Barb Pears

Learning Associate - School and Classroom Behaviour Supports, Educational Assistant Supports

Barb Pears is a Learning Associate with Jigsaw Learning and has extensive knowledge and experience in the area of behaviour support, social-emotional wellness and programming support for educational assistants. She has previous experience as an educator, administrator, inclusive services coordinator and instructor at Red Deer College in the area of behaviour. Barb has supported and partnered with district, school and classroom leaders across the province to build capacity in the area of Responsive Behaviour Supports providing universal, targeted and individualized support structures. She is passionate about fostering collaborative, respectful, supportive teaching and learning environments for students, families and staff.

  • Master of Special Education with a focus on behaviour supports
  • Past instructor at Red Deer College in the School of Education teaching positive behaviour supports
  • Leadership role in design and implementation of positive behaviour support school
  • Presenter and facilitator for educators and educational assistants annually throughout the province
  • Coach and mentor for administrators, teachers, educational assistants and parents across the province
  • Extensive experience in the area of social/emotional/behavioural programming and interventions.

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Testimonials for Barb

After struggling for quite some time to find ways to help this student regulate, we contacted Barb Pears. Barb was able to shadow the EA and student for the morning and quickly identified the piece we were missing. Once Barb explained it, everything made so much sense, but we weren't getting to that answer on our own. Barb also showed us some tracking methods that would be more efficient for our team.

2019 Partner Consultation

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 he... Read more

Karen Laszuk
Inclusion Coach - Iron Ridge Elementary School, Wolf Creek Public Schools