PTA PRESIDENT: Isabel Simmerman
Isabel Simmerman lives in Waycroft Woodlawn with her husband, Eric and their two daughters, Victoria (5th Grade) and Ana (3rd Grade). Isabel is orginally from Brazil and moved to the U.S in 2001 to pursue a Master in Law at Wake Forest University. She works for a global energy company located in Ballston. Before becoming President, Isabel served as a room parent and a volunteer with the PTA events.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR ACTIVITIES AND PROGRAMS: Amy LaFalce
Amy LaFalce and her husband, Rich, are the proud parents of three boys: Gavin (3rd grade Gleber), Grant (1st grade Gleber), and Gerard (PK-3 at Montessori Public School of Arlington). Amy grew up in Arlington and attended the College of William and Mary. She now works for Virginia Tech in the Department of Human Nutrition, Foods, and Exercise.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR COMMUNICATIONS: Rachel Barish
Rachel Barish has been a Glebe PTA member since 2013 and has volunteered as a room parent as well as in several other capacities. Her favorite Glebe events are Multicultural Night and Rhyme & Cheese. She lives in Waverly Hills with her husband David, son Bela (6th grader at DHMS) and daughter Sadie (3rd grader at Glebe, Mr. H’s class). She works as a nurse practitioner in cardiology. If you have anything to include in an upcoming newsletter, please send it to [email protected].
VICE PRESIDENT FOR EXTERNAL AFFAIRS: Laura LoGerfo
Since 2012, Laura has lived in Cherrydale with her husband Vincent and their two daughters, Katarina (3rd grade) and Lark (1st grade). They’re persistent classroom volunteers, and Vincent has served as an Odyssey of the Mind coach for the last two years. When not attempting to understand Arlington Public Schools and the School Board for her job as VP for External Affairs, you can find her at morning drop-off, at her job with the U.S. Department of Education, and as Vice Chair for the APS Advisory Council on Instruction. She likes meetings.
VICE PRESIDENT FOR WAYS & MEANS: Rashmi Agarwal
Rashmi lives in Highview Park with her husband, Jai, and twins Sita and Gauri (2nd grade). Rashmi has been supporting Glebe over the past couple of years by serving as a room parent, being an Odyssey of the Mind coach for K-2nd grade, helping to organize parents-night-out events, and co-hosting a table for Multicultural Night. While she is typically running around Arlington with her twins to various events and activities, she also works as an Assistant Director at the Government Accountability Office on health policy issues related to the opioid epidemic and health care needs for our nation’s military and veterans. Got an idea for a Glebe dining or shopping night? Please share your ideas with Rashmi!
TREASURER: Jessica Burke
Jessica Burke has with the Glebe Community for over 6 years, and lives in Waycroft-Woodlawn with her family – Peter (Husband), Molly (6th), Jeffrey (2nd), and Sonny (Pug-mix). Jessica has been supporting two key activities for the PTA over the past 4 years – as Sales Chair for the annual Glebe PTA Auction, and as Registrar for Glebe’s After School Enrichment Programs. When she’s not spending all her time on Glebe activities as Glebe’s new Treasurer, she works in the Public Health and Innovation department at The MITRE Corporation.
CORRESPONDING SECRETARY: Melissa Beaty
Melissa Beaty has lived in Arlington since 2004. She has two students at Glebe, Robin (2nd Grade) and Heather (Kindergarten). Melissa retired from the US Department of Labor in 2017.
RECORDING SECRETARY: Beth Jackson
Beth Jackson has been with the Glebe Community for over 9 years and lives in Cherrydale with her family – her husband, Lance, daughter, Savannah (10th grader at W&L), sons, Simon (7th grader at DHMS) and Sawyer (3rd grader at Glebe) and our dog, Zeus. Over the years, Beth has volunteered at Glebe as a room parent, classroom volunteer, Glebe Nourishment volunteer and has supported a variety of the Glebe programs and events. She is currently working at McKinley Elementary as a Special Education Assistant. Beth is very happy to be a part of this great community.
OTHER PTA POSITIONS
In addition to the executive committee above, we also depend on a variety of other volunteers who assist in leading the Glebe PTA in other important roles. These include:
ACI REPRESENTATIVE – Laura LoGerfo
The Advisory Council on Instruction involves Arlington County citizens in education policy-making. Seventeen committees of 20 members each meet once a month to discuss specific education disciplines including ESOL/HILT, foreign languages, social studies, English, math, science, programs for gifted and talented students, special education, and adult and continuing education. The ACI prepares an annual report to present their recommendations to the Arlington County School Board. Glebe Elementary School representatives serve as a liaison between the ACI and the Glebe PTA. Parent volunteers are needed to serve on each ACI subcommittee. You can volunteer here.
COUNTY COUNCIL OF PTAs REPRESENTATIVE – Diana Sokolow
Glebe’s representative serves as a liaison between the Arlington County Council of PTAs and the Glebe PTA, informing Glebe parents of educational issues being considered on the county level and providing feedback to the CCPTA. All parents are welcome to attend CCPTA meetings, which are usually held on the third Monday of the month.
APS AMBASSADOR – Grace Solares
The Ambassador role was developed in 2017 to help APS families stay up to date on initiatives that are division-wide, for example, boundary adjustments, School Board policy changes, the 2018-24 Strategic Plan, and more. To learn more about the type of information involved, please visit https://www.apsva.us/