Paso Robles Joint Unified School District Board of Trustees
Field Gibson - Board PresidentElected to the Governing Board in November 2010. Field is a business insurance broker and risk manager. His career has involved finance, managing risk for businesses, budgeting, contracts, and financial planning. He holds a B.S. in Business (Finance & Property Management) from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo.
As a long-term resident, Mr. Gibson has extensive experience as an active community leader and has over 20 years experience of coaching youth sports, including at both middle schools and the high school. He has three sons and a daughter, all of whom were students of the Paso Robles School District. Field has served as a representative to the Santa Lucia Regional Occupational Program’s (ROP) JPA since 2010 and is currently the President of their Board.
Dave Lambert - Board Clerk
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 has been involved in youth sports for the past 15 years, having served as president of Paso Robles Youth Football, and president of Paso Robles High School Boosters. He is also a past Board member of the Paso Robles Youth Sports Council.
Dave has been a small business owner for 35 years. He is the past president of IPSSA (Independent Pool and Spa Servicemen's Association) in the San Fernando Valley, and the past president of the Western Pool and Spa Show, coordinating an annual nationwide pool convention.
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:
• Ensure that students continue to benefit from a rigorous academic, technical/occupational, athletic, artistic, social, and philosophical preparation whether for career or college.
• Work hard towards sustainable financial stability by utilizing all available resources to their highest potential and best use while restoring existing buildings or constructing new ones as necessary.
• Work with the Board to focus its role to provide the vision, resources, advocacy, leadership, and accountability in a transparent, respectful, and collaborative manner to achieve what should be the Board's primary goal: helping students, their parents, their teachers and our community to increase student achievement in order to prepare students to immediately enter the workforce after high school or to continue their education here at Cuesta or a four year university.
• To be appreciative of the hard work, time, dedication, and devotion of all district employees.
• Collaborate with all who believe that in the process of our recovery, Paso Robles Joint Unified School District will continue to increase student achievement, inspire additional success, and be recognized as the premier school district in SLO County.
• Promote and support Dual Immersion from Kinder through the 12th Grade, Dual Enrollment at Cuesta College, the Visual and Performing Arts, Athletics, STEAM, AP, SkillsUSA and all of the many programs the District hopes to offer to meet the diverse needs of our students and families.
I would appreciate hearing your thoughts as to how to make this happen. Please contact me.
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
Joel PetersonMoved to Paso Robles in 2002 and was elected to the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District in 2012. Moving to Paso Robles was, in essence, returning to his roots. Peterson’s grandparents had moved to the area in the 1940s, and having grown up with a father whose career moved the family every two years – from Atlanta to Baltimore, Arizona, Idaho, Colorado, and Washington – the summers spent in California with his grandparents made Paso Robles the only real hometown he knew. “I’m home now,” he says. Virginia Peterson, his grandmother, has an elementary school named after her for her years of dedication and service in Paso Robles’ schools.
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.In 2001, between film productions, Peterson took a break to get his hands dirty working harvest in the cellar at Justin Winery. The experience was eye-opening and inspired him to set his sights on transitioning into a career in wine. In 2003, he returned to the Central Coast to work harvest at L’Aventure Winery, and later that year he left Los Angeles to move to Paso Robles. It was his desire for a more community- and nature-centered environment in which to raise his young family that brought him back to Paso Robles. He served as director of communications for Hope Family Wines from 2005 to 2013. He currently is the marketing strategist for Solterra Strategies, a Paso Robles-based marketing and public relations firm.Peterson is very active in the community and served five years on the City of Paso Robles Planning Commission. Additionally, he is active with the Downtown Main Street Association and Plymouth Congregational Church. In his free time, Peterson enjoys running, swimming, and traveling with his wife, Dagny, and two daughters, Kalista and Amelia, with visits to Mexico, Italy, France, and South Africa. Peterson has also traveled to Poland twice as president of Paso Robles’ annual Paderewski Festival, honoring virtuoso pianist, composer, and politician, Ignacy Jan Paderewski.Joel’s goal as serving on the school board is to enhance the experience and education of all public school children in Paso Robles. Peterson states, “Paso Robles has wonderful teachers, staff, and administrators, and we need to work together to make our school shine.”
Joan SummersFirst of all, thank you to the members in this community for the honor of being elected a Trustee in the Paso Robles Joint Unified School District. I have lived in Paso Robles for over 30 years with my husband, Charlie, and our three daughters. My daughters, who attended Paso Robles schools, benefited from their exceptional teachers, staff, and previous boards.
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.