Liverpool Patricia DeBona-Rosier
Biographical information (family, employer, age, number of years in home, etc.):
I was born in Brooklyn, grew up on Long Island and moved to Central New York, where I put myself through college. I have a bachelor of arts degree in English literature, studied Romance languages at the University of Pisa (Italy) and did my graduate studies in secondary education at SUNY Oswego.
I taught English at Liverpool High School for 33 years and retired in 2008. While at LHS, I was the advisor for the yearbook, student newspaper, school literary magazine and other clubs and activities. I also served as English department chair and director of Student Activities, was a member of the LHS Council, and honored twice by my colleagues as Teacher of the Year.
I am a director on the board of the Liverpool Federal Credit Union and on the Dollars for Scholars board, an organization that funds scholarships for Liverpool seniors. In 2008 I was elected to the Board of Education, where I have served as vice president and president .
My husband, Jim, and I live in the village of Liverpool and we have three children who attended Liverpool schools and participated in the Fine Arts and sports programs.
Why are you running for school board?
This community has been good to me and my family. I would like to “pay it forward” and give back in some significant way. Serving on the Board of Education will allow me to do this.
For me, the most important function of the board is to provide students with a sound educational foundation that will stand them in good stead in future years. I understand what students need, am knowledgeable about educational pedagogy, and am committed to providing both students and staff with the necessary resources to be successful. I view my job and that of the board as gatekeeper, policy maker and guardian.