2021 PTO Board Members

Principal: Jaime Tecza

Greetings J.V. Washam family and visitors. Welcome to the 2021-2022 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 5th 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 (12) and Nicole (9), and handsome son, Ben (5). 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.

Co-President: Vivian Gibbs

Vivian Gibbs has two daughters, a 6th grader at Bailey Middle and a 5 year old entering Kindergarten at J.V. Washam. Originally from South Carolina, Vivian studied at the College of Charleston. She and her family have lived in the Lake Norman area for 7 years now, and she enjoys being a stay at home mom. She has been heavily involved at J.V. Washam since her oldest 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 a daughter in the 4th grade at J.V. Washam, and a son in 6th grade at Bailey Middle School. This is her sixth 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 four 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 Atrium Health Cabarrus. 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 Volunteers: Kasey Tanner

Kasey has twins, a son and a daughter in the third 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.

Co-VP of Volunteers: Christy Clarke

Christy has a son who attends JV Washam and will be in the first grade. She also has a two year old and a newborn that attend Primrose Cornelius. She is originally from the St Louis area but has lived in the Charlotte area for over ten years. She graduated with her Bachelors of Science in Finance and Banking from the University of Missouri and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Accountancy from Gardner-Webb University. She currently works as a CPA in public accounting at a local firm.

This will be her first year serving on the PTO Board. She is excited to be a part of the JV Washam community.

Co-VP of Communications: Shannon Fahrland

Shannon Fahrland has two kids, a daughter in 3rd grade at J.V. Washam, and son in First Grade 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 has previously served as Co-VP of Fundraising for the last two years and is excited to serve this year as Co-VP of Communications.

Co-VP of Communications: Jen Hendrickson

Jen has two children at J.V. Washam, a daughter in 4th grade and a daughter in 1st Grade. This is her second 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 Purdue University. She is a stay at home mom and very excited to continue to serve on the J.V. Washam PTO Board.

Co-VP of Fundraising: Kori Lemasson

Kori has two daughters, a rising 3rd grader and a 5 year old daughter entering Kindergarten at J.V. Washam. This will be her second year serving on the PTO Board. In previous years 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 to serve another year as Co-VP of Fundraising and continuing to volunteer at J.V. Washam.

Co-VP of Fundraising: Emily Bixler

My name is Emily Bixler, I have a son in the 4th grade and a daughter in 1st grade. I am originally from Chicago but grew up in West Palm Beach, Florida. I attended Florida Atlantic University before moving to North Carolina in 2001 . My husband and I landed in the Cornelius area , before moving to the Davidson/Concord area in 2017. My son attended Odell Primary where I volunteered for holiday parties and helped in the classrooms when needed. We moved back to Cornelius last September and have really enjoyed our time at JV Washam! I am really looking forward to serving on the PTO this year!

Treasurer: Margaret Rogers

Margaret has 2 children, a son in 4th grade at J.V. Washam and a daughter in 8th 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 serve on the PTO Board!

Secretary: Eileen Starman

Eileen has 2 sons, a 6th grader at Bailey Middle and a 3rd grader at J.V. Washam. This is her first year on the PTO board, but has been involved at Washam, serving as Room Parent and co-chair for the PTO bulletin Board for the last 2 years. Eileen grew up in the mountains of North Carolina and has been in the Lake Norman area for the last 16 years. Eileen graduated from Appalachian State University with a Bachelors of Science in Business Administration with a concentration in Computer Information System. Eileen currently has over 30 years of experience working in the Medical Billing/Insurance field and has been a Special Project Liaison at AmeriSource Bergen for the last 19 years.