Allyson Damikolas knows it takes hard work to provide for our families and improve our community. When two of her children were diagnosed with a complex medical condition, she set aside plans to resume her career as a chemical engineer to become a full-time advocate for her children and their education.
Allyson’s numerous accomplishments advocating for children have taught her that conscientious and thoughtful collaboration can move mountains. Her steadfastness and her engineer’s approach to problem-solving has transformed the Columbus Tustin Middle School Parent Teacher Organization (CT PTO) into a leading voice for change and student success within the district.
As President of the CT PTO, she has created supportive social and educational networks to grow the magnet GATE (gifted) program, increase student participation and achievement in extracurricular activities, and expand parent involvement across the board. She also serves on the Tustin Unified School District’s Special Education Community Advisory Committee.
Allyson’s advocacy encompasses her commitment to all children’s right to excellence and security in the classroom. Her memories of childhood economic insecurity inform her understanding of the challenges that can be hidden behind the front door. Her own children’s educational needs, from the need for educational support to the need for greater academic challenge and rigor, informs her understanding that families and students come with disparate needs that call for flexible and practical solutions.
Her vision for the opportunities our community can offer our children fuels her passion for helping Tustin Unified School District achieve its tremendous potential.