PAA leaders walking the walk in 2016

Several PAA leaders have been stepping up to the plate of public service lately, and we are SO proud!

PAA founding member Helen Gym has already taken office as councilwoman-at-large in Philadelphia.

Helen ran on a platform of support for well-funded, democratically-run public schools.

Can’t wait to see what she does!

Helen with new Phillly Mayor Jim Kenney

Helen with new Phillly Mayor Jim Kenney

  • Former PAA Board of Directors member
    Dawn Collins is running for school board in East Baton Rouge, Louisiana, with this platform:
    • I support the expansion of sensible, research-based reforms that empower students, families and teachers.
    • We must incentivize the placement of highly qualified, experienced educators – especially in our most challenging classrooms.
    • All of our public schools should be diverse with well-rounded curriculum that challenge and engage our children while providing meaningful options to families – one-size-fits-all education does not work for our children.
    • I support meaningful parental involvement, empowering parents as partners in education.
    • We must adequately fund schools so they have the resources to succeed.
Dawn will be running in a special election on March 5, 2016, with early voting starting Feb. 20.
Khem Irby


  • Current PAA Board member Khem Irby is running for school board in Greensboro, North Carolina for a seat on the District 2 Guilford County School Board.
There’s a proud history of PAA leaders running for office, beginning with PAA founding member Sue Peters, who won her Seattle school board seat in 2013 and has been making a significant difference ever since.
PAA does not endorse specific candidates due to our non-profit status. However, we do inform our membership about the activities of our leaders and share motivating and inspiring stories about parents like Helen, Dawn and Khem.
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