Kari Hamelinck, of Newark, is filling this year’s assistant principal vacancy at Newark Middle School created by John Ginter’s new role as Lincoln School principal.
Hamelinck was an instructional coach in Newark Central School District’s three elementary schools for the past four years. The board of education approved her one-year interim appointment, effective through June 2020.
Ginter replaced Stephanie Miller at Lincoln after she became director of pupil personnel services for Geneseo CSD.
“It is great to be at the middle school, and getting to know new staff and reconnecting with students that I have worked with in the past,” Hamelinck said.
She taught universal pre-kindergarten at Perkins School in 2001-09. For the 2009-10 academic year, she was an administrative intern at Kelley School. Hamelinck then taught kindergarten at Perkins for two years, followed by third grade for three years at Kelley until she became an instructional coach.
“Kari Hamelinck is ready to become an administrator,” Superintendent Matt Cook said. “In addition to her work as our instructional coach, she’s been our elementary summer school principal for the last several years and she has done remarkable work growing that program. As a mom of two elementary daughters in this district, I cannot think of anyone more motivated to make sure the middle school is a safe and welcoming learning environment for all students. We are thrilled to have her as part of this team.”
“Kari and I have known each other and worked together in various roles throughout the years,” NMS Principal Teresa Prinzi said. “I am excited about this new opportunity to work together again as she embarks on this journey as assistant principal. Kari brings with her a depth of instructional knowledge, student management skills, and a passion for collaboration and student growth. I am not only looking forward to continuing our professional relationship, but to a great year for students, staff and families of the middle school.”
Hamelinck earned her bachelor’s degree from SUNY Fredonia, master’s degree in education from Nazareth College and administrative degree from SUNY Oswego.