My name is Nakaba Emtesali and I will be serving as a Room Parent Coordinator this year. My son is in 3rd grade and we have been at Morning Creek since he was 3 years old. I have been an active volunteer as Room parent, Art mom, on campus Art display organizer, and PTA member since my son was in Kindergarten here at Morning Creek. I strongly believe PTA helps build a better community and its programs definitely enrich our kids lives academically, socially and supports their emotional development. I am excited to be a part of PTA, and to support kids for a great educational experience.
Room parent coordinator
I have been at Morning Creek Elementary School since 2015 when my daughter started TK with Mrs. Jessica Klauda. I started my volunteering “career” as a room co-parent in TK and have now graduated to MCES PTA Treasurer this year. I’ve also been involved with many other PTA programs like the classroom art program, student Science Fair, running club, and my personal favorite “Dance Night”. This year I will be co-charing the GIS club with Soumya. I believe that a strong PTA builds a strong community. As the saying goes “It takes a village to raise a child”.
I have been part of Morning Creek for the last 3 years. I started volunteering as an Art mom in my son’s classroom. Next year, I started helping STEM programs and finally took over the Geography Bee. I work in an elementary school in PUSD (different site) and understand PTA plays an important part in student’s enrichment. It will be different organizing Geography Bee with virtual learning this year but I am sure with everyone’s efforts and understanding, it will be a success again.
My name is Alyssa Giovacchini. My son, Roxston, will be a fifth grader this year. I took on the room mom roll when he was in Kindergarten, it was all new to me, I was nervous, but I loved being able to help in the classroom and loved being a part of the MCES family. Since then, I have been lucky to be room mom for his classroom each year and last year even helped be a Room Mom Coordinator. For the last five years, I have also been assisting with the running club program, the Super Colts Program, helping in the work room, the Scholastic Book Fair, and often a part of the decorating team for events in the MPR and our annual auction fund raiser. This year, I have taken over the Chair position for the Book Fair. I have always liked to be a behind the scenes helper and lend a hand wherever needed, which I will continue to do, but the book fair chair position became available, so I agreed to take it on. This year, whether in person or virtually, you can count on me continue to help and support our amazing schoo l.
My family have been with Poway Unified since 2004. I am a mom of four kids and I have been a PTA member/volunteer since my boys were in Kindergarten and they’re now sophomores in college. I love to volunteer because I want my kids to see that not only do I value their education but I also want to actively participate in making decisions that will impact our school and community. I will be your volunteer coordinator again this year. Feel free to reach me with any questions related on how to become a volunteer and help out MCES community.
My name is Maureen Garcia, a lot of people know me by MO. Even though my kids have moved on to a different school district, I am happy to serve MCES' PTA this school year as your Historian and Yearbook chair. I have been involved in PTA since 2012. I wore many hats being in PTA, it started off just as a committee member in College shirts & Spirit Wear into being PTA president. I have been at Morning Creek since 2010, when my son started here in Kindergarten and fell in love with this school. I wanted to be more involved and make this school a better place for our children to go to school. I am always here to help and a phone call/email away.
My name is Kim Wilbers and I’m your chairperson for Supercolts. I have been volunteering at our school and participating in PTA for the last 6 years. My youngest kid will be a 3rd grader this year. The oldest two are in Highschool. I love all PTA and Foundations programs at MCES, but my heart goes out to Supercolts. With Supercolts we can do more than ‘just’ being a good student, we can be a good human too. Helping eachother out in difficult times is very important, remember, we’re all in this together.
We have 2 daughters at Morning Creek and they both love Running Club. My husband Alex and I are in charge of Running Club and love to see the kids staying healthy. It is so rewarding getting to know the kids and seeing their smiles and excitement when they meet their goals. We try to give monthly challenges so they can work on goals. It is so important to teach these kids the importance of health and exercise. We enjoy giving our time to these kids for an activity they really love.
My name is Cheryl Hillman. My oldest son is now in 3rd grade, my daughter is in 1st grade, and my youngest son is in 4 year old preschool. All three of my children started Morning Creek in the Preschool program, we’re on our 6th straight and final year! I am a stay-at-home mom who enjoys volunteering in the classrooms when I can. This is my second year as the School Supplies chair. With the help of Lydia Torres and Rahbeka Harris, we have fun promoting the importance of supporting our students, teachers and the PTA.
My name is Dora Ramos and I'm really looking forward to helping our kids in the next year. This is my six year serving on the PTA board and I can say that it isn't easy, but has been very rewarding. I have three kids, Fernando in Junior, Sebastian in Freshman year both at MCHS and Valeria in 3rd grade, as you can see I'll be helping MCES for a few years to come. As the Multicultural Night chair, I look forward to working with many parents to showcase the diversity of our community and have our children experience and learn about different cultures and celebrate them.
We are very lucky to have Jamie Lawson as our STEM chair this year. Jamie is a computer scientist and he has decades of engineering experience and has led many scientific endeavors from basic research to hand-on projects with leading institutes and corporations. He lives with his girlfriend Jeannel King and their cat Wilhelmina Crabbycakes. Jamie and Raj participated in Science fair in 2019 and helped kids learn about Climate Change, a topic very close to Jamie's heart. He has envisioned a whole new STEM program this year and plans to bring experts and Scientists to interact with the kids as they try to survive/escape from the Morning Creek Island.
My name is Ramya Rajasekar. I have a 5th grader and 1st grader at Morning Creek Elementary.
I started volunteering in my older son’s preschool classroom. I have also had fun teaching art in the past few years.
I have appreciated all that the PTA enables for our kids such as running club, STEM etc..Now I’m glad to be a part of the PTA. I will be handling the Social media page and Peachjar for MCES PTA this year.
Social Media and Peachjar
Damanpreet Singh aka Daman is a Technical Program Manager in a Software company. He has been the godfather to his nieces who go to Morning Creek. He has built a brand new website for our PTA and will continue helping us with adding features that we will need to support the virtual programs we have planned for this year. He will also help with the Facilities reservation for the PTA programs.
My name is Lata Srinivasan and I am the Art Chair of Morning Creek. I have 3 kids in school who will be going to third and first grade. I started my volunteer work teaching art when my oldest was in kindergarten. Thanks to the encouragement of Ms. Higgins who was my child’s kindergarten teacher I introduced a lot of different hands on art techniques for the kids. Towards the end of the year I was asked by the PTA to head the Art Department. My journey being an Art Teacher volunteer and heading the Department has been very rewarding. To see the smiles on the kids faces as they enjoy doing art is priceless. Art is therapeutic. It encourages children to think outside the box and we need it now more than ever. I am hoping that we continue to provide this experience for the kids in the coming year.
My name is Soumya Chennapragada. My association with Morning Creek started in 2015 when my son started Kindergarten in Mrs.Green's classroom. He is in 5th grade now. I have been a substitute teacher, and run the GIS club and various STEM programs at Morning Creek supported by PTA and Morning Creek Foundation. I will continue being a chair for the GIS with Gitanjali.
Most of the MCES community knows me as Raj. My kids will be in 2nd and 4th grade at Morning Creek this year. I am a Research Scientist and play Pickleball when I am not working/volunteering. Through fitness challenges, we plan to bring PE to our kids in the virtual environment. The sustainability program will focus on fiscal and environmental sustainability. We will try to reduce our carbon footprint by printing less and capture carbon by doing composting. I will also co-chair the new STEM program with Jamie Lawson to engage kids in a year long journey to survive and escape the Morning Creek Island.