THIS COULD BE YOUR PARKING SPOT!!
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!
DECEMBER 2019 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Michelle Chase and her husband Brian have three children, Kendall (age 10), Nathaniel (age 7), and Logan (age 5). Kendall is in Mrs. Tippin’s fifth grade class, Nathaniel is in Mrs. Bukovan’s second grade class, and Logan in Mrs. Kloehn’s kindergarten class.
This is the ONLY year all three of her children will be at the same school!
Michelle has lived in Tampa since 1994. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a bachelor's degree in Secondary English education and a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. She met her husband at a USF Football game in 1998 and they have been together ever since!
Michelle taught English at the secondary level for the Hillsborough County Public School system from 1998 through 2014. She also coached junior varsity and varsity volleyball for Sickles High School and Alonso High School during many of those years.
This year, Michelle was the chairperson for the Great American Teach-In and is also the co-chair business partner liaison for the Mary Bryant Business Partnership program.
Michelle has also volunteered at the Fall Festival, Grandparent Read-to-Me Day, Book Fair, Running Club, Daddy/Daughter Dance, field trip chaperone, and as homeroom parent. Volunteering has allowed Michelle to stay active within the school system, while spending quality time with her children.
In her free time, Michelle enjoys … what free time? Michelle is one busy mom! She can often be found at school helping with various tasks or shuttling her three children to soccer, cooking club, Girl Scouts, and much more. She is extremely grateful for the teachers, staff, and administration at MBE and all they do for the students! Michelle looks forward to many more years of being involved at Mary Bryant Elementary!
OCTOBER 2019 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Roxanne Neuhaus is in her 8th year as a parent at Mary Bryant. Her oldest, Reagan, started Kindergarten here and now attends Farnell. Roxanne and her husband, Ryan, also have a 4th grade son, Jackson. They enjoy attending school activities and love being a part of this amazing community. Roxanne says that volunteering at the school allows her to support her children and their wonderful teachers!
Roxanne has been a Home Room Mom for the last eight years! She enjoys this, because she gets a chance to interact with the parents at our school, from helping coordinate the class booth at the fall festival, to organizing class celebrations. Other activities that she has helped with through the years include Book Fairs, Friendship Grams, Building Better Readers, Story and Craft Parent, Copy Parent, Holiday Gift Shop, chaperoning field trips, and teaching Junior Achievement. This year, Roxanne was the Chair for the Veteran’s Day Celebration. She loves the way our school and community honor our Veterans. She is also on the SAC committee at both Mary Bryant and Farnell. She says, “Volunteering allows me to feel very connected to my children and their school.”
In their spare time, they love to spend time together as a family and enjoy traveling as often as possible.
SEPTEMBER 2019 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Karen Nalywajko has two children that attend Mary Bryant Elementary. Adley is in the 5th grade and Bryce is in the 3rd grade. Karen and her husband, Mark, moved into the area specifically for their children to attend Mary Bryant Elementary. Both of their children have had great experiences at the school and Karen and Mark have enjoyed working with all of the teachers, staff and administration.
Karen has served on the PTA since her daughter, Adley, was in Kindergarten. She is currently the Chair for Red Ribbon Week and has volunteered for other events that the PTA has put on for our students, such as the Fall Festival, Holiday Gift Shop, and others. This year, Karen worked with Mrs. Oberschall to hold our annual Gallop to Greatness walk-a-thon. She thanks the many people that helped her and says she could not have done it without them. She loved seeing the kids smiling faces and watching them having such a good time at the event.
Karen says she has loved serving at our school even more as a stay at home mom these last two years. Her husband is super supportive and is always willing to lend a hand at Mary Bryant as well.
Thank you, Karen for organizing such wonderful events and contributing to our school!!
AUGUST 2019 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Mary Bakanec has enjoyed volunteering at Bryant over the last 13 years in various areas, such as Fall Festival, Ready Reader, Boosterthon, Gingerbread gift shop, media center, lunchroom, classroom and
office helper. Her oldest daughter started at Bryant in 2007 and her youngest daughter just graduated from Bryant last year. Bryant has been a huge part of their family and Mary says they have truly enjoyed
their time here.
In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with family, reading, going to movies, and exploring local attractions.
Mary says she is looking forward to volunteering in the future at Bryant and continuing to see the success of our great neighborhood school!
Thank you, Mary, for all of your many contributions over the years!!