Congratulations to Our Volunteer of the Year!
Tanya Milton – The Quintessential Volunteer
Our 2019 Volunteer of the Year at St. Martin’s School is Tanya Milton! Tanya will be honored at the Catholic Business Network of Montgomery County Annual Gala in November at the North Bethesda Marriott Hotel & Conference Center.
Tanya Milton has made a remarkable impact on St. Martin’s School during her years as a parent volunteer. While inspiring others, she provided passionate yet sensible leadership as Home and School Association (“HSA”) President and School Advisory Board (“SAB”) member.
Tanya and her husband Mark enrolled their son Aaron at St. Martin’s in Kindergarten. He is now a junior at Georgetown Preparatory School. Their son Ethan and daughter Leah are currently in the fourth grade. While it was important to them for their son to have a faith-based education, they specifically chose St. Martin’s at the time because of the location, the affordability, and the international community. Aaron had only been at St. Martin’s a year when Tanya joined the SAB. She completed the remaining two years of another board member’s term, served a three-year term, and represented the HSA on the board for an additional two years, for a total of seven years. On the school board, Tanya proposed and championed exit interviews for students and their families leaving St. Martin’s School, and strongly supported the creation of a homework helpline for the Spanish speaking community and efforts for St. Martin’s to become a Blue Ribbon school. Her focus at the time was to help maintain our academic excellence and family satisfaction with the school. Tanya stressed, “The importance of community and building relationships with teachers and staff.”
As a member of the Home and School Association, Tanya served as Secretary, Vice-President, and then President. During her tenure as President, HSA Bylaws were drafted and adopted; an online central repository for organizing annual school events was created; and the New Family Mentor Program was revitalized.
Among her other contributions were an increase in volunteerism, improved communications, and greater family participation in activities. Tanya organized HSA Meet & Greets, a Christmas Cookie Exchange, and an ice cream social. When asked why she devoted such considerable time and effort to St. Martin’s, she said, “I want to do for those parents who cannot. I want to make things happen so their children can be happy too.” St. Martin’s extends heartfelt gratitude to Tanya Milton. We are pleased to honor her as our Volunteer of the Year.