A Paso Robles Resident for over 20 years, and was elected as a Trustee to the PRJUSD school board in 2012. He is married to his wife, Debbie, who has been employed by the school district for over 10 years, and he is the proud father of two, a son who graduated PRHS in 2011 and is currently a junior at UC Davis, and a daughter who is a junior at PRHS.
Dave is now proud to be a Paso Robles School District Board Member, advocating for the students in our community.
At this writing, I have been a Trustee for three and half years. While my term is nearly up, it remains an incredible honor and privilege, now more than ever, to serve on behalf of the electorate. I continue to be humbled, awed, and occasionally overwhelmed not just by how much there is to know, study, observe, and assimilate in order to make effective decisions but also by how many amazing people share their time, talent and treasure with our students. Thank you to our Superintendent, his cabinet, our teachers, staff and volunteers.
We have grown from a district that some, including many of our own employees, students and parents considered broken beyond repair to a District of Excellence that continues to improve by leaps and bounds under the careful leadership of Superintendent Chris Williams. Our student body has reversed the outward flight and is now steadily increasing. The budget has also increased from $50 million to over $68 million. We have successfully negotiated the transition from Categorical Funding to the new Local Control Funding Formula, LCFF and incorporated the critical Local Control and Accountability Plan. Along the way we have been very busy switching to the Common Core State Standards as mandated by the State Board of Education. An incredible amount of change has happened in just three short years.
My goal as a School Board Trustee is not to run the schools, but to see that our schools are well run. School district governance, the work of a school board, is the act of transforming the needs, wishes, and desires of not only our teachers, staff and students but melding the desires of our community as well into policies that empower schools. To do so effectively, it is crucial to have the experience and contacts both in our schools and in our community in order to listen and effectively balance the will of the community, the needs of our students, the desires of our teachers and staff into actionable direction and policies of the School Board.
I have been an active and engaged parent of children attending Paso Robles Schools since 1988. I began my service in 1991 by serving on School Site Council for Pat Butler Elementary. I have volunteered/supported various on-campus activities, including among others, Spanish Dual Immersion, G.A.T.E., athletics, the arts, PTA/PTSA, Cub Scout Den Leader, overnight field trip volunteer/driver, A.V.I.D., Bearcat Booster, and Chess Club Coordinator. Off-campus, I have taught elementary, middle, and high school religious education. As a Lifetime Heritage Foundation member, I was the conceptual sponsor of the Mid State Fair Industrial Arts auction to help promote the amazing wood and metal craft of our Bearcats and now other high schools as well.
I have made a career of being a consultant to, owning or working with various businesses or volunteering in a similar capacity for not-for-profit enterprises. I bring a unique and balanced perspective that combines more than a quarter of a century of executive experience and business acumen with my passion and respect for education. I have considerable experience forming and/or serving on boards of directors of all sorts, including my own and other for-profit businesses as well as non-profits such as parish Pastoral and Finance Councils. I am familiar with building consensus and in collaborating with others to accomplish the task at hand.
As an active REALTOR® licensed by the state of California, I serve sellers and buyers of residential, agricultural, ranch, vineyard, winery, and commercial properties. I am skilled in communication and negotiation. I was elected to serve as 2012 president of the Paso Robles Association of REALTORS® and served for five years as a director for the 187,000 member strong California Association of REALTORS® where I served on the Leadership Forum and as Vice Chair of the State Housing Affordability Fund. I was named REALTOR® of the year by my peers in 2013. As a member of the National Association of REALTORS®, I willingly subscribe to a philosophy of providing the very best service at the highest level of integrity and ethics.
I am a very active Rotarian. I currently serve as a liaison to the Paso Robles Downtown Main Street Association. I am an active member of the Paso Robles Chamber of Commerce, and enjoy serving on the City of Paso Robles Housing Constraints and Opportunities Advisory Committee as well as on the Joint City of Paso Robles/Paso Robles School District/Cuesta College Liaison Committee. In 2015, I was elected to serve on the San Luis Obispo County Office of Education’s County Committee On School District Organization that oversees school district boundaries throughout SLO County.
My goals for Paso Robles Joint Unified School District include working with my fellow Trustees, and our Superintendent Chris Williams, his Cabinet, our incredible teachers, and staff to:
Tim Gearhart has served as a classroom teacher for thirty-six years, fourteen at the K-5 level and twenty-two at the 6-8 and 9-12 levels, including Adult Education. He is an active South Coast Writing Project Fellow at the University of California, where he received two teaching credential certificates. He also received a Master of Humanities and Education from Azusa Pacific University. He was selected by the president of the California Federation of Teachers to represent California teachers at NCATE reviews of California State University, Bakersfield and Stanford University’s educational programs. Also, Tim was a program advisor/reviewer for Holt, Rinehart, Winston’s recent California adoption of their 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Social Studies texts. He also taught in Cal Poly’s School of Education for three years as a lecturer and University Supervisor, and is presently working with the Cayucos School District.
Tim and his family have lived in Paso Robles for 26 wonderful years, and their children, Daniel, Katie and Megan, have all graduated from Paso Robles schools. The family has been very active in the town’s 4-H program, FFA, and local church activities as well as neighborhood support groups. He served as a Paso Robles School Board Trustee from 2008-2012 and again in 2014-2018.
Tim believes that the future of our nation resides in our students, and that we parents, teachers, community members and school board trustees have a profound responsibility to prepare them for a reality filled with promise and hope. He also is convinced that the educational profession is a calling, and must be approached with respect, dignity, dedications and accountability. It is the responsibility of our school board and administration to insure that our teachers have what they need to deliver a superior education to our children of Paso Robles
Dr. Kathleen Hall
As a trustee in the Paso Unified School District, I firmly believe that all our students have the potential to become successful members of the 21st Century in the United States and abroad, and recognize that we have the moral obligation to give them the foundation and encouragement to meet these goals. My focus will be to ensure that PRUSD will prepare students early to be successful in college or any other challenging work the future holds for them. Our goal for our students has to be “Excellence in Education”.
My background is education, science and business. I graduated with honors from Bradley University in Biology and Education. I have a PhD in Zoology from Ohio State University and a Post Doctorate in Molecular Biology and Gerontology from UCLA. At all these universities, I was a successful genetic research scientist, publishing over 50 peer reviewed articles or papers. I have lectured throughout the world in areas of science, appeared on TV, radio, and major publications. I have taught all levels of science at high schools and universities; locally served on the Almond Acres Charter Academy School Board; and tutored Paso Robles school children in math concepts. In Mexico, I have worked with the children of Ciudad de Los Niño’s.
As a business owner, I know finance and budgets; have headed a coalition of California businesses, directing their public policy and lobby efforts. My work with the California State Assembly helped develop state environmental permitting standards, resulting in nomination to a Governor’s committee by state business and government leaders. In New York, I worked with the former congressman and president of NYU, developing a Center for Congressional Studies
After graduating with a Bachelor of Fine Arts in media arts from the University of Arizona, Peterson moved to Los Angeles, Calif., where from 1995 through 2003, he worked with such companies as MTV, Miramax, and Crusader Entertainment. During this time, Peterson racked up an impressive list of credits including: production supervisor for The Game of Their Lives, starring Gerard Butler, and unit production manager for Purpose, starring Mia Farrow.
I retired as a middle school secretary after working 26 years in the Paso Robles school district. I will use the experience and knowledge that I gained working with school budgets, union contracts, staff, parents, students, and members of the community.
I am proud to have the opportunity to work with Paso Robles Joint Unified School District to provide an exceptional education for our students and to establish Paso Robles as a desirable place to live and work that we can all be proud of.