Get VIPS Approved + Volunteer


All volunteers must register online and undergo the annual background check prior to volunteering in the school. Volunteers can work in any HISD school for the school year once cleared by the background check.


Volunteer Opportunities & Descriptions

Check out our volunteer opportunities awaiting you at Poe. Let us know what your volunteer interests are by filling out our Volunteer Interests Form.

Questions? Email


Poe Elementary welcomes and encourages all parents to participate in school activities. Our PTO volunteers make it possible for the school to conduct programs that enhance its students' and teachers' educational environment. The descriptions offer a brief overview of the roles and responsibilities of the Poe PTO Board and committees taken from the by-laws. Positions are for one-year terms beginning July 1st and ending June 30th. 

Please note that underneath each chair position there are numerous volunteer needs.


Campus Support

Are you interested in supporting our campus related initiatives? Whether you are great with outdoor projects or hospitality is the name of your game, we have lots of volunteer needs to choose from.

  • Building & Grounds
  • Community Relations
  • Lost & Found
  • Outdoor Education
  • Recycling
  • School Supplies
  • Staff Appreciation
  • Reading Mentor
  • Uniform Store

Family Experience & Enrichment

Are you interested in providing an enriched educational experience for our students and families? We have so many opportunities for you to show off your creativity.

  • All Art Day
  • Back-to-School
  • Career Week
  • International Festival
  • Speaker Series
  • Heritage Committee


Are you interested in helping our PTO raise money for our school? We have several fundraising opportunities to choose from.

  • Auction
  • Book Fair
  • Carnival
  • Corporate Development/Poe Partners
  • Socials
  • Read-a-Thon


Are you interested in helping with our communication needs? Are you adept at technology or other creative endeavors? We could use you in any one of our communications roles.

  • Membership Toolkit (our website communications tool used for email communications, school directory, online sales, and more)
  • Poe in the Know Monthly Newsletter
  • Publicity
  • Website
  • Yearbook/Photography

Volunteer Coordination & Representatives

Our Volunteer Coordination & Representatives roles include the following:

  • Incoming Kindergarten Representative
  • Magnet Representative
  • Parent Representative - Bilingual
  • Grade Level Representatives


2022-2023 Board of Directors





Executive Committee



Jeff Amerson



Jenny Meadows



Madeeha Sheikh


Past President

Jennifer Pardue Perry



Madeeha Sheikh



Ellen Sparker


VP Technology

Donald Sheehy


VP Budget & Finance

William Burge

Eric Johnson


VP Communications

Hillary Gilmore


VP Membership

Meredith Kottler

Laura Spanjian


2023-2024 Board of Directors





Executive Committee



Jon Alaniz



Madeeha Sheikh





Past President

Jennifer Meadows



Madeline Morales



Ellen Sparker


VP Technology

Donald Sheehy



VP Technology Co-Chair 

Geneva Li


Advisor to the Board, Non-Voting Member

William Burge


VP Finance - Tax, Audit, Budget

Grant Butkus



VP Finance Operations

Jose Pacheco


VP Communications

Amy McWilliams


VP Membership

Sophie Burge


Bilingual Rep

Jennifer Medina


HISD/TEA Liaison

Sarah Ratzel


Teacher Rep

Kayla Reardon






Board of Directors/Committee Chairmen

Consists of Executive Board members of the PTO and the persons who are the Chair and/or Co-Chairs of the PTO Committees. Committee Chair(s) are delegated the authority and responsibility to see that the functions of their project or committee are organized and performed, and they shall report directly to the Executive Committee. The Chair(s) are authorized to organize other volunteers to assist them in carrying out their project or committee’s functions and may determine how many volunteers are needed, and who they are. The Chairs shall keep files reflecting their work, contacts, and expenditures. Positions are for one-year terms beginning July 1st and ending June 30th.

Executive Committee

Consists of President, Past President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, Vice-President Budget/Finance, Vice-President VIPS/Membership, Vice-President Administration and School Principal. The Executive Board shall conduct the business of the Board and the Poe PTO between Board meetings as is reasonable and appropriate, and the Board may otherwise delegate specific authority and responsibility to the Executive Board to carry out activities and functions of the Poe PTO. The Executive Board meets monthly prior to the upcoming monthly PTO Meeting. Positions are for one-year terms beginning July 1st and ending June 30th.


Budget Committee

Consists of the President, President-Elect, Secretary, Treasurer, VP Finance, VP VIPS Administration, VP VIPS Communication, School Principal, one Teacher Representative, and two PTO Members. Prior to April 30th the Budget Committee will meet two (2) times to draft a proposed budget covering a one year time period from July 1st to June 30th. The draft budget is based upon past performance, Budget Committee, Board, and School Principal input, and contains estimated income and non-capital expenses for the PTO. The draft budget is then provided to the Executive Committee fourteen (14) days and to the entire PTO membership seven (7) days prior to the May PTO meeting. The general PTO membership votes at the May PTO meeting on the proposed budget for the following school year.


Nominating Committee

Recommends a slate of nominees for the Executive Board, Committee Chairs and other Board positions to be considered for approval by the Board at its May Board meeting and elected by the PTO members at the May PTO meeting. Total Nominating Committee members will be five (5) determined from a slate of ten (10) and elected by a majority vote of the PTO Board prior to March 31st. Nominating Committee members will meet two times between April 1st and April 15th to develop a recommended slate.





The Raven - $5,000+

The Olsen Family

The Poet - $2,500+


The Kottler Family

The Maag Family

The Fenner-Tsavachidou Family

The Shin Family

The Lewis Family

The Sparker Family

Marcos Cortez & Dana LeDoux-Cortez

Jihoon Lee's Family

The Scoggins Family

Bitty & Beau's Coffee Houston


Children's Hour Montessori

Anvil Cards


The Storyteller - $1,000+

The Butkus Family

The Hopson Family

The Stein Family

Daniel & Gwen Morales


The Tutos Family

Sherri Hughey

West U Smiles

Plascencia Catani Family



The Cornelius Family

The Sasaki Family

Erskine & Yuli Black

Vilar-Iniesta Family

Nevermore - $500+

Paul & Lauren Chapman

Adria Buckner's Family


The Buening Family

The Martin Family


Chamber Door - $250+

Chavarria Family

The Wade Family

The Vykoukal Family

Family of Divya McDonald

Ben & Melissa Flack

Angela and Mario Chairez

The Bells - $50 or More

DeVon Family



Aaron Chang & Geneva Li

Balkanyi Family

Blaine River Jordan

Moe Connect Management