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MEET THE BOARD

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Melissa Knoernschild

President

Melissa is volunteering for her sixth year with Caldwell PTO and excited to serve as PTO president for a second year. Her daughters, Charlotte (Cat) and Lydia, are in the dual language program in 5th and 3rd grades and her husband, Caleb, is the Dads of Caldwell Elementary (DOCE) lead.
 

Her family values the friendships they've made at Caldwell and all of the fun they've had through PTO events. When they're not at school, you'll probably find them on the softball field or watching the girls perform in a musical. 

Jennie Samuell

Secretary

 

Jennie will be serving Caldwell elementary as PTO secretary for the 2023/2024 school year and is looking forward to being part of such an uplifting organization and serving along side an incredibly talented and dedicated team. 

 

Jennie and her husband have 3 kids currently attending Caldwell in 5th grade, 2nd grade, and 1st grade, and co-own a media company based out of McKinney.

Diana Skowronski

Staff Appreciation Chair

Diana is serving as the Staff Appreciation Committee Chair for the 2023-2024 school year. Her husband Kris is a part of the DOCE (Dudes of Caldwell Elementary) group this year also. She is a mom to Lucy in 4th grade and Eliana in 2nd grade. 

 

Diana is most excited to encourage all of our hardworking staff members throughout the year with the rest of the amazing Staff Appreciation Committee. Working with the PTO board has been a fun and rewarding experience as the board has worked as a team to make our school stronger.

Joni Pearson

Student Events Co-Chair

I am looking forward to serving as the co-chair for student events this year. This will be my 5th year volunteering on the board in a variety of positions. My husband Ray and I are both happily retired. Ray was born and raised in McKinney, and I migrated to Texas from the land of Hoosiers via the Rio Grande Valley.

Our daughter Paige is in the 5th grade. I'm looking forward to a great year! Please do not hesitate to reach out with any questions, ideas, volunteer opportunities, or concerns. Cheers to a great school year!

Kate Tucker
Vice President

Hi I’m Kate! I’m so excited to step into my new role of Vice President this school year! My son, Jack, is a 2nd grader in the dual language program and daughter, Annie, is attending her last year at Spanish Schoolhouse.

 

I am a former MISD teacher, but currently a substitute teacher. I began my career teaching in a Title 1, dual language school north of McKinney, so as a parent, it has been a wonderful experience to join the Caldwell community. My husband is a firefighter in a neighboring city. Helping kids and families is a top priority for my family and we are so proud to be Caldwell Cats!

Anneliese Griego

Treasurer

Anneliese is looking forward to her second year with the amazing Caldwell community and the opportunity to serve as the PTO Treasurer. She and her husband, Mike, have been life-long Dallas area residents, met at UTD, and enjoy board games and their chiweenie Roscoe. Their only child, Christie, is in first grade in the dual language program. By day, Anneliese works in compliance for an investment firm and in her free time also volunteers with the Daughters of the American Revolution. 

Having several years of Spanish in school, she loves that speaking other languages opens a window to the rest of the world. She believes that strong relationships within a diverse community is a foundational piece of being a good citizen. Her family is so excited for the opportunity to learn Spanish and continue to grow.

Allison Monroe

Fundraising Chair

I am a mom to 4 active kids and an entrepreneur. My crew puts a high value on strong community ties and equal opportunity for all children. Being an active part of the PTO makes it easy and fun to build relationships for the whole family and to have an impact on building a strong school community. The relationships we’ve build at Caldwell will have a lifelong impact (cheesy but true:)


This year I am membership and fundraising chair for the PTO. We have a great team of parents and grandparents and would love for you to join us! 

Kristen Pereira

Class Helper Chair

Kristen is looking forward to serving as the class helpers lead. She and her husband are the proud parents of two Caldwell students (5th and 3rd grade). By day, she works as a curriculum specialist for an education-focused, Dallas-based non-profit. 

 

She enjoys the opportunity to positively affect the educational experience of Caldwell students while being part of an enriching and dedicated school community.  

Miriam Christman

Bilingual Lead

Miriam will be serving as PTO's bilingual lead. She is a former art teacher from McKinney ISD and her husband is an Air Force veteran. They have a 2nd grader at Caldwell, a recent Caldwell graduate, as well as a preschooler at Spanish School House. 

Originally from Mexico, growing up speaking Spanish and English at home, she knew the privilege and necessity of instilling the same experience on her own children. Her family has been so happy to be part of Caldwell's Dual Language program, and they look forward to all the fun events coming up this year!

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