Janet Kuzma was born and raised in Newtown and a class of 2000 NHS graduate. After moving away for several years, she returned with her family in 2019. Janet is married to Kevin and the devoted mother to 4 children, Lily (12), Kendall (10), Brynn (7), and Braxton (7).
Janet has been heavily involved in her children’s education and has always been active in her children’s schools. She has filled the role of Class Mom many times, served as PTO President prior to moving to Newtown, and currently serves on the PTA board at Reed Intermediate School. She filled the role of district substitute last year when there was an immediate need due to Covid quarantines. She embraces the chaos of busy schedules and enjoys watching her children in all of their activities which include, music, theater, football, softball, baseball, basketball, and lacrosse, many of which her husband coaches.
Janet’s goal is to make sure all children are provided with the best education possible. Whether the children of Newtown are struggling, maintaining goals, or excelling, it’s crucial that children are given a fair and equitable education. Coming off an extremely challenging year, Janet would like to make sure the learning loss that occurred, due to the pandemic, gets addressed and is made a top priority. Having a student in Special Education, she saw firsthand how some of the most vulnerable students struggled even more. Her desire is to make sure the district maintains a high standard of excellence in our schools.
As a district substitute last year, Janet had many opportunities to witness the hard work and dedication of our teachers and staff. She knows that it is important to recognize the struggles the teachers faced, and continue to face while teaching during a pandemic. She believes that not only should the needs of students be addressed but it is also crucial to address the needs of the teachers and staff. She has no doubt that a motivated teacher creates a successful and motivated learner.
Janet is a self-employed family photographer and also a licensed cosmetologist. She strongly believes in cultivating student efforts on their interests, whether they want to pursue college, an advanced degree, or a skilled trade to become happy successful adults. She would love to serve on the Board of Education as a way to give back to the community and the children of Newtown.