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From the Desk of John Martin, District 10 Director

I look forward to serving you as your incoming District Director. District 10 needs to grow with you – as you experience growth within your local units, and your own growth as a parent leader.  

I’ll start with the biggest news first – National PTA’s attempt to raise membership dues was defeated. At CLT, Georgia PTA’s delegation was tasked with voicing our concerns over the dues increase, and we must have not been alone. For local PTA leaders in Georgia, this is a relief – please proceed to create your membership forms at your current membership level as stated in your bylaws and submit them to your council for review. 

At CLT there was a an election for the 2019 – 2021 State PTA Executive Board:

  • Karen Hallacy – President (Elected in 2017 as President-elect)
  • Dawn Stastny – President-elect (Presidential term begins in 2021)
  • Shanda Ross – 1st Vice President
  • Anita Jones – 2nd Vice President 
  • Diane Jacobi – Secretary   (North Fulton)
  • Amanda Webber – Treasurer  
  • Carol Johnson Davis – Parliamentarian   
  • Tyler Barr – Immediate Past President 
  • Leon Hobbs – National PTA Board Representative (ex-officio)

I serve on the State PTA Full Board as your representative. Contact me if you have anything you want me to present to Georgia PTA – and definitely copy me on any PTA related communication you have with Georgia PTA staff or board members. 

SAVE THE DATE! – October 19, 2019 – Fall Conference

Our Fall conference will be held in South Fulton Council, location and details to be determined. Please put this on your calendar and plan to attend.

We will be electing our secretary at the next conference. Nominations can come from the floor. Please contact me if you would like to run, have questions, etc. The duties of secretary can be found on our website.

We will be looking for committee chairs soon, particularly positions with an impact across all of Fulton County. So far the board has identified a need for Communications, Social Media, Awards/Reports and Community Partnerships. If you are interested in a position, or if you have a district-wide initiative that you would like us to support, contact me.

Christy Sniecinski, our District 10 Treasurer, says don’t forget that your IRS 990 Confirmations are due within 10 days of filing with the IRS and PTA audit forms are due the last business day in September!  It’s also never too early to print your President and Treasurer checklists.   

Please read my welcome message to you on our web site. Whether you are new to PTA or have been at your local unit for a while, it should provide you with some clarity of what the District’s and your Council’s roles are, when and how you should ask for support from each of us, and guidelines on communicating with Georgia PTA. 

For ALL the children, thank you for all that you do,

John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021

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District 10 Digest – July 2019

I look forward to serve you as your incoming District Director. We need to grow with you – as you experience growth within your local units, and your own growth as a parent leader.

The District supports local units by acting as a liaison with councils for local units and the state PTA. To that end, a reminder that your council is your primary contact for questions, concerns, requests, etc. Even if the request is simple and you want to contact the state office – always loop in your council first. If a dialog continues between you and a state officer or staff, make sure to copy or follow up with your Council President and your District Director – our contact info is on this page.

District 10’s most visible presence is at our conferences. For the past several years we have brought you speakers who are shaping education in Georgia. Often education decisions in Georgia seem to emerge from a vacuum – we must educate our policymakers so that we can all work together to advocate for all children. We will bring them to you and allow your voice – the voice for all children – to be heard.

As the District Director, I serve as your representative on the State PTA board, taking input from you and expressing how the vision, goals, programs, and initiatives taken on at state PTA may work (or not, in some cases) across Fulton County and Atlanta Public Schools, and bringing ideas that work from our local units and seeing how they might work state-wide.

Years ago I was a teacher. I still consider myself an educator – and a big part of that is being an advocate for all children. I tend to shy away from drama and look for a better path – how can we all work together to benefit ALL the children? Let’s do that!

For the children,

John Martin
District 10 Director, 2019-2021

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At the May 11th special called meeting, John Martin was elected as the 2019-2021 District Director. His and the incoming officers’ terms will become effective upon installation of the District Director at the Convention Leadership Training, June 7-8, 2019, held at North Atlanta High School in Atlanta, Georgia.

The incoming elected board is as follows:

  • John Martin, District Director
  • Everlon Buxton,  First Assistant Director*
  • Tara Surratt,  Second Assistant Director*
  • Christy Sniecinski, Treasurer*
  • VACANT, Secretary

*Elected at the D10 Spring Conference on March 9, 2019.

A meeting to elect the vacant Secretary will be scheduled to ensure open attendance by all members of District 10. You will be advised of the date and time of the meeting to elect the vacant Secretary by the new District Director.

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Fall Conference Presentations

Thank you to all who attended the 2018 District 10 Fall Conference. The presentation by GWINNETT STOPP was informative, interactive and enlightening. The presentation is available for your review.

