Barb Pears is an excellent communicator and has demonstrated outstanding competency in working with people effectively. She truly knows how to listen to people so they feel respected and heard. She is sincere in her approach and cares deeply about the people she works with. Barb researches and thinks through all decisions that might impact student learning and achievement. She is not only passionate and exhibits a high level of expertise around supporting students with behavioural challenges, she is highly skilled and knowledgeable in the overarching efforts of working with teachers to improve classroom learning environments so all students can reach their full potential. I am honored to have the opportunity to work with Barb as a colleague and a collaborative partner for over seventeen years. She is highly skilled and shows tremendous leadership in the area of behavioural supports for students.
Wanda Christensen – Student Services-Associate Superintendent, Chinook’s Edge School Division No. 73
Eckville Elementary School has been fortunate to benefit from the knowledge, skills and experience of Barb Pears on a number of occasions. In particular, we have had a number of students whose behavioural needs we were unable to meet without assistance. In every case, consulting with Barb helped us develop new strategies that left the teachers and Educational Assistants working with these students feeling much more confident in their abilities to work with these students.
Barb used a collaborative, team approach in these meetings that involved all stakeholders – teachers, administrators, specialists and parents – and was very successful in bringing our ideas together into a cohesive plan moving forward.
In addition, Barb was, in every way, professional. She works with stakeholders in a manner that is non-threatening and considerate of their needs, but with a focus on what is best for the student as her primary objective.
Ian McLaren – Principal, Eckville Elementary School, Wolf Creek Public Schools
I have worked with Barb Pears for the past five years in her role as a behaviour consultant for Wolf Creek Public Schools. Barb has repeatedly proven herself as an invaluable source of wisdom and knowledge when working through the needs and challenges of our most complex students. She knows that a cookie cutter approach won’t meet the needs of our diverse students and comes prepared to engage in a team approach in moving forward. Barb brings a fresh view, and can offer insights that can help solve problems. Barb is a very effective problem solver when working on the function of the child’s behaviour and generates solutions that are reasonable and manageable to implement. She has skill at seeing the big picture but is insightful at determining the small parts that can help to move a child forward. Barb has excellent communication skills and a personality that allows teachers to feel safe, valued and respected in the process. She does well at listening first and speaking second. Her primary goal is to help other people generate next steps that improve the self regulation and behaviour skills of our students. She is able to build trust and as a result is able to help schools, families and students accomplish their goals.
Karen Laszuk, Inclusion Coach – Iron Ridge Elementary School, Wolf Creek Public Schools
Bentley School has had the great opportunity to work with Barb Pears for a number of years in relation to her behaviour consultant role within Wolf Creek Public Schools and have nothing but positive things to say. Barb has worked with individual teachers around individual and classroom behaviour consults, non violent intervention training and overall intervention supports. She has also worked with our whole staff in regards to behaviour interventions and training. The staff have commented that her ideas and strategies are practical, effective and student focused. She has worked with our parents on a number of occasions to provide home support and positive behaviour management strategies, all of which have been positively received. Barb is very personable, straight forward and fun to have at the school, if I had the opportunity to bring her on full time to our school, I would!
Lane Moore, Principal – Bentley School, Wolf Creek Public Schools