I am a parent of three girls, all who have been (and currently are) in the Rochester City School District. I am the new leader of 25th legislative district and I currently work as a Community Health Worker with Rochester Regional Health. I have spent the last 16 years of my life passionately dedicated to advocating and working with families throughout the City of Rochester.

My two older children graduated in 2015 and 2016 from North East North West College Preparatory High School located at the Frederick Douglas Campus, and both now attend local colleges, MCC and Brockport.  My youngest child just started Kindergarten at school #1.

I have taught in the district as a long term substitute teacher at schools #8, #17, #44 and East High School (before the U of R receivership). I am also the Coordinator for the Children’s Leadership Development Program (CLTI), a national program that focuses on teaching children (and their parents through the adult version PLTI) how to be effective leaders in the community. I believe that my experiences, both internal as a former employee and external as a parent in RCSD for over 14 years, make me an ideal candidate.

As a former employee, I saw many issues happening every day in the district. I witnessed teachers who were not appropriate in how they addressed students. I saw students feel they were not being heard, respected or welcomed. I saw administrators not supporting students, teachers or parents.  However, I have witnessed a few schools who understood that the relationship built with the family, student and teacher yields the best results. It takes a lot of hard work and there are no shortcuts to hard work. I believe that there are innovative solutions that can be implemented, that require going above and beyond what has been done in the past. I believe that every adult who works in the district has the responsibility to support families, this includes school board members.

If elected I plan to focus my efforts in the following areas:

These are just some areas of focus that I intend to implement. I cannot do it alone. And our children, our parents, our community can no longer offered that same status quo. We need change and we need it now. We need innovative ways to engage and support families. And we need all partners at the table. I look forward to getting to know you as a community leader and resident and hearing some of your thoughts and ideas about improving the school climate. I thank you in advance for your time and attention.

We need change and we need it now. We need innovative ways to engage and support families that bring all partners to the table.
— Beatriz LeBron