Also thank you to Amanda Densmore, Community Outreach Liaison for the Atlanta-Fulton County Library for attending the Fall Conference and sharing information about available resources. The presentation of library information and resources is available.

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Welcome From the New District Director

Greetings PTA/PTSA Leaders, Members, Supporters and Advocates,

I send to you this brief introduction and affirmation. As you navigate the 2017-2018 school year, be resolved in knowing District 10, encompassing Atlanta Council of PTAs, North Fulton Council and South Fulton Council, is here to provide support, guidance and assistance to PTA/PTSAs throughout Fulton County. In fulfilling this mission, I too as the District Director, am assured our collective, collaborative and purposeful service will continue to positively impact children. I am equally prepared to meet the challenges and opportunities that may lie ahead given the nuances of issues impacting education, forward momentum of Georgia and National PTA, and the targeted needs of local units. Above all, I am mindful of the unique and integral role we each fulfill in providing one common voice for all children.

Again, it is with sincere appreciation of all your efforts that we continue to make strives at the local, council and district levels and together we will continue to do so.


Priscilla Borders, District 10 Director

District 10 Director


Fulton County/District 10 map

Fulton County/District 10 is in Northwest Georgia, and is shaded red in this map.


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Coming soon!

New information coming soon:

  1. A new District Board was elected.
  2. The new and old board has met and a transition plan is in plan
  3. Watch for your new District Director, Priscilla Borders, and new board members at our next district meeting, which will be held during CLT (details pending).
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Atlanta Council 2016-2017 REFLECTIONS CEREMONY

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Spring Conference and Nominations

The entire District 10 board is up for election at our Spring Conference – 9:00 a.m. March 4, 2017 at Vickery Mill Elementary School in North Fulton Council.

All District 10 PTA members are welcome to attend. Please RSVP through Eventbrite. You must be a member from a District 10 Local Unit and have your signed PTA card in order to vote!

The nominating committee has selected the following people to run for these positions.

  • District Director – Willie Davis (SFC)
  • First Assistant Director – Sondra Parham (SFC)
  • Second Assistant Director – Melissa Hughley (APS)
  • Secretary – Angie Dover (NFC)
  • Treasurer – Christine Hall (NFC)

Please note that although the nominating committee has selected its slate of officers, nominations will also be taken from the floor. To be eligible for any position you must reside in District 10 and be a PTA member. The district director must have served at least one term as a local unit officer or council officer, prior to being elected.

Read about the positions.

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Nominations for District 10 Officers

The entire District 10 board is up for election at our Spring Conference – March 4, 2017 at Vickery Mill Elementary School in North Fulton Council. The nominating committee will have a slate in place by February 15. Your first step to nominate someone else or to be considered for a position on the board is to fill out the nomination form, or send an email to The committee will contact you with further instructions.
These positions are up for election:

  • District Director
  • First Assistant Director
  • Second Assistant Director
  • Secretary
  • Treasurer

Read about the positions.

Nominate yourself or others.

To be eligible you must reside in District 10 and be a PTA member. The district director must have served at least one term as a local unit officer or council officer, prior to being elected.

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Thank you for opposing Amendment 1!

Amendment 1 – the Opportunity School District – failed, with 60% of voters supporting PTA’s position. Please read the letters below from District Director Lisa Martin and Georgia PTA President Lisa-Marie Haygood.


From the Desk of Lisa Martin, District 10 Director

Dear District 10 PTA Members,

Thank you, thank you, and thank you for all you did to stop the passing of Amendment 1.  Your grassroots efforts show that PTA members understand our schools.  That we want to make them all effective and impactful environments for our children to learn.

While I have your attention, one of the takeaways I thought was so important when I heard it spoken by Janet Kishbaugh at the Atlanta Council PTA event.  She said, “If this amendment fails, and I hope it will, it means that OUR WORK is just beginning.”  I agree so I am working with the District 10 team to make sure every PTA in our district can advocate more effectively during the 2017 Legislative Session.  If you want to join in the fun, please email me and Detrius Jones, our legislative chair.

Lisa Martin

From the Desk of Lisa-Marie Haygood, Georgia PTA President

I am so proud of the advocacy efforts that District 10 displayed throughout the OSD movement! Our odds were beyond scary when this amendment started out; but you believed.  Plain and simple, you believed this was bad legislation, you believed we could affect change, and you believed in the power of an informed voter.

I am humbled to serve alongside the parent advocates in D10, and am anxious to see what happens now, as we roll up our sleeves and set about the real work of ensuring none of our babies gets left behind while public education is on our watch!



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