Welcome to the AGS PTO! All parents and legal guardians of AGS students are members of the PTO.


The PTO benefits the academic lives of our children, enhancing the relationship between school and home. There are a variety of ways to help.  If you would like to get involved, please check out the "How to Help" section of this site!

Many hands make little work!

2019-2020 Board Members


Melissa Dempsey


As President of the AGS/EC PTO & keeper of the gavel ... I am here to support our amazing school and families!  Feel free to reach out to me with any comments, suggestions, a cup of coffee to pitch a new idea, or perhaps something fun to share at a meeting. I’m looking forward to a great year! 



Karla Thomas

1st Vice President


Jen diNicola

2nd Vice President

I’m Jen DiNicola, 2nd VP. This is my 2nd year on the board, I have a daughter in Kindergarten and a son in 3rd grade. I look forward this year to help strengthen our bond with local businesses through fun, family and community centered events. Fun fact, my husband is an AGS alum and his father severed as the AGS PTO president in 1980s! 



Tonya Cook



Eric Klein



Heather Kwitschau

Director of Ways and Means

The best way to get out in our community is to volunteer! Fortunately, our AGS/EC community has an amazing pool of friendly and generous volunteers. This is my second year as part of the PTO board and my seventh year as part of the AGS family of volunteers. Please don't hesitate to reach out if you're not sure what type of volunteer role is right for you.


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Holly Miller

Director of Classroom Support

I am a mother of three kids, ages 11, 9 and 6, This is my seventh year being a part of the AGS community, but my first time serving on the PTO board. As director of classroom support, it is my responsibility to recruit and manage parent volunteers to help with class parties and  special activities throughout the year, and to organize staff appreciation week. There are many ways that parents can be involved, so please let me know if you are interested in becoming a more active member of our AGS community!



Karyn Vanko

Director of Communications

This is my first year serving on the PTO board, but third year in the AGS community. I have a daughter in second grade. I help share information between the PTO and AGS families. You can contact me any time with questions or ideas, I would love to hear from you!



Kristin Green

Teacher Representative

Mrs. Green is a first grade teacher.



Mike Park

Teacher Representative

Mr. Park is the PE teacher for AGS.



Dana Vlach

Early Childhood Representative


Dawn Clanton

Early Childhood Representative

2019-2020 Committee Members


About AGS

Our school was named in honor of Miss Alice Gustafson, a prominent Batavian and respected educator.  Born on May 2, 1892, she graduated from Batavia High School in 1911. She was an educator in Batavia from 1922-1956, serving as a teacher at both Grace McWayne School and Louise White School. For the last 18 years of her career she was the principal of Louise White School. Miss Gustafson died on June 12, 1979.

Alice Gustafson School was opened in 1957 and was dedicated on February 9, 1958. Four additions have been made to the original Alice Gustafson School building. The first was completed in 1969, the second in 1989, the third in 2000, and the most recent addition, the district Early Childhood Center, was completed in 2008. (Sources: Little Town in a Big Woods, by Marilyn Robinson and John Gustafson’s Historic Batavia by Marilyn Robinson and Jeffrey D. Schielke)


Current enrollment at Alice Gustafson school is approximately 400 students, with a staff of approximately 60 certified and non-certified individuals for the K-12 program.

Information about our school’s profile and academic performance is available from the Illinois Interactive Report Card at the following website: iirc.niu.edu.




Alice Gustafson School PTO - 905 Carlisle Road - Batavia, Illinois, 60510

Phone: 630.937.8000     Fax: 630.937.8001
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