"WE" are everyone who is passionate about education.
Everyone is invited and strongly encouraged to join the PTA - working together is the only way we will overcome challenges and reach big goals.
Membership costs only $5 per year, and covers our school's membership in the state and national PTAs.
Every member of the George Watts Montessori PTA is vital to our success as an organization. We thank all of those who dedicate their limited time and resources to the betterment of our school community.
Our BOARD OF DIRECTORS
President: Emily Daly, emily.daly (at) duke.edu
Vice President: Jovonia Lewis, jovonia_lewis (at) hotmail.com
Rachel McCarthy, mccarthy.r (at) gmail.com
Anna Zehr, anna.zehr (at) gmail.com
Treasurer: Orchina Hanna, orchina.hanna (at) hotmail.com
Amanda Watson, amanda.watson (at) dpsnc.net
Kate Harris, katherinel.harris (at) dpsnc.net
Advocacy Chair: Meg Wiehe, megwiehe (at) gmail.com
Principal, ex officio: Patti Crum, patti.crum (at) dpsnc.net; 919-560-3947
African American Families Chair & PAAC Chair: JoAnna Langston, jklangston5 (at) gmail.com
Arts & Culture Chair: Vacant; please email Emily Daly (emily.daly (at) duke.edu) if you are interested!
Exceptional Children’s Co-Chairs:
Kristen Dismukes, basiclibrarian (at) gmail.com
Bob Pleasants, bob.pleasants (at) gmail.com
Family Involvement Chair: Saskia Ziolkowski, saskia.ziolkowski (at) duke.edu
Brandy Kmiec, brandy.kmiec (at) dpsnc.net
Kristin Heery, kristinheery (at) gmail.com
Grounds Chair: Esteban Bortiri, ebortiri (at) gmail.com
Latino/a Families Co-Chairs:
Carolina Musawwir, carolina.musawwir (at) dpsnc.net
Sara Martinez, Lazara.MartinezDiaz (at) dpsnc.net
SIT Liason: Meghan Pollard, meghanleypoldt (at) gmail.com
Pablo Ariel, pablo.fellini (at) gmail.com
Jennifer Greer, mohnjihr (at) gmail.com
T-Shirt Sales Coordinator: Karen Goldstein, kmgoldstein (at) gmail.com
Dine-Out Coordinator: Jessica Gross, jessicagross (at) nc.rr.com
Edible Garden Coordinator: Joe Egger, joseph.egger (at) gmail.com
Membership Coordinator: Jeremy Goldstein, jhgoldst (at) gmail.com
Arts and Culture Liasion: Nell Cordones, nell.cordones (at) dpsnc.net
about george watts montessori
George Watts Montessori Magnet is a tuition-free* public elementary school in Durham, North Carolina that gives students the confidence to succeed academically, the desire to continue a lifetime of learning, and the respect and love for others that creates a foundation of community relationships and positive life purpose.
In keeping with the Montessori educational approach, George Watts organizes students into multi-age classrooms from Pre-K through 5th grade. The mixed age classrooms offer students the opportunity to learn from older kids, as well as grow into mentors themselves.
We offer the following number of classes:
6 Primary (Pre-K + Kindergarten) Classrooms
8 Lower Elementary (1st - 3rd) Grade Classrooms
5 Upper Elementary (4th - 5th) Classrooms
*K - 5th grade is offered tuition-free. However, DPS is implementing a new sliding scale fee in 2017 for the Pre-K year. You can find out what your family would pay by clicking on this link for the Pre-K sliding scale fee PDF.
You can also learn more about DPS's reasons and goals for this new fee on their website here.