Name: Rhonda L. Pauls
Party affiliation: NONE
– Junior Course Conductor, Baseball Canada Caravan, 2009
– Building Developmental Assets in School Communities: A Training of Trainers, Search Institute, 2008
– Information Resource Coordinator Certificate, BCELC (BC Education Leadership Council), 2008
– Level 3 Baseball Officials Instructor Certificate, BCBUA, 2008
– Baseball Technical 1; Basketball Technical 1; Multi-Sport Coaching Ethics, NCCP (Grandfathered 2007)
– Courses in Physical Education and Coaching, Trinity Western University, 1986-87
– Youth Sport Official development
Previous political experience:
– 3 years as Board of Education Trustee
o 1 year Vice-Chair Board of Education
o 2 years Chair – Policy Committee
o 3 years – Parks, Recreation and Culture Commissioner
Residency: 28 years in Abbotsford
– Character Canada Council
– Youth Asset Development Presenter
– BC Selects Female Baseball – Personal Development, Mentorship and Rules
– District Parent Advisory Council Vice-Chair, Chair (7 years)
– Abbotsford Angels Hardball Association – Umpire In Chief – 8 years
– Baseball Canada umpire instructor and International Official
– British Columbia Baseball Umpires Association – Vice-Chair, Discipline Chair
– Community/School sport coach
– 6 children (All educated and graduated in Abbotsford!!!)
– Facebook: Rhonda Pauls for School Trustee
– Website: https://sites.google.com/site/rhondafortrustee/
Key Education Issues Voters should be considering:
1) Importance of focus on Early Learning
– A student’s long term success can be predicted by the time he/she is in grade 3. We need to ensure that in such a diverse community where our students come to us speaking dozens of different languages and bring varying life experiences to the classroom, we are able to bring them ALL to a place where they can have success.
– We need to continue building Strong Start/Kindergarten readiness options, expand co-teaching in primary classrooms for English Language Learners, develop more resources for supporting the mental health issues we see escalating in our young students, and work to equip our families to support students in the home.
2) Need for Teacher Training
– The number ONE determinant of a student’s success in school is the effectiveness of the teacher. The diversity of students we are now seeing in EVERY classroom calls for a move towards teachers having the ability to differentiate instruction within each class, be equipped to support students with special needs in the classroom, and be proficient in scaffolding English language learners instruction during regular classroom instruction.
– We need to continue to develop and train educators in co-teaching models in our classrooms, create more opportunity for shared best practice among teachers, teacher mentoring partnerships, and work with our post-secondary institutions to ensure our new teachers are graduating with the adaptability skills our every changing systems now demands.