Meet Your PTO

We are proud to introduce your 2023-2024 PTO Board! Each year the PTO works tirelessly to provide fun events for our students and support for our staff. Our school relies on volunteers and fundraising and we encourage you to get involved however you can. Please reach out to our Volunteer Coordinator for the current year to find out what opportunities are available. 

Co-President Tawnya Thomas 

Tawnya Thomas


I am a mother of four, with my one boy currently at HVE. My family has lived in Happy Valley now for almost 10 years. I was always a classroom mom and never thought I would be a "PTO mom." I did not realize or know how much the PTO does for our school. I love what we have been able to build and do for our school. I have got to know so many amazing staff members in the building, parents and even community members being on the PTO.




Co-President Rachel Pierson 


My name is Rachel Pierson and I have one daughter in 4th grade at HVE, and one in preschool who cannot wait to be a little Cougar. We have only lived in Happy Valley since 2019, but we love this community and feel so grateful for our schools!


I loved volunteering in the school prior to Covid, and I am so appreciative of the opportunity to volunteer with the PTO when school reopened. I work with children in foster care and have always loved doing whatever I can to help them remember to have fun. I also love being able to bring that spirit to our kids, and I am very excited to be in the role of volunteer coordinator this year so that I can work with so many wonderful parents in our community.




Secretary Shay Witten


My name is Shay Witten and I am serving as the PTO Secretary. I have two lovely and wild daughters at HVE, Chloe and Avery. After the world craziness the past few years, I am especially appreciative of our AMAZING PTO Board. In the midst of busy family schedules, work, and personal commitments, they take the time to make our school and community THRIVE. I'm inspired to be a part of this group so that I can support our school, create fun and memorable experiences for our kids, brighten our teachers' days, strengthen the connection between home and school, and make the most of these long days/short years that are elementary school. I am grateful for the opportunity to be on the HVE PTO Board.




Treasurer Liz Espeland


Info coming soon! 





Volunteer Coordinator Trish Gibson





Communications Chair Nicole Wieteska


Hi! My name is Nicole Wieteska and I am currently the PTO Communications Chair. I am happy to be a part of such a great community here at Happy Valley Elementary. I have 4 children, one of which is in 4th grade here at HVE. I am so passionate about our school community and feel so grateful to know so many of the students at Happy Valley Elementary. I love creating art with our kiddos and truly seeing their individuality shine through in all the school wide art projects the PTO supports. I can often be found on a ladder or in a small case around the school, as I enjoy creating art for the common spaces for our kids to enjoy. If you happen to catch me on a ladder of anywhere else creating around the school, say Hi! I would love to meet you!




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Teacher Classroom Wishlist

Have you ever wondered how you could help support your student's teacher and class? You're in luck! We've developed a teacher classroom wishlist. If you would like to help, simply check out this Wishlist and select the items you would like to purchase. You will even have the option to include a personalized message to your child’s teacher during the checkout process. Your gift might just help bring a memorable and vital classroom activity to fruition!

Thank you for your support!

HVE School and PTO Calendar