Immediate Past President – Dorothy Gardner

Your Name:  Dorothy Gardner

MoPTA Board of Managers Position:  Immediate Past President

Years Involved in Board of Managers:  12 years

What does your position do?:  provides support to the current president and board

Unit/Council, Region & Years Involved:  I just relocated to the Three Trails Region but when I did have children in school I was in the Pony Express Region and became involved in 1999

Why are you involved in PTA?:  I saw first hand during my years volunteering for Boy’s Hope (now Boy’s Hope Girl’s Hope) that if children were given opportunities, regardless of their background, they very much could reach their full potential.  PTA was not only a way to be engaged within my own children’s education but a way to continue working to make positive impact on all children’s lives.


Food/Drink:  Fish/Water

Season:  Summer

Entertainment (Book, Movie, TV, Band, Music):  I just finished the Outlander Series and my son wants me to read Schrodinger’s What is Life? But I’m thinking next up will be After Alice by Gregory Maguire who is my favorite author

Activities/Hobbies:  Running/visiting Llamas

Quote:  “You are braver than you believe… Stronger than you seem… And smarter than you think.” Winnie the Pooh

More about you:

Describe yourself in 3-5 words:  The opposite of quiet

Healthy Living Tip:  cut out all the empty calories and move everyday

What makes you stand out?:  I’m not afraid to speak up

What are you learning this year:  I learned (painfully) that I am severely allergic to poison Ivy and my nephew tried to teach me how to dive through the waves in the ocean but I did not master the technique.

What is a goal you have this year?:  Run the Biltmore Marathon

What is a proud accomplishment?:  Was MOPTA state president ?

I have been part of the NPTA Field Service committee this year and it has been both interesting and a wonderful experience.