Convention attendees will hear from exciting and powerful keynote speakers and special guests during the annual convention in each action-packed general meeting.
Anna has over 20 years experience in PTA. She has previously served at the national level as a Board of Director Member, a member of the National PTA Membership and Bylaws and Policy Committees. She is the current National PTA Vice President of Membership.
At the state level, Anna has served many positions from membership committee, legislative committee, council President and is a Past Oklahoma State PTA President. Currently she serves as the Vice President for Douglass PTSA in Oklahoma City.
In addition to being active with the local PTA Anna involves herself in other community activities as well. She is a Douglass Law and Public Safety Academy Board Member and serves with the Certified Healthy Schools Committee. She also sits on the North East Task Force for Oklahoma City Public Schools.
Anna is a co-owner of a family mobile catering business. She is married to Glenn King, has three children and nine grandchildren. She loves being a nana, believes everything is possible for all of our children and membership is one of the key components for our association!
Since graduating from Clemson University in 2012, Townsend has been a teacher in Fulton County Schools in Atlanta, Georgia. She has taught preK, 3rd, and 4th grades at Shakerag and Barnwell Elementary Schools. She inspires her students to grow beyond “engagement” to “ownership” by empowering them with a co-planning learning model she has created. Townsend is an advocate for transparency in education and invites parents, teachers, and community members into her classroom. She also coaches teachers at her school, presents during conferences, and uses Twitter as a window into her classroom. Her mission is to inspire students and teachers to take risks, connect with people from around the world, and smile along the way!
In her new role as 2019 Georgia Teacher of the Year, Townsend travels the state as an advocate for students and teachers to spread her message about student ownership, transparency in education and the power of human connection.
Townsend holds a Bachelor of Arts in Elementary Education from Clemson University.