As I start my 2nd year as PTO president, I am looking forward to a more "normal" year at Westwood. The PTO board and committee members will be working hard to bring back fun events like Trunk or Treat and family movie night. This year my husband and I will have a 4th grader and 1st grader at Westwood and our cat, Dylan, will turn 18 years old in August. Please reach out to us with any ideas you may have. The more parent involvement we have, the better PTO is for Westwood families and staff!
Hello! I’m so excited to be a part of the 2020-2021 Westwood PTO as co-Vice President . My two kiddos, Ryne (3rd grade) and Jack (Kindergarten), LOVE Westwood and I am so happy for the opportunity to help support the teachers and school they love so much! Together as a family we like being outside, going to Iowa State football games, and being with our friends. It’s going to be such a unique school year but I know we will all make the best out of it!
I am very excited to be a part of the WW PTO for another year as co-Vice President. I am married to Mr. (Brian) Petersen who happens to teach 5th grade here at Westwood. This is his 10th year at Westwood but 15th year of teaching. We have three children, who will all be at Westwood this school year! Graham will be in 4th grade, Landon in 2nd grade, and Blythe in Kindergarten. Our family enjoys anything outdoors, Iowa State Cyclone football games, and spending time with friends. I look forward to making this school year a positive one for students, teachers, and parents!
This is my first year on the PTO board, and I’m excited to be part of this passionate group. My husband and I have lived in Ankeny for almost 10 years, raising all three of our kids to be Westwood warriors. We are big Iowa State fans, except for my oldest, who has chosen to only cheer for the Hawkeyes. :) My son Cohen is in 5th grade, daughter Embry is in 3rd grade, and my youngest son Easton is only 3, but loves everything to do with Westwood. I have been impressed with all of our Westwood families over the years who continue to volunteer their time, talents and resources to support our school and empower the kids to be leaders. As PTO Secretary, please reach out to me if there is anything I can do to help!
My family immigrated to Ankeny in 1998 from Germany. I am originally from Bosnia. I graduated from Ankeny High School in 2002. My undergrad degree is in Finance and my M.A in Organization Leadership. I have worked for John Deere Financial for the last nine years. I love our community in Ankeny. I serve on the board of CultureALL and am very involved in DEI initiative around the Des Moines Metro. My husband Adnan and I have been married for 12 years and have two daughters. Hanna is 12 years old and attends Prairie Ridge Middle School. Nora is almost 8 and is a 2nd grader at Westwood.
Many thanks to our parent volunteers
Abbie Martin, Alissa Russelburg, Kayla Johnson - Teacher Appreciation Coordinators
Justin Bisom - Website
Julie Khlem - Parent Directory Coordinator
Justin Bisom - Spirit/Restaurant Night Coordinator
Jessica McGraw and Mindy Cory - Family Sporting Events Coordinators
Karis Kuckleburg, Michelle Schuster, Jessica Crudele - School Supply Kit Coordinators
Karis Kuckleburg, Amber Vandermark, Lindsey Wulff - Yearbook Coordinators
Stephanie Richardson & Abbie Martin - Spirit Wear Coordinators
Jamie Moellers, Teija Foley - Family Event Coordinators
Teija Foley, Brielle Allen, Kathy Lambert, Miranda Gauthier - Books & Bagels Coordinators
Alissa Russelburg - Display Case Coordinator
Amber Weger & Kassandra Trenary - Trunk-or-Treat Coordinators
Stephanie Richardson, Julie Gledhill, Jackie Loew, Leigha Phillips - 5th Grade Graduation Coordinators