On Tuesday, May 18, Mohonasen district residents will elect three members to the Board of Education. The three candidates with the most votes will be elected to serve three-year terms beginning July 1, 2021. Learn more about the proposed budget, budget voting process and meeting the candidates by clicking here.
The candidates are listed below in the order in which they will appear on the ballot:
- Julie Power
- Ericka Montagino
- Bridget Girard Craver
- Margaret “Maggie” Hurne
- Elatisha Kirnon
- Wade Abbott
Meet the candidates
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Julie Power, of Cushing Lane, is seeking her first term on the board. A Mohonasen resident for seven years, she and her spouse Karl have three children. Power currently teaches math at Broadalbin-Perth High School. She is a graduate of Mohonasen High School and earned her bachelor’s degree in Math from the University at Albany and her master’s in Math Education from Lehman College, Bronx, NY. “I have experienced each of the four buildings through my children and also as a graduate of Mohonasen. I would love to use my experiences [as a teacher] to serve on the board here at Mohonasen.”
I am involved in the community where I have been a math teacher for the last six years, but I would like to be more involved in this district. Mohonasen has an amazing music department, sports teams and wonderful teachers. I want to be part of that. I have experienced each of the four buildings through my children and also as a graduate of Mohonasen. Since 2000, I’ve lived and taught in the Bronx, Westchester, Duval County (Florida), Ireland and in the Capital Region. I would love to use my experience to serve on the board here at Mohonasen.
Ericka Montagino, of Ronnie Court, is seeking her first term on the board. She has been a Mohonasen resident since 2014. Montagino and her spouse have two children. She is a licensed pharmacist for Price Chopper Supermarkets. Montagino graduated from Schalmont High School and earned her Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the Albany College of Pharmacy. “It would be my honor to serve as a parent that can represent our families interests and concerns with the future of our children’s education. The districts vision and goals need to map the course of our student’s future.”
As a long-standing member of this community, I take our children’s futures and education seriously. With the limitations we have all experienced this past year, education is simply something that cannot be compromised. This has always been my mindset, and I have held my personal achievements in education with the utmost importance and my foundation for parenting. I have more than 15 years of managerial and administrative experience. I can make sound, unbiased decisions, and I know how to hold stakeholders accountable. Further, my background in operational oversight has taught me that you must listen and follow through to enact meaningful change. Among many priorities, I believe we must focus our efforts in providing more education on the opioid addiction crisis and provide resources for mental health services. I will be your voice for the community as I go work for Mohonasen families, always ensuring that our children’s best interests and futures are the top priorities.
Bridget Girard Craver, of Shereen Court, is seeking her first term on the board. A Mohonasen resident for 37 years, she and her spouse, Michael, have two children. Craver is an administrative assistant for Health Management at MVP Healthcare. She is a graduate of Mohonasen High School and earned an Associate of Science and Arts degree in Early Childhood from Schenectady County Community College. “The reason I want to be on the school board is to use the passion I have for Mohonasen to make the community stronger and fight for what is best for our students, staff
I want to be on the school board to use the passion I have for Mohanasen to make the community stronger and fight for what Is best for our students, staff and community. I am ready to ask tough questions and get the answers for everyone. I am a Mohonasen High School graduate who is now raising her two children in the district with my husband. Education is always changing and we need to work with those changes to have the best outcome for the students, staff and community. Since my daughter started Kindergarten I have been very involved in the PTO board. Throughout these past five years of helping out and serving our district and community I have realized that I want to do more. I would be honored to work to strengthen our schools as a Mohanasen board member.
Margaret “Maggie” Hurne, of Fairlane Road, is seeking her first term on the board. A Mohonasen resident for eight years, she and her spouse, Matt, have three children. Currently a stay-at-home mom, Hurne previously was an early education teacher. She earned a Bachelor of Arts in Human Development and Family Science from Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. “The current board has been working hard … I want to continue this work; to recognize our evolving population, to find creative solutions to our financial challenges, and to merge tradition with innovation.”
I would like to serve on the Mohonasen Board of Education foremost because Mohon is a great district consisting of a warm community, made up of amazing staff, students, and families. The current board has been working hard to keep our district running smooth. I want to continue this work; to recognize our evolving population, to find creative solutions to our financial challenges, and to merge tradition with innovation. I would bring fresh devotion to these goals and to all residents’ concerns. Our traditions were built on friendship, let us wrap each other in that sunshine and make Mohon a wonderful community for all.
Elatisha Kirnon, of Helderberg Avenue, is seeking her first term on the board.
A Mohonasen resident since 2009, Kirnon has two adult children and one grandchild. She is employed by the New York State Governor’s Office of Employee Relations (GOER) Antidiscrimination Investigation Division. Kirnon earned an Associate degree from Hudson Valley Community College and a Bachelor of Arts from the University at Albany. “… I believe personally and professionally, I have the skills to support our school district endeavors for diversity and inclusion and I will bring a unique perspective.”
“My household is second generation attendee of the Mohonasen School District. My children and now my granddaughter attended elementary, middle and high school here. The faculty has been professional and personal in their approach to my children’s educational needs. As a single mother and a professional, it is beneficial to have the understanding and support of the school district to meet my children’s academic and emotional needs. I have the skills to support our school district endeavors for diversity and inclusion. As a child, I was part of school desegregation in Boston and Yonkers. I know how a great education can shape the life of a child and that is why I purposely moved my children to the Mohonasen district. I would like to be part of a great team that does so much for the community.”
Wade Abbott, of Fiero Avenue, is currently serving his first term on the board. A Mohonasen resident for more than 18 years, he and his spouse, Ellen, have two children. Abbott is the communications and community engagement specialist for the Mohawk Valley Library System. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Materials Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and received a master’s degree in Public Communications from The College of Saint Rose. “I welcome the opportunity to serve with my colleagues on the board as we recover and reopen after the pandemic. We must advocate for our district and plan carefully for the future.”
The last three years were particularly challenging for Mohonasen, including budget difficulties and a global pandemic. Even so, the entire district – students, teachers, parents, staff and administrators – demonstrates its resilience. A culture of excellence is being built at Mohonasen, yet there are many hurdles to overcome. I welcome the opportunity to serve with my colleagues on the board as we recover and reopen after the pandemic. We must advocate for our district and plan carefully for the future. If re-elected, I will continue to listen carefully, ask pertinent questions and make thoughtful decisions. Together, we will make Mohonasen even stronger.