Volunteer of the Month



Every month we choose a Volunteer of the Month based on volunteer hours logged (either at school, on field trips or at home), as well as willingness to help and dedication to the school! Although the Volunteer of the Month is recognized in both PTA and school newsletters, the best part is the awesome Parking Spot at the front of the school that can be yours for one month!

February 2023 Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to our Volunteers of the Month- Edwin Scharlau and Heather Simmons!

Edwin Scharlau

Edwin and his husband, Victor, have a 3rd grader, Joshua, at Mary Bryant and their daughter, Samantha, will be attending Kindergarten at Mary Bryant next year.  They moved to Tampa from Miami Beach this past August and are happily enjoying the slower pace here.  They live in Waterchase and have enjoyed meeting so many neighbors as well as other parents through their kids’ participation in baseball, dance, and scouts.  Edwin works in advertising and production and Victor is Executive Director of a local film festival.  Thank you Edwin for your continual support every month with so many events and especially your help with the Book Fair and Sweetheart Dance!

Heather Simmons

Heather and her husband, Joe Maggiolino, have a daughter, Ivy, in 1st grade, a daughter, Sadee, who’s a Senior and heading to UCF in the fall, and a sweet little french bulldog named Mugsy. Heather and her husband both work in technology sales and Heather enjoys spending her free time volunteering at the school.  A HUGE thank you to Heather, who was the Chair for the Sweetheart Dance committee!  Your help and support helped make an incredible night for so many and we appreciate all that you do!

January 2023 Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month- Dianna Radcliff!

Dianna and her husband, Jeff, have a first grader, Bronk, at Mary Bryant and a fifth grader, Harper.  Dianna is a former Mary Bryant 5th grade teacher and her husband Jeff is a U.S. Marine.  Diana has been instrumental in helping secure speakers for our Veterans Day Celebration, as well as being a the Chair of Grandparent Read To Me Day, and is a leader for the 5th Grade Double B Jamboree!  We cannon thank you enough for all that you do for our school, PTA, and children.  Thank you Dianna!

December 2022 Volunteers of the Month

Congratulations to our December Volunteers of the Month- Vladilena Abkadirova and Jamie Koren!

Vladilena and her husband, Tagir, have a first grader, Zlata, at Mary Bryant and their son, Roman, just finished up at Mary Bryant last year!  The PTA wanted to recognize this family for their continued support of Stocking the Teacher’s Break Room!  They continue to send many items and it is so very appreciated by our teacher, as a little something extra to get their through the day.  We as an organization recognize that not everyone can donate their time, so we wanted to highlight this family for their contribution done in a different way.

Jamie and her husband, Jonathan, have a second grader, Taylor, at Mary Bryant.  Jamie reached out in advance, so very excited for our Holiday Gift Shop and, when the volunteer opportunities were posted, she signed up for multiple shifts over multiple days to help us out in a very big way!  Thank you Jamie for your enthusiasm and dedication!

November 2022 Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to our Volunteer of the Month- Jamie Bivens!

Jamie has a third grader, Jaida, and first grader, Sienna, at Mary Bryant and Brett who is in VPK. This is Jamie’s second consecutive year leading the school’s Business Partner program and active role supporting many programs of the PTA. Not only has she been at the school reading to classrooms and supporting the teachers, but she also has been the chair person to coordinate our Great American Teach In for the past two years. Whether you see her out front of the school collecting change for our Helping Ponies program or taking TONS of pictures for our yearbook, I’m sure you have come across her smiling face and warm welcome. We cannot thank you enough for all you do for the classrooms, teachers, school and PTA. We appreciate your support and sacrifice of time Jamie! Thank You!

October 2022 Volunteers of the Month

Congratulations of our TWO Volunteers of the Month- Jumana Chehayeb and Leslie Harms!

Jumana Chehayeb

Jumana has two daughters (Amani and Nour) and has continuously been active in our school over the years.  This past month Jumana has supported the teacher classrooms as they requested help, chaperoned for the third grade field trip, signed up for multiple shifts for the Fall Book Fair AND Gallop to Greatness, as wekk as helped for the Book Character Parade.  She is also quick to reach out prior to events and ask if any last minute help is needed.

Leslie Harms

Leslie has two sons (Mitchell and Will) and is the co-chair for the Gallop to Greatness.  She has been working the Gallop to Greatness for three years and was an intergral part of our event that helped the school raise over $82,000 this year- money that will be used to update the Media Center and STEM Lab, provide wayfinding signage and improve the school’s technology.  Leslie spent countless hours managing the fundraiser, finding sponsors, and planning that fun day for the kids to celebrate!

September 2022 Volunteer of the Month

Congratulations to our September Volunteer of the Month, Tammy Sedey! Tammy has a first grader at Mary Bryant and has been coming into the school to read in the classroom on a recurring schedule. Not only has she been at the school this past month continuously, but she also volunteered as the chairperson for Red Ribbon Week this year, as well as, co-chair for the Holiday Gift Shop! We cannot thank you enough and hope that the volunteer of the month parking spot during the month of October is a little something to show how much we appreciate your support and sacrifice of time.