Robert “B.A.” Schoen is the Area 11 Director of the New York State School Boards Association. As Area 11 Director, Schoen represents school boards in Nassau County.
NYSSBA provides advocacy, training and information to school boards in support of their mission to govern the state’s public schools. The NYSSBA board establishes policies to supervise, control and direct the business of the Association.
Schoen has been a member of the Nassau BOCES board since 2009. He was a member of the Baldwin Board of Education from 1996 to 2012, serving terms as president and vice president. He is also a graduate of Baldwin High School.
Schoen is on the executive board of R.E.F.I.T. (Reform Educational Funding Inequities Today) and served three terms as president. He is a member of the Sound Basic Education Task Force and Safeguarding Sound Basic Education Task Force, and the Long Island Educational Coalition. He represents Nassau BOCES on the Long Island Association.
Schoen has been a long-time presenter and presider at NYSSBA annual conventions and New School Board Member Academy. He is a member of NYSSBA’s State Legislative Network and the National School Boards Association’s National Advocacy Institute. He was a NYSSBA Ambassador for public education.
Schoen is a member of the Baldwin Foundation for Education, the Nassau BOCES Educational Foundation, Sons of American Legion, Amityville Highland Pipe Band and the National Wrestling Hall of Fame.
Schoen has received a number of awards, including the Nassau-Suffolk School Boards Association’s Distinguished Service Award, Baldwin Union Free School District’s Bill St. George Humanitarian Award, the Baldwin Educational Assembly Award, and the Minnesota State University Moorhead Lewis and Clark Award. He is a Baldwin Foundation for Education honoree.
Schoen is retired from BP (British Petroleum). He has a bachelor of science in mass communications from Minnesota State University Moorhead.
Schoen and his wife Ann have four children and nine grandchildren.