2012 Inductees


    Patricia Steubing is a member of the Gates Chili Class of 1973. She is a lifelong member of the Gates Chili community; starting kindergarten at Washington Irving Elementary School in 1960 and graduating from Gates Chili High School 13 years later. Patty completed her Bachelors and Masters Degrees in Mathematics with Secondary Education at SUNY Brockport. She continued her involvement in Gates Chili being hired as a math teacher in the district where she has taught for the past 34 years! She has been a devoted teacher and influential leader in the school and community. Patty has worked as a teacher mentor since the initiation of the program over 10 years ago and as Teacher in Charge of the Middle School Math Department for numerous years. These positions have allowed her the opportunity to help young teachers become more acquainted with Gates Chili schools and the district’s culture and policies. She has also worked with other teachers as a facilitator for the Peer Ambassador Program for the last ten years where she trains approximately 30 students in leadership skills and coordinates their service to the school and community during the school year. Mrs. Steubing is also a co-facilitator for PASA (Peers Against Substance Abuse) at the Middle School which encourages students to have fun in a drug free manner. She supervises a multitude of sporting and extracurricular events throughout the district allowing her to keep in touch with students and their families throughout their Middle School and High School years. Mrs. Steubing is married to her husband Mark and has three children, two of which have also chosen to enter the field of teaching. Patty’s excellence and longevity in teaching are truly inspiring attributes allowing her to balance devotion to her own family and dedication to the Gates Chili community. Her approach to teaching is as fresh as it was when she started teaching. Her advice for future GC graduates is that “It is critical to strike a balance between your responsibilities at home and your responsibilities at work. Devote yourself to both family and your profession and give your heart to whatever you are striving to achieve success. Your commitment to your family, career, colleagues, friends and community are all extremely valuable to you throughout your life.”


    Sam L. Valleriani is a 1992 graduate of Gates Chili High School. He is presently a Gates Town Court Judge and is a member of the New York State Bar. He owns and runs the Law Office of Sam L. Valleriani in downtown Rochester where he is a trial lawyer who specializes in criminal defense cases. Judge Valleriani graduated Summa Cum Laude from SUNY Brockport in 2002 with a BS in Philosophy and a minor in Political Science. He then received his Juris Doctor from the University at Buffalo Law School graduating Cum Laude and the Top 15% of his class in May 2008. He worked as an Assistant Public Defender where he completed twenty-three trials at Monroe County Office in 2005 and 2009-2011. He was also a law clerk at Redmond and Parrinello during the summers of 2005-2008 where he helped to prepare cases, completed legal research and writing, trial conferences, and transcript analysis. He was a law clerk at Muldoon and Getz in Rochester where he analyzed transcripts and researched and edited courtroom documents during the summer of 2005 and Shanahan Law Office as an investigator during the summer of 2001. Judge Valleriani was a teacher of Law and Government in the Academy of Law, Government and Justice at John Marshall High School in Rochester, NY,  from 2002-2004. He also was a Program Director of the After School Alternative Program to help provide alternatives for academically and behaviorally challenged students. He has achieved numerous awards and activities such as being a founding board member of the University Preparatory Charter School for Young Men (the first all-male public school in this region); a member of the Law Advisory Board for School Without Walls Law and Government Academy;  the James M. Kieffer Trial Excellence Award in May 2008; second place in the nation in The National Ethics Mock Trial Team in 2008; Alden-Baldy Scholarship in 2007; Robert J. Connelly Trial Technique Award in 2007; American Association for Justice Partnership in Advocacy Scholar in 2007; Lipsitz, Green, Fahringer, Roll, Salisbury, and Cambria Scholarship in 2006; USA Today Experience Today Top Teacher of the Year award in 2004; Who’s Who Among America’s Teachers in 2004; Most Influential Teacher in 2003; Distinguished Law and Government Teacher in 2002-2004; Alpha-Chi National Honors Society; and a part of many mock trial teams. Judge Valleriani currently teaches in the University of Buffalo Law School’s Trial Advocacy Program. He is a member of the Monroe County Bar Association and the American Association for Justice. He values the Gates Chili community because he is a resident here and works to make sure that the fundamental principles of fairness and equality are upheld as Gates Town Judge. Judge Valleriani is married to Rasheda, a school social worker at Gates Chili, and is father to a baby girl, Santina. He believes that his years at Gates Chili are the most memorable in his life. Some of the best advice he would like to share with students of Gates Chili is “…that while high school presents numerous challenges, it is vitally important to be focused and not allow certain, inevitable distractions to divert you from the right path and the positive goals you have set for yourself.”


    Gregory G. Westbrook is a member of the Gates Chili Class of 1965. Mr. Westbrook was part of the first class to enter Gates Chili in 1959 in the seventh grade. He is presently an active member of Gates Recreation and Parks Commission. Mr. Westbrook received his Bachelor of Science in Economics from Brockport State University. From 1975-1991, he served as a Supervisor Cost Accountant and Operations Analyst I, where he supervised ten associates for Taylor Instrument-Process Automation. From 1991-2004, he worked at Case Hoyt in various positions. He became a Senior Financial Analyst in 1991-1994, where he analyzed monthly closings and audited all expenses. From 1994-2000, he was a Buyer in Purchasing and then became the Manager of Receiving and Material Handling from 2000-2004. From 2004-2009, Mr. Westbrook worked for Cohber Press where he was an Estimator for Manufacturing Costs. His community service is impressive and he has volunteered many hours to help make the world a better place and serves as an absolute role model to all. He has volunteered in many town events and recreation programs including the Winter Fun Fest, Annual Egg Hunt, Ice Cream Social, Summer Celebration, Halloween Festivals, and Christmas Tree Lightings for the past 15 years. For the past two years, he has served as the vice-chairperson and has played a key role in organizing a “work” party to engage volunteers to paint and clean the new Recreation Center where the library previously was. Greg is very involved in many other areas such as tutoring weekly at Notre Dame Learning Center, past President and active member of the Rochester Bowling Association, and Vice President of the Friends of Gates Recreation and Parks, helping to organize numerous events. Greg is extremely active in Holy Ghost Church. His commitment to his church includes serving as a lector, alter serve, Eucharistic minister, welcome committee, and Holy Ghost Men’s Club. Mr. Westbrook believes Gates Chili was a great place to experience the training and self-discipline that would serve him in later life issues. He has many fond memories of classmates, teachers, and administrators who all helped him gain confidence in his abilities to achieve success. Mr. Westbrook states, “I also learned the value of giving back to your community. Volunteering in community projects and helping others achieve their goals is of the utmost importance. It helps me to feel a vibrant part of our community.”