Want to Volunteer?

To volunteer for any school related activity, you must complete the steps below:

Step 1:

Log into the Miami-Dade County Public School Parent Portal with your parent number and password (if you do not know your parent number – visit the Main Office and ask for your parent number)

Step 2: 

Click “Apps/Services/Sites” in the upper left hand corner

Step 3: 

Click “Be a School Volunteer”

Step 4:  

After reading the policies and guidelines, click “Acknowledge and Accept”

Step 5: 

Select ” 4421 Pinecrest Elementary school”

Step 6: 

Most volunteers will be Level 1 – click on the box beside the activity that applies to what you will be volunteering for

Step 7: 

Click “Submit.”  You will notice a box at the bottom of the page that says your application is being processed.  Click “Close” in the upper left hand corner.

Step 8:  

Once you have completed Step 7, visit the Main Office and tell them you have completed the volunteer registration online and show them your picture ID.

Congrats!  Once you have completed the steps above you are now approved to volunteer at school activities.  Take a look at the committee descriptions below and if there is one that interests you, reach out to the committee chair and let them know you would like to help!  

Almost done...There's one more registration to complete...

To view and signup for volunteer opportunities available, please register for the PTA App  Please follow the steps below to register:

  1. Go to pinecrestpta.membershiptoolkit.com
  2. Click on the Register/Login button.
  3. Select "Create Account" and complete the information.  If you previously registered for MySchoolAnywhere, use the same email address.  
  4. Click "Verify My Email."  
  5. Check your email for the link to complete the registration process.  The link will expire in 2 hours.
  6. Log back in and complete the Parent/Family and Student information.

Questions?  Please contact us at pinecrestptacommunication@gmail.com


Volunteer Committees


1ST VP - Margarita Garcia Fanta garciafanta@hotmail.com

ESSAC Liaison
Get the scoop first! ESSAC is a committee made up of Pinecrest’s Administration, classroom teachers, parents, and local business members. The purpose of the group is to review and create our school’s goals and achievements. Meetings occur after school on Wednesdays, about once a month or every two months. 1-2 parents will be needed for the school year. This is a very important and worthwhile opportunity.

Budget Committee 

The Budget Committee is responsible for presenting a proposed budget to the PTA Board for review and approval.   The committee will evaluate funding decisions, propose targeted multi-year investments, obtain ideas for wish list items, facilitate communication regarding PTA spending restrictions, and disseminate information on MDCPS policies and procedures related to wish list items. 


Reza Farajzadeh reza@reza.ws

Christine Jurado christine@juradolaw.com

Antonella Lagomarsino antolago@gmail.com

Rebecca Rotolante rrotolante@lee-associates.com

Lisa Gomez  LMGomez@dadeschools.net

Christine Reynolds Christine@botics.com

Betsy Alexander bac317@gmail.com

Love baking? Like to host? Or, not bake at all and run to the food store before a meeting? This committee coordinates the refreshments for our teacher events, PTA meetings, welcome-back coffees and other events throughout the year. It’s a very needed and appreciated job! Time commitment varies depending on the level you’d like to help.

Eliana Couch elianacadario@gmail.com

Christine Jenkins Christine.Jenkins@hmhco.com

Legislative Representative
This is one of the most important (not time-intensive) jobs in the PTA. Pinecrest Elementary is looking for parents who can report back to the PTA Legislative Chair and assist with informing our school community about important educational legislation, on the local, state, and national levels. This is a great position for someone who is interested in politics. Although the PTA is non-partisan, it is important for our members to be aware of current legislation that involves children. Responsibilities include occasionally giving brief updates at general meetings. There are newsletters and web sites that provide updates that would be easy to summarize. Great for working parents!
Chair: Christine Jurado Christine@juradolaw.com

The membership committee is responsible for the Pinecrest PTA membership drive.  Preparation for the membership campaign starts during the summer and runs throughout the year.  The committee monitors the monies collected and distributes membership cards.

Christine Jenkins Christine.Jenkins@hmhco.com

Jennifer Sturges jsturges48@gmail.com

Parent Tours
Do you like to talk? Volunteers for this position will be available once a month (see below schedule) to provide tours of our school and answer questions for prospective new families. The tours begin at 8:45am and depart from the front office. Training by the school Administration will be provided. This position can be a shared volunteer assignment – max 4 people

Elyssa Lewis  elewis@imagereflex.com

Cara Althuis  caraalthuis@gmail.com

Jing Liang carol3113@gmail.com

Amanda Tillman abtillman@gmail.com

School Pictures
Volunteers are needed during the day to help the photographer with an orderly flow of students and assist office staff in processing orders and payments.
Chair: Karla de Cespedes-Rodriguez babycarlos@me.com

Staff Appreciation Week
Help show our appreciation for Pinecrest teachers and staff. This committee will coordinate Staff Appreciation week in May. Volunteers will be needed to assist with special events, activities, and gifts. This is a great way to show our teachers and staff how much we care!

