Who We Are

Opening Doors: a Belmont Redwood Shores Special Services PTA is a 501(c) not for profit parent and teacher association established in September 2007, formally known as BRS-SEPTA. Our mission is to provide resources for parents, district educators and children who need extra support, through an educational speaker series, program materials, and in advocating for a supportive environment at our schools.

Opening Doors collaborates with other parent groups and advocates for all children's education. Our goal is to foster a supportive learning environment to assist all children with varying learning styles, and thus `open the doors' for them to achieve their full potential. We hope to increase awareness of children's education concerns and work with school PTAs and our district wide education foundation, School Force, to create a positive change in our community.

Our unit is a member of the Belmont Redwood Shores PTA Council and it reports to our local 17th district PTA organization. For more information regarding PTA missions, goals and activities, visit the California PTA and National PTA websites.

Meeting & Location

For general association meetings, they are held three times a year typically on the first Wed. of selected months at various schools/community centers in the district. We often feature guest speakers presenting issues that are of interest to all, including the mainstream community and parents of children that need extra support. For a list of meetings and activities, please refer to calendar of events.

Who runs Opening Doors PTA?

Opening Doors PTA is run by a team of dedicated parent volunteers.

2017-2018 Executive Board Members

Volunteer Position
Varsha Likhite President
Gloria Wu Vice President and Parent Support Chair
Lee Tien Treasurer
Xin Wang Secretary
Gwyn Miao Auditor

Maria Lang-Gavidia, Director of Special Services at Belmont Redwood Shores School District, is an active member of Opening Doors PTA and serves as an advisor to the Executive Board.

Committee Chairs & Representatives

Volunteer Position
Richard Kim PTA Council Representative
Renee Schneider Education Chair
Sunny Tokunaga Advocacy Chair
Kathy Lin Technology Chair


Volunteer Position
<Vacant> School Force
<Vacant> Central Elementary School
Fiona Kot Sandpiper Elementary School
Rouge Donjerkovic Fox Elementary School
Renata Tabellion Cipriani Elementary School
Blakely Bass Nesbit Elementary School
Joy Coughlan Ralston Middle School
<Vacant> Redwood Shores Elementary School
Liyun Ni Preschool