Nate Goodness Appointed Principal of Kelley School

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Assistant Principal at the James A. Beneway High School of the Wayne Central School District for the last three years, Nate Goodness has been appointed Principal of Kelley School.

Goodness, who grew up and lives in Palmyra, will fill the vacancy created by the May 31st departure of Jeff Hamelinck who became Director of Curriculum and Instruction at Midlakes June 1st. Goodness will begin as Kelley School Principal July 1st.

We are very excited to welcome Nate Goodness to our District,” said Superintendent Susan Hasenauer. “We believe he will be an ideal fit for the Kelley School due to his ability to formulate strong relationships with staff, students and community. Nate comes highly regarded by his colleagues and we are eager for him to start his Principalship career in Newark.”

I have always felt a connection to the Newark community and am thrilled about becoming a part of the Kelley School family. I am excited about collaborating with the school's hardworking staff to continue positive growth and further the success of the school,” Goodness said.

Less than a month from now, when he becomes Kelley School Principal, Goodness said he will be mindful of these inspirational words of Maya Angelou: “People will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.

I aim to create a positive and nurturing environment for students and staff, and look forward to building meaningful relationships with families and the community.”

Before becoming Assistant Principal at James A. Beneway High School, Goodness was an Administrative Intern with extensive duties at the Richard Mann Elementary School in the Gananda Central School District during the 2019-20 school year.

Prior to that, he taught science and computer technology at the Gananda Middle School from 1999 until 2019

Goodness received his bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education form SUNY Cortland; his Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Technology from the University of Phoenix and his Administrative Degree from SUNY Oswego where he participated in the Wayne-Finger Lakes Leadership Academy.

He has been married for 21 years to wife, Lea, who is the Director of Scheduling at Rochester Regional Transit Service. The couple has three children, Paul, 19, who is attending FLCC, Ian, 17, a senior at Pal-Mac High School and Taryn, 15, a Pal Mac sophomore. Both Paul and Ian are members of the Newark Pilots