Samuel W. Rose


Samuel RoseI grew up in Schenectady, having lived here since I was just six months old. I played youth sports in the city for Schenectady-Belmont Pop Warner, Northside Little League, and Schenectady Babe Ruth Baseball. I am a product of Schenectady public schools, having attended Oneida Middle School, and then graduated from Schenectady High School in 2006. From there, I attended Cornell University and graduated in 2010 with a degree in Urban and Regional Studies. I then went on to graduate school at SUNY Buffalo and received master’s degrees in Urban Planning and Anthropology, and finally completing a PhD in Cultural Anthropology in 2017.

I currently work at the New York State Education Department in downtown Albany.  Schenectady is my home and I want to make public education in Schenectady work for all students and families. I believe that quality public education is essential for democracy, which itself relies upon an informed and engaged citizenry. I believe that upon graduation, students should have basic preparation for what life has ahead of them regardless of whether they attend university, attend vocational school, or go directly into a career. Our students must be equipped to perform academic work and manage daily life activities. The true metric for the success of public education is how well it is serving all students, not just the wealthiest or highest achieving students. We must ensure that public education in Schenectady takes into consideration the needs for all. If public education is about producing functioning adults and engaged citizens, then addressing the needs of students is vital for not only our present, but our future as a city and as a larger community.


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