Voters are urged to learn about the three candidates for Mamaroneck School Board and the seven candidates for Committee for the Selection of School Board Nominees. All ten candidates are running unopposed in the election that occurs on the same day as the Mamaroneck School District budget and bond vote: May 19th from 7 am to 9 pm at the local elementary schools.
This year’s Selection Committee is holding a ”Meet and Greet” for the three candidates they have endorsed for school board at Starbucks on the Boston Post Road next to Mamaroneck High School on Sunday, May 17 from 1 to 3 pm.
The candidates are incumbents Linnet Tse and Robin Nichinsky and newcomer Anant Nambiar. (See: One New Face, Two Incumbents Go for School Board.)
This week, the Selection Committee also announced names of the seven candidates for the seven open slots on the committee this year. They are:
- Central Avenue Elementary: John Leitner and Jeffery Stillman.
- Chatsworth Avenue Elementary: Theresa Viti-Finck.
- Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary: Susan Brot and Pamela Lewis-Varon
- Murray Avenue Elementary: Matthew Teitsch and Frieda Kraft
All of the nominees have children in the Mamaroneck School District.
John Leitner: Central Elementary School
Mr. Leitner has lived in the district for 11 years. He has 2 children, both at the Hommocks. He has a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Villanova and a MBA from Montclair State University.
Professionally: He is the principal at Environmental Building Solutions. Previously, he worked at Ambient Group and Curtiss Wright Flight Systems.
School/Community Activities include: Past president of Orienta Point Association, Larchmont/Mamaroneck Youth Soccer League coach, Larchmont/Mamaroneck Little League Softball coach, Travel Team coach, League Commissioner and Village of Mamaroneck Committee for the Environment.
Why he would like to serve: “I believe that the composition of the school board is critical to the maintenance of a sound educational system for our children and that the input of the Selection Committee is vital to reviewing and endorsing potential candidates for the board. In my first year on the committee I have found that the process of reviewing and selecting potential candidates is well thought-out and achieves the committee’s goals. Finally, I believe that my input adds to the overall mix of the committee.”
Jeffrey Stillman: Central Elementary School
Mr. Stillman has lived in the district for 21 years. Has 2 children, one at MHS and one at the Hommocks . He attended New Rochelle High School, and earned a BS in Accounting from Syracuse University.
Professionally: He worked and manages Stillman Management, a residential and commercial property management firm. Previously, he served as a CPA in a number of different firms.
School/Community Activities include: Chairman & Vice Chairman-White Plains Business Improvement District, Builders Institute-Chairman & Vice Chairman Advisory Council of Managing Agents, Village of Mamaroneck -Restaurant Task Force, Village of Mamaroneck Focus Group Master Plan Sewage & Drainage Committee
Why he would like to serve: “I am interested in making sure that my two children and all of Mamaroneck residents’ children receive the best education possible. As a new member I am dedicated to bringing a fresh perspective on selecting the best qualified school board candidates.”
Theresa Viti-Finck: Chatsworth Avenue Elementary School
Ms. Viti-Finch has lived in the district for nine years. She will have three children at Chatsworth Avenue School. She has a BA from SUNY-Binghamton in psychology, and attended Harvard University for graduate work in real estate.
Professionally: She is currently a mortgage consultant.
School/Community Activities include: Chatsworth’s Co-Chair Parents Night Out Fundraiser, Larchmont/Mamaroneck Lacrosse Coach, and Selection Committee 2008-09.
Why she would like to serve: “As a mother of three very different young girls, I know what happens at school between September and June takes hard work on their part, and mine. Parents are busy as projects overflow, a new math curriculum has to be mastered and the budget is a bone of contention. I am presently finishing out a third term for another selection committee member. I care deeply about the quality of our school system, which is why I want to continue to serve. I am committed to recruiting the best possible school board candidates who will enhance the excellence of our school system while protecting its integrity of our children.”
Susan Brot: Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary
Ms. Brot has lived in the district for one year. She has two children at Mamaroneck Avenue School. She has a BA from Boston University, and MS in Social Work from Columbia University.