Rebecca Rotalante rrotolante@lee-associates.com

Rebecca Johnson rrigualjohnson@gmail.com

Teacher Mini Grants

Elyssa Lewis elyssalewis@gmail.com

Andrea Carneiro andicarn@gmail.com

Volunteer Coordinator
Chair: Jill Lerner jlerner07@hotmail.com 


2ND VP - Antonella Lagomarsino antolago@gmail.com

Birthday Book Club
One of the best programs at Pinecrest is our Birthday Book Club! In lieu of a classroom birthday celebration, a student’s birthday can be celebrated by purchasing a book for the library. Donated books will have a donation sticker with the student’s name, and the student also gets recognized on TV announcements. Volunteers are needed to send out applications, process applications, etc. The time commitment is a few hours a month for the year.
Chair: Ceci Curbelo cecilonga216@aol.com

Book Fair
This committee will coordinate and oversee a quality book fair experience with Scholastic Books. Volunteers are needed to help set up, sell, restock, and tear down the book displays. Early morning and evening hours will also be available for working parents who wish to volunteer. This event is a great fundraiser, plus the students enjoy shopping for, and buying books. This is a great experience and a lot of help is needed. Please sign up- no experience necessary!

Jennifer Sturges jsturges48@gmail.com

Marika Lynch (Dads, Books, and Bagels) marikalynch@me.com

Darra Levy darra.levy@gmail.com

Ayse Onal onalayse@yahoo.com

Box Tops
You’d be surprised at how much money our school receives from collected Box Tops. A few volunteers are needed to help our Box Top Chair collect Box Tops throughout the year, and also help with advertising. Make a difference and sign up today!
Chair: Jackie Mercadal jackelin.mercadal@katzmedia.com

Brick Campaign
Help to coordinate our Pave the Way to our Future Brick Campaign.  Collect forms and process orders for bricks that will be placed in the pathway at the Butterfly Garden outside the Media Center.
Chair:  Shona Blonsky srblonsky@yahoo.com


This committee will help with as needed support of professional staff, money counting, day of run assistance for Boosterthon.


Paula Bierrenbach Paulabier@me.com

Tatiana Esrubilsky tesrubilsky@gmail.com

This event is one of our children’s favorite fundraisers, and our most successful. It is a family day of rides, games, prize drawings, food, auctions and activities. It involves a multitude of parents contributing their time and talents. The numerous subcommittees need help in a variety of areas. Everyone can make a contribution to Fun Fest in one form or another. If you enjoy special events planning, fundraising, organizing silent auctions, decorating, public relations, ticket sales, etc. this is a great event and a terrific opportunity to meet and work with some amazing people! Signup to be part of one of our fantastic committees:
Head Co-Chairs: 

Marines Prera pedrazmarines@yahoo.com

Rebecca Rotalante rrotolante@lee-associates.com

  • Art: Francisca Puga franchu8@yahoo.com; Solana Givone Solanagivone@hotmail.com; Lindsey Katz travlinz@aol.com
  • Baskets: Kristin Anderson kyanderson83@gmail.com; Cheri  cherit7318@yahoo.com
  • Corporate Underwriting: Carmen Hellman carmen@hellmanadr.com; Stephanie Voell gatorsteph@live.com
  • Food: JoAnn Picanes joannpicanes@bellsouth.net
  • Family Underwriting:  Wendy Cohen wac325@aol.com; Amanda Tillman abtillman@gmail.com; Kali Bensaadon kali@creamthecompany.com; Jessica Lissauer jessicalissauer@gmail.com
  • Games: Carrie Taylor carrietaylorl@gmail.com
  • Redemption: Michelle Dudley micheledudleyrd@gmail.com
  • Silent Auction: Carti Hoppe carlistarr@hotmail.com; Maritza Castro maritza0130@gmail.com
  • Tickets: Hazel Gonzalez hazel85@yahoo.com; Tatiana Muchenik tatianamuchenik@gmail.com; Constanza Carrillo constanzacarrillo@gmail.com
  • Ticket Counting Booth: JoAnn Picanes joannpicanes@bellsouth.net; Darlly Modia darllymodia@gmail.com
  • T-shirts: Carli Hoppe carlistarr@hotmail.com; Constanza  Carrillo constanzacarrillo@gmail.com
  • Volunteers: Margarita Garcia garciafanta@hotmail.com, Constanza Carrillo constanzacarrillo@gmail.com

School Store
This committee enjoys watching our little Pinecrest shoppers decide how to spend their money on the best school supplies. Volunteers are needed to staff the store every morning from 7:50am to 8:30 a.m. Many helpers are needed for this heartwarming endeavor. With enough volunteers, commitments are typically 2- 4 days per month.

