Seeking New Board Members for 2014-2015

Evansdale Education Foundation Board Election Announcement

The business and affairs of Evansdale Education Foundation (EEF) are managed under the direction of a Board of Directors. The Foundation will continue to grow strong with excellent leadership and is presently seeking candidates to fill positions as several members roll off at the end of the current school year.  We are excited to announce opportunities for board positions for the upcoming 2014-2015 school year.  Committee positions as well as “at large” positions are available for two-year terms, beginning fall of 2014.

If you value excellence in public education and have an interest in helping your community by serving on the board, we would love to hear from you.

Who is Eligible?

Any friend of Evansdale Elementary School may be nominated for the EEF Board—this includes, but is not limited to:

  • Parents
  • Neighbors
  • Local business people
  • Teachers
  • Grandparents
  • Other community members

You may nominate yourself or another individual may nominate you. Successful candidates for this volunteer organization will have a passion for excellence in public education and the mission of the Foundation.  Prior experience working with volunteer-driven organizations is helpful, but not necessary.  Professional and/or volunteer experience relating to the Board and committee role you are interested in is also a plus.

Board members generally serve two to three-year terms and serve on standing committees and/or actively participate as needed.  If you would like to become involved with EEF as a volunteer rather than pursuing a position on the Board, we invite you to serve on EEF committees for events or fundraising efforts taking place throughout the year. Just send an email stating your interest to

Board Member Expectations

Ideal candidates for members of the EFF Board will:

  • Work together for the best interests of the organization and the kids, our ultimate beneficiaries
  • Be positive and energetic ambassadors of Evansdale Elementary School, the EEF and the Evansdale PTA
  • Regularly attend board meetings
  • Contribute to active committees or serve in a leadership role
  • Report on committee actions in a timely manner, keeping written records of activities
  • Actively contribute to and participate in fundraising efforts
  • Control costs to maximize the impact of funds raised for the children
  • Adhere to the Evansdale Education Foundation mission and guiding principles

How Does the Process Work?

If you are interested in an EEF board position, please complete an EEF Board of Directors Interest Form and e-mail it to Scott Vanags, Nominating Committee Chair, at Please limit the interest form to no more than two pages in length and submit it no later than March 31, 2014.  The nominating committee will review all interest forms, conduct interviews and provide a slate of nominees to the EEF board for a vote at its April board meeting.

The EEF board votes on candidates and all votes are kept confidential. In considering nominees, the board is mindful of the diversity and balance necessary for the foundation to meet its goals.

Service for newly elected board members officially begins during the 2014-2015 school year.


Volunteers Needed: Red, Hot & Blue

We need your help!

Red, Hot & Blue: Havana Nights is just a few weeks away.  We can’t make it happen with out your help in setting up the venue and auction items, checking in guests, closing out the silent auction, check-out and more.

Signing up is easy and we’ll walk you through your job.  Just click the button below and sign up for a few shifts.

If you have questions please contact Lauren Shankman, Volunteer Coordinator.

Thank you!


RHB Havana Nights

Eagle Trek Success Featured in Atlanta Journal Constitution


The Atlanta Journal Constitution highlighted the overwhelming success of our Eagle Trek campaign. Read more

Eagle Trek 2013 is LIVE!

What is Eagle Trek?EagleTrek_Tshirt_2013_14

Eagle Trek is a walk-a-thon at Evansdale Elementary, on October 3, 2013.  All students are participating and have pledged to walk for thirty minutes.  With your help, every minute and every step will raise money to improve our school and learning experience for every Evansdale student.

Events Schedule

Friday, September 6th:
Brochures go home; Eagle Trek goes live online!

Thursday, September 12th
: Kick-off party at Tucker Square from 4-8. The Fountain will have $2 ice cream and specialty hot dogs. Proceeds go to the fundraiser. They are giving $1 per every ice cream and hot dog sold, so it would be great to have a big turn out! The Evansdale Education Foundation will also have a booth at the Farmer’s Market, so stop by and say hello!

October 3rd: The Eagle Trek walk– We still need volunteers for this fun and rewarding day!

Also: Prize blitzes on Friday Sept 13th, 20th, 27th and Thursday, October 3rd.

Our Sponsors

Evansdale Elementary PTA and The Evansdale Education Foundation would like to thank our wonderful Eagle Trek sponsors! Please thank them yourself!

