Board of Education 4 year term –
Joy has lived in Brookfield for the past 12 years with her husband Matt, a CT State Police Detective, and their two children, Vanessa and Mason. Vanessa, 10, is in 5 th grade and Mason, 8, is in 3 rd grade. Joy always gives 100% to anything she is involved in, which is clearly shown as she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Mount St. Mary College with a Masters Degree in Literacy. Joy has devoted the past 16 years of her professional career to the field of education. Holding the position as an elementary educator, Joy’s job never ended at the sound of the bell. She is constantly looking for ways to help make each child grow to their potential in these constant changing times. Joy has worn many hats in the Cornwall district beyond her title as a teacher. For the past four years, Joy has been the Head Teacher at her school and was ‘Acting Principal’ when administration was at meetings or absent.
In this role she chaired meetings, organized needed support plans, managed, and helped run school-wide assessments, handled discipline, created schedules, and facilitated communication between personnel, students and parents. Joy begins her journey as Elementary ELA Curriculum Coordinator this September. Joy is also a member of the District Data and School Inquiry Team, the Instructional Support Team, and is an active member of her union. It is undoubtedly clear that Joy has a passion for education. With her passion of education and her experiences with all of her past and current titles Joy proves that she has the attributes that are needed to join the Board of Education. With each position she has held or volunteered for, Joy researched, questioned, and studied every avenue to explore in order to get the best for her community and the students. This drive will be exactly what our board needs to help this community provide the best they can for our students. Joy wants to advocate for our future, the children and students of Brookfield, by providing them with a quality education. It is evident from Joy’s work as a catechist at St. Joseph’s church, Brookfield Soccer Club Coach and Team Manager, Brookfield Lacrosse Club Coach, PTO volunteer and room parent for CES and HHES, and past Treasurer at HHES that she will be the best advocate for our students and our community. Joy has also helped re-establish the Huck’s Paw Patch, the garden and outdoor classroom at HHES. She created curriculum resource binders for each grade level for teachers to access hands-on lessons to use in the garden. She has also written and been awarded two large grants, totaling $5000 to help fund the garden. It is beyond clear that Joy is the right candidate for the position of 4 year term of representative on the Board of Education.
Chris has lived in Brookfield for 12 years with his wife and four children. Chris is a former combat Marine and served as a NYPD Detective, retiring from the FBI Taskforce, currently Chris is a National Director of Security. Chris has used his experience to serve on the Brookfield School Security Commission. He has coached a wide variety of Brookfield sports and he taught 5th grade religious education for 20 years. Chris wants to continue to use his experience to keep our children safe and to be the voice of parents, children and the community in our schools.
Austin Samuelson has been a resident of Brookfield for the last 12 years and in that time he attended Whisconier Middle School and graduated from Brookfield High School in 2012. As a proud product of the Brookfield education system, Austin went on to attend Western Connecticut State University where he received a Bachelor of Arts in Business Administration and held the role of President of the WCSU College Republicans and Treasurer of the Connecticut Federation of College Republicans, where he was tasked with balancing budgets and event coordination. Currently, Austin works as the Community Services Coordinator for Mayor Mark Boughton in the City of Danbury. By running for the Board of Education, Austin hopes to bring accountability, responsibility, and efficiency to the Brookfield education system.
Board of Education 2 year term –
Kevin grew up locally but is a newcomer to Brookfield, he brings nearly 20 years of experience in public school education, including experience as a middle and high school teacher, interscholastic coach as well as a district and building administrator. Kevin, his wife Mikki, and their two girls moved to Brookfield almost two years ago and the girls are attending HHES and CES. He looks forward to eliciting feedback from the community and to couple that with his knowledge and experience in education to further our public schools.