Elections will be held on Wednesday, June 14, in the auditorium
from 8am – 9:30am. We hope to see you there!
Thank you to all the nominees. We have an awesome pool of candidates!
Take a few moments to read their bios and get to know them better. You can also pick-up a printed bio packet outside the PTA office located across from the elevators on the first floor.
The PTA positions of President & VP of Community Involvement are contested positions and will need to be voted on by ballot on June 14. All other PTA positions are uncontested and will be voted on by motion at the PTA Membership & Election Meeting starting at 8:30AM.
The SLT has 3 positions available and eight candidates, so those positions will be voted on June 14.
Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
President: Two Candidates – Vote for One
Candidate 1: Aisha Johnson
Greetings! I am Aisha, mom of two PS 133 students – Christopher (grade 4) and Eden (Kindergarten). This is our family’s fifth year at 133 and we feel incredibly lucky to be a part of this amazing community. By day, I am an attorney in private practice. While my focus now is on real estate, I have worked for and with a number of both national and local not-for-profit organizations
on affordable housing, voting rights and reproductive health care throughout my career. I have also served on my local community board and volunteered with my neighborhood block association. I am a Brooklyn native and graduate of a Brooklyn
public elementary school.
As a PTA executive board officer for the past three years (twice as assistant treasurer and once as recording secretary), I have been active in planning, creating and chairing several PTA initiatives and events including Readathon, Dine + Donate, Teacher/Staff
Favorites form, picture day, merchandise sales, budgeting, free spring auction tickets for teachers/staff and community tickets.
I relish efficiency, like to work collaboratively, enjoy crossing things off the to do list and always try to have fun and laugh while doing so. It has been an honor to be able to give back to PS 133 as it gives my children so much each day.
My goal if elected PTA president is to continue to lend my legal training, professional experience, attention to detail, writing, communication, leadership, and cheerleading skills (yes, I was a cheerleader!) to the PTA, and to help continue building on the
organization and school’s ongoing success. I will also foster openness, inclusiveness, and a welcoming atmosphere as we maintain and grow the 133 spirit of community and camaraderie that makes our school special and fosters the best possible learning
environment for our children. We are (1)33!
Candidate 2: Kathryn Mora
Mama to Mateo in PreK and Layla in 2nd Grade DLP Spanish. I am currently the PTA Recording Secretary and for the previous 2 years, I was VP of Development. In my role as VP of Development, I focused on improving and growing the PTA’s fundraising initiatives. Within two years, we went from having raised $17.5K for Annual Appeal to just over $81K. As Recording Secretary, I’ve been involved in streamlining communications, worked on essential PTA bylaws amendments and served as an integral part of the PTA’s strategic planning for the 2016/2017 school year. Along with my executive board roles, I’ve also been a class parent for the past 3 years.
As president, I would like to continue to streamline our already robust schedule of fundraising and community events. I want to ensure there are school events that everyone in our community feels welcome to and included in. I love this school and the 133 community and feel very lucky to have worked with such amazing parents and the PS 133 staff for the last few years. I look forward to many more productive and fun years.
Jérôme Tagger – I am a father of two (2nd-grade DLP and K-DLP for 17-18), a ten-year Park Slope resident and a French national. I am a media entrepreneur and advisor in the field of impact finance – with an extended career running nonprofits. I served as Treasurer of the PTA in 2016-17.
Recording Secretary: Uncontested
Genevieve de Gaillande – Genevieve de Gaillande has worked in public education for the past 12 years. In her current role as Director of School Operations for Ascend Learning, she is responsible for supporting Ascend’s school-based directors of operations on all technical aspects of their role. She also oversees student recruitment and enrollment across the network and is responsible for school compliance and reporting as well as serving as system administrator for various school-based information systems. She came to Ascend from Community Partnership Charter School in Brooklyn, where she was director of operations. Previously, Genevieve managed the operations start-up process for the charter school initiative of New Visions for Public Schools. In this role, she also supported schools in all reporting requirements and served as the main compliance officer. Prior to joining New Visions, Genevieve worked as a film production manager and commercial casting director. She is on the board of Falconworks Artist Group, a community-based organization centered on arts advocacy for youth in south Brooklyn. She holds a bachelor’s degree in sociology from the University of California at San Diego and is mom to two ps133 scholars in the French DLP program, Ilse (grade 3) and Paul (pre-k).
