With the decisions in recent months of two principals — Kelley School Principal Chris Mizro and Lincoln School Principal Donna Buck to retire at the end of this school year — the Board of Education last night unanimously approved their replacements.


With the decisions in recent months of two principals — Kelley School Principal Chris Mizro and Lincoln School Principal Donna Buck to retire at the end of this school year — the Board of Education last night unanimously approved their replacements.

             Teresa Prinzi, who has been assistant principal at Newark Middle School since 2008 will replace Mizro as principal of Kelley School effective July 1.

“As Teresa steps into the role as principal I know that I am leaving Kelley School with a leader that is committed to the students, parents, staff and community of Newark,’’ said Mizro, who has been principal of Kelley school since September of 2000.

Prinzi earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech and Hearing from Nazareth College in 1991 and her Masters degree in Reading from Nazareth in 2002, and in 2007 she earned her Certificate of Advanced Study in Educational Administration from SUNY Oswego.

After working as a speech therapist at Finger Lakes United Cerebral Palsy Happiness House in Geneva for six years and for one year in the Midlakes school district, Prinzi came to Newark in 1999 as a speech therapist and worked at Perkins School for 8 years.

She began her administrative internship at the Middle school in September 2007. Upon completion a year later, she was appointed Assistant Principal of Newark Middle School where she has remained the past four years. 

At NMS, Prinzi has worked collaboratively with the counseling staff to create and maintain a three-year program designed to develop goal setting skills, career building and college visitations.  She has also actively worked with staff in developing school goals, attendance protocols, and student support programs such as the Learning Center and Super~Saturday.

“While I have loved working at the Middle School and will miss the staff and students tremendously, I am equally excited about taking this next step.  I am looking forward to working with the talented and dedicated Kelley school staff, the students and families,” she said.  

        Jeff Hamelinck, who has been an Administrative Intern/Teacher on Special Assignment at Kelley School for the last four years, will replace Buck as principal of Lincoln School effective July 1.

“I am really pleased Jeff will be my successor at Lincoln School,” said Buck who has been principal for four years. “I know that the experience he has had at Kelley School has prepared him for this assignment. He will do great job. And I have every confidence and faith that he will sparkle at Lincoln School,” she said.  

Hamelinck, who is completing his fourteenth year of working in Newark, spent the first 10 years as a primary teacher at Perkins School.

He graduated from SUNY Fredonia in 1998 where he majored in elementary education. He received his master’s degree in computer education from Nazareth College in 2001. He achieved National Board Certification in Early Childhood Education in 2005; and received Certificate of Advanced Study in Education Administration from SUNY Oswego in 2009.

Hamelinck introduced the Bullying Task Force at Kelley that helps students become self-advocates, make good choices and develop solutions for issues they face. He also worked with Kelley staff to streamline the collection and calculation of student performance data so ?“quality time can be spent analyzing instructional practices to improve student outcomes.”

Hamelinck also began meetings with students and families of those that transfer into the school district. “I believe connecting with students and families early helps make the move and transition to our school easier and more successful,” he said.

“Having been born and raised in Newark, my roots and connection to this community are very deep,” Hamelinck said. “Having  attended Lincoln School I know first hand the child centered focus and family atmosphere that has been fostered there during the past century. Lincoln School has had 100 years of outstanding service and commitment to the community of Newark thanks to the current and previous building leaders, teachers, staff, families, and students. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead Lincoln School and I look forward to the continuation of my service in the Newark community and to students, parents and staff as the Principal of Lincoln School.” 

Superintendent Henry Hann said he has every confidence Prinzi and Hamelinck will be great principals.

“The Board of Education has appointed two outstanding educators to be new principals in our district,’’ Hann said. “Both have excellent track records here and we couldn’t be more pleased to have had such exceptional individuals to take over the helm of two of our elementary schools. Each has tough act to follow, but I’m certain Teresa and Jeff will rise to the challenge.’’