Board Candidate Information

Board of Education Election - May 2015

Six candidates are running for three seats on the Board of Education. The seven member board is made up of community volunteers who serve three-year terms.

Names will appear on the ballot in the following order as drawn by lottery.

Rebecca (Beckie) Schultz

27 Wyndale Rd.


Age: 58



Husband - Bob: Retired from Eastman Kodak, currently contract worker

Son - Ben 2005 Graduate of IHS, (Attended Listwood, Iroquois, Dake and IHS); 2009 Graduate Cornell University, 2015 PhD in Physics at University of Michigan

Occupation: Preschool teacher


Education: M.S. Elementary Education, Nazareth College 2001; Inducted Kappa Delta Pi (National Education Honor Society, 2000); Exemplary Student Teacher, 2002

B.S. Chemistry, Virginia Tech 1979; Inducted IOTA Sigma Pi; (National Honor Society for Women in Chemistry, 1979)


Community Involvement:

Member West Irondequoit Board of Education

(President ‘02, Policy Board member WI Teaching /Learning Center, WI Foundation Liaison, PTSA Liaison, MCSBA Legislative Committee)

Member Monroe County School Boards Association

1992- present, member WICPTSA (President ’97, Honorary Life Award ‘09)

1992-1996 Listwood School Volunteer (Co-building Chair, Volunteer Coordinator, Co-chair Family Events, Room Parent).


Candidate Statement:

I believe in public education and for an extended period of time I have worked to ensure its access, value and sustainability for all students in West Irondequoit. I consider a high school diploma critical for success in life and it begins with a quality, rigorous and comprehensive education like that provided at IHS.


Board of Education members are elected by the community to define the vision and expectations for the children they serve so that all might reach their full potential. We, Board of Education members, are also on the front lines of retaining local control of the community's educational priorities and the evaluation of students and staff in pursuit of those goals. Once again it will be challenging to preserve the excellence the community expects for its youth while balancing legal and financial regulations from the state and federal government. I can’t think of a better way to contribute to our community.

Dr. John R Shafer

99 Hoover Rd.


Age: 75



Wife - Rev. Susan Shafer

Children - Dr. Nancy Clark (John Clark) - children (Anna, Claire, Emily)

Mr. John E. Shafer (Susan) - children (Eric)

Mr. Timothy Shafer (Audrey) - children (Payton attends Dake, Declan attends Iroquois and Keely attends Listwood)


Occupation: Full Tenured Professor Teacher Education at Roberts Wesleyan College


Education: Ed.D and M.A. University of Rochester, B.S. Cornell University


Community Involvement:

Asbury First UMC - active church member

Dining and Caring Center - Asbury First UMC

Roberts Wesleyan College, committees and support of student teachers

Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) instructor at RWC

Safe Schools certified instructor (SAVE) at RWC


Candidate Statement:

I believe in the power of education. I am running for the West Irondequoit School Board to help us strengthen our community's educational programs. I care deeply about our students and instruction. Since 1961 I have been involved with instruction and curriculum, 12 years in West Irondequoit, 24 years in Brighton (Director of Mathematics and Science and Assistant Superintendent for Instruction and Curriculum), 1 yr. SUNY Brockport and 17 years as a professor (attained full tenure rank) at Roberts Wesleyan College (teaching secondary content methods, classroom behavior management, supporting student teachers and student teacher seminars). I have lived in Irondequoit for 45 years and my own children attended West Irondequoit Schools. With three grandchildren in the West Irondequoit Schools and having dedicated my life's work to the vocation of education, I want to serve this community by guiding decisions which support students, teachers and parents and in so doing, hope to enhance the educational opportunities in West Irondequoit. I believe I have some expertise that could enrich the educational system in West Irondequoit.

Charles G. Perreaud

274 Titus Ave.


Age: 61


Family: Wife Laurie,

Son Geordan, IHS 2006; Daughters Carly and Renee, IHS 2009


Occupation: Jury Commissioner for NY State Courts in Monroe Co.


Education: Masters in Public Administration - Maxwell School Syracuse University, 1977; BA Political Science, U of R, 1976; AAS MCC, 1974


Community Involvement:

Board of Ed. Member since 1997, President since 2005

Community volunteer with scouts

IAA Baseball and Basketball

United Way

Parent Advocates for Students with Special Needs

WXXI Reachout radio reader


Candidate Statement:

During the time I have had the privilege to be a member of the Board of Education I have learned that experience counts. I am running again because I believe in our community, the value of education and the hope that we can move forward. Some have been critical of the decisions made last year, in particular attempting to break the tax cap. As a member of board leadership, I understand the impact of that decision and have learned from it. Although it is not easy to be a public servant, I know I can continue to use the knowledge and relationships I have built to bring us together, to pass a budget that does not break the tax cap, restores cut programs and reduces class sizes. Having experience does not mean I am opposed to change, or always endorse the status quo, rather I have been part of a board that over time has made some of the most lasting and important changes our district has seen. The vision I bring is simple, our schools must continue to be among the best in the country. I will promise to continue to work for every taxpayer, every parent and most importantly every student in our schools. That is the perspective I bring, it might not be new but it certainly works.