Assistant Treasurer: Uncontested
Nathalie Dessyn – My name is Nathalie Dessyn. I have two sons, Timothée is in third-grade class and Hippolyte is in the first-grade class. Back in France, I was working for the city of Paris as a civil engineer and my husband was working as software engineer with a passion for pastry! In 2011, our family moved to New York and opened our French Bakery in Greenwich Village. During the past 6 years, as a business owner, I have enjoyed expanding our business and I have gained knowledge in accounting, finance, and paperwork!
Secretary of Communications: Uncontested
Max Duykers – Max Duykers is a proud father of two great kids in the Kindergarten and 2nd grade Spanish DLP at PS 133. He has been an active member of the school community since his older son started Pre-K– taking on the duties of Class Parent, making yearbooks, assisting twice weekly with Playlab, volunteering for school events, and for most of the 2016-17 year, tackling the role of Communications Secretary for the PTA. He would look forward to serving again in this capacity for the coming year.
Max has a Ph.D. in music composition and is an active composer, writing music for many ensembles, and he also co-directs his own music ensemble which commissions and premieres work from leading composers. Max also has 20 years experience as a software consultant for a highly-specialized accounting, payroll, estimating, and project management software program for building contractors and service companies, and he regularly supports over 200 clients throughout the northeast. His management and computer systems skills make him exceptionally qualified to continue as Communications Secretary for the PTA.
VP of Community Involvement: Two Candidates – Vote for one
Candidate 1: Patty Beirne
My daughter Maggie is currently in the 3rd grade and my daughter Cecilia will be entering PS133 in Kindergarten in the fall. For the last three years, I have volunteered as PS 133’s race captain for the Brooklyn PTA Run for the Schools – an event that brings the public school communities from across the borough together to raise funds to help our PTAs and celebrate public education.
I also work as a Creative Lead in the Strategy & Innovation department at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center and teach graduate courses at Parsons School of Design. I look forward to finding new ways to foster and support our unique community and to engage all of the families at PS 133 in making our community – as a school, a borough and beyond – reflect and celebrate our shared values.
Candidate 2: Denise Stokes
I’m a mom of a Kindergartner, 2nd, and 4th graders at PS 133. This is our families 5th year, and we couldn’t be happier to be a part of this school community. Myself, along with my husband pride ourselves on being involved with activities happening in the school. Building relationships with the entire school staff, and families. This past year has been great and a lot was learned, from organizing our toiletry drive for CHIPS, picking up bagels from La Bagel on 7th every week and dropping it off to CHIPS to contribute to their kitchen for the homeless guest, meeting elected officials to help our schools transition to our new Presidential Administration, to being apart of our schools diversity focus group. I’m looking forward to doing more community events within our school, and also within the surrounding area.
Co-VPs of Development: Uncontested
Ann Henry, Christa Rimonneau, & Jen Skoda running together as Co-VPs of Development
Ann Henry – I am a proud mom of an energetic 2nd grader in Gen Ed. In the past, I served as Co class parent in both Kindergarten and 1st grade. I have been an active member of the PTA since the first day we set foot in the school. Volunteering in many areas, but my passion has been in fundraising with the PTA. Working on the Spring Auction for the past 2 years chairing the procurement in addition to managing the auction platform. I started movie night at PS 133. Our first movie, 3 years ago was Frozen sing-a-long. Our highest grossing movie ever at the school. I learned a lot this past year in my role as Co-VP of Development but feel there is so much more that can be done. I feel that with the team of Christa, Jen and myself we can achieve this by dividing and each taking on the major fundraising initiative. We have some ideas brewing so look out for more fun things from development in the school year 2017/2018.
Christa Rimonneau – I am a proud Mom of two strong girls, a 2nd grader in French DLP and a Pre-Ker. Since joining the PS133 community I have been involved in Development and Fundraising. Last year was my first time serving on the board, and it was a great experience. We have accomplished a lot in the last 3 years and we are excited to continue the momentum into next year. I am excited to work with both Ann Henry and Jen Skoda next year who are both talented parents. We are excited to grow our Annual Appeal & Auction, as well as add some additional fundraising platforms to the mix. Outside of the PTA, I work in Times Square for an Ad Technology company called Videology and at that job I am focused on new business.
Jen Skoda – I’m the mother of a second grader, and my second child will be starting at PS133 in the fall. My professional background is in development. For over eight years, I served as the Director of Marketing and Fundraising Events for two children’s services charities in NYC. One was a large Boys & Girls Club in the Bronx, for which my department raised over $1 million annually. For the last five years, I’ve worked as a Marketing and Development consultant for a charity that raises money on behalf of The Breast Cancer Research Foundation. This past year I was part of the Development Committee at PS133, Co-Chairing the Annual Appeal and managing the student artwork portion of the Spring Auction. I’m looking forward the possibility of contributing my skills and experience to fundraising growth for the PTA of PS133 as a co-VP of Development. My focus as Co-VP of Development will be working on Annual Appeal and Strategic Development.
