April 2021
Committee Spotlight

Lissa Zukoff, Special Education Specialist


I am Lissa Zukoff, the Special Education Specialist for the NYS PTA. I live on Long Island with my husband and three sons. I became a member of the PTA when my oldest son started kindergarten.


He had been attending a center based preschool (center-based programs provide special education services to students in a classroom setting). The preschool best suited to my child’s needs was about 15 minutes away, which meant that neither of us had the opportunity to meet other families who attended our local elementary school.


I was anxious about so many things, and felt very isolated. At the transition meeting from the Committee on Preschool Special Education (CPSE) to the Committee on Special Education (CSE), the chairperson recommended I join the district’s SEPTA, I am so glad I took her advice!




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Have you entered all of your members who have joined to date? Do you have at least 25 members to be a unit in good standing?
Elections are coming up and everyone must be a member to vote! Check out all the information shared about holding virtual elections on the Covid-19 Guidance for Unit Leaders.
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Male Engagement Awards
You still have time to nominate your PTA to earn the Male Engagement award!
Deadline to submit application is April 15!
Remember, one random unit winner will be chosen from all achievers to win a $100 cash prize.
Monthly To-Do List
  • Nominate your PTA for the Male Engagement Award if 20% of your total membership is Male (adults and students) Complete this FORM by April 15
  • Make sure you have set up a new Stripe credit card processing account so members can join your PTA online
  • Pay State/National dues for all members who have joined to date by April 30
Southeastern Region Highlight
Velida (Val) Ford, Southeastern Region Membership Chair (RMC)
This is my first year serving as the RMC for the Southeastern Region. My PTA journey began with seven years of service at my grandson’s local PTA. I have held both the Secretary and President officer positions. Currently, I am the Scholastic Book Fair Chair. These volunteer opportunities allowed me to work with the school community, which I enjoy.


As RMC, I hope to encourage and help units reach their goals in providing the information they need to keep current with various NYS PTA membership campaigns.


With relearning how to PTA with the pandemic, I am extremely proud of the wonderful accomplishments that the Southeastern Region has achieved. The region has had 6 units surpass their membership goals for the year and many more who achieved membership awards. The Southeastern Region is also in the process of completing the chartering of a new unit.


New to the region is the Youth Council, a group of youth members representing their respective PTA units who inform their peers on all things PTA.


I would personally recommend unit leaders consider getting involved with their respective regions. I have found it both enlightening and highly informative.



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