Pembry Saez pembryksaez@gmail.com

Isabel Navarro Cordovez isacordovez@hotmail.com

Movie Night/ACT

This a fun-filled family event!  The Pinecrest community comes to our school to enjoy an outdoor movie on the lawn.  Vendors, ticket sales, and fun prizes are all party of this fun event.


Laura Marquez laura_dajer@hotmail.com

Sandra Marin marins1203@yahoo.com


3RD VP - Jennifer Sturges - jsturges48@gmail.com

Art Appreciation
Picasso! Monet! Jackson Pollock! Da Vinci! Van Gogh! Want to know more? The best way to learn is by teaching… in this enlightening and rewarding program, volunteers provide students with an awareness and appreciation of various artists and types of art. NO PREVIOUS ART HISTORY KNOWLEDGE IS REQUIRED! All materials, scripts, mounted prints and biographical information is provided.

Chair: Tatiana Esrubilsky tesrubilsky@gmail.com

Career Day
Career Day is an all-day enrichment program in which individuals and groups representing various careers come to the school and share their talents, expertise and experience with the children. Committee members are needed to solicit appropriate groups and individuals, schedule presenters, and provide materials and refreshments the day of the event. Coordination begins in January, and is done in cooperation with the school counselor. It’s a great event enjoyed equally by parents and students!

Jennifer McCafferty jmccaffertyfernandez@gmail.com

Kim Martinez-Lejarza kmartinez0226@gmail.com

Club Registration 
Help with Pinecrest’s wonderful after school Clubs program! 2-3 Volunteers are needed to help the Clubs’ Chair organize and collect Club registration fees for two separate weeks. Money collection takes place in the morning, before school starts, and then it needs to be processed. In all, it is 1-2 hours in the morning for each week. Volunteers need to commit for the entire week (or weeks) please.

Constanza Carrillo constanzacarrillo@gmail.com

Margarita Garcia Fanta garciafanta@hotmail.com 

Family Crisis
This committee assists Pinecrest families by offering appropriate support in times of need. Due to the confidential nature of this committee, the chairperson will call for help as needed.
Chair: Ms. Teresa Vega terrific@dadeschools.net

Field Day
Some of the best days of the year! Volunteers are needed for various Field Day(s) to help the PE coaches set-up and organize the events.

Eugenia Sanchez euge_brunetta@hotmail.com

Ana Heisecke markestah@msn.com

Green Committee
Interested in GREEN and ENVIRONMENTAL issues? Want to make a big difference?! Green and environmental efforts are one of our PTA’s main goals for the year. Volunteers will help plan and execute various projects.

Head Chair: 

Lisa Mainka lisamainka@me.com

  • Fairchild Challenge: The mission of the Fairchild Challenge is to inspire young people to engage in civic life and encourage them to become energetic and knowledgeable members of their communities.  Chair: Maria Pienkowski mariaisabella@gmail.com
  • Garden Projects: Have a green thumb? Help maintain the various gardens in Pinecrest Elementary throughout the year, including the Butterfly Garden, the Red Ribbon Garden, and the Kindergarten vegetable gardens. Projects and time commitments will vary throughout the year.  Chair: Isabel Navarro Cordovez isacordovez@hotmail.com
  • Recycling: Lisa Mainka lisamainka@me.com
  • School Events/Waterbottles: Davenie Faber zachalexben@gmail.com

Listeners Program
The Listen to Children program is co-sponsored by Miami-Dade County Public Schools and the Mental Health Association. Volunteers must attend one training session. The purpose of the Listeners program is to help children who are identified by the teacher or guidance counselor as needing extra attention from an adult. Volunteers spend 30 minutes a week with a student, listening and providing attention in a caring, nonjudgmental way.
Chair: Ana Flora Carvalhoanaflorac@icloud.com

Lunch Helper Committee
Let’s do lunch!  Pinecrest PTA invites you to lend a hand during your child’s lunch time in the cafeteria.  If you have a child or grandchild in Kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade, are available for thirty minutes between 10:00-11:20am, and are able to commit to a minimum of two times per month, please lend us a hand.  Volunteers assist the children in opening their lunch boxes, keeping them seated, using inside voices, implementing good manners, and ensuring their safety.  Please sign up at the beginning of the year as spots fill up quickly and training must be completed!

