Meet the 2022 New Hartford Board of Education Candidates:

  • Michelle Parker

    Michelle Parker and her husband, Jim, are parents to two sons:  Ben, who is a first grader at Hughes, and Nate, who is three.  She earned her BSN from Utica University and MS from SUNY Polytechnic Institute, and is an Assistant Professor of Nursing at Mohawk Valley Community College.  She also volunteers for Hospice and is involved with the Hughes PTA.  Michelle is running for the board to advocate for our children, teachers, parents, & community.  Our kids are facing academic, social, and emotional challenges and we must rally as a community to respond.  We also need to ensure a safe and equitable learning environment for all of our students.  While there have been missteps and frustrations, New Hartford is an exceptional community with an award-winning school. Michelle believes we should empower our teachers with greater autonomy in crafting their lessons.  Our experienced educators know their students best and our kids will benefit from teacher-developed lessons instead of the one-size-fits-all approach preferred by Albany.  And lastly, Michelle respects parents and community stakeholders and believes that their concerns must be heard, respected, and addressed in a transparent & timely manner.  Please visit to learn more about Michelle’s candidacy.

    Nicole Perretta

    Nicole attended Nazareth College, earning a degree in Social Work.  Following college, Nicole began working with and advocating for youths at several recreation centers in Rochester, NY.  In addition, she managed school programs for the Boys & Girls Club.  Furthermore, she played a critical role in ensuring the welfare of children through her work with Child Protective Services.  Nicole’s education coupled with her vast, youth-centric work experience exemplifies her passion for people - especially children.  To that end, she left her professional work to raise her own children with her husband.  In this capacity, Nicole has coached AYSO soccer for years, volunteered with Girl Scouts, and is involved with NYSPTA.  She has been president of Myles PTA & the New Hartford PTA Council and currently serves as one of 12 NYSPTA Region Directors.  Nicole is a natural leader that inspires people, including children, to become better versions of themselves.  She would like to facilitate healthy and well-rounded growth for youths by focusing on the district’s policies and ensuring they are clear, effective, and supportive--academically, mentally, and emotionally.  She will continue her unwavering support and advocacy in the community through the Board of Education.

    Heather L. Evans


    My name is Heather Evans, and I am running for New Hartford CSD Board of Education.  I grew up in Camillus, NY.  I have a bachelors in Business Administration from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a minor in Spanish.  

    Currently, I proudly serve the Arc Oneida Lewis as their Vice President of Development.  In this role I wear many hats, from fundraising to advocacy to business expansion to podcasting to project management and beyond.  It is in this role that I truly came to understand the importance of diversity and inclusion, and of creating roles that help each individual reach their potentials. 

    I am a member of the Leadership Mohawk Valley Class of 2022, and am participating in an ongoing Board Leadership lecture series presented by the Center for Leadership Excellence. 

    As a parent of children in the NHCSD, I favor a robust, traditional education with a strong focus on liberal arts competencies.  I have witnessed a decline in writing and communication skills in our children, and worse, a decline in critical thinking.  My hope is that we can re-focus our efforts on accepting all viewpoints and opinions, and to teach our children to base their beliefs on facts.  Further, I believe the elementary to high school educational experience should feature extra-curricular activities that are inclusive to all children and include options which engage with the community. Finally, my hope is to create and maintain open communication and engagement with parents.  

    Nicole Goodelle

    My name is Nicole Goodelle and I am currently seeking your vote for the New Hartford Central School Board of Education.  I have lived in New Hartford for the last sixteen years with my husband, a New Hartford graduate, and currently have two children in the district.  My daughter is a freshman at Perry and my son in a sixth grader at Hughes.  I received my B.A. from SUNY Geneseo in Political Science and M.S. from Utica College in Adolescent Education.  I am currently a high school history teacher at Clinton Central School District.  I fully intended to work closely with other board members, students, teachers and members of the community to ensure that the school district continues to be the most important asset of the New Hartford community and the school district that many seek out for their children.  I would like to see the district improve in its transparency to the taxpayers and increase communication to the entire community regarding curriculum, staffing, and athletics.  I am always available to discuss concerns or ways to improve our school community.  Thank you for your time and consideration.

    Erik Sheehan

    Greetings!  My name is Erik Sheehan.  I am 37 and feeling it.  My wife and I moved to central New York in 2013.  We quickly fell in love with the area and grew some roots down in New Hartford.  I have had the pleasure of being a stay-at-home dad for our three children over the last 7 years.  Next year our youngest will be in pre-k, while our older two ride the bus to kindergarten and third grade at Hughes.  I believe I can be of service to our community with my new found free time as well as an extensive background in education.  In my younger years I enjoyed positions such as working in group homes, becoming a teacher, and providing behavioral therapy to children with autism.  My strongest skills are the ability to listen as well as being patient.  I would love to hear any thoughts and concerns you may have.  Cheers!