Tara Parker - President

Hiya, my name is Tara. This is my 4th year as a Thoreau parent. (Where does that time go??) My daughter Vanessa is in 3rd grade and my daughter Charlotte is in 1st grade. I've been an active volunteer throughout the years, grabbing  volunteer shifts and PTA chair positions wherever I can fit them in because I love to be involved and help make school life as fun and smooth as possible for the kids! My biggest position so far was co-Bingo Night chair for 2 years. 

I hope to meet you all at one of the many PTA events or else out on the playground, though you'll need to give me extra help to remember names. Please feel free to reach out to me and I would be happy to help you find ways to also get involved, which would help our PTA and events run smoothly so your child can benefit most.


Heidi Dahl - Co-Vice-President

I’m  Heidi and our family has been apart of the Thoreau school community for 3 years. Our oldest son is in 3rd grade and our youngest is starting preschool. We are a busy family who loves to be outside and family movie nights. We recently had the opportunity to move schools and chose to stay because we love the staff, teachers, and opportunities for community that comes with being apart of the Thoreau family. If you see me around, please feel comfortable to reach out and introduce yourself (if I don’t first)! I really enjoy getting to meet the different families and people that makes up our incredible school! And thank you for your contributions to our PTA, without you we wouldn’t be able to do or provide many of the wonderful opportunities at Thoreau!



Tami Vacca - Co-Vice President

My name is Tami and I’m happy to be partnering with Heidi Dahl this year as Co-Vice President.  I have two boys: Lorenzo in 3rd grade and Dominic in Kindergarten.  I have enjoyed volunteering at Thoreau the last few years in the classroom and serving as the chair for the Science Fair and Staff Appreciation Committee.  Supporting our kids takes a village and I am so thankful for the friendships I’ve made through the PTA.  Outside of school I like to travel, garden, read, roller blade and wrangle my kids.




Lauren Carlton - Secretary

Hello! My name is Lauren Carlton and I am your Thoreau PTA Secretary. My daughter, Landin is in 4th grade and my son, Turner is in 1st grade. I try to balance my time between working outside of the home and being an active volunteer at the school. I initially joined the PTA as the Yearbook Chair a few years ago and had an extremely rewarding experience working with PTA members and the Thoreau staff. 
If you are looking to get to know other parents at the school, grow those relationships and help provide an exceptional experience for our kids, I highly recommend joining the PTA. Whether you volunteer your time or help by making donations...it all adds up and it makes a difference!

Joelle Brown - Treasurer

My name is Joelle Brown and I am on my 4th year as PTA Treasurer (if you like bookkeeping, look me up! I’d love an apprentice!). I have one student at Thoreau, a 2nd grader named Isaac, and a 7th grader at FHMS named Quincy. I like reading trashy novels, gardening (i.e. pulling weeds), making experimental meals for my family (with a recipe, but not), chewing gumballs, singing along to loud music, and going wine tasting. All at the same time.