“Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much”
― Helen Keller
Please review the following document to learn more about the Fulton Elementary School PTA and the responsibilities of our Executive committee.
Donna Cruz, President
Donna will be serving as PTA president after joining the FES family in 2018. She is a mother of two, a second grader at FES and a son who will be joining FES in 2021 as a kindergartner. Donna has served as treasurer and President of the Booster Club at work. She was responsible for organizing events, from family picnics and barbecues to a formal holiday dinner and dance. During that time, she organized various fundraisers to subsidize costs for military members. Donna also started her own post-collegiate lacrosse team in 2004 gaining sponsorship from local businesses. She looks forward to using her experiences from living in Hawaii and abroad in Germany to bring new ideas and culture experiences to the Fulton Elementary community.
Meghna Lipcon, 1st Vice President
Meghna is excited to be back with the PTA board this year. As a former elementary school math and science teacher, Meghna believes that the partnership between parents and teachers is a powerful way to help our children succeed academically, socially and emotionally in school and life. Having been on the teacher side of things, Meghna believes in the importance of parents as partners to support the amazing staff and administration for the benefit of the students.
Currently, Meghna supervises student teachers in Baltimore City Public Schools and teaches a math and science methods course to undergraduates at Goucher College. She loves the flexibility this allows her to continue to stay involved at with her kids' schools and activities. When not involved in education-focused endeavors, Meghna loves to run, hike, read, play percussion with the Columbia Concert Band, and cheer on her favorite baseball team, the New York Mets. Meghna has a 3rd grader at Fulton, and a 6th grader at Lime Kiln. New and exciting times in the Lipcon house as we enter middle school! Looking forward to a great year!
Rita Park, 2nd Vice President
Rita is a mother of two and a long time resident of Howard County. Prior to serving on the PTA Executive Board, Rita served as room parent, committee chair for Spirit/Dine-Out Night, and volunteer coordinator for Field Day. As an educator in Howard County, she believes a solid and active partnership between schools and families is essential to the ultimate goal of a successful academic experience for all children.
Natalie Albanesi, Recording Secretary
With over 19 years as a teaching professional at both the High School and Middle School levels, Natalie Albanesi says it's the "Partnership between Teachers and Parents that make a child's school career successful."
Ms. Albanesi not only lives in but teaches in our community. Natalie currently teaches science and is Coordinator For Special Events for the Sixth Grade at Hammond Middle School. She hopes that her situational uniqueness along with her extensive background and experience in education will be a valuable asset to the PTA and community. "I look forward to contributing wherever I can. I love FES and hope to continue promoting a positive learning environment and a community of openness and responsibility."
Natalie is married and has two children, Bella (Fourth Grade) and Tyler (Second Grade). In her free time, Natalie is an avid runner and foodie. She enjoys the beach, going to church, and is a passionate Redskins, and Nationals fan.
Tara Geiger, Corresponding Secretary
Tara is serving as Corresponding Secretary and is responsible for communications on behalf of the PTA including newsletters, website and social media. Tara sees FES as a second home for her children where they will have experiences that will help shape them as individuals. She is excited to contribute to these experiences through the efforts of the PTA.
The Geiger family came to Howard County from New York City and Connecticut. Tara has a third grader and Kindergartner at Fulton Elementary School, and a two and a half year-old. She previously served as Volunteer Coordinator and has a professional background in media relations.