About Us

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The Primary-Elementary School houses grades from Universal Pre-Kindergarten through 5th grade in a single school operation. Though administered by a single Building Principal, the Primary-Elementary School is organized into three “houses” to serve the different grade levels – UPK-K-1; 2-3, and 4-5.

Each “house” is overseen by an Assistant Principal and delivers a full array of curriculum and support services uniquely designed to meet the academic, social and emotional needs of each individual student and develop strong relationships with the families of all students.

Main Office - (585)396-3900

House Offices Hours - 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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Brian Amesbury


Brian Amesbury was appointed as the Building Principal in January 2017. Brian was the House Principal for UPK, Kindergarten, and First Grade for the previous two and a half years. Prior to coming to Canandaigua, Brian was a 4th Grade Teacher and a Teacher on Special Assignment in the Gates Chili Central School District. Brian is the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA) Coordinator for the Primary-Elementary School.

Emily Tater

Asst. Principal for Gr. UPK, K & 1

Mrs. Emily Bonadonna

Ms. Tatar has been a classroom teacher at the primary levels for 8 years. She co-taught as a special education teacher for a year before becoming a district literacy coach for one year. This year she is serving as the assistant principal for UPK, K and 1st grade. She has her bachelor’s degree in Childhood Education and Students with Disabilities from SUNY Geneseo and her Master’s degree in Literacy from SUNY Albany. She earned her School Building Leader and School District Leaders certification at the University of Rochester.

Lindsay Lazenby

Asst. Principal for Gr. 2-3

Ms. Lindsay Lazenby

Ms. Lazenby is a recent addition to the Primary-Elementary School for the 2017-2018 school year. She spent the last 3.5 years as an Assistant Principal at Palmyra-Macedon Middle School. Ms. Lazenby holds a Master's of Science in Education from SUNY Brockport and a Certificate of Advance Study in Administration from the University of Rochester. Prior to beginning administrative duties, Ms. Lazenby taught 6th grade for 10 years in Geneva City Schools. Her first teaching assignment after graduating from the University of Georgia was in Taiwan.

Asst. Principal for Gr. 4-5

Mrs. Heidi Robb

Mrs. Robb will begin at the PES in late October 2018. Mrs. Robb has been in education for 17 years and most recently was a math coach at Victor Intermediate School. She also taught 4th and 6th grades. She attended SUNY Fredonia for her bachelor's degree and SUNY Albany for her Master's degree. Mrs. Robb received her administrative certificate from SUNY Oswego. Mrs. Robb will be the assistant principal for 4th and 5th grade students.