Our mission is to give our Barnwell Bears the tools and resources they need to reach their full potential, both in school and out. We are the parents and teachers who advocate for our children. We strive to use our voice to make a difference for the education, health, and welfare of Barnwell students and families.
There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school
The PTO offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as students.
PTO functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.
PTO can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.
By volunteering with your PTO, you put your skills and hobbies to use for a noble cause—your child and all children in the community.
By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. PTO play an important role by supporting building improvements through advocacy and play an important role in fundraising for curriculum based programs and social events.
Hi, my name is Sogol Zebarjadi and I will be serving as Co-President on our PTO board this year. My husband Sam and I have two children here at Barnwell. Rayan is in 5th grade, and Ariana is in 2st grade. I love volunteering at our school and so happy to be a part of this community. I’m excited for the year ahead and look forward to collaborating with the school and fellow parents on the many fun activities and enrichment opportunities we provide for our students!
Hello! My name is Lauren Limbaugh and I am proud to serve as PTO Co-President. I have fifth and second graders this year, and another future Bear who is excited to be at Barnwell soon! One thing this past year has taught is just how important school community is to us all. I believe that when our children see us giving back to and serving our school, in both big and small ways, they take more pride in their education. Even from home, I look forward to planning enrichment for our Students and support to our Staff, and can't wait to return to our home away from home soon!
Megan Gann is going into her 2nd year as an executive board member moving into the role of Treasurer. She has a 5th grader as well as a new Pre-Kindergaetener. Megan is enthusiastic about our Barnwell staff and families and committed to making all PTO finances stretch as far as possible. She is looking forward to a year of strong community connection.
My name is Molly Risner and this is my second year as VP of Communication. I previously served as secretary for two years. I have two boys, a 5th grader at Barnwell and my older son is in 7th grade. I am looking forward to this school year though it is bittersweet being our last at Barnwell.
Hi, my name is Kate Hall and I will be serving as CO-VP for Technology and Communications on the PTO Board at Barnwell. My husband Justin and I have a daughter, Molly, who just began 3rd grade at Barnwell! We are so happy to be a part of this community and I look forward to being more involved with the school!
Hi, I am Hoda Ataei! I am excited to serve on the PTO of Barnwell Elementary as VP of School Enrichment. I have a 4th grader at Barnwell Elementary and a 7th grader at Autrey Mill Middle School. Our family loves being a part of the Barnwell community and we look forward to another amazing school year!
Hi, my name is Rebecca Catterton and I will be serving as VP School Enrichment. My husband Ryan and I have a second grader, Graham, here at Barnwell. We also have a three year old, Luke, who cant wait to join his brother in a couple of years. Barnwell is a wonderful school with dedicated teachers, staff, and volunteers, and I am excited to work with everyone. I am looking forward to another fun and memorable school year!
My Name is Kristin Funt, I have been married to my husband Andrew for 14 years. I have two kids at Barnwell. Taylor is 8 and will be entering 3rd grade and Jacob is 10 and will be going into 5th grade. I was born and raised in Pompano Beach Florida. I graduated from University of C entral Florida in 2002. I lived in Florida for over 30 years before we were relocated to Denver Colorado in 2014. We moved to Alpharetta in September of 2016 from Denver. I am very exci ted to be a part of the PTA. We love Barnwell and I couldn’t be more thankful to be able to be a part of this community. I am looking forward to an incredible 2020-2021 school year .
My name is Paola Morton. This is my first year as part of the PTO committee!
I’ve been married for 10 years and we have two boys 5 (kindergarten Barnwell bear) and 3.
I am looking forward to an outstanding year at Barnwell.
My name is Jennifer Matheson, and I'm excited to serve Barnwell's teachers and staff as Co-VP of Teacher Support. My daughter Charlotte is in the 5th grade and I also have a 9th grader at Johns Creek High School. I have loved serving in various volunteer roles for the past 10 years and am committed to making my final year at this wonderful school a great one for all of our Barnwell teachers and staff!
My name is Emily Glahn and I am VP of Family Events for 2020-2021. This is my 6th year at Barnwell, and my 5th year serving on the board. Brad and I have 3 kids, Sydney a 7th grader, Grayson a 4rd grader, and Walker who is 3. We have loved being Barnwell Bears and look forward to being here many more years. Go Bears!
Hi, I'm Michelle Erste and I am the Vice President of Fundraising this year! Even before joining the board, I've been actively involved in volunteering for Barnival and STEAM week since we joined the community 4 years ago. I am a Barnwell Alum myself, so I especially love this school and our PTO! My husband Lou and I have two kids - Leah who is in 5th grade and Gabriel in 3rd grade. In addition to my day job as a Marketing Director for an engineering consulting firm and my role on the PTO, I can be found driving my children to and from dance and soccer practices or reading a book in my hammock in the backyard. The Erste family also includes Daisy the dog and three cats - Charlie, Mimi, and Harry.
Sogol Zebarjadi & Lauren Limbaugh
Vice Presidents: Molly Risner & Kate Hall
(Beargram, Directory, Website)
Vice Presidents: Hoda Ataei & Rebecca Catterton
(Volunteer Coordinator, All Pro Dads, School Tours, Bear Den )
Vice Presidents: Jen Matheson & Sonja Williams
(Staff Appreciation, Mini-grants, Room Parents, Hospitality)
Vice President: Erin Kadzis
(Giving Tree, Counseling Support, Community Service Days)
Vice President: Michelle Erste
(Barnival, Business Partners, Spirit Nights,Spirit Wear, Yearbook, Bear Support Campaign)
Vice Presidents: Kristin Funt & Paola Morton
(School Play, Math Night, STEM Week, International Night, Reflections)
Vice Presidents: Emily Glahn & Ryan Uptegraph
(Movie Night, Mother Son Bingo, Father Daughter Dance)