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Essence Award


The PTAC Essence Award recognizes an outstanding PTA member of the Greenwich Public Schools PTA communities, who through exemplary achievement, has inspired others, demonstrated selfless spirit and made a significant difference in our school community (individual school or district wide). This individual is a willing member of a team, whether in a leadership role or in the trenches performing thankless tasks that need to be done. The devotion to the goals and values of the Greenwich PTAs is demonstrated in this individual’s ongoing involvement and willingness to make our school community better for all constituents.

In 2017, a Lifetime Essence Award was created that specifically honors an active, long-standing impactful PTA volunteer who has contributed over the course of many years through a variety of positions and schools may be awarded at the discretion of the Essence Award Committee. A maximum of one recipient for the Essence Award and one recipient for the Lifetime Essence Award will be selected each year.


Congratulations to all our PTAC award winners!

PTAC Essence Award Winners

2020 - Ana Laborde
2019 - Cindy Lyall
2018 - Kathleen Yu
2017 - Meredith Vartuli
2016 - Amy Leahy
2015 - Julie Faryniarz
2014 - Gayle Hagegard
2013 - Lisa Davidson
2012 - Wendy Figueroa
2011 - Lauren Rabin

PTAC Lifetime Essence Award Winners

2020 - Maureen Bonanno
2019 - Anne Pfetsch
2018 - Sue Moretti Bodson
2017 - Patti Jomo