  • Henderson Mill Dental
  • Resurgen’s Bank 
  • Eaton Pediatric Dentistry
  • Clinebell Orthodontics  
  • Body By Jen   
  • Northlake Storage  
  • Embry Hills Dental   
  • Eric’s Fit Lab   
  • Las Colinas   
  • Adam Grier Real Estate   
  • Randy’s Service Center  
  • Hit Atlanta   
  • WellSource Spine and Wellness  
  • Lee Patterson, Inc.    
  • Charles Barber shop   
  • Red and Black Landscaping   
  • Health and Healing  
  • El Matador   

Our Volunteer of the Year: Denise Tso

Volunteer of the Year:  Denise Tso

Volunteer of the Year: Denise Tso

Denise Tso, mother of two Evansdale Eagles and a founding board member is our very deserving recipient of the Volunteer of the Year Award.    This recognition, now in its second year (awarded last year to Lucy Foley of Modern South Studios) is designed to recognize extensive volunteer work by individuals serving outside of the board.

Denise was a founding member of the foundation and from day one did not hesitate to problem solve and take immediate action to tackle whatever needed to be done. Initially she took the lead on building a relationship with DeKalb County so that we could maintain support as we built on our mission and developed as an organization. She was part of the small group that recognized our school’s need for a foundation when funding for critical programs was at risk.   Read more

Thank You for Another Amazing Year!

Dear Friends of Evansdale Elementary,

Many of us were recently at Evansdale the evening of May 16th for the final PTA meeting of the school year and the “No Talent, Talent Show”. As expected, it was a special night for many reasons. To witness the recognition of Colicia Hanson as the PTA’s much deserving volunteer of the year, the heartfelt comments from incoming and outgoing PTA board members, and the entertaining, earnest and adorable talents of so many Eagles was a wonderful way to close out the school year.

As we wrap up another amazing year at Evansdale, we’re reminded that moments like the evening of May 16th are not uncommon. Ours is a truly special school and extraordinary community. The inaugural Eagle Trek was a supremely successful partnership between your PTA and foundation. The 3rd annual, Red, Hot & Blue spring auction, attended by more than 175 members of our community, was another huge success. Overall, more than 1,000 people across 5 countries and 28 states, donated to our cause this year to raise more than $90,000 for our beloved school. Since forming the foundation just under 3 years ago, we’ve raised more than $215,000 to help Evansdale realize its full potential. This is truly astounding and we can’t thank you enough for your amazing support.

As we look forward, our future is bright. We continue to have dedicated parents and skilled staff. Our students are interested and engaged learners who are now supported by a refreshed and reinvigorated school board. New and exciting educational opportunities in the form of STEM and French Immersion are on the horizon. We have effective collaboration among parents, administrators, PTA, School Council and foundation. Together, we are well equipped to sustain and develop Evansdale’s heritage of educational excellence.

In closing, we want to welcome our new board members and thank our departing board members for their outstanding service. We are excited about the skills and energy Lauren Shankman, Anne Craddock, Jennifer Allen, Chris Foley, Jennifer McGaughey, Myriam Quispe-Agnoli, Genny Tuggey, and Scott Vanags will bring to our board and mission. As for our departing board members, additional comments are in order…

  • JC Boyanton - You have been our pioneering and fearless leader for three years. You were instrumental in directing our fledgling foundation through unknown and uncharted territory. Early challenges and obstacles were overcome, important decisions and milestones were achieved, and vital procedures and policies were established, in large part, because of your leadership. We were once an idea with potential. We are now a reality with impact. You led the way.
  • Susan Ponder - We raised over $90,000 this year. More than ever before. After the success we had our first two years, that’s amazing. All of our fundraising efforts are vibrant, healthy and well positioned for the future because of you. We cannot thank you enough!
  • Zuzette Estevez - Let us count the ways you will be missed…As an event planner extraordinaire and Red, Hot & Blue stalwart. As Nominating Committee Chair hunting for committed and talented new board members with the skill of a bloodhound. As a vocal and insightful board meeting participant. Must you leave?
  • Anne Johnson - You have played an integral role in all things communications. From helping establish our tone and brand to providing invaluable editing expertise. From managing email distributions to Facebook posts and Twitter feeds. From publishing a world class newsletter to administering an excellent web site. But most of all, you’ve been the best partner a Communications Committee Chair could hope for!
  • Heather Hawkins - You made a measurable, meaningful difference from the start and throughout. Thank you for your outstanding service to the Investment and Nominating Committees. Your calm, balanced nature and willingness to help in countless ways will not be forgotten!
  • Elaine Gold - You’ve represented your colleagues superbly and we thank you for being an effective liaison with Evansdale’s wonderful teachers. Your commitment to our mission is greatly appreciated and your input will be missed!
  • Cynthia McGuinness - Free money is difficult to come by, especially during a recession. Nonetheless, you searched high and low for grant opportunities for the foundation and Evansdale as a whole. Thanks for helping our Eagles soar even higher!

The term for our 2013-14 Board of Directors begins June 1, 2013 and they are listed below for your reference. (Our Board page will be updated accordingly soon; open committee chair positions will be filled over the summer.)

We hope you have a great summer and thanks again for another amazing year!

