Room Parent Committee Co-chairs:

Katie Schanely and Jennifer Hardison Walters

As the first day of school approaches, we are looking forward to creating a great team of room parents to support our wonderful teachers.  We are looking for parents interested in being an integral part of making their child’s classroom successful. Room parents help teachers with a variety of tasks, including finding volunteers, organizing events, and locating supplies.  The exact role of the room parent will be up to the teacher and room parent to decide together. BUT, DON’T WORRY. . . you will not be alone. We, as part of the TES Community Association, are here to provide room parents and teachers with additional support.  Our goal is for the room parent role to be fun!

We are looking for room parents for most of the classrooms, including Specials and EC classes.  We do have a few room parents returning to help for another year. Please let us know if you are interested in this volunteer opportunity and which classroom you would like to help.  If you think you might be interested, but you need more information, we will be happy to answer any questions. We are looking forward to a great year! If interested, contact our room parent coordinators:

Katie Schanely  K-4th grade 

Jennifer Hardison Walters 5th-8th grade

Team Parent Responsibilities

What is a Room Parent?  A Room Parent is a parent who is willing to help a teacher with various needs/activities in the classroom.  This list of needs might include sending out weekly classroom updates, communicating school and TESCA announcements to parents, organizing volunteers for field trips, class events, etc., organizing classroom volunteers (days, times, etc.), maintaining task lists for classroom volunteers, and/or soliciting supplies, donations, etc. from parents. The list of needs will really be up to the teacher and room parent to negotiate.

How will we decide who is Room Parent if we have more than one offer?  There are many opportunities for parents to volunteer. We will decide the room parent position based on a first come basis.

What tools and support will I receive if I decide to be a Room Parent? 

  • Room Parent Coordinators- Room Parent Coordinators will be here to help with anything you need and hopefully provide some suggestions from other Room Parents along the way. TESCA will check with the Administration as needed to address your questions and concerns.
  • Team Approach-Although we are looking generally for one Room Parent a class, we do suggest that the Room Parents for two classrooms that work together/ team teach join to provide help to both classrooms. The goal is that this will decrease the overall load for each Room Parent and be more effective for the teachers.
  • Sign-Up Genius

Who do I notify if I decide I want to be a Room Parent?  Please email for elementary or for Upper School if you are interested.

As always, please let us know if you have any questions or concerns. We look forward to working with you and can’t wait to get started!