Teller PTA

The purpose of the Teller Elementary Parent Teacher Association (PTA) is to raise funds, promote volunteering, support our faculty and teachers and foster a sense of community.

The PTA encourages parents to become engaged in the school community by providing opportunities to get involved, communicating about upcoming events and news within the school community, and fundraising to supplement the funds Teller Elementary receives from Denver Public Schools. We hope the following information helps you find out more about ways that you can get involved and support our wonderful school.


Teller PTA Check Request/Reimbursement/In-Kind Donation Request Form

Teller PTA Teacher Funds (Scholarship/Grant) Request Application

Fundraising Goals:

Our goal is to raise $150,000 this year. Most of the money we raise during the year is given to the school as an annual grant, and the Collaborative School Committee (CSC) decides how that money can best benefit our school and its students. Like other top-ranked schools we raise significant additional funds to keep our student/teacher ratios low and fill any deficits in public funding to make our school the best it can be.

Primary fundraising activities include: Simply Giving, School Supply Drive, Totally Teller Live & Silent Auction, and Tellerpalooza. Additionally, money is also raised through support programs including Gift Cards, Amazon Smile, Shop Back/Restaurant Nights, and other community fundraising events. Volunteering opportunities both large and small are available throughout the year, as are community-building events that let our community spend time together. The PTA proudly supports our school’s community culture by organizing the Halloween Carnival, the Spring Dances, Staff Appreciation Week, Scholastic Book Fairs, organizing social events such as “Teller After Hours,” supporting the Teller Garden and so much more!


PTA Membership dues are $10 per year. A portion of membership fees are paid as dues to the Colorado PTA under which we are organized, and the rest is used for administrative expenses and to cover the PTA membership dues of our teachers. Membership is strongly encouraged, but not required to attend PTA meetings.

There are many benefits to becoming a member of the Teller PTA. Why Join the PTA?

  • Get Connected. There’s no better way to know what’s happening in your school.
  • Discover Great Resources. The PTA offers a variety of programs designed for parents as well as students.
  • Tap into a Network. PTA functions are opportunities to meet other parents and teachers, building rapport and discussing issues that are on your mind. You can share ideas, concerns, and experiences.
  • Watch Yourself Grow. By volunteering with your PTA, you put your skills and hobbies to use for a noble cause—your child and all children in the community.
  • Speak Up. PTA can be a way for you to more effectively suggest change at your child’s school.
  • Vote. The opportunity to vote on school related issues (1 vote per member)
  • Witness Improvement. By getting involved at your child’s school you’ll be part of the solution, helping make positive changes. Local PTAs play an important role by supporting building improvements through advocacy and play an important role in fundraising for curriculum based programs and social events.
  • Be a Role Model. By becoming a PTA member, you’ll be demonstrating to your child the importance you place on education.
  • Enjoy Substantial Benefits. Individuals and local units can take advantage of a host of benefits from PTA membership including discounts and offers from member benefits providers and sponsors, magazine subscriptions, leadership training, e-newsletters and much more.

For less than 3 cents a day, you can become a PTA member, joining more than 4 million other people who share your interest in issues affecting children. Everyone—parents, educators, students and other citizens active in their schools and communities—is invited to join our not-for-profit parent association.

Join the Teller PTA today!


  • Cash/Check:
  • Write a check to “Teller Elementary PTA” (include “PTA Membership” in the memo)
  • Turn in Payment:
  • Drop off cash or check in a sealed envelope to the office or PTA mailbox
  • Mail cash or check to: 1150 Garfield St., Denver, CO 80206 (Attn: “PTA Membership”)

PTA Executive Committee

President Julie Johnston
President Elect Jennifer Kresse
Vice President Kari Hotchkiss
Vice President Elect Kelly Zepp
Secretary Michael Calanan
Secretary Elect Brent Ratliff
Treasurer Kelly Bruen
Treasurer Elect Kristin Howard
Fundraising Committee Chair Adrian Graham
Social Media Chair Jody Schimmel-Hyde
Communications Chair OPEN TBD
Social Committee Chair OPEN TBD

Other Contacts

General PTA Questions PTA
Room Parent Coordinator Lynn Kutner
Volunteering Kari Hotchkiss
Parent Directory Brent Ratliff
Grocery Cards/Gift Cards Kristin Howard
Totally Teller Committee Kristina Weidknecht
Fun Run Committee Courtney Hayes-Jurcheck
Tellerpalooza Committee Melissa Bechhoefer
Halloween Carnival Heidi Gartland
Teller Garden Jennifer Baptiste
Tutoring Program Jen Shepard
Book Fair Joann Diaz Soto
Box Tops for Education & Milk Caps for Moola Erica Gutierrez
Dad’s Club Justin Hotchkiss
Backpack Friends Amy Morawa


The Teller PTA meets during the regular school year, generally on the Third Tuesday of every month, with the exception of November and February which will be on the second Tuesday. There is no meeting in December.

The meeting is from 6:00pm to 7:00pm in the school library.

Childcare and Pizza are provided.

All are welcome and you do not have to be a member to attend the meetings.

Meetings are not mandatory for PTA members.

Stay Informed

Be sure to check the Teller Master Calendar for other event dates and changes and stay informed and connected with the Teller App.


Social Media Pages

Teller Elementary School Page – Official School Updates

Teller Elementary PTA Page – Official PTA Updates

Teller Dad’s Club

Teller Backpack Friends

Teller Elementary Performing Arts

2018-2019 PTA Meeting Materials

Minutes are available in the below links above after each meeting.

September 18 Agenda  Minutes
October 16 Agenda Minutes
November 13 (2nd Tues) Agenda Minutes
January 15 Agenda Minutes
February 19 Agenda Minutes
March 19 Agenda Minutes
April 16 Agenda Minutes
May 21 Agenda Minutes

Archived PTA Meeting Materials