Evansdale Education Foundation

2013-14 Board of Directors

Sean McCandless, Chair 
Ben Kupronis, Treasurer
Devon Christopher, Administration Committee
Jim Bitsko, Fundraising Committee
OPEN, Investment Committee
Lauren Shankman, Communications Committee
Keith Willby & Tim Conner, Corporate Sponsor Committee
OPEN, Grants Committee
Dr. Daniel McGuire, Evansdale Principal
Anne Craddock, Evansdale Teacher Liaison
Jennifer Allen
Phil Castro
Dr. Angie Claussen
Chris Foley
Denise Jenkins
Rachel Kaufman
Angela Malik
Jennifer McGaughey
Myriam Quispe-Agnoli
Genny Tuggey
Scott Vanags
Rachel VanValkenburg

Funding Request Guidelines

Funding Request Guidelines have been established by the Evansdale Education Foundation Board of Directors to provide Evansdale staff with a mechanism to identify funding needs and request funding from the Evansdale Education Foundation.

Constituents interested in submitting a funding request should email us at

To submit a request for check, please complete our Request for Check form.

Evansdale staff interested submitting a funding request should review the Funding Request Guidelines in their entirety and submit the enclosed form to Evansdale Principal, Dr. Daniel McGuire.

Exciting New Changes for Evansdale Elementary!

Evansdale Elementary has some exciting changes on the horizon and the Evansdale Elementary PTA needs your help to spread the word.

First, Evansdale Elementary has been selected as a launch site for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics) Certification by the Georgia Department of Education. DCSS selected Evansdale as a launch site due to the school’s past and continuing commitment to STEM activities. As a result of being selected, Evansdale will receive:

• Professional Training & Education for School Faculty
• Supplies & Materials for Classroom Implementation and Teaching of STEM Strategies
• STEM Lab Equipment

Additionally, the school will work with community partners to help reinforce and supplement STEM learning in the classroom. To learn more about Evansdale’s STEM initiatives, Like Evansdale Elementary STEM on Facebook.

Next, Evansdale was chosen by the state department of education as a pilot site for its dual immersion language program in French. Beginning with the 2014 school year, two Evansdale Kindergarten classes will be taught in French and English, giving students a great foundation in language learning. Children in those two classes will receive instruction of the regular core curricula in English for half the day and in French for half the day.  The teaching team will consist of one English speaking teacher and one French speaking teacher who will share the two classes.  Children in the dual immersion program will still experience regular specials such as music, art, PE, and science lab. A lottery will be conducted to determine which children will be in those two classes. (You can read more at the Georgia Department of Education.)

Finally, Evansdale’s magnet program has been revamped so that now, rather than a single magnet class in each grade, Evansdale is a magnet school, with all students receiving the benefits of the school’s magnet language program!

If you have a rising Kindergarten student or know someone in the Evansdale area with a future Eagle, please share this information with them. You are also invited to attend a “Coffee and Conversation” event on May 6th at 8 a.m. in the cafeteria to receive more details about these and other exciting events within our neighborhood school. For parents who prefer Spanish, another event will be held on May 3rd from 5 to 6:30 p.m.

As a reminder, children entering Kindergarten must turn 5 on or before September 1st.

Evansdale Elementary invites you to share this information with anyone you know who may have a child eligible for Kindergarten at Evansdale this coming fall. You may also ask them to call the school directly at 678.874.2702 or they may contact our PTA Welcome Committee English speakers can also call Angie Claussen at 770.414.5464; Spanish speakers, Myriam Quispe at 404.663.3248.

Finally, to keep abreast of what’s happening at Evansdale or with education in DeKalb, check out our Evansdale Links on our home page.

Investment History

A summary of investments since our formation in June, 2010.

School Year 2010-2011: In our inaugural year we provided incentives for 5 teachers to become Gifted Certified. This small investment resulted in an additional $16,000 in annual funding to be utilized to support the entire school.

School Year 2011-2012: In our second year we did the following to bring almost $30,000 in additional annual funding to the school.

  • Provided incentives for 4 more teachers to become Gifted Certified.
  • Provided funding for training in differentiated instruction in reading and math for 23 teachers.
  • Hired Early Intervention Program (EIP) reading teacher, Jacqueline Whited, part time to assist with challenged readers and provide classroom support.

School Year 2012-2013: In our third year we did the following. (Note: benefits will be communicated when quantified.)

  • Provided incentive for 1 more teacher to become Gifted Certified.
  • Hired EIP reading teacher, Jacqueline Whited, full time and provided her training in the Orton-Gillingham approach to reading to assist her with differentiated instruction.
  • Hired an instructor to provide Orton-Gillingham training in the summer for up to 20 teachers.
  • Paid for 10 teachers to receive differentiated instruction in reading for the fall.

Winter Newsletter is Out!

Our Winter 2013 quarterly newsletter, published in .pdf format, is out now! Download it today!