PTA Overview

The Q2L PTA originated in the autumn of 2008 with a small group of parents from the founding class who wanted to help our school. Since then, our school has grown and so has our PTA, which serves both the middle and high school. All parents/caregivers are welcome and encouraged to participate.


PTA Officers 2015–2016

Co-Presidents: Silvia Bernardo and Nora Burns Giessen
Co-Vice Presidents: Sara Salerno and Azail Ali
Recording Secretary: Lisa Tanzosh
Co-Treasurers: Michelle Lin Gutierrez and Deborah Suchman Zeolla
PTA/SLT Representative: Silvia Bernardo – Co-President
Corresponding Secretary: Suzie Baer


PTA Mission Statement

The mission of the Q2L PTA is to support community building initiatives and fundraising goals in service of the students and faculty. These goals are designed in conjunction with the administration and the teachers, which is a collaboration we cherish. Additionally, we are fortunate to have extraordinary students at Quest and, more often than not, those students are the by-products of even more extraordinary parents/caregivers. The Quest community is creative, innovative and a joy to be a part of.


How to Get Involved

Community service is for grownups, too! It takes a village and we have a wonderful group of parents who participate in any number of ways, from potluck donations to running community building events for the students, for the families and, sometimes, just for the adults (because they deserve to have fun too!) If you have energy and enthusiasm, there is a place for you! Many of the current volunteer offerings were parent-led initiatives. A list of these opportunities will be provided.

Support the Q2L Parent Association


School Leadership Team (SLT) Overview

School Leadership Teams are vehicles for developing school-based educational policies, and ensuring that resources are aligned to implement those policies. SLTs assist in the evaluation and assessment of a school’s educational programs and their effects on student achievement. SLTs play a significant role in creating a structure for school-based decision making, and shaping the path to a collaborative school culture. New York State Education Law Section 2590-h requires every New York City Public School to have a School Leadership Team.

The Quest to Learn SLT is responsible for assisting the school in fulfilling its mission: to provide a learning environment that will inspire and challenge all of our students to become independent system thinkers, problem solvers and lifelong learners, and to work as a collaborative unit of parents, faculty and staff to ensure that all children reach their academic, social and wellness goals. In addition, SLT team members are responsible for: participating in the development and review of the Comprehensive Educational Plan (CEP); ensuring that the budget is aligned to support the CEP; working collaboratively with team members to share ideas and concerns ,and listening to the ideas and concerns of others; engaging in collaborative problem-solving that will lead to consensus-based decisions that meet the needs of all students; sharing the views of their constituencies with the team; and engaging in conflict resolution processes when necessary.

The core members of the team shall be the Principal, United Federation of Teachers (UFT) Chapter Chairperson and the Parent Association or Parent Teacher Association (PA/PTA) President or Co-President or their designees. The remaining members of the team  consist of:

  • 2 Upper School parents
  • 2 Lower School parents
  • 1 Upper School teacher
  • 1 Lower School teacher
  • 1 staff member or community member
  • 2 Upper School students

For the 2015–16 academic year, the parent members of the SLT are:

Silvia Bernardo – PTA Co-President
Nelsa Boyer-Madisson – Middle School Representative
Melissa Bell – Middle School Representative
Heather Church Tsapalas – Upper School Representative
Pam Chasek – Upper School Representative