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2019-2020 - Meet The PTO Board

Principal: Jaime Tecza


Greetings J.V. Washam family and visitors.  Welcome to the 2019-2020 school year!!  My name is Jaime Tecza, pronounced "Teska," and I am the proud principal of J.V. Washam Elementary.  A little bit about myself, this is my 3nd year at Washam and 6th as a principal.  In 2000, I moved from Erie, PA to begin my teaching career at Blythe Elementary.   I was a fourth and fifth grade teacher for 7 years before earning a fellowship called the North Carolina Principal Fellowship award.  This allowed me to go back to school fulltime to learn how to be a school administrator.  During my final year of earning my administrative degree, I worked at Bradley Middle as the 6th grade administrator/Principal Intern from 2007-2008.  Upon graduating from UNC Charlotte with my Masters of School Administration, I was hired as the Dean of Students at Davidson IB Middle School and served in that position from 2008-2010.  I then moved to Cabarrus County where I worked for four years as both the Assistant Principal and Assistant Principal of Instruction at Boger Elementary and Irvin Elementary, respectively.  My last role was at University Park Creative Arts where I served as the proud principal for 3 years. I am the lucky husband of Cathy, who is a Talent Development Teacher in CMS, and the proud father of two beautiful girls, Emmie (10) and Nicole (7), and handsome son, Ben (3).  Needless to say most of my free time is spent with my kids and I wouldn't have it any other way.  When I can find the time, I love to golf, hike, and watch any Pittsburgh sports.  I look forward to working with you all to continue making J.V. Washam Elementary a top school in North Carolina.  Please don't hesitate to contact me with any questions.


Mr. Jaime Tecza


Co President: Rebecca Morris


Rebecca Morris has 2 sons, a 4th Grader at J.V. Washam and a 4 year old at Sonshine Preschool. She has been involved in the PTO since her son started Kindergarten, serving in various Board and Committee Chair positions. Rebecca has a Bachelor of Economics from NC State University and a MBA from The University of North Carolina at Fayetteville. She is an Associate with ODELL, an architecture and design firm in Charlotte. Rebecca is proud to be a part of this great school and excited to support the Washam community.

Co President: Vivian Gibbs


Vivian Gibbs has two daughters, a 4th grader at J.V. Washam and a 3 year old at Sonshine Preschool. Originally from South Carolina, Vivian studied at the College of Charleston. She and her family have lived in the Lake Norman area for 5 years now, and she enjoys being a stay at home mom. She has been heavily involved at J.V. Washam since her daughter started Kindergarten, serving on multiple committees and as Room Parent. She is excited about continuing to serve on the PTO Board and is looking forward to another great year at J.V. Washam.

Co VP of Fundraising: Shannon Fahrland


Shannon Fahrland has two kids, a daughter in 1st grade at J.V. Washam, and a 4 year old son at Lakeside Preparatory TK.  Shannon was born and raised in Eastern North Carolina.  She graduated from North Carolina State University with two Bachelor degrees in Accounting and Finance.  She worked full time for Electrolux as a Corporate Accountant until the birth of her son.  She now works part-time on various projects for Electrolux.  Last year, she served as room parent and also volunteered at numerous PTO functions.  She is excited about her new role as Co VP of Fundraising and honored to be on the PTO board at J.V. Washam.

Co VP of Fundraising: Katrina Screen


Katrina is a Carolina native and holds degrees in Human Services Management and Health Administration. Katrina and her husband, Derik, have two sons. Grayson is a 2nd grader and Graham is a Kindergartener at J.V. Washam. Prior to her current role as Co-VP of Fundraising, she has served as an active volunteer for the PTO the past two years. Katrina also serves as a volunteer board member for two other organizations and runs the family business. In her spare time she enjoys gourmet cooking and dance parties with her husband and kids.

Co VP of Communications: Erin Houser


Erin has 2 children at J.V. Washam, a son in 4th grade and a daughter in 2nd grade. This is her fourth year serving on the the PTO board. She has been heavily involved at J.V. Washam, serving as Room Parent, Chair of Book Room and the Media Center and Co-Chair of Friday Folders. She also serves on the SLT.  Erin attended The University of North Carolina at Charlotte where she received her Bachelors Degree in Nursing. She works in the Cardiovascular Intensive Care and Open Heart Recovery at CHS-Northeast. Erin is excited about continuing to serve on the PTO board.  She is proud to be a part of this amazing school and its community. 

Co VP of Communications: Kate Luther


Kate is a proud mom of three boys, John in Kindergarten, Nick in 4th grade and Alex in 6th. Kate and her family moved from California to the Lake Norman area four years ago. She is a stay at home mom who enjoys helping at the school in any way she can. She has been room parent, co-committee chair and volunteered with various other school activities over the years. She is honored to be part of the PTO Board at J.V. Washam and is looking forward to serving again this year! 

Co VP of Volunteers: Kasey Tanner


Kasey has twins, a son and a daughter in the first grade at JV Washam. She is a Lake Norman native, raised in Denver, NC. She received a Bachelor's degree from Appalachian State University and a Master's degree from UNCC.  Kasey worked as a teacher for Lincoln County schools for 11 years before quitting to be a stay at home mom. She is very excited about her new role as Co VP of Volunteers. 

Co VP of Volunteers: Megan Finlay


Megan and her husband have two daughters, a kindergartner and a 2nd grader at JV Washam. Megan is a North Carolina native and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Advertising from Appalachian State University. She is a real estate broker with Best Choice Realtors and is heavily involved with the Charlotte Independence Soccer Club. New to JV Washam last year, Megan began her involvement by co-chairing the Teacher Appreciation Committee and by volunteering to be room mom. She loves J.V. Washam and is very excited about the addition of her new role as Co VP of Volunteers this year!

Secretary: Ashley Kelly


Ashley is a Cornelius native who has a son in 2nd grade at J.V. Washam. Ashley received her BA in Education from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, which led to a 17 year teaching career in CMS and MGSD before becoming a Real Estate broker. This is her second year serving as Secretary on the PTO. She has also served as a tutor and member of the SLT for the last two years. She is the Chair for the Field Day and Kick ball committees. She is excited for another great year at J.V. Washam.


Treasurer: Shonta Sawyer


Shonta has 2 daughters. Nadia is a 5th grader at J.V. Washam and Tierra is a 8th grader at Bailey Middle School. Shonta comes to us with PTA experience from Blythe Elementary School where she served on their Executive Board for 6 years and held various positions including Vice President, Nomination Committee Chair, and 5th grade Committee Chair. This past year at J.V. Washam, she helped with the School Store, Holiday Shop, Boosterthon, Friday Folders, and served as Room Parent for Mrs. Palermo's class. She is an Assistant Vice President and Project Manager for Wells Fargo Institutional Retirement and Trust. She earned her Master's of Business Administration from Montreat College and a Bachelor's Degree in Business Admininstration from The University of Delaware. Shonta, her husband and daughters have lived in the area for over 7 years and happy with their decision to join the J.V. Washam family this year and hope to continue to support the school in this role on the PTO Board.

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