Turnagain PTA's Purpose

The Turnagain PTA shares common purposes with the National PTA and the Alaska PTA. Between the three organization, all purposes are addressed. However, I'd say our local school PTA makes the fourth point our top priority..

  • To promote the welfare of children and youth in home, school, community, and place of worship
  • To raise the standards of home life
  • To secure adequate laws for the care and protection of children and youth
  • To bring into closer relation the home and the school, that parents and teachers may cooperate intelligently in the education of children and youth
  • To develop between educators and the general public such united efforts as will secure for all youth the highest advantages in physical, mental, social, and spiritual education

Turnagain PTA's Partner

Our PTA is one of two parents organization at Turnagain Elementary School. PTA supports kids and teachers in both the neighborhood and the Russian immersion sides of the school. The other parent organization is MIR which stands for Mission is Russian. MIR supports the Russian immersion program at Turnagain, Romig Middle School and West High School. Both organizations are important to the health of our school. Learn more about MIR by visiting their website at mirparents.org.

Our PTA Leaders

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Amanda Mack


Over the years, Amanda has helped out as a volunteer in the classroom, at events and around the school. She enjoys working together with others to find ways to support teachers and students. As a PTA board officer, she is excited about getting our school back up and running post-renovation with activities and events for the whole family. Amanda has two kids who attend Turnagain Elementary and serves as the parent representative on the 1% for Art Program that will result in public art installations around the school post-construction...


Karen Quintieri

Vice President

Last April I was elected to fulfill the remainder if the term of Vice President and assumed this responsibility in May. I am currently a member of MIR, Tomo No Kai, and the Alaska State PTA VIP local units. Prior to May, I was honored to serve on Turnagain PTA’s Executive Board as the President for the last 4 years; serving the parents, staff and advocating for all of the students at Turnagain Elementary. During this time I also served on the Alaska State PTA Executive Board. As the Region 8 Vice President for 2 years I served between 29-31 schools, learned more about the 501 c(3) laws and requirements than I ever wanted to know. I served on the Bylaws committee, the Regional Vice President’s committee, and the Legislative Convention committee. I started my adult involvement with PTA with my new 7 year old daughter in 1985 and have served in various positions. I have been the hands-on parent to 8 children, seen them through kindergarten to post graduate college. I took a 5 year hiatus from PTA in 2009 until 2012 when Madison started her 13 year journey through the Russian Immersion Program here at Turnagain. I grew up in a home of educators. My father was a principal and my mother a passionate 5th or 6th teacher. After college I substituted, in between my shifts at the fire department, anywhere between kindergarten and Jr College until 2001. I was raised to believe that it is both a responsibility and a privileged to serve by volunteering, to advocate for those who cannot for themselves, and serve our community. Michael and I live in Turnagain with our 10 year old Madison and have 10 grandchildren outside. We look onward to yet another 7 1/2 years of school events and activities.


Elsita Kirchner


Elsita is originally from Chile but has been in the United States for 26 years. Elsita is a psychotherapist by training, she loves cross country skiing, gardening, hiking in the mountains and walking the coastal trail. Elsita has one child at Turnagain Elementary in the neighborhood track. Elsita has volunteered at the school since 2015 upon moving to Anchorage both at her son’s classroom and during school events. In prior years she volunteered in a similar way at her son’s school in California. However, this is the first time she ventures as an active PTA officer. Elsita is looking forward to her secretarial role as a member of the Turnagain PTA team. She hopes to contribute creatively and with practicality to support the teachers and students at the school.


Rebecca Van Wyck


Education is a value that has been passed down for generations in Rebecca’s family. She aims to help support teachers and fellow parents by improving communications and volunteering to the best of her ability. Living in Turnagain’s catchment area, Rebecca enjoys checking-in with the school when she can, even after hours. Ice skating at the school ice rink is a favorite family pastime. Rebecca currently has two children at Turnagain and can’t wait until her niece is old enough to register too!