What is PATS?

Parents and Teachers at Simis (PATS) exist to develop and enrich student educational achievement by supporting our community of students, parents and staff at Madison Simis Elementary. There are no fees to join. If you are a parent or guardian of a student at Simis, you are a part of PATS!

There is no membership or fees. If you are the parent or caregiver of a student K-4 at Simis, you are a part of PATS!

How we accomplish our mission:

PATS serves to both foster and preserve a strong relationship between parents, teachers and administrators at Simis.

 

PATS raises funds to provide resources and support programs that are not funded through Simis or Madison District budget.

 

PATS provides opportunities for parents and staff to work together and maintain direct communication.

Our success is measured by student achievement as well as parent and teacher satisfaction.

Questions? Contact our President, Tara Allen. taraallenpatsprez@gmail.com 

 


2021 - 2022 PATS EXECUTIVE BOARD 

 

 

TARA ALLEN

PRESIDENT 

This is Tara's third and final year serving on the PATS board. Tara has a son in the 4th grade and is a Madison Elementary School alumni herself! She works part-time doing social media and professional organizing for Sort-It AZ and is a dedicated member at Back Alley CrossFit. Tara loves spending time with her husband, Dan, son, Will, and her three rescue pups, Bindi-Sue, Harper, and Clara. 

taraallenpatsprez@gmail.com 

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KATHLEEN LEWIS

PRESIDENT-ELECT

This is Kathleen's second year serving on the PATS board. She is married to Connor and has two sons, one in Kindergarten and another in 2nd grade. She is a former 5th-grade teacher who is now a substitute in the Madison School District. She is excited to take on the role of President-Elect and is looking forward to a great 2021-2022 school year!  klewis@madisoned.org

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JENNIFER WILLIAMS

FUNDRAISING CO-CHAIR

This is Jennifer’s second year as PATS Fundraising Co-Chair. Jennifer has a daughter in 4th grade at Simis and triplet boys that are juniors at Madison Highland Prep. Jennifer is the owner of XOXO Marketing, providing content development for local companies, as well as Desert Green, specializing in plants, floral design and handmade vessels. Jennifer’s favorite things include travel, creative projects, cooking/baking, and time with her hubby and kids.
 

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AARYN COLOSIMO

TREASURER – ACCOUNTS PAYABLE

Aaryn is a native of Arizona. She graduated from Arizona State University where she studied law.  This coming year will be her 6th year serving on PATS.  She served on the PATS Executive Board from 2014-2017, then served on the Meadows PTM board from 2019-2021. Aaryn has a 7th-grade daughter and a 1st-grade son.  Her hobbies include her daughter’s track practice, and her son’s football practice, and working out with her kids.

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ERIN HART

TREASURER – ACCOUNTS RECEIVABLE

Erin is the mom of a 2nd grader at Simis. In her day job, Erin is the Chief Impact Officer for an education nonprofit that is working to improve P-20 education by improving equity and closing achievement gaps. Erin loves photography, organizing, baking and sports, especially baseball. ErinHartPATS@gmail.com

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ERIN CAMPBELL

SECRETARY

Erin Campbell has a 3rd-grade son at Simis and a 5th-grade daughter at Meadows. Erin taught in the Creighton District and was a 1st Grade teacher at Simis before stepping away to care for her children. In the last few years Erin has been a substitute teacher in Seattle and after returning to Phoenix in 2020 has been substituting at Simis as well as teaching preschool. Over the years Erin has missed being a part of the Simis community and is so happy to be back as a parent and teacher. In her spare time, she loves spending time with her family and friends, baking, and travel. ecampbell@madisoned.org

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CLAUDINE WESSEL

VP COMMUNITY EVENTS

Claudine M. Wessel's daily activities include being part of the leadership at Arizona Science Center which allows her to inspire curious minds through science. Married to Kelly, together they are parents to Simis students, Liddie (2nd grade) and Rory (Pre-K). Claudine is passionate about food, wine, social justice, music, and much more. 

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BRIDGET DALY

VP - FUNDRAISING ELECT

This is Bridget's first year serving on the PATS board. She is a mom to two teen daughters and a son, Noam going into 3rd grade at Simis. Bridget is a marketing and communications professional and career coach with 15 years of agency, healthcare, educational and non-profit experience. You can usually find her hanging with her kids by the pool or traveling around the country going to Phish concerts. 

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JOCELYN HARDING

TEACHER REPRESENTATIVE

This school year will be my 20th at Simis! I taught 1st-grade for the first four years and this is my 16th as a 2nd-grade teacher. In 2016, I was honored to be the Arizona International Baccalaureate  Primary Years Programme Teacher of the Year.  I am a fourth-generation Arizona native and married my high school sweetheart, James. Together, we have two children, Emma (24) and Wyatt (20). Both went through Simis, Meadows, and then Sunnyslope High School. In my spare time, I enjoy reading, gardening, and traveling. I absolutely LOVE working with the children and families at Simis and I hope it shows! jharding@madisoned.org