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


2020-2021 Board of Directors





Executive Committee



Jeff Amerson



Jennifer Pardue Perry





Past President

Jennifer DeLange



Sarah Beth Seifert



Gwen Referente


VP Technology

Lesli Rowell


VP Budget & Finance

Ryan Witz

Will Burge


VP Communications

Laura Matos


VP Membership

Ellen Sparker

Laura Spanjian

Janine Chalitsios

Campus Support


Capital Projects

Luis Cavazos


Outdoor Grounds

Janine Chalitsios

Maria Sosa



Jennifer DeLange

Cathy Kandianis Heather Houston


Lost & Found

Courtney Carter


Poe Parent Patrol

Will Gilmore              

 Marsha Nandi  

School Supplies

Kaylan Henderson

Amanda Guzofski

 Jennifer DeLange

Staff Appreciation

Maria Light Rodas


Uniform Store

Shannon Witz

Norma Cruz

Jennifer Meadows


Dads' Club

Justin Smith

Connor Riseden   

 Will Sparker

Experience & Enrichment


All Art Day

Catherine Governale

Katherine Houston

 Heather Houston Becky Sillitoe



Jenny Sultenfuss

Heba Bitar


Career Week

Jennifer DeLange

Jenny Sultenfuss

Silvia Fernandez-Diaz


International Festival

Manish Shah  

 Marie Nury  

Mentoring Program

Jennifer Perry  

Maria Light Rodas

 Meredith Kottler

Speaker Series





Book Fair

Katherine Houston

Becky Sillitoe



Laura Matos


Auction (Event)




Auction (Silent)




Auction (Class Baskets)


Auction (Class Art)

Natasha Madan  Aja Munajj  


Janine Chalitsios

Channing Chernoff

 Meredith Kottler

Poe Partners

Heather Houston

Janine Chalitsios



 Jennifer DeLange

Catherine Governale  
   Spirit Nights  Quyahmai Nguyen    



Poe in the Know




Allyson Alli


Membership Toolkit

Donald Sheehy   

 Kristen Sheehy  

Community Relations/PR

Sarah Beth Seifert




Marie Nury 

Jennifer DeLange

Sheetal Patel

Timberly Malone

Maureen Awad



Incoming Kinder

Jennifer Meadows


Grade Level Representatives



Jennifer Meadows

Meredith Kottler


Bilingual Rep

Marie Nury



Poe Co Rep

Rasa Kalesnykaite


Teacher Rep

Emily Hartzog


Teacher Rep Bilingual

Alicia Carranza



Jennifer Meadows


1st Grade

Marie Nury


2nd Grade

Haley DeLaGarza


3rd Grade

Jenny Sultenfuss


4th Grade

Rania Saad


5th Grade

Shannon Witz

Sheetal Patel OPEN

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 Sasaki Family

The Poet - $2,500+

The Fenner-Tsavachidou Family

Marcos Cortez & Dana LeDoux-Cortez

The Maag Family

Children's Hour Montessori

The Sparker Family

The Vilar-Iniesta Family

The Bueninck Family

The Shin Family

Kelly & John Lewis

The Storyteller - $1,000+

The Butkus Family

Meadows and Grimm Family

Lilly Family

Eric & Jessica Johnson

The Hopson Family

(The Plascencia-Catani Family)

Blaszak-Howe Family

The Adib Family

The Stein Family

Rosenbach Family

The Tutos Family

Nevermore - 500+

Daniel & Gwendolyn Morales


The Guzofski Family

The Adib Family


Aliza Geretz & Ben Mayer

The Moran Family

Chamber Door - $250+

The Flack Family


Chavarria Family


Mario and Angela Chairez

Mr. & Mrs. Kontar Macklin



The Bells - $50 or More

The DeLange/Szulc Family

The Park & Kimbrough Family


Mark & Robin Mohan


Steve & Quynhmai Nguyen

Karsan Steele

The Sultenfuss Family

Mollet Geiser Family


Jennifer Smith & Javier Freay

Sarah Shull & Sabi Balkanyi

Hinojosa Family