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who was james russell lowell?

James Russell Lowell (February 22, 1819 – August 12, 1891) was an American poet, professor, critic and diplomat. A member of the American Fireside Poets, and one of the founders of the American Dialect Society, he believed a poet served as both prophet and critic of society. 



Why do I PTA?

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Lluvia Monarrez

Knowing that our public schools do not have all the resources they need to provide the highest quality education for ALL students, I PTA so that:


  • ALL children have all the resources they need to succeed.

  • Teachers and school site staff feel supported in our mutual goal to help ALL children succeed.

  • Now that I am fortunate enough to be involved in my daughter’s school and education, parents like my own (and so many others that did not have the opportunity to be involved) have an advocate and ally in me for their own children’s and family’s success.


Jeannine Pearce
Executive Vice-President

I PTA in order to build a strong community & foundation for our children. Serving on the Board means leading by example, rolling up my sleeves, & finding creative solutions to help our children thrive. I am overcome with pride when I see the smile &  excitement my daughter has when I even mention a PTA Meeting. I cannot wait for you to join this year's PTA, and spread some pride with your family.


Virginia Purnell

I PTA because I enjoy being involved in our community of parents and teachers here at Lowell. I find happiness in volunteering my time, as I understand that it benefits not only my children, but all children at Lowell. I also believe it is great way to role model to my children that our school is important, and we need to work together to make great things happen!!


Sandee Paige

I PTA because I love the sense of community I found at Lowell: When I came here I felt that a whole new world had opened up to me.  It's a way to help, really, everyone in the community and to give back or pay forward the richness I've found.  


Mandy Cei
Financial Secretary

I PTA to be a part of a thriving, inclusive community at Lowell. I'm grateful for the opportunity to be an example to my daughters of how to be a part of a team, how to lead, and how to give my time and skills to benefit our school as a whole.

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Nathalie Soussan

I PTA because my kids are such different people at school. I get to glimpse at the ‘who they can become‘ outside the bubble of home. I also believe that when I’m helping somebody else’s kid, I end up helping my kids too.


Aarti Harper
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion

I PTA because I believe "it shouldn't have to happen to you for it to matter to you." School is such a powerful space for young people to develop understanding, connection, and community. I want to contribute to making Lowell a safe, welcoming, and supportive place for ALL students, staff, and families. 


Kailee Caruso Fitch

I PTA to advocate and stand with all students, families, and staff for equity and community that creates brave spaces, conversations, learning and implementing sustainable system change that remain even once my kids graduate from Lowell. 


Annie Vilchuck

Head Room Rep

I PTA because it takes a village to raise strong minded, confident children and I am thankful be a part of supporting students at Lowell.

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Josie Quiroz
Ways & Means

I PTA because I want my kids to know the importance of being involved in the community. I care a lot about making a positive impact in my community and I believe there’s no better way to do that than through education. It’s all about giving back for me!

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Edina Wade
Teacher Rep

I PTA to help advocate for students, to help foster a sense of community, and to be an example to my girls.

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Jennifer Watkins


I thrived at Lowell as a kid and now my daughter can, too. I PTA to give back and ensure the legacy continues for all students in our community.


Elena Gomez

I PTA because...is a welcoming community that brings an opportunity for youth to shine and contribute ideas to have a positive impact on their lives.

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Melissa Sipowicz

I PTA because I love being involved! I love being a part of a group that not only improves my workplace, but also my daughters' school. I bring a unique perspective being a teacher and a Lowell parent.


Dow Lawson

Lowell Principal

I PTA because a collective community voice allows all stakeholders a microphone and a stage. Draw the




Teachers, staff, students, parents, and the community work in collaborative partnership, utilizing technology, to create life-long learners who are productive and environmentally conscious global citizens.


Lowell Elementary School's mission is to ensure the personal and intellectual success of all students by having high expectations, a commitment to excellence, and a comprehensive school program, confirming the belief that all students can learn and lead responsible, satisfying lives.


  • Challenged, engaged, and respectful students

  • Safe, clean, and welcoming campus

  • Friendly, positive, and nurturing school climate