The Following Newington Democrats sit on our School Board
Board Member Michael Branda - Michael has lived in Newington for ten years. His two daughters attend John Patterson School, where he is an active member of the PTO. Michael is also a member of the Seven Cities Condominium Association Board and works as an events manager for the ALS Association. His role is to help several chapters across the country achieve fundraising success during the Walk to Defeat ALS campaign. Michael is a strong advocate for our children and your schools.
Michael has spent the last 9 years working in non-profit fundraising. From 2008 until recently, he worked for the National MS Society, Connecticut Chapter. His role was to manage the fundraising program for Walk MS in CT. The Walk MS campaign would average over $1.2 million raised per year over those 9 years.
When asked why he wanted to run for the Board of Education Michael explained,
"I never really expected to run for an elected office until the last budget season when it was clear that politics were overshadowing the students in our town. After working hard to gather signatures in support of opening the High School STEM Academy, I received so many kind notes from teachers, parents, students and taxpayers who believed that our town was heading down a dangerous path as it relates to education. Education shouldn't be about whether you're a Democrat or Republican. We should all share the common goal of having the best district possible."
Board Member Sharon Braverman, Ph.D. - Board of Education Member 2007 to present; Secretary 2011 to present; Chair of Student Policy; Member of BOA Executive Committee; CREC and Capital Region Education Council Liaison; Assistant Dean for the School of Business at CCSU; Head of career office for the School of Business; 38 year Resident, Married to Hy, Sharon has 2 grown children, NHS graduates and 6 grandchildren. Sharon received a Doctorate in Public Health from Columbia University in 2016. Sharon facilitated the Dual enrollment Program between Newington and Central Connecticut State University, giving Newington High School students the ability to take college credits there at the same time they are in our High School.
Board Member Emily Guion - Elizabeth Green PTA President, 2010-2013; Certified Teacher; BS from UCONN, Early Childhood Education; Masters in Elementary Education, University of Hartford; employed as a Patient Instructor at UCONN Health Center; 14 year resident; Married to Joe, Children, Avery and Macy who attend Newington schools.
In 2016, I joined the board with high hopes of continuing the progress made by previous boards. I watched them work together to find creative ways to make exciting things happen like the middle school academies and the addition of Spanish as a core class for all eighth graders.
Unfortunately things did not go as smoothly as I had hoped. During 2016-2017 the majority of the Town Council voted for a budget allocation that was significantly lower than the Town Manager recommended. As a result these budget decisions, there are significantly fewer teachers, the class sizes are larger, and the brand new academies at the high school could not be opened.
I believe very strongly in our schools. Our entire staff is dedicated to the betterment of our students. While we are in uncertain economic times, we cannot dismantle our school system. I intend, going forward, to implement the goals of our Board of Education during my present term with the help of our Town Council.
Board Member Joshua Schulman - Board of Education member, 2011 to present; Vice Chairman, Board of Education, 2013 to present; Chair of Curriculum Committee; Youth Adult Council Liaison; 2006 NHS Salutatorian; BA in Political Science from UCONN 2009; Juris Doctorate from UCONN Law 2013; Attorney at Beck & Eldergill, P.e. in Manchester; 27 year resident; married to Megan.
Board Member Cindy Stamm - Board of Education member, 2016 to present; Employed as Director of Pupil Services, Enfield Public Schools; previously served as Special Education Coordinator, Enfield Public Schools; Long-time Special Education teacher in various school districts; Past member NHS Drama Booster Club and NHS Girls Volleyball Booster Club 2008-2012; Past member NHS Safe Graduation Party, 2012, Married to Chip; daughters, Staci and Ali who attended Newington Schools.
On the Board of Education Cindy has served on School Code and Compliance Committee, Facilities Committee, Hearings Committee and is presently on the Teacher Negotiations Committee.
Cindy understands the challenges that the Board of Education faces and the financial troubles we are all keenly aware of threatening the outstanding education we promise our children in our schools.
Cindy will continue to work with the Town Council to focus on maintaining our present programs and services. She is actively working on the challenge of class sizes, opening the STEM academies, continuing the CCSU dual enrollment programs, expanding the capabilities of Newington's children in every single subject by providing resources, both inside and out of school.
She is dedicated to financial transparency and her commitment has been demonstrated by her two successful years on our school board. Cindy is ready to continue to fight for the very best for our children as our schools build Newington's next citizens.