Thomas J. Weaver

Thomas J Weaver

Thomas J. Weaver

Occupation: U of R PhD Student in Statistics

Family: Randal Weaver, Teresa Weaver, parents; siblings, Joey Weaver, Hannah Weaver

Community Service: Volunteer Referee for Happy Five Soccer

Why serve on the board of education? When I was 3 years old, I was diagnosed with Asperger’s Syndrome, and through our Spencerport school district I was provided all the resources I needed to be academically and socially successful. I had an amazing experience during my 13 years in Spencerport Schools thanks to the amazing teachers, staff, students, and administrators. I see this as my opportunity to give back to the district that’s done so much for me, and I think the perspective of a recent student would be useful on the board. 

What are the top issues facing our schools? Our schools face several issues, but we can and will overcome them. They include the recent surge in AI and availability of Chat-GPT, which can have either a positive or a negative effect on education depending on how it’s used, the proliferation of vapes among HS and even Middle School students, and the need to refocus on academics to make up for lingering gaps in knowledge from the pandemic. 

Ensuring the safety of our students and staff is also paramount. If elected, I hope to work with administrators to tackle these challenges and find cost efficiencies in the school budget. 

What would you like people to know about you? While at Spencerport schools I was actively involved. I started the high school chess team, as well as competing in Masterminds, Math League, Math Madness, and Model UN. I then attended RIT, where I graduated Summa Cum Laude with a double major in Applied Statistics and Economics in 2023. 

I’ve attended school board meetings throughout the last two years in order to learn more about the work the school board does and how our district functions, and I attended the Monroe County School Board Association Prospective Candidate Seminar to further grow my knowledge about the role and what it will require. As someone who graduated from Spencerport less than five years ago, and someone who is still “in school” in a PhD program studying Statistics at the U of R, I am well equipped to offer a student perspective to the Board of Education bolstered by my personal knowledge of this district I am happy to call home.