Brevard County School Board, District 3

Name:  Amy Kneessy

Age:  47

City of Residence:  Satellite Beach

Occupation: Adjunct Math Instructor at Palm Bay BCC campus
BS Degree in Math Education
MS Degree in School Counseling
Graduate Degree in School Administration                
Graduate Degree in Exceptional Education

Over 20 years of experience in public education as a teacher, school counselor, building and district level administrator.  I have been the current school board member for past eight years.

What makes you the best candidate in 300 words or less? 
Brevard Public Schools is facing a multitude of challenges now, as well as in the years ahead.  I am committed to meeting each of these challenges with action, common sense, and fiscal responsibility. My education and professional background (over 20 years in public education) has prepared me to be an effective school leader.  If re-elected. I will continue to work with the same passion for our students and continue to be responsive to the needs of our schools and community.   I am running for re-election to the school board because I want to provide the best education possible to Brevard County students.  

Name:  Dean Paterakis 

Age:   44

City of Residence:  Palm Bay

Occupation:  Brevard County Substitute Teacher - UPS Loader- Air Driver - Home Investor

2001 BS Education, Cleveland State University
2004 Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Cuyahoga Community College
1996 AS Scientific Technician, College of the Air Force


2005 - present: Brevard Public Schools, Teacher and Substitute
2009 - 2011: Patrick AFB Officers/NCO Club 'The Tides', Duty Manager
2007 - 2007 Royal Palm Charter School, Palm Bay, Teacher 3rd grade
2001 - 2004 Constellation Charter Schools- Teacher
1989 - 1998 USAF - AFTAC Patrick AFB 1990-1998

Other Experience and Volunteer Work 

2008 - present: Volunteer parent for Cub Scouts Den 9 pack 337
2009 - 2011: Guardian ad Litem also known as CASA
2008 - 2010: Hope Episcopal Church- MOPS (Mothers of PreSchoolers)
2007 - 2010: Sunday School Director at St. Katherine Church
2007 - 2010: Volunteer Sherwood Elementary
1999 - 2001 Volunteer Camp Cheerful- camp for children with autism
1991 - 1996 Patrick AFB Honor Guard
1993 - 1998 Volunteer Neighborhood Watch and Melbourne Police Citizens Academy
1991 - 1992 Brevard Big Brother Big Sisters Volunteer/Mentor

What makes you the best candidate in 300 words or less? 

I have not held a public office ever!

I have integrity and we need someone to hold our school leaders responsible when they are investigated for wrong-doing, instead of allowing them to resign before they are prosecuted.

I will make better education a priority and will not just talk about getting rid of the FCATs I will actually do something about it.

To see the many issues facing our schools please visit my website
See comments made by Bea Fowler, former school board member, and Scott Ellis and other citizens of Brevard on my website.

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