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About ELA

PTA’s commitment to engaging and empowering families and communities to advocate for all children reaches across all cultural and socioeconomic boundaries. The Emerging Leaders Academy is an opportunity to identify and support dedicated volunteers from diverse backgrounds while equipping them with skills to become effective leaders within PTA and throughout their communities.

This series of four in-person sessions provide participants proven strategies for family enagement, communication, advocacy, and outreach.  

The Emerging Leaders Academy is valued at over $10,000 per person, but offered free to PTA leaders.  Attendees and the group will get the most out of the experience when they have the full support of their families and co-workers can commit to being in Austin without distraction for all four sessions (a combination of weekends and weekdays).  

Who Is an Emerging Leader?

Whether it’s the volunteer who organizes the multicultural night at your campus or a reading program at the local library, PTA leaders can be found in every corner of our communities. ELA seeks to support a diverse group of volunteers who are committed to creating successful schools through these fundamental characteristics:

ELA Class of 2024

Carrie Baker Lewisville ISD
TaNeika Driver-Moultrie Killeen ISD
Desiree Ford Mansfield ISD
Natalie Harper Comal ISD
Amanda Melton Northside ISD
Jo Murret Wylie ISD
Michelle Ortiz Texas PTA
Ayesha Saleem Fort Bend ISD
Pastora Santamaria Richardson ISD
Natalie Saville Denton ISD
James Strickland Katy ISD
Sarah Valentino Hurst-Euless-Bedford ISD
Candie Zavala Harlingen ISD

Click here or the image above to view the Class of 2024's graduation photos!

Legacy of Leadership

From our humble beginnings in 1909, Texas PTA has grown into the state’s largest child advocacy association with over 500,000 members. Our success has been driven by the grassroots leadership of concerned parents, educators, and community members dedicated to making every child’s potential a reality. Texas PTA is proud to offer Emerging Leaders Academy (ELA) to help ensure a new generation of dedicated leaders are working to support student success!