Southern Middle Teacher Takes the Helm of County Council of PTAs
The PTA, or Parent Teacher Association, is rarely thought of as a teacher organization, despite the T that sits adjacent to the P in the title. But PTA units in each state and at the national level advocate on behalf of teachers as well as parents and families. The organization stands up for both at the federal, state and local level.
That said, the Anne Arundel County Council of PTAs has not had a teacher helm the organization in its 85 year history. That is going to change on Monday night (tonight) when Pam Bukowski is sworn in as the first active teacher and president of the organization.
The County Council of PTAs oversees 80 local PTA units at schools from Glen Burnie to South County. The group provides training, support and advocacy on behalf of over 13,000 PTA members in the county. They also advocate on a wide range of issues related to the health, education and safety of children and parents to the AACPS Board of Education, Anne Arundel County Council and the Maryland Legislature.
Bukowski’s installation will take place at the Board of Education’s Carol S. Parham building on Riva Road in Annapolis at 7 p.m. After the brief ceremony, the council will conduct its Budget Advocacy Training workshop, a free program for any county PTA member.
Current AACCPTA president Ray Leone, a dad from Edgewater, has been president for the past two years. Leone was elected to the presidency of Maryland PTA and will assume that rule in July at the Maryland PTA convention.
Bukowski is a teacher at Southern Middle School in Lothian and at the Phoenix Center. She served most recently on the County Council of PTAs as first vice president.
Following the installation, light refreshments will be served. Come on out and celebrate Bukowski, Leone and PTA.