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Family School FTO

About FTO

The Family-Teacher Organization (FTO) serves as the prime organizer of community gatherings and fundraising events for Desert Willow Family School (DWFS).

We are a non-commercial, non-partisan, non-sectarian organization dedicated to serving the teachers, staff, and families that form the DWFS community.

The FTO sponsors social events that double as community building and fundraising traditions for Family School. In addition to organizing the major annual events such as the Square Dance, Used Book Sale, and Spring Auction, as well as supporting the classroom teachers and coordinating hospitality for Art & Poetry Night and Inquiry Fair, the FTO does a lot of "little" things as well that make a big difference in supporting the DWFS teachers and families.

The DWFS-FTO is an IRS-registered 501(c)3 non-profit organization. The FTO consists of all parents and legal guardians of children attending DWFS; all students, faculty, and staff of DWFS; and all administrative personnel of DWFS.

Learn More About the DWFS FTO

How to Get Involved

Big Ways to Help

  • Serve as an FTO Officer (President, Vice-President, Treasurer, or Secretary)
  • Chair a social event
  • Lead a fundraiser (e.g., Grocery Scrip, Gift Cards, Boxtops)

Little Ways to Help (everything counts!)

  • Serve as a Classroom FTO Representative or attend at least one meeting
  • Organize the Teacher Appreciation Lunch for your class
  • Organize a classroom auction basket or seek company donations
  • Sign-up for a ½-hour session to help at an event

2024-2025 Officers

  • President: Tiffany Tesinsky
  • President-Elect: Kristy Baker
  • Vice President: Erica Gonzales
  • Secretary: Katie Morgan
  • Treasurer: Ariel Liu

General Board Members:

  • Frank Borja
  • Kiki Brar
  • Charlie Brunt
  • Brooke Neely
  • Malia Orell
  • Sarah Richardson
  • Don Sailsbury
  • Kelly Sibert
  • Bliss Spencer


Support Our School Through Affiliate Programs

In addition to our families donating their time and money to Family School, the FTO has established some Affiliate programs where you can indirectly support Family School without spending anything additional.

Smith's Inspiring Donations

Earn money for DWFS every time you shop! Link your account to support every time you shop, and your Smith’s Rewards Card will automatically be set up to donate to our school.

Please note, all school enrollments end on 8/31. You must re-enroll every year to earn money for any school.

Boxtops for Education

Collect those Boxtops for Education! Don’t forget to ask grandparents, friends, and neighbors to help you collect. You might even win a pizza party or donut party for your classroom.