Together we believe the three of us would have sufficient time to plan for strategic growth and make sure all of our fundraising streams are optimized so that the PTA will be in an even stronger financial position.
VP of Extended Day (PlayLab133): Uncontested
SLT Parent Nominees: 8 Candidates Total – Vote for 3
SLT Candidate 1: JoAnn Benoit
Dr. Jo Ann is the mother of a PS 133 scholar, Johnatan and of a seven-month-old little girl, Jian. Jo Ann serves as Vice President of the Board of Directors at Little Sun People, a community institution of early learning in Brooklyn as well as on the Board of Directors of Haitian Women for Haitian Refugees, a community organization with which she has worked for the last 25 years. Jo Ann has been in education for over two decades and with the NYCDOE for over 18 years having started in the classroom. Before moving into her current role as Senior Director of Instruction and Professional Learning at the Office of Field Support in the NYCDOE, she served on the Brooklyn South Borough Field Support Center cabinet as the Deputy Director for English Language Learners (ELLs). Prior to that, Jo Ann served as the Director of English Language Learner Instruction (DELLI) for two Clusters as well as conducted quality reviews throughout the City. Before that, she served as a Senior Instructional Coach at the Central Office. Jo Ann also supported schools at the network level from 2004-2013 as an ELL Instructional Specialist, Special Services Manager, Achievement Coach and eventually as Deputy Network Leader for Instruction. Jo Ann loves to read, write, travel, dance and work in the community. She also organizes a caravan (of food, clothes, toys, shoes, and hygienic items etc.) to Haiti every summer for the past 11 years. Jo Ann holds a B.A. in Political Science and Education (minor) from Pace University, an M.A. in Social Studies in Teaching from New York University, an M.S. in Education Administration from the College of St Rose, and an Ed. D with a focus on English Language Learner Instruction from Northcentral University and the Center for Integrated Teacher Education.
SLT Candidate 2: Naomi Raquel Enright
I was born to a Jewish-American father and an Ecuadorian mother in La Paz, Bolivia. I am a native English and Spanish speaker, and I was raised in New York City, attending both public and independent schools. I have a deep and longstanding interest in issues of language, identity, and culture. I taught Spanish for 8 years at Manhattan Country School and worked as a diversity practitioner at Horace Mann School for 2.5 years. I am now home, pursuing writing and other avenues for equity work. I will have an essay published in the June 2017 anthology The Beiging of America: Personal Narratives About Being Mixed Race in the 21st Century. This is my family’s first year at P.S. 133 and we are thrilled to be a part of its community. My son has had an excellent first grade year and it thrills me to watch him flourish in both of his native languages. I hold a BA in Anthropology from Kenyon College and in addition to writing and reading, I love to walk, swim and dance.
SLT Candidate 3: Tim Fraser
I am a native New Yorker who is originally from St. Vincent and the Grenadines. My experience including working for companies such ESPN, VH1, Coca-Cola, and currently a Marketing Manager for Humana. I am also a youth baseball coach, and have mentored at risk boys ages 12-15. My son Sean Fraser is a first grader in the dual language program at PS 133, and my daughter Taylor Fraser will begin her educational journey in September. Additionally, my wife Dawn Eddy-Fraser has been a teacher here at PS 133 for the past 14 years.
SLT Candidate 4:Elena Romero
There is no better way to help our community than to be on the front lines. I am the proud parent of three children at PS 133, a soon-to-be kindergartner (dual language) and second grader (IEP). I also have a fifth grader that is about to graduate. I have been an active parent volunteer in various roles from class parent, the Performing Arts Committee, to recently a member of the SLT. I am seeking re-election in hopes of continuing my contributions to important discussions of diversity, school-based policies, educational programs and our school’s overall vision.
As a college educator for the past 15 years and member of the Community Education Council District 15 these past four years, I bring a unique perspective to our SLT Team. I understand educational programing, assessment of student achievement, and developing strategies for improvement. I look forward to working collaboratively with the administration and other parents to continue our hard work in maintaining and improving our already great school.
SLT Candidate 5: Mireia Rothman-Simon
I am a former ESL teacher and the mother of a second grader at PS 133. I am originally from Barcelona, and coming from a place where Spanish and Catalan are spoken interchangeably, helping Mateu become multilingual and multicultural has been one of our family´s educational priorities.
