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.  

Christine Choi, Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Budget

Christine ChoiChristine Choi started her career over 20 years ago as a Business Education teacher and Work-Based Learning Coordinator in Wisconsin. In 2003, she relocated to the Binghamton area and was a Business Education teacher for Union-Endicott Central School District for nine years. She then joined Broome-Tioga BOCES/South Central Regional Information Center as the Race to the Top Data Services Coordinator in 2013. While at BT BOCES, Choi also served as the Data Services Manager and, most recently, the Assistant Director for Technology, Leadership and Innovation. Choi holds a B.S.Ed. in Business and Vocational Education from the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, an M.S.Ed. in Special Education from the State University of New York-Binghamton and a Certificate of Advanced Studies-Educational Leadership from the State University of New York-Binghamton.

As the Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Budget, Choi develops and administers the district-wide budget and long-range financial planning, provides leadership and coordination for curriculum and instruction initiatives and programs, helps to ensure accurate and timely submission of state reporting data, negotiates and coordinates the development and implementation of the Annual Professional Performance Review process, collaborates in the evaluation of administrators and assists the Superintendent as needed.

Assistant Superintendent for Personnel and Administration- TBD

Binghamton High School Kevin Richman 762-8244 
 Associate Principal Miriam Purdy  
 Associate Principal Paul Vesci  
 Assistant Principal Eudes Clarke
 Assistant Principal Dario Vasquez  
East Middle School Michael Holly 762-8300
 Assistant Principal Michelle Raleigh  
 Assistant Principal Ronald Smith  
West Middle School Kristine Battaglino 763-8400
 Assistant Principal  Shelly Richards  
 Assistant Principal Gerald Lynch  
Coolidge Elementary Mary Kay Ryan 762-8290
Franklin Elementary Kyle Skinner 762-8340
 Assistant Principal Kelly Bough  
Jefferson Elementary Sarah Wiggins 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 Richelle Acquisto  
Wilson Elementary Daniel Miller 763-8440
 Assistant Principal Laura Ansbro  


Attendance & Pupil Services

Deb Card 762-8114
Curriculum (Humanities) Jennifer Dove 762-8100 x 309
Curriculum (STEM) Brenda Lidestri 762-8100 x 308
Educational Technology Erin Thompson-Miller 762-8100 x 328
Fine Arts & World Language
Margaret McGarry 762-8245
Health, Phys. Education & Athletics David Garbarino 762-8148
Math Department Chair Monica Stento  
Social Studies Department Chair Steve McGovern  
English Department Chair Richard Dutko  
Science Department Chair Scout Orr  
Personnel David Thon 762-8100 x 412
Special Services Tia Rodriguez 762-8136 x 201
Special Services Velvet Tanner 762-8136 x 201
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