Cary Academy PTAA event
PTAA volunteers


Every parent and employee has a role to play in enhancing the CA experience.

Our Parent Teacher Administration Alliance (PTAA) is a close collaboration between our parents, administration, faculty, and staff that sustains our community, advances our mission, and supports our students in ways both big and small throughout the year.

PTAA Leadership

Trusted advocates. Collaborative liaisons. Fervent cheerleaders. Impassioned DICE enthusiasts. Dedicated community-builders.

While our PTAA leaders wear many hats, they all have one thing in common: an unwavering commitment to advancing CA’s mission and creating the best possible experience for all our community members—students, families, and employees alike.


PTAA Council, 2023-2024

Dana Davis, President
Keyuri Patel, Vice President/President Elect
Anu Mannar, Immediate Past President
Paul Giralt, Secretary
Emy Hanson, Treasurer
Sarah Nasim, Middle School Representative
Katie Deutsch, Middle School Representative
Lauren Jacobsen, Upper School Representative
Tamecia Williams, Upper School Representative

Malissa Larsen, PTAA President

I am a proud member of the CA Community. In good times and in times of challenge, we unite as a community of strength, of patience and understanding, and of giving. We stand together dedicated to CA’s mission and students.

Malissa Larsen

PTAA President, 2019/2020

Charger Cup yellow team

Our Model

Thanks to an innovative revenue-sharing model, our PTAA’s annual budget is funded in relation to CA’s overall fundraising efforts. As fundraising increases, so too does the PTAA’s budget for community-building programming. That means our PTAA is freed from the pressure to self-fund and can focus instead on supporting our mission and community needs.

PTAA ice cream social
PTAA ice cream social

PTAA Committees

Whether facilitating connections between new and veteran families or supporting community members through trying times. Fostering school spirit or supporting student programming. Appreciating our faculty or celebrating our diverse community—the work done in our extensive and varied PTAA committees touch and augment nearly every aspect of CA life.

Led by our hard-working committee chairs, our diverse committees offer lots of opportunities to harness your interests and strengths in service to our community. With flexible opportunities large and small, you can make a significant difference in ways that work with your life (and your bandwidth). 


CA Connected
Facilitate connections between new and veteran families by offering additional information and support through informal group gatherings, parent outings, and events.

Care for the entire CA community with welcome notes and small gifts to new CA employees, congratulatory cards to celebrate milestones, or support—cards of condolence, words of encouragement, and meals—for families or employees in times of need.

Cultural Arts
Provide innovative and unique cultural arts programs/experiences to enrich, enhance, and nourish both CA students and curriculum.

Charger Club
Work closely with the Athletic Department and student-led X Factor to support activities and projects that promote school spirit and good sportsmanship.

Celebrate our community’s rich diversity with inclusive events that reinforce our commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Employee Appreciation
Express gratitude to CA’s stellar faculty and staff by providing breakfasts, treats, and thank you cards throughout the year.

Health and Wellness
Focus on the health and well being of all members of our community with programming to promote mental health, healthy eating, active lifestyles, and personal safety.

Interview Skills
Work with the Upper School to help students practice their college and job interview skills.

Volunteer Coordination

Cary Academy 5K run - students at the start finish line
Coach Hall, Endowment Fund

PTAA Events

CA enjoys many community-building events throughout the year, from the hard-fought Charger Cup (our Middle School Field Day) to Homecoming to our student welcome dinners and countless grade-level activities in between (end of the year pool party, anyone?). None would be possible without the volunteer efforts of our tireless PTAA volunteers.


Breathe, Balance & Brunch

Charger Cup
A longstanding annual tradition, Middle School advisories face-off in a blue versus gold showdown during our annual Charger Cup field day.

Fall All Parent Social

Friday Night Lights
A Upper School student favorite, join us for an annual tailgate and traditional flag football game coached by the Upper School boys.

Grade-Level Activities
From on-campus events to end of trimesters parties, we arrange numerous grade-level activities throughout the year.

Show your Charger pride during our traditional Homecoming celebration for our students and alumni.

New Family Welcome Social

Special Olympics
We’re proud to host our local Special Olympics every May.

Taste and Toast
The social event of the year, this community celebration is a casual evening of socializing and reconnecting with friends old and new.

PTAA ice cream social

PTAA Grants

Innovation has no sense of time. Inspiration springs forth without concern for the calendar. How does CA respond to opportunities to foster new initiatives, explore fresh ideas, and implement cutting-edge technologies in the middle of the academic year? Enter the PTAA Grants Program.

The PTAA Grant Program is an exciting initiative aimed to empower creative and innovative event ideas that promote inclusivity, social engagement, and positive interactions within our school. Created to support community events that bring together the student body and faculty, this program seeks to enhance school spirit, collaboration, and mutual understanding among all members of our school community.

Join Us

Hey, we get it.

It might seem a little daunting at first. But, fear not. As a community that practices inclusion, appreciation, and gratitude, the PTAA welcomes all of our members – all of your energy and your ideas. There are ample opportunities – big and small (after all, many hands make light work) – to meaningfully engage and connect, to come together to help shape who we are as a community, to support, encourage, and inspire each other, our students, and the larger CA community to be the very best it can be.