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 2021 CO-VOLUNTEERS OF THE MONTH
Carrie Frey-Davis is the proud mom of Aidan and Addison, who are both in Ms. Roth’s awesome second grade class. By profession, Carrie is a social worker, working as a therapist and Pediatric Behavioral Health Care Manager. She says she loves being a part of the school and helping out where and when she can! This year, Carrie and her co-chair, Lindsey, took over the immense task of coordinating the Veteran’s Day Celebration. This is always a favorite event at Mary Bryant Elementary, and the PTA would like to thank them both for making it such an awesome event again this year!
Lindsey Jackson and her husband, Brian, have one son who attends Mary Bryant Elementary. Bennett, who has been at Bryant since kindergarten, is in Mrs. Synder’s fifth-grade homeroom. Lindsey is a native Floridian and grew up right here in Tampa. She attended Plant High School and received her undergraduate degree in Early Childhood Education from Presbyterian College in South Carolina. After graduation, Lindsey returned to Tampa to complete her Master’s degree in education from The University of South Florida. She taught third grade for many years before she became a stay-at-home mom.
Lindsey has been involved at Mary Bryant since her son Bennett was in kindergarten. She has helped with Book Fair, Friendship Grams, Holiday Gift Shop, Gallop to Greatness, and chaperoning field trips. This year Lindsey was co-chair for the Veteran’s Day celebration. She loves the way our school and community honor the veterans and was happy to be a part of such a special occasion. She says she couldn’t have managed such a huge event without the help of her co-chair, Carrie Frey-Davis. Lindsey says she will be sad to say goodbye to the Bryant community when her son graduates fifth grade this spring, but feels so lucky he has been at such an amazing school!
In her spare time, she enjoys traveling with her family and spending time on their boat and at the beach.
October 2021 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Brittany Hoder and husband, Shawn, relocated from Ohio with their two daughters, Saylor and Cruise in 2019. Brittany has been an active volunteer as soon as they arrived, as well as, part of the Bryant PTA.
In addition to serving her second year as the PTA Volunteers Coordinator, Brittany stepped up to take on the Yearbook committee chair position that was long held by a previous Bryant family parent. She immediately jumped in with new great ideas and has done a ton work getting the yearbook ready for this year.
Brittany’s help doesn’t stop there, she also works as a substitute teacher at Mary Bryant to help support our school during this time of high need for substitutes. While there, she has been instrumental in finding ways for the PTA and the community to support the school and our classrooms during times when visitors and volunteers have not been allowed. She has recruited Bryant families to donate snacks for the teachers and captured memories of activities held by the school to share in this year’s yearbook.
The PTA is so thankful to have dedicated volunteers like Brittany. Thank you for all you do to make Mary Bryant the wonderful school that it is!
January 2020 VOLUNTEER OF THE MONTH
Kimberly LaMura and her husband, Mike, have 2 daughters who attend Mary Bryant Elementary. Victoria (10) is in Mrs. Zwolak’s Fourth Grade class and Fiona (7) is in Mrs. Bukovan’s Second Grade Class. Kimberly graduated from Ohio State in 2000 and worked as a geneticist before she met her husband, Mike. After that, she continued her career in sales and moved to Florida in 2007, before staying home to be a mom.
Kimberly is one of the Chairs for Mary Bryant Business Partners. She also organized our Grandparent Read-To-Me Day. She has enjoyed helping our teachers in any way possible with being a homeroom mom, copying, or helping in the mailroom. She has participated in the Building Better Readers program, Junior Achievement, Fall Festival, the Great American Teach-In, and The Mary Bryant Golf Tournament. She also loves
helping with the Book Fair and Holiday Gift Shop.
In her spare time, Kim co-leads both her daughters’ Girl Scout Troops, loves watching her Ohio State Buckeyes, being a mom and wife at home, and cheering on her daughters in their activities! She has really enjoyed getting to meet all of the teachers and staff at Bryant, as well as other parents and volunteers, and feels so lucky to have both of her children at such an amazing school!
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!!