Meet the PTO Board
Tasia Foss - President
I have been president of the SH PTO this past year and helped run their jog-a-thon, hope and gratitude events, and many others. Looking forward to working with you all this year.
Nicole Fritzsche - Co-Vice President
Hi, my name is Nicole. I am so excited to be working with the Highlands Elementary PTO! My kids are young, so we will be at Highlands for a long long time. I am interested in being on the PTO board so that I can help make a positive impact on our school. Being an educator, I understand how important of a role the PTO plays. I have been involved with my school's PTO for 5 years and have been the head of various fundraising events and programs. I love connecting with the community and can't wait to get to know more of you!
Chelsea Ellis - Co-Communications Specialist
Through my degree in speech communication and the experience gained thereafter, I’ve learned the importance of fostering open lines of communication in every setting, one of the most critical being within school organizations. Having two incoming kindergartners and two second graders, I value the opportunity to be involved in the system shaping our kiddos’ foundations and engagement between the parents and school.
Heather Hoover - Volunteer Coordinator
I have been an Early Childhood Special Education teacher for ten years with Boulder Valley School District. I was lucky enough to help open Meadowlark school in Flatirons Meadows neighborhood, in Erie, four years ago. Opening a new school is an incredible experience and creates such a strong community. I’ve seen the importance of having a strong PTO and volunteer presence, which helps a school thrive. I’d love to help families learn how to get involved and show them how they can support this amazing new school in many different ways!
Theresa Boakye - Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Coordinator
Theresa is looking forward to serving the Highlands Elementary community as the DEI coordinator. Over the last year she has been volunteering with SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice) Families of Boulder County who has been pursuing social justice and equity work with district leadership. This year she will be collaborating with a network of other DEI coordinators in BVSD and SVVSD schools in association with the NAACP. They plan to offer activities, educational programs and events that highlight the experiences of other cultures, work towards an understanding of implicit bias, as well as eliminating prejudice and misunderstanding in the Highlands community.
Jessica Scanlan - Co-Vice President
I am interested in participating in the Highlands Elementary PTO as VP to assist our students, faculty, and community in creating a successful year for everyone. I have a kindergartener this year and I am very excited about participating and enhancing the educational experiences of all children at Highlands. I am a physical therapist and work in an environment where communication and creativity make a difference.
Anneli Taylor - Treasurer
I'm a CPA with 20 years of experience, including non-profits, for-profits, financial services, tax, and audits. I want my son to have the best school!
Sue Frech - Co-Communications Specialist
I am very excited to be part of Highlands Elementary's inaugural PTO board. I know how important the PTO is in helping create an incredible experience for our kids. For background, I founded and run a social media technology company located in NYC. I look forward to meeting new families, donating my time, and streamlining our communications with our Highlands Elementary school community.
Ashley Peck - Recording Secretary
I am excited to be the Recording Secretary for Highlands elementary for the 2021-2022 school year. My son is starting his first year of preschool and I am so excited for our family to be a part of this community. I have worked for a decade as a special educational para and have experienced + benefitted from all the wonderful work PTOs do for their teachers and schools. This is my first time being a parent of a student at an elementary school and we will be committed to this community for the next 15 years. I am currently the recording secretary for our neighborhood HOA and have the skills needed for this role.
Brittany Springston - Fundraising Coordinator
I am Erigh Highlands Elementary Preschool Special Education Paraprofessional. My daughter will be in 2nd grade there next year. I have a little boy who is 4. I love to cook and bake!
Last year I was the Vice President of the PTO at a little school of 200 in Longmont and we had a readathon that I helped plan and organize. With only four board members and Covid, we raised $11,000. I love watching how excited the kiddos get to earn and raise and support their school. I love to learn and experience new ways to support a school and with the help of a great team, anything is possible. Cheers to the new Hawk community!