Francelia Burwell

President
North Carolina PTA

Francelia Burwell has been involved and served in leadership roles with PTAs in Fairfax County, VA (secretary, historian) and Durham County, NC (president, vice president, communications committee chair, 8th grade Avid parent liaison, principal selection committees, site based decision making committees, school improvement teams, DPS Budget Advisory Committee, DPS Branding Committee, DPS Strategic Planning Committee, DPS Advanced Academics Team, DPS Growing Together Committee, and a member of numerous district & state led parental focus groups) for nearly 30 years. She has served (2) two-year terms as President, VP, VP of Community Engagement, and Board Consultant of the Durham Public Schools Council of PTAs.

She brings passion and enthusiasm as she embarks upon this new role as President of North Carolina PTA. She has also served as NCPTA President Elect, NCPTA Board of Directors Member, Diversity & Inclusion Committee Chair, Membership Committee Co-Chair, and GATES Team Partnership Lead, as well as a member of the Events, Founder’s Day, Convention, Information Systems, and Strategic Planning & HR Committees.

Francelia focuses on engaging and inspiring families to become involved in their children’s education through the PTA. She has worked with many teachers, principals, and superintendents to identify potential leaders among families and to nurture their efforts to build PTAs. She utilizes her experience to help cultivate partnerships between schools and families as a means of supporting and empowering underserved and underrepresented students and their families, thus helping each child to perform to his/her full potential.

She has a proven reputation throughout the community while actively building and strengthening relationships with PTA and the larger community through grant opportunities and partnerships. Under her leadership, Durham Council of PTAs has successfully secured several National PTA and foundation grants as well as provided technical assistance and support to local units to secure grants.

Francelia, a native of Virginia, is a loving wife to Tony Burwell, Sr of 29 years and a proud mom of two sons and a daughter (graduates of Durham Public Schools). She is the membership co-chair of the Parent & Family Advisory Council for UNC Greensboro, where her daughter is currently a senior.