Learn about Roshanie Ross, and why she’s running for New Rochelle Board of education.
When I was four years old my family moved from Guyana to the United States in search of better opportunities.
I was raised by a single mother in the Bronx. I was a good student but had a teacher that saw my potential. Because of his influence, I was able to get into Prep for Prep, a program for low income, high-performing students of color. I earned a scholarship to go to a school in Manhattan and later attended Wesleyan University.
I later earned my MBA at the Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania. There I met my future husband who is a child of Jamaican immigrants. We have three children, two daughters at Daniel Webster and a son who attends Albert Leonard Middle School.
As a mother of three children and a multicultural family, we moved to New Rochelle for its diversity as well as its schools. I learned about several New Rochelle students achieving great academic success throughout the years. I want to be a part of broadening this success to all of our students rather than a select few. I can bring my experience of collaborating across different groups with different goals to work together to meet the needs of our students.
As an immigrant and a product of single-parent household trying to make it work, I empathize with the children and families of New Rochelle. We need to hold ourselves accountable and raise the expectations for our schools and our children particularly Black, Latino, ELL and lower-income students.
I am a parent with three children in the school district. I have two girls in the elementary school, Daniel Webster and a son in Albert Leonard Middle School. I will advocate for all of the children of Rochelle as they were my own.
My husband and I spent three years looking for our permanent home. We chose New Rochelle because it was a diverse community and had good schools. New Rochelle delivered that and more. It is a warm welcoming community with great schools and bountiful resources. I want to give back to my community and use my experience in leading technology at large complex organizations to improve our schools. This is the chance for our school system to utilize technology to help all students. My experience would be a great complement to existing board members who are educators and activists.