Longtime advocate for city youth announces candidacy for Rochester City School Board 


Dear Community Member,      

I have worked with children in the Rochester community since 2006. My continued passion for our youth has motivated me to seek one of the open seats for Rochester City School Board Commissioner. I have elected to run because I am both personally and professionally committed to serving as a partner in turning around educational outcomes for the scholars of the Rochester City School District.

As a City School District graduate and parent of a graduate, I understand firsthand what it feels like when receiving district support, as well as the frustrations faced when interactions with the district are not ideal. Although my son successfully graduated before enrolling in Monroe Community College, I must say, learning to navigate the system and advocate on his behalf was a large part of my journey. This direct experience has equipped me with the necessary compassion to support our students, our parents, and our teachers in partnership towards ideal academic and life skills outcomes.

My professional career in Rochester schools began in 2009 as a youth advocate. In this capacity, I provided direct support to students experiencing barriers to academic success, social, emotional strains, homelessness, violence, employment, and other social determinants faced by our scholars. During this time, I fostered many fruitful relationships with parents, students, teachers, district administrators, and community partners. I gained invaluable knowledge of the inner workings of the district while continuing in my career progression. I eventually became the operations manager for our agency's college and career services department. This experience demonstrated the power of collective resources, working together, and maintaining high expectations. When our parents and students are empowered, there are no limits to what they can achieve.

I currently serve as the Continuous Improvement Manager for ROC the Future, a collective impact initiative focused on the academic outcomes for Rochester’s scholars, which focuses on school readiness, early grade literacy, high school graduation, community schools, and more. Through my personal and professional experience, I have developed a five-point plan of focused areas that I believe will be instrumental in supporting the future direction of Rochester City Schools. These key areas of focus include assessing policies, practices, and funding resources that affect racial equity, student and parent voice, school climate, high school graduation, and high-quality instruction.

I look forward to further discussing my platform with you.

I am humbled by the opportunity to serve in a greater capacity and hope to earn your support to advocate for our students and families by earning a seat of Commissioner on the Rochester City School Board. I have included a list of my accomplishments and look forward to hearing more about what you think is needed to improve our schools and our city. Please do not hesitate to contact me. 


Camille Simmons