Our Mission

The New Kent Elementary School Parent Teacher Organization exists to support the education, social, extracurricular, and community of the students, faculty, staff, administrators at NKES.  Our mission is to help every student, family, teacher, and staff member understand how valued they are as a member of the NKES community.  We work to create the kind of school community where teachers and administrators can do their best work—and so can our children. 

Our Goals

These days schools are asked to provide more with less; so we step in to help bridge that gap and provide resources they need.  We help create additional learning opportunities for children.  The PTO has provided educational hardware and software purchases, classroom supplies, play ground equipment, and other important items for our students and school.  We are able to do this through the support and generosity of our families during our fundraising events like the Fall Festival and the Fun Run. 


And we strive to build the kind of supportive, caring atmosphere that makes school fun.  Our goal through hosting events like Bingo for Books is to give families an opportunity to come in and have the opportunity to socialize and meet other families.  We also host events like the Science Fair and student assemblies to encourage academic growth of our students.  We partner with the school to provide events like Field Day. 

Through the help of NKES families, the NKES PTO has been able to support the NKES community for decades.  We look forward to continuing that tradition with you.  We all have a common bond.  We care about creating the best possible educational experience for our children.  We are neighbors and friends.  Join us!

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Meet the   PTO Board


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Kristel Lamp


I have enjoyed working with the PTO for the past couple of years, and now I'm ready to dive in as your President for the 2021-2022 school year.  I am new to the board so this will be a year full of learning/development for me, but I am excited for the challenge of making it a fun and memorable year for our students and staff.   My daughters will be in 3rd grade and 1st grade, and they are really looking forward to being back at school with their teachers/peers.  In these unprecedented times, they have missed the normalcy and structure that school brings.  I'm hoping that the PTO can really bring some fun back this year.  Before staying home with my girls, I was a teacher for 13 years.  My school had a very involved PTA, and now I'm thankful to have the opportunity to provide that support to the teachers at NKES through serving on the PTO.  Please join us in helping to make 2021-2022 a wonderful school year.  


Brittany Gutierrez


This will be my first year involved with the PTO. I do however have a degree in Accounting to help support my role as Treasurer. I am excited to work with a wonderful group of parents to ensure the school year is fabulous. I have three New Kent students, one in 10th, one in 4th, and one in 1st. I am an accountant by trade and love working with numbers. I currently work from home which allows for more time with my girls. On a personal note, I am an avid scrapbooker, travel lover, LOVE sign frequenter, and I enjoy traveling and finding new places with my kiddos. I was born and raised in Williamsburg, graduated from Bruton, and have lived in Alaska as well as Ohio. I look forward to serving with the board to make the 2020-2021 school year ROCK!

Caroline Tavai

Vice President

I have been part of the PTO for the past couple of years, and I’m honored to be your Vice President alongside some other amazing parents! I’m really excited this year in particular because our kids have missed out on so much in school activities, so our goal is to make this the best year for our students and staff!! On a personal note, I have one child who is 6 years old and has attended NKES since IPOP-she is a rising 1st grader. I will be returning back to work as a Preschool teacher at Stay and Play, so I will get the opportunity to engage with many of our current and upcoming students!

Lauren Paone


I am excited for not only my first river otter to be entering the school but also for myself to become a part of the school’s 2021-2022 PTO! Since last year was such a different year in our schools,  I am ready to rock and roll to create a memorable year not only for our students but for our staff as well. I am currently a stay-at-home mom to two wonderful girls, ages 5 and 3 but before committing to the “mom life,” I was a third-grade teacher in Florida and then a Elementary Technology Specialist in Massachusetts. Not only do I understand what it’s like to be a teacher but I understand the logistics of a school on the staff’s side as I went back to college and received my masters in Educational Leadership. To say I’m excited to be back in a school helping wherever I am needed is an understatement!