Professionally: She is currently working at Columbia University School of Social Work as a field advisor. She was previously with Hunter College Liberty Partnership Program and UNITERETIREE Service Department.
School/Community Activities include: (just moved here).
Why she would like to serve: “I believe as both a professional social worker with a wealth of experience in agency based work as well as higher education I have the training to analyze, communicate and assess the appropriate candidates for the School Board. As a newer member of the Mamaroneck/Larchmont community with two school age children, I believe I can bring a fresh perspective to the committee. Furthermore, having lived in NYC for 23 years together with my social work training, I understand the needs of a diverse (ethnically, culturally, economically) population. I have a keen awareness and personal and professional understanding of the importance of educating students with a variety of learning needs that takes into account the whole child-not just academically and test scores, but emotionally and socially as well.”
Pamela Lewis-Varon: Mamaroneck Avenue Elementary
Ms. Varon has lived in the district for 8 years. She has one child at Mamaroneck Avenue. She has a BS in Nursing from Northeastern University.
Professionally: She is currently a staff nurse at Greenwich Hospital, but worked at Cornell NY Presbyterian Hospital and Mamaroneck UFSD (as a Substitute School Nurse) in the past.
School/Community Activities include: Selection Committee 2008-2009, Mamaroneck Avenue PTA- VP Parent Services, Mamaroneck Avenue Class Parent, SEPTA Representative to Mamaroneck Avenue, Mamaroneck Avenue Parent to Parent Network Co-Chairperson
Why she would like to serve: “After years of involvement in the Mamaroneck Avenue School through PTA Executive Board and as a class parent, I was proud to be asked to fill in on the Selection Committee this past year. Throughout the past year, I have learned much about the manner in which this process works. The School Board members are among the most influential decision makers that affect our children and the quality of their education. That fact alone demands that members of the Selection Committee are people of dedication, open mindedness and integrity. I believe that I have demonstrated these qualities in my relatively short time on the committee, and it is my strong desire to continue serving my child and my community through continued work on the Selection Committee.”
Frieda Kraft: Murray Avenue Elementary
Ms. Kraft has lived in the district for 20 years. She has 3 children, two at MHS, and one at Solomon Schechter Middle School. She has a BA in Economics and Art History from Smith College and a M.A. in Art History from University of Chicago.
Professionally: She is currently pursuing a MA of Education at Manhattanville College. She has been the Aquatic Director at Camp Mohawk for the past 5 years. Most recently, she was a First Grade Teacher/Math Specialist at Solomon Schechter Lower School. Prior to that, she worked in the art field, most recently at the Met.
School/Community Activities include: Nominating Committee, MHS PTSA, SEPTA , Parent Member for CSEs, Girl Scout Leader, Murray Avenue from 1998 – 2004, and Active member of Westchester Jewish Center since 1989.
Why she would like to serve: “I would like to participate in The Selection Committee to assist in its continued efforts to identify, evaluate and endorse qualified candidates for the school board…candidates who are committed to ensuring a high and consistent level of education in our community. Having three children with different needs and as an educator, I understand that our schools need to serve many populations.”
Matthew Teitsch: Murray Avenue Elementary
Mr. Teitsch has lived in the district for 6 years. He has 3 children, all three at Murray this fall. He has a BS in Mechanical engineering from Binghamton University, MS and a MBA (Manhattan College and Columbia University).
Professionally: He is currently pursuing a certification program at Manhattanville College to teach high school physics and math. He was previously with Barclays Capital, Merrill Lynch, and Hazen and Sawyer.
School/Community Activities include: Town of Mamaroneck Coastal Zone Management Committee
Why he would like to serve: “I would like to serve on the Selection Committee for many reasons. As you can see from my educational background, education is very important to me. Also, I have three children that over the course of the next thirteen years will be attending our schools. It is important to have the right people on the School Board in order to provide the children of our community the best possible education given the limited resources available to our schools. Also, given my varied educational and profession background, I feel I can bring a great deal to the Selection Committee.”