2020-2021 - Meet The PTO Board

Principal: Jaime Tecza


Greetings J.V. Washam family and visitors.  Welcome to the 2020-2021 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 4th year at Washam and 7th 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 (11) and Nicole (8), and handsome son, Ben (4).  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: Vivian Gibbs


Vivian Gibbs has two daughters, a 5th grader at J.V. Washam and a 4 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 6 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 President: Erin Houser


Erin has 2 children at J.V. Washam, a son in 5th grade and a daughter in 3rd grade. This is her fifth 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 has also served on the SLT over the last three years. 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 Fundraising: Shannon Fahrland


Shannon Fahrland has two kids, a daughter in 2nd grade at J.V. Washam, and a son entering Kindergarten at J.V. Washam this year. 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. She is excited to serve another year as Co VP of Fundraising and honored to be on the PTO Board at J.V. Washam. 

Co VP of Fundraising: Kori Lemasson


Kori has two daughters, a rising 2nd grader and a 4 year old daughter attending Huntersville Presbyterian Preschool. This will be her first year serving on the PTO Board. Last year she was Co-Chair of Terrific Kids and a room parent at J.V. Washam. Kori attended Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey, where she studied psychology. She moved from New Jersey to North Carolina with her now husband 15 years ago and settled down in the Lake Norman area. Kori has over 15 years of experience working in the insurance world. She is currently working full time at a startup company called Independent Property Casualty Group. She is excited about her new role as Co VP of Fundraising and continuing to volunteer at J.V. Washam.

VP of Communications: Amber Strunck


Amber has two boys at J.V. Washam; one in 2nd grade and one in 4th grade. This is her 5th year volunteering at Washam and her first on the PTO Board. She has served as The Hawkeye Editor for the last 3 years and enjoys volunteering in her boys' classrooms. Amber graduated from The University of South Carolina with a Masters in Elementary Education and a Bachelors in Spanish. After living in Charleston and Wilmington, she and her family moved to Huntersville to be closer to family. Amber is excited to begin her new role as Co VP of Communications and to continue spending time volunteering at Washam.

VP of Volunteers: Kasey Tanner


Kasey has twins, a son and a daughter in the second 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 continuing her role as Co VP of Volunteers. 

Secretary: Jen Hendrickson


Jen has two children at J.V. Washam, a daughter in 3rd grade and a daughter in Kindergarten. This is her first year serving on the PTO Board, and has previously enjoyed volunteering her time in many Washam activities including Book Fair, Field Day, Friday Folders and Holiday Shop. Jen is a Midwest girl, born in Indiana and a graduate from Perdue University. She is a stay at home mom and very excited to serve on the J.V. Washam PTO Board as Secretary.

Treasurer: Margaret Rogers


Margaret has 2 children, a son in 3rd grade at J.V. Washam and a daughter in 7th grade at Bailey Middle School. Margaret is originally from Pennsylvania but moved to the Lake Norman area 16 years ago with her husband Carl, and has never looked back. Margaret attended Pennsylvania State University and received her Bachelors Degree in Accounting. Margaret worked as an accounting/finance professional for 18 years before recently taking a break from corporate America to be a stay at home mom. Margaret keeps busy volunteering at both J.V. Washam and Bailey Middle Schools and keeping up with her kid's busy sports schedules. She is excited to continue to support the school and join the PTO Board!

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