Dr. Tonia Thompson, Superintendent

Dr. Tonia Thompson

An esteemed educator with more than 30 years of experience in public education, Superintendent Tonia Thompson has dedicated nearly her entire career to serving the students of the Binghamton City School District.

Dr. Thompson became interim superintendent in July 2016, and was officially named superintendent in 2017. Dr. Thompson served in various administrative roles while working her way up to superintendent, including Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum, Instruction and Accountability, Director of Planning and Evaluation, Director of Special Programs for Achievement and Accountability, Director of Early Childhood and Elementary Education, and Director of Primary Education, Grades Pre-K through Second.

Dr. Thompson chaired the district-wide Professional Development Committee, Curriculum Council, District Data Team, District Policy Committee, and co-chairs the District Annual Professional Performance Review and Instructional Technology Committee.

Dr. Thompson graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in biology with a minor in chemistry and concentration in human services, followed by a Master of Arts in Teaching Science from Binghamton University. She began her career in education in 1987 as a high school science teacher, later moving to West Middle School to teach physical science. An opportunity to bring her passion for science teaching to the elementary level occurred when she took a position as a challenge teacher and teacher resource for elementary science.

During her tenure, she was recognized as New York State Teacher of the Year by the Association for Gifted and Talented, National Presidential Award Winner in Elementary Science, Math, and Science and Technology Teacher of the Year – Roberson Museum. After receiving the national Albert Einstein Distinguished Teaching Fellowship award, she served as a fellow at the National Science Foundation in Arlington, Virginia.

Interested in furthering her education, Dr. Thompson returned to New York State as a graduate student at Syracuse University in pursuit of a Certificate in Educational Leadership. She was recognized for her work as an Administrative Intern with Skaneateles School District by receiving the Lansing G. Baker Award for Outstanding Educational Leadership Intern and continued there as a building leader and curriculum administrator. She additionally earned a Doctor of Education in Educational Leadership from Syracuse University, where she studied the impact of parent education on families and children.

Dr. Thompson’s tenure in the district has given her unique and invaluable insight into the needs of Binghamton students, families, and the community. Today, as the superintendent of the Binghamton City School District, Dr. Thompson takes a student-centered leadership approach. She’s a tireless advocate for the students of the Binghamton City School District, working to ensure they achieve the best possible educational outcomes. She strongly believes in the foundational power of strong student-educator relationships and is honored to be working with an incredibly talented and dedicated faculty and staff. Dr. Thompson is proud to lead and work in such an enriched environment, and she is dedicated to continuing to advance the Binghamton City School District’s mission of educating, empowering, and challenging its students.  

Dr. Larry Dake, Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Budget

Larry Dake

Dr. Larry Dake joins the Binghamton City School District as Assistant Superintendent of Instruction and Budget. He is currently beginning his seventeenth year in education, and his eleventh as an administrator. Throughout those years, Dr. Dake has served as a classroom teacher, curriculum and data coordinator, building principal, and Assistant Superintendent. Dr. Dake is originally from Walton, NY, and graduated from King’s College in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. His career in education began right here in the BCSD, student teaching at West Middle School, and Binghamton High School while finishing his education degree at Binghamton University. He then taught Social Studies at Vestal High School, focusing mainly on Advanced Placement United States History and Global Studies.

In August 2010, he was hired as a Coordinator of Instruction in Vestal and focused on Race to the Top implementation around standards, curriculum, assessment, data analysis, and professional development. During this time, he also became a nationally certified bully prevention trainer and trained several schools in Olweus both within and outside the Southern Tier. Dr. Dake participated in the Broome Leadership Institute in 2011-2012 and also the Superintendent’s Development Program in 2013.

In July 2013, he was hired at Union-Endicott as George F. Johnson Elementary School Principal, a 650-student K-5 building in Endwell. After three years in that position, Dr. Dake assumed the Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Secondary Education role in Union-Endicott, where he served for four years overseeing labor relations, contract negotiations, and three secondary buildings encompassing 2,300 students in grades 6-12.

The opportunity to return to Binghamton, where he got his start as a student teacher, was too good to pass up. Dr. Dake is excited to work with the district’s outstanding leadership team and first-rate teacher and school-related professional staff. In his free time, Dr. Dake serves on the Board of Directors for the Broome County Arts Council and the Greater Binghamton Educational Opportunity Program (GBEOP). For the past four years, he has also served as an Adjunct Professor in the Binghamton University Educational Leadership Program.

Eric Wilson, Executive Director of Human Resources and Operations

Eric Wilson

Eric Wilson is the Executive Director of Human Resources and Operations. Wilson has extensive experience in school district administration and School Law. He was the In-House council for Syracuse City School District, Director of Personnel and Labor Relations for the Onondaga-Cortland-Madison BOCES, a partner at Ferrara Fiorenza, P.C., and most recently the Director of Staff Relations/School Attorney for Baldwinsville Central School District. Wilson has a B.A. from Marist College and a J.D. from Albany Law School of Union University.

Dawne Anna-Adams, Director of Personnel

Dawne Anna AdamsDawne Anna-Adams is the BCSD director of personnel.
She joined the Binghamton City Schools in 2014 as the P-TECH Coordinator, overseeing the New York State grant that provides pathways for STEM careers for students in schools across the region. She then transitioned from that position to the Department Chair for Science and Technology for grades 6-12. In 2018, she became the associate principal at Binghamton High School. During the 2019-2020 school year, she served as principal of the Fallsburg Junior-Senior High School in Sullivan County, New York.

Binghamton High School Kevin Richman 762-8244 
Associate Principal Miriam Purdy   
Associate  Principal Paul Vesci  
Assistant Principal Eudes Clarke  
Assistant Principal Gerald Lynch  
East Middle School Michael Holly 762-8300
Assistant Principal Michelle Raleigh  
Assistant Principal Gerardo Lewis  
West Middle School Kristine Battaglino 763-8400
Assistant Principal  Margarita Panko  
Assistant Principal Ronald Smith  
Coolidge Elementary Dario Vazquez
Assistant Principal Kristy Sloma  
Franklin Elementary Kyle Skinner 762-8340
Assistant Principal Kelly Bough  
Jefferson Elementary Richelle Acquisto 763-8430
MacArthur Elementary Lori Asquith 762-8119
Assistant Principal Emily Dabek  
Mann Elementary Peter Stewart 762-8270
Roosevelt Elementary David Chilson 762-8280
Assistant Principal Kristy Sloma  
Wilson Elementary Daniel Miller 763-8440
Assistant Principal Laura Ansbro  

Attendance & Pupil Svcs  Margaret McGarry 762-8114
Curriculum (Humanities) Jennifer Dove 762-8100 x 309
Curriculum (STEM) Scout Orr 762-8100 x 308
Educational Technology Erin Thompson-Miller 762-8100 x 328
 Athletics & Student Engagement  Jeremiah Johnson  
 Fine Arts Coordinator  Ariana Koniuto  
Phys. Education, Health & Wellness David Garbarino 762-8148
Personnel Dawne Anna-Adams 762-8100 x 412
Special Services Tia Rodriguez 762-8136 x 201
Special Services Velvet Tanner 762-8136 x 201

Math & FACS Monica Stento 762-6078
Social Studies & Business Steve McGovern 762-8158
ELA, ENL & World Languages Alice Kiereck  
Guidance Mary Gere-Penna  
Science & Technology (grades 6-12) & PTECH
Jacqueline Scallan  762-8216

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