Richard's Meet the Officers

Meet the Officers

President: Jessica Rothbart

The 2020-2021 Richards PTO President is Jessica Rothbart. Jessica is a mother of six, from kindergarten to 8th grade. She is a substitute teacher for the Newport School District and a girl scout troop leader. Her goal in life is to raise her family to cherish all there is in this world and to grow their hearts. Being part of the PTO Board makes Jessica's heart grow. She hopes to have a great year and bring joy to all of Richards School!

Vice President: Kayla Waterman
Kayla Waterman

The 2020-2021 Richards PTO Vice President is Kayla Waterman. Kayla is a lifelong resident of Newport, graduating from Newport High School in 2007. Kayla is the parent of two Richards School students. Kayla is also beginning her third year as a paraprofessional at Richards School. In her free time, Kayla enjoys hiking the Newport town forests. Kayla wanted to join the Richards PTO Board to use her unique role as an employee and a parent in the district to make the upcoming school year fun and inspiring!

Secretary: Malia Minnick
Malia Minnick
The 2020-2021 Richards PTO Secretary is Malia Minnick. Malia is a lifelong resident of Newport and graduated from Newport High School in 2011. Since then she has gone on to earn a BA in Psychology, an MEd in K-12 School Counseling, and will be receiving her EdD in Education in May 2021. This year, Malia is taking on a new role as the 6th grade ELA teacher at Newport Middle School. Malia is the mother of one Richards School student as well as two younger children. In her free time, Malia likes to spend time with her family and two rescue dogs. Malia wanted to join the Richards PTO Board to be an advocate for children of all levels and abilities. Her history as a school counselor within the district allowed her to see how hard students and educators work each day and hopes her voice can provide needed insight and support into the needs of Newport's youth in a fun and productive way.

Treasurer: Heather Shea-Clark
Heather Shea-Clark
The 2020-2021 Richards PTO Treasurer is Heather Shea-Clark. Heather moved to Newport in 1999 when she joined the Newport Police Department as a patrol officer. During her time in the police department she served as the school resource officer for three years. She now works at the Sullivan county Sheriff's Office. Heather is the parent of two children, one at Richards School and one at Newport Middle School. As the treasurer of the PTO, Heather hopes to continue to support the students and teachers in all that they do.

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