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Parents Association

Mission Statement

The Parents Association works collaboratively with other members of the Doane Stuart community to foster community and school spirit, enhance the educational process through a variety of activities and events, and support the growth of Doane Stuart facilities and programs.

What is the Parents Association?

The Association builds and encourages a strong and supportive parent community and provides a network of communication between parents, faculty, and administration, to keep administrators and parents informed, and to give parents a voice in the life of the school. The Association fosters volunteerism and supports the School’s fundraising efforts.

To contact or get involved in the Parents Association, please contact Jen Hess at [email protected],.

Parents Association Committees

Education: Stay abreast of education issues and provide feedback and suggestions on the academic experience.

Community Life: Support programming to engage students and parents and foster school spirit  (committee chair:  Kristi Plunkett at [email protected])

Community Relations: Facilitate two-way communication between administration and the parent/guardian community  (committee chairs: Steven Kroll at [email protected])

Fundraising: Foster philanthropy to support academics, program enrichment, and the overall school experience (committee chair: Pam Hadad-Hurst at [email protected])

Recruitment: Support recruitment of new students by bringing parents into the admissions recruitment process and outreach to newly enrolled families 


Commitment: We foster children’s academic success, creativity, health, and well-being through strong parent, family, and community involvement.

Inclusivity: All parents and guardians are members of the Association. We value and seek input from as wide a spectrum of viewpoints and experiences as possible. We are mindful of keeping the Parent Association accessible and offering all interested parents the opportunity for meaningful participation.

Respect: We value all members of our Doane Stuart community: administrators, faculty, staff, and trustees; parents; students; and all those who live and work in Rensselaer and our home communities. We listen and speak carefully so all are heard. We model respect in our interactions with others.

Collaboration: We work in partnership with members of our Doane Stuart community and a wide array of individuals and organizations to accomplish our agreed-upon goals.

Integrity: We value decision-making and actions guided by the principles of personal integrity, empathy, responsibility, and respect for self and others. We maintain confidentiality, where appropriate. We act consistently with our beliefs. When we err, we acknowledge the mistake and seek to make amends.

Accountability: We acknowledge our obligations. We deliver on our promises.

Parents Association Five Pillars of Engagement One-Page


Class Representatives (19-20)

Early Childhood: Karla Vasquez  ([email protected]) and Colleen Kohler ([email protected])

Kindergarten:  Kristi Plunkett ([email protected])

1st Grade: Jill Hepp ([email protected]) and Karla Vasquez ([email protected])

2nd Grade: Cheryl Strevell ([email protected]) and Joe Carbonara ([email protected])

3rd Grade: Michelle Snavely ([email protected])   

4th Grade: Cyndy Neidl ([email protected])  

5th Grade: Nanda O’Leary ([email protected])  

6th Grade:Jennifer Hess ([email protected])  

7th Grade: Jennifer Hess ([email protected])

8th Grade: Tammy Schillinger ([email protected])

9th Grade: 

10th Grade: Carol Hapeman ([email protected])

11th Grade: Pam Hadad-Hurst ([email protected])

12th Grade: Pam Hadad-Hurst ([email protected])