Join Carpenter PTA



Why join?

The main role of the Carpenter PTA is to build strong working relationships among our parents, teachers, and school staff in order to provide services and programs in support of students. Dues are required to be considered a member. Here at Carpenter, dues are $15, part of which goes to the national organization to help with legislation and advocacy and part of which we get to keep for our school-related programs.


We provide exciting and engaging school assemblies, Parent Ed meetings, beloved extra-curricular events like the Halloween Carnival and the Spelling Bee, hands-on community service opportunities and so much more.


Funding comes from membership dues, the Halloween Carnival, and the Spirit Store. Our strength and energy come from YOU. Please contact us at to get involved. We encourage everyone to participate.


PTA Association Meeting Agendas (with minutes from the previous meetings) can be viewed here.


Your Carpenter PTA executive Board 2023-2024


President: Elisabeth Stassen (
Executive Vice President: Liza Williams (
Vice President / Membership: Alison Lapinski
Treasurer: Dina Dunn-Polot (
Secretary: Genevieve Jenkins
Corresponding Secretary:   
Financial Secretary: Andy Holmer
Historian: Laurissa Gold



The PTA is solely operated by volunteers. Please refer to the list below to see where you can get involved. Please remember any of our committees are always in NEED of help. Please reach out to the appropriate Committee Chair(s) for more information.





 Lydia You


Carpenter Cares: 



Jenna Cherney 


Diversity Committee:


Jennifer Sohn Lim & Lauren Shin





Bethany Catlett 

Green Team: Looking for new Chair



Halloween Carnival: 


Alison Lapinski & Joanna Sotolov  



Haunted Shed:




Looking for new Chair






Movie Night:


Anna Dopheide




Elisabeth Stassen 




Lucy Fuss



Kinder/TK liaison:



Jianna Zakian



Carpenter Toy Drive:


Marcus Cox & Karrie Cox


Lost and found:


Lucy Griffin & Yuliya Tarasevich




Alison Lapinski



Parent Ed: 


Margie Mintz & Liza Williams 


Spirit Store:


Laurissa Gold & Kari Caden



Safety & Emergency Committee:

Oliver Latsch 

Spelling Bee: 



Liza Williams



Book Week: 



Unity Fair:

Olivia Gray & Stacey Zinman



Jennifer Sohn Lim, Lauren Shin & Anna Dopheide



Teacher Appreciation:


Bethany Catlett




Stacey Zinman & Celina Chao
Audit Committee:



Dina Dunn-Polot





PTA connects families and schools. By joining PTA you show your children that school matters, and that you are invested in their success. Three decades of research proves that students achieve higher grades, have better attendance and more consistently complete homework when parents are involved – and just the act of joining PTA is a great way to get involved.

PTA helps ensure that parents have a seat at the table when important decisions that affect schools are made. PTA works together to improve the education, health and safety of all children.


Become a member of the nation's largest and most powerful children's advocacy association in the country.


There are other types of parent groups out there, but there is only one PTA! Connecting families and schools for more than 115 years, PTA is the largest children's advocacy organization in the country. Here are just a few reasons to join PTA:

  • Get Connected. There's no better way to know what's happening in your school, or to develop a relationship with your child's teacher and principal.
  • Discover Great Resources. The PTA offers a variety of programs and materials for students, parents, families, schools and communities.
  • Speak Up. PTA gives you a "seat at the table" when important decisions are made about your child's school.
  • Be a Role Model. By becoming a PTA member, you'll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.
  • Enjoy Substantial Benefits. PTA members enjoy exclusive member perks including discounts on school supplies, rental cars, wireless services and more.
  • Make a Difference! By working together, PTA members have helped advance local, state and national laws and policies to improve the education, health and safety of all children.