Chair: Jill Lerner jlerner07@hotmail.com

Parent Safety Committee
Safety is paramount! This committee addresses health and safety issues that affect our school – most notably traffic and parking. As in the past, the committee is providing carpool assistance on 57th Avenue, SW 102 Street and 104 Street to help keep the traffic moving. Volunteers are needed during arrival from 8:00 to 8:30 a.m. and dismissal from 1:45 -2:15 / 2:20 – 3:10 pm. to assist children out of their cars. With enough volunteers, each person will only need to work one morning or afternoon a week. A special perk: volunteers get to wear a psychedelic yellow mesh vest while they’re on the job! *** Dads, this is a great way for you to help out too!

Tatiana Muchenik muchenik@gmail.com

Eugenia Sanchez euge_brunetta@hotmail.com

Ana Heisecke markestah@msn.com

Red Ribbon Week
The primary responsibility of this committee is to work with the school counselor to coordinate activities for Red Ribbon Week (also known as “Say NO to Drugs Week”). Volunteers will help decorate the school to raise awareness and arrange for speakers and presentations for the various grade levels. We will also provide fun, related activities for students.
Chair: Ms. Teresa Vega terrific@dadeschools.net

Safety Patrols/Italian Night

Chair: Ms. Gutierrez mcgutierrez@dadeschools.net

Social Committee

Help organize events (coffees, park play dates, evenings out) to allow parents to meet with one another and support our school.  We want each and every family at our school to feel welcome.


Christine Reynolds Christine@botics.com

Marines Prera pedrazmarines@yahoo.com



Alessandra Valerio alessandravalerio23@gmail.com

Lauren Kagan lauren.k.oconnell@gmail.com


4TH VP - Christine Jenkins Christine.Jenkins@hmhco.com

Bulletin Boards
Are you creative and want to stay connected with school news and events? This committee will enjoy putting their artistic abilities to use to create “eye-catching” bulletin boards to inform students and parents of important upcoming news and events. Volunteers are needed to update the boards two weeks before each event. There are many school events throughout the year including, Fun-Fest, Movie Night, Italian Night and our School Book Fair.
Chair: Erica Pacey Ericapacey305@gmail.com

Public Relations
The PR committee notifies appropriate local media and publications regarding announcements and events related to Pinecrest Elementary.
Chair: Liz Amore lizamore35@gmail.com

PTA Website
The Chair of the website will work closely with the PTA and faculty at Pinecrest to keep the PTA website updated in a clear, user- friendly manner. Computer skills are a must and the willingness to keep the website updated throughout the year.
Chair: Jaysri Castro pinecrestptaweb@gmail.com

Memory Book
Students LOVE their Memory Books! A small, dedicated staff of volunteers, under the guidance of the Chairperson, is needed to schedule classes, faculty, school clubs, events, and organizational pictures with the photography company, as well as chronicle the year in pictures and assemble the yearbook for the printer. Volunteers will be needed to organize advance sales, sell, and distribute yearbooks towards the end of the school year. Photographers wanted as well!

Ana Flora Carvalho anaflorac@icloud.com

Darlly Modia darllymodia@gmail.com

Tatiana Esrubilsky tesrubilsky@gmail.com

PTA App (Membership Toolkit)

Help setup the portal used for the online school store and school directory.


Margarita Garcia Fanta garciafanta@hotmail.com

Ana Flora Carvalho anaflorac@icloud.com

Pinecrest PTA Communication Emails

Manage PTA and school information that is distributed electronically 2x per week to the Pinecrest Elementary community. Volunteer should be comfortable with computers.

Chair: Maritza Castro maritza0130@gmail.com

Social Media

  • Facebook - Elyssa Lewis elyssalewis@gmail.com
  • Instagram - Christine Jurado Christine@juradolaw.com
  • LinkedIn - Liz Amore lizamore35@gmail.com

Room Parent CoordinatorThe Room Parent Coordinator is responsible for keeping the room parents informed of events that require their attention. Co-Chairs: 

Christine Jurado Christine@juradolaw.com

Aleesa Adams aleesaadams@gmail.com