William (Bill) Evans

279 Van Voorhis Avenue


Age: 68


Family: Bill is married to Dr. Carol Brownstein-Evans, associate professor at Nazareth College, Department of Social Work. They have 5 children who attended WI schools: Leslie and Derek Evans, Stephanie Brownstein (Mike) Gross, Beth Brownstein (Seymen) Ertas, and Christine Brownstein (Jake) Arndt. There are 6 grandchildren including Kendal Arndt who attends Colebrook School.

Occupation: Director of Development, Regional Transit Authority (retired);private Transit Management Consultant throughout US (retired), former Executive Director of non-profit transit agency.

Education: Bill attended public and parochial schools in the Rochester area. He earned his BA in Social Science at the University of Toronto, and completed course work toward a MS in Urban and Regional Development at Columbia University.

Community Involvement:

Bill served three terms on the West Irondequoit Board of Education (1991-2000), Vice President (1992-93), President (1993-94).

Bill served as the PTSA District Budget Advisor and as a youth soccer coach.

He is a member of the Rochester Yacht Club.


Candidate Statement:

As a district resident for over 40 years, a parent to 5 former students, and as a former WI School Board President, Bill has a significant continuing investment in WI schools. Excellence in education is the core value of our diverse community. Board members are entrusted to foster educational quality and value. The Board provides leadership in support of student success and builds trust in the school community and the community at large. Bill left the School Board when the last of his children graduated from high school. He then completed his professional career which included executive and consulting experience throughout the US in the public, private, and non-profit sectors. As a grandfather to a Colebrook kindergartener, he wishes to return to the Board and share his business skills in support of a new generation of students. It is time for the Board to reflect a larger cross-section of this very supportive community and include fresh perspectives. Setting priorities and continuous improvement are critical.

Amanda R. Insalaco

700 Van Voorhis Ave.


Age: 34


Family: There are 6 people in my family and I am the only "girl." My oldest son is currently a sophomore at IHS. Then I'll have 2 more boys at Seneca School this coming fall (2nd grade and kindergarten).My youngest will attend Woodbury Preschool in the fall, as his older brothers did before him. My family, sensitive to my single status as the only woman in the house, agreed to add Zoe, our Vizsla pup, and she will be a year on June 1.


Occupation: Attorney


Education: BA, Sociology, Ithaca College (2002); J.D., University at Buffalo School of Law (2007)


Community Involvement:

Member, Monroe County Bar Association, 2008 to present

Member, Asian Pacific-Islander American Association of Greater Rochester, 2010 to present

Mentor, UB Law Student Mentor/Mentee Program 2015


Candidate Statement:

My husband is a teacher. I now have three, soon to be four, students in my home, who will all graduate in this District. I, too, graduated from IHS in 1998. Undoubtedly, this school and its reputation is very dear to me. I was a member of the Board of Education in WI from 2008 to 2011. During that time, I learned what it means to sit as an effective member of the WI Board. I want this opportunity because I have the ability to bring more to the board than the average individual. I know what it takes to be successful and want to help this school district ensure this success in its students. Being a Board Member provides an opportunity to educate the community - but, more than that, it's understanding that being effective requires a balancing between being responsive to the needs of individuals/groups and listening for a real consensus, versus being distracted by a vocal minority. It’s important to understand how all of the issues and/or complaints fit into the education system and how WI may, or may not, have the ability to effect it.



Dr. Margaret (Meg) Steckley

67 Belmeade Rd.


Age: 45

Family: Phil Steckley (husband)

Claire Steckley (Iroquois School—grade 6)

Maeve Steckley (Iroquois School—grade 4)


Occupation: Associate Professor & Chair, Adolescence Education, Nazareth College

Education: B.A., University of Notre Dame; Ed.M, SUNY Buffalo; Ph.D., SUNY Buffalo

Community Involvement:

Founding Director, Genesee Valley Writing Project

·Founding Member, Rochester Participatory Educational Research Collaborative (with East High School students & teachers)

·Coach, Odyssey of the Mind (Iroquois Middle School)

·Sports Day volunteer (Listwood Elementary)

·Penny Carnival volunteer (Listwood Elementary)

·Book Sale volunteer (Listwood Elementary)

·Vacation Bible School Instructor/Coordinator (Spiritus Christi Church)

Candidate Statement:

When my husband Phil and I bought our house in Irondequoit in 2002, we knew no one in the town. In the 13 years that we have lived here, we have grown to love this community, its residents, and the school district. I have been in the field of education for 22 years—as a teacher, researcher, and teacher educator—and I am a lifelong advocate for public schooling. These are challenging times in public education, and I have a good understanding of how recent policy and politics have shaped the state and national education context. I would love to bring my experience and expertise in education to serve the students, taxpayers, parents, and staff in the West Irondequoit School District. My first goal as a Board Member would be to listen to all stakeholders, and to bring fresh perspectives and creative problem-solving to the Board. West Irondequoit is poised to be a leader among public schools in the region, and I would welcome the opportunity to be part of envisioning our district’s future.