I spent a decade teaching social studies to recent immigrants in public high schools in New York City. As a teacher, I was able to help these students and their families from more than 30 countries get access to educational resources, health services, and advocacy. From my experience, I have found that a curriculum built around Project Based Learning that allows for differentiation of instruction is a proven educational method to reach every student, and I would want to find ways to help the school do more of this. I would also like to contribute to the school by finding efficient ways to improve communication between principal, parents, and teachers as well as cultivating positive student behavior.
If I were on the SLT, I would try to find out what outside resources are available to enrich the different educational programs reaching out to community organizations, private companies and other stakeholders to open the students to the outside world. I would also try to work with the principal’s vision and try to better understand how the school can improve for all the students to help them reach their academic potential.
We chose PS 133 to be the school where he would not only learn in Spanish and in English but to help him become a citizen of the world, while immersed in a diverse, vibrant and cosmopolitan community. And because the school will be the center of his world in the next few years, I would like to contribute to PS 133 educational goals, using my experience as an educator and as a parent, which has been my most intense learning experience yet.
SLT Candidate 6: Cassandra Tennyson
Cassandra Tennyson, is the Mother of a 24-year-old Son and Daughter Blake who is in Ms. Didier’s Kindergarten class. I was born in Brooklyn, NY to a Trinidadian Mother and Honduran Father. Education has always played an important role in our family but each individual has to create their own path. I attended both Catholic and Public NYC Schools that offered a strong foundation and experience. I graduated from Clark Atlanta University in the 90’s with the support of my family and enjoyed the change of pace that the South provided.
My children mean the world to me like most parents but I also believe that the best way to show my support is to be involved in their schools. It is not always the easiest thing to do because we have businesses, work, the kids themselves, relationships and our own selfcare to manage. I like to work with other people who are enthusiastic about change and creating something unique for our children.
I am the Founder and CEO of Sublime Moments Events and have 14 years of experience in the Event Planning Industry. I previously worked for large corporations while fine-tuning my event skills, planning elegant weddings, gallery openings, political events and residential functions. My team and I are highly qualified to handle every detail while satisfying the expectations of each client.
I am also the Co-Founder of a Women’s organization called Women In Business New York which focuses on strengthening Female Business Owners with financial and business strategies. We host networking and informational events to bring like-minded and progressive Women together. #womensupportingwomen GO PS133!!
SLT Candidate 7: Jessica Walker-Beaumont
Jessica Walker Beaumont is the founder of Rooted Strategies, which provides strategic planning and capacity building consulting and leadership coaching to mission-driven organizations and individuals — allowing them to thrive and become more effective in fulfilling their purpose. Jessica coaches individual leaders, facilitates dynamic conversations, and leads planning processes with a proven track record in guiding many clients through measurable change. She brings humility to this work and a commitment to having courageous conversations and encourages her clients to do the same.
Based in New York City, Jessica works locally and across the U.S. and has consulted with a variety of clients, including foundations, networks, non-profits, community colleges, and community-based organizations.
Before becoming a consultant, Jessica had fifteen years of nonprofit program management and social movement building experience at the grassroots, national and international level. Jessica is committed to addressing bias and exploring the personal, interpersonal, organizational, and systemic aspects of racism. She has a proven ability to facilitate a diverse range of groups.
With a master’s degree in public administration and direct experience in national and international policy, Jessica brings an informed strategic lens to her consulting. She also has direct experience serving in large nonprofit coalitions as well as management in a national nonprofit office with multiple field staff across the country. Jessica is a talented fundraiser for causes she cares about and served as development director.
Jessica holds a BA in Peace and Conflict Studies from the University of Colorado and a MPA from Columbia University’s School of International and Public Affairs. Jessica is a trained coach by CTI accredited by the International Coach Federation.
SLT Candidate 8: Tim Wilkins
Tim Wilkins is dad to third-grader Emma. As the school’s Title 1 representative and co-chair of the PTA’s Language and Cultural Diversity Committee, he believes language learning is a key to discovering the world’s possibilities, and supports PS133 as a community that is proudly multicultural, multilingual, socially and economically diverse and open to all. At the school, he works to expand free resources to encourage literacy in every classroom, including RAZKids and open library hours. He has lived in Europe and South America, is fluent in French and Spanish and also speaks Portuguese, Italian and German. A journalist, he has worked for Bloomberg News and NPR, and now works for People’s Action, a nationwide network of grassroots organizations committed to putting people and planet first. He loves jazz and open-water swimming.