Sparta Education Foundation Names Two New Trustees
Jennifer Plotts and Vaishali Dhand recently joined the Sparta Education Foundation as board members. "Jen and Vaishali are two of our longstanding volunteers, and we are so pleased to see them step into their new leadership roles with the Foundation," said Dorothy LaBeau, President of the SEF. "They have a proven track record when it comes to supporting our district, and I know their positive contributions will help us promote academic excellence in Sparta's schools."
Jennifer Plotts is a Senior Project Manager for the Girl Scouts of the USA at their national headquarters in New York City where her focus is on strategic planning. She has taught college-level business courses for a decade and holds an MBA from Rutgers University. Plotts has three children in the Sparta school district. Her husband, Dr. Timothy Plotts, is an elementary school principal in Jefferson Township and also teaches graduate level courses in education.
"With three children attending Sparta schools, I was thrilled to find an organization that invests in our children and community in high impact ways with big returns on investment," Plotts said. "Making a difference happens today with the SEF. I am proud to be a part of this team."
Vaishali Dhand is a graduate of Purdue University with a political science/economics degree, and currently works for a company handling online continuing education for Fortune 500 companies. A dedicated volunteer, she has worked on the Turkey Trot and Dragon Boat Festival fundraisers for the SEF. She is married with two children in the district. "Since my kids started in the Sparta Township schools, I have enjoyed volunteering my time with the SEF," Dhand said. "All grants presented to the SEF benefit the students from kindergarten to grade 12. At the end of the day, this is what matters. It really makes me proud to be a part of such an organization."
Founded in 2006 and staffed completely by volunteers, the Sparta Education Foundation has donated over $600,670 in grants to the Sparta public schools. Recently-funded grants include electric instruments, a VariQuest poster maker, BrightLink projectors and document cameras for Sparta Middle School; a Yamaha Clavinova electric piano and document cameras for Mohawk Avenue School; funding for the Robotics Program, a coral reef aquarium project and 12 Nikon cameras for Sparta High School; and 25 iPads and document cameras for Alpine School. For more information visit www.spartaeducationfoundation.org.