BOE Candidates

  • 2022 Newark CSD Annual Meeting and Board Candidate Election, May 17, 2022, 9:00AM-8:00PM

    Newark High School Gymnasium, 625 Peirson Avenue, Newark, NY 14513


    Miranda Brooks-Ruggeri Miranda Brooks

    233 East Miller Street

    Family: Justin Lont-Ruggeri (husband), Jaston, Jordan, Jonavon, Jiovanni and Javante Brooks

    Occupation:  Wegmans

    What will you contribute to the Newark Board of Education:

    I would like to bring a perspective relatable to the low-income minority.  This, I personally feel, is lacking representation within the current board.  I believe I can attribute a much-needed voice and contribute sound ideas and strategies to our district to foster and further the success of all our students.


    Mary Thoms Thoms

    659 Pelis Rd

    Family:  I reside in Newark with husband, Mark and youngest daughter, Katie, a college student. We have three other children who attended the Newark Schools: Brett (Carolyn) of Atlanta, Georgia; Kelsey (Tyler)of Newark and Alex (Olesia) of Newark.  We have one granddaughter, Laila who attends Newark Schools with a grandson on the way.

    Occupation: I currently work part-time at the Greater Newark Chamber office and at Laurel House Comfort Care Home.  I retired from teaching in 2019 after working 32 years, first with the Clyde-Savannah School District and then in the Newark Central School District.  

    School Activities:  While employed, I was yearbook advisor, department leader and coach.  I was involved with many other committees as well. I coached at all levels within the school district, Modified, JV and Varsity.

    Community Activities: As an involved community member, I am a former Newark Public Library Board Member, community soccer coach and volunteer at Angel’s Attic.  Currently, I am a board member of the AECC (community center) and volunteer with Meals on Wheels.  As a parent, I was involved in all aspects of booster clubs for Girls/Boys Soccer and Girls/Boys Lacrosse.  I started as a member and eventually became President of each club.

    What I will contribute to the Newark Board of Education: As a board member, I would bring my vast teaching experiences, community involvement and involvement as a parent to encourage collaboration and decision making that will meet the needs of ALL students while looking out for the taxpayer.  I will work to make sure that all students, staff and visitors have a safe and inviting atmosphere in which to learn and build community.  Learning is a life-long process that starts at home and continues to grow throughout school and into adulthood – students need to build life-long skills that will enable them to function in today’s ever-changing society. I would also encourage the collaboration of the school with parents, community and most importantly the students. I believe to be truly successful; the Newark Central School District needs to work with all stakeholders to provide the best education possible to ALL students in the community.


    Kevin W. Greenlee Kevin Greenlee

    701 Colton Avenue

    Occupation:  Utilities Management

    What will you contribute to the Newark Board of Education:

    My prior work experience included over 15 years in both loss prevention safety management and insurance industries.  During that time, I developed a unique understanding of regulations and how to balance those with the needs of businesses and families.  My ability to objectively listen and evaluate these will be valuable in addressing issues the school board may face


    Julie Miller Julie Miller

    Family:  Husband Timothy Trembley, 4 sons and two daughters-in-law and a grand baby on the way

    Occupation: Adjunct Faculty GCC (part-time faculty), Western NY OTB (part-time), Spanish Teacher (full-time)

    School Activities:  I moved to Newark to complete two years of mentored teaching at Newark Middle School while completing my certification in Spanish 7-12 and Spanish 5-9 in SUNY ESC’s Transitional B program.  I am the parent of a student at Newark High School who played football and participated in track and field.  He will complete Newark High School’s Biomedical Science Program (“Project Lead the Way”) in June of 2022.

    Community Activities:

    Wayne County 4-H Program Volunteer, The Attica Teaching Project, Justice Ambassador for the Colson Center, NYSAFLT (NY State Association of Foreign Language Teachers) “Leader of Tomorrow.”  Prior to moving to Newark, I served on the Board of Trustees for the Hoag Library and the Marketing Committee for Cornell Cooperative Extension. I now serve on NYSED’s World Languages Council and NYSAFLT’s Public Advocacy Committee.  As a member of ACTFL (American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages) I have been invited to speak nationally on the topic of teaching in the prison system.

    Former Host Home: Rochester Youth Services (a host home for runaways), World Life Mission (a host home for war orphans).

    What I will contribute to the Newark Board of Education:

    Over the past thirty years, I have taught in a wide range of educational environments, from the public community college, to a private, residential Jesuit college, to a Blue Ribbon School (Avon, NY).  I have also taught multiple age groups including preschool, elementary, high school and adult education.

    Diversity Facilitator (GCC’s BEST CENTER), Bilingual/Bi-cultural (Spanish).

    I have 20+ years of experience in Ed Tech and online learning (I am currently running my 164th and 165th online Spanish class).  My thesis for my Master’s degree examined the best practices in online learning related to improved student outcomes.  As a SUNY faculty member, I collect and report data to NY State and I stay abreast of best practices related to accessibility in learning (eg. Captioning, universal design), World Readiness Standards and 21st Century Skills.

    I’ve studied topics related to literacy and how to help children become stronger readers and to become more proficient communicators.  I put this into practice in my classrooms with the results of these exercises verified with pre- and post-assessment data.

    As part of the coursework for my Policy degree, I studied Strategic Planning, Public Budgeting and Ethics (I was also a Supervisor in the Finance Department for Herschend Family Entertainment, a position that gave me experience in reading financial reports and familiarity with labor laws).

    While I worked as the Director of Public Relations for Ronald McDonald House Charities in Rochester, NY, I fully participated in the Strategic Planning process by gathering stakeholder input, setting both short and long-term goals, data collection and data analysis.

    Trained in grant writing through the Grantsmanship Institute and assisted agencies in the grant-seeking process in my job at RMHC.  While serving on the Board of Trustees for the Swan Library, I helped secure grant funding that led to the building of the new library.

    Whether I am volunteering as a Relief Manager at the Ronald McDonald House, judging 4-H Public Presentations or introducing children to ducklings in my classroom, I am working to strengthen resources in the community so that our kids can reach their full potential and become happy, fulfilled, productive adults.


    Meet the Candidates Night

    Good Afternoon,

    We will be holding the Annual Meet the Candidates Night on Tuesday, May 10th at 6:30 PM.   This will be an opportunity for the community to get to know the candidates running for our open Board seats this year.  There will be four (4) people running for the two open Board seats this year.  The top 2 vote getters will be serving 3-year terms beginning on July 1, 2022.

    We are putting together a “bank” of questions to ask the candidates that evening.  If you have potential questions you would like to submit for this event, please send them to Stacy Warren by Noon on Friday, April 29th via email at  

    Please Note:  Every question submitted will not be able to be used that evening.

    Thanks so much,

    Sue Hasenauer