. I’m looking forward to the opportunity to contribute my skills and strengths to the SLT. Thank you for your consideration.
I have three kids: Bea (3rd), Willa (1st) and John (2 yo). PS154 is such a great school, but I also think there are some important ways it could improve. A few changes I’d like to see are: 1) more hands-on, project-based learning, 2) more opportunities to be active and explore outdoors, and 3) an even better job meeting the diverse needs of our children, especially those with IEPs and those who would benefit from more challenging work. I think it’s very important to continue SLT’s trend toward being more transparent and accessible (for instance, SLT newsletter and email “mailbag”) and would propose even more outreach to ensure every parent/caretaker has an opportunity to have their voice heard. My day job is as an attorney for children at the Legal Aid Society. In that role, I’m tuned into issues that impact NYC students. I’ve also become comfortable collaborating with different stakeholders and expert at navigating red tape. I’d love to bring these skills to SLT. As a class parent and PTA exec board member, I’ve proven myself a reliable attendee and active participant at meetings - if elected, I’ll show up and stay committed.
Lisa Tazartes is running for SLT again after serving a one year term. Lisa is a parent of a first grader and professionally is a senior leader at Ramapo for Children, a nonprofit that partners with schools to support positive school culture and climate where the widest range of children can be successful. For over 20 years, Lisa’s career has been devoted to professional development for teachers, inclusion of children with disabilities, and building safe and supportive schools. Lisa has taught special education, supervised numerous education programs, has experience navigating large urban school systems to influence change and works with hundreds of schools each year. Lisa is proud that 154 prioritizes so many of the things she values as an educator: strong teacher-student relationships, rituals that build community, a commitment to ensuring all students can be successful and reflective practice. She would like the opportunity to continue to support 154 to continue the work begun this year around ensuring our school can support students with disabilities, improving lunchroom and recess practices, addressing diversity in meaningful ways and focusing on students’ social and emotional needs. One year is only enough to scratch the surface of these complex issues!