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NCPTA Announces 2013-15 Slate of Officers

The North Carolina PTA (NCPTA) Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the 2013-15 slate of officers to our members. NCPTA members will have the opportunity to vote on these officers on Saturday, June 1, during our Parent Education and Leadership Conference, at 9 am.

Participation in the selection of NCPTA leaders is a privilege of membership and an obligation to the success of our work for kids. Questions should be sent by email to by May 24, 2013.

The NCPTA Board of Directors appreciates your participation in the nomination and election of our incoming officers. Join us as we celebrate leadership for all in the NCPTA.

President-Elect: Kelly Langston, Greensboro

Kelly Langston has been a PTA member for more than 11 years and a volunteer working with children for 20 years. Kelly currently serves as the NCPTA treasurer, the Guilford County Council of PTAs president, the chair of the Guilford County Student Heath Advisory Council and a board member on local nonprofit boards. She works with various community nonprofit organizations and the school system to encourage collaboration.

Kelly is currently pursuing her master’s degree in public health at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. She is married to Rob Langston and they have four children. Matthew is in elementary school; Michael is in middle school; and Sarah and Katherine are in high school. Kelly enjoys spending time with her family and hiking.

Secretary: Cindy Smith, Raleigh

Cindy Smith has been nominated for the position of secretary. Cindy has been involved in PTA for more than 20 years. She has served at the local, council, and state levels in various capacities. She has served as president of the Wake County PTA Council and is currently serving as secretary for NCPTA.

Cindy has been a registered nurse for 30 years and is a recent graduate from University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in the adult nurse practitioner program. Cindy and her husband Scott have two grown sons who are students at East Carolina University.

NCPTA Creates Gallery of Reflections State-Level Winners and Special Artists

The North Carolina PTA applauds students and PTA families across the state for participating in PTA Reflections, a national arts recognition program that encourages students to explore their talents and express themselves.

NCPTA hosted the annual Reflections Celebration on April 20 in Raleigh. Hundreds attended the celebration, and more than 65 students were recognized for their talents. NCPTA has created a gallery of the entries of state-level winners and special artists.

Watch the 2013 Reflections Celebration! Please share with family and friends. If you have difficulties viewing, click here to test your computer for technical requirements.

2012-2013 Reflections “The Magic of a Moment…” Gallery
Dance Choreography Gallery
Film Production Gallery
Literature Gallery
Music Composition Gallery
Photography Gallery
Visual Arts Gallery
Special Artist Recognition Gallery

North Carolina PTA Members Share Thoughts About National PTA Legislative Conference

PTA members from North Carolina traveled to Washington D.C. in March for the PTA Legislative Conference. NCPTA caught up with a few volunteers along the way while visiting leaders on Capitol Hill, and they agreed to share photos and comments about their experience.

“It was a wonderful experience to be with other parents and volunteers advocating for children around the country.”
– Donald Dunn, NCPTA President-Elect, Lewisville

“The Legislative Conference was a big eye opener for me due to the fact that I was a newbie. I enjoyed meeting new PTA representatives from all over the U.S. and felt very honored to be able to advocate for education on Capitol Hill. It was a wonderful learning experience.”
– Susan Wallace, NCPTA Board Member, Smithfield

Susan Wallace (far left) and Donald Dunn (far right), board members of NCPTA, along with Kevin Weston, PTA member from Fayetteville and Domonique Tilman, a representative from Congressman Melvin Watt’s office.

“The week was amazing. It is always inspiring to be around so many passionate advocates, especially our NCPTA group.  They are so dedicated and knowledgeable; it is a pleasure to work with them.  The National PTA policy team is fabulous. They explained the issues and the priorities in a way that was understandable. We were given the tools to speak to our elected officials with confidence. I also came home ready to motivate all parents to stand up for public education. Senator Burr and Hagan were on my flight home, and I was able to spend some time talking one-on-one with Senator Hagan.” 
– Kelly Langston, NCPTA Board Treasurer, Greensboro