Paul Birkby, a native of southern New Jersey, is a long-time resident of Monroe County. Paul holds B.A. in History from Hobart, a J.D. from the Rutgers University School of Law – Camden, an M.L.S. from the School of Library and Information Studies (now part of the School of Education) at the University at Buffalo, and a Certificate of Advanced Studies in Educational Administration from the College at Brockport. He has been a school media specialist for the Penfield Central Schools since 1993. In addition to his teaching duties, Paul serves as Advisor to the PHS Gay-Straight Alliance. In 2014, he was recognized for his service to students with the WROC Golden Apple Award. Paul began his involvement with the Gay Alliance through its SpeakOut training and has been a member of its Speakers Bureau since 2009. In addition, he is a GAGV-certified Safe Zone trainer and has facilitated or co-facilitated Safe Zone training courses throughout the greater Rochester area. He also serves as the Board of Directors Governance Committee Chair. Paul and his husband, Ron Woodring, have lived in the Upper Winton Village section of Rochester since 2004. Between them, they have 4 children and 2 grandchildren. They are owned by their rescue dog, Maggie.