Surrey teacher reprimanded for shouting, ‘pushing’ his Grade 4 and 5 students

Stephen Paulgaard is currently listed as a teacher at Cloverdale’s Don Christian Elementary

A Surrey teacher has been disciplined for raising his voice, acting angry and pushing his Grade 4 and 5 students.

Stephen Paulgaard, who is currently listed as a teacher at Don Christian Elementary in Cloverdale, was reported to the commissioner for teacher regulation on January 17, 2017 for events that had occurred in the fall of 2015.

The result of that report, a “consent resolution agreement,” was published on the Teacher Registration Branch’s online registry on Tuesday (Oct. 10).

According to the agreement, Paulgaard “raised his voice with his students, acted in an angry or frustrated manner while interacting with students and had inappropriate physical contact with students, which included pushing them” while teaching his Grade 4 and 5 class in 2015.

The Surrey School District sent Paulgaard a notice of investigation in October 2015, which also instructed him not to discuss the investigation with students, parents or staff. The document notes that Paulgaard spoke to one parent and one staff member, “in contrary to the direction he had been given.”

Paulgaard was suspended for five days in November 2016, and directed “to engage in professional development” to better understand “current instructional strategies” and “develop proactive classroom management strategies.”

He was required to complete four counselling sessions for anger management, which he completed on April 3, 2017.

Paulgaard also completed a Justice Institute of B.C. course called “Creating a Positive Learning Environment” in March 2017.

As a result of these sessions, the commissioner proposed a “consent resolution agreement,” in which Paulgaard admits to the conduct described in the report, including raising his voice and pushing his students, and agrees to a reprimand.

The agreement was signed by Paulgaard and Commisioner Bruce Preston last month, at the beginning of the school year.



editor@cloverdalereporter.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Chilliwack trustee calls LGBTQ school program ‘weapon of propaganda’

Barry Neufeld published the comments on his Facebook page, contradicting board policy

Mother bear attacks Mission woman, conservation officer

Animal charged, knocked down and bit conservation officer before being pushed off and shot

$9,000 in bridge tolls shocks Maple Ridge man

Jeffrey Hann was shocked to learn he owed more than $9,000 in Golden Ears Bridge tolls

Opponents of LGBTQ program to file human rights complaint against Surrey School District

District denied Parents United Canada right to rent Bell Performing Arts Centre for rally next month

UPDATED: Gunfire erupts in quiet Langley neighbourhood

Police have 79A Avenue cordoned off after reports of shots just before 5 a.m.

VIDEO: Mission Strong Youth Challenge

Highlights from the obstacle event on Oct. 21

B.C. NDP convention set for Victoria

Premier, federal leader Jagmeet Singh to add energy

Silver Creek farm search expands north

RCMP were seen collecting evidence three kilometres north of the farm where human remains were found

Ferries re-routed due to fluid spill at Nanaimo’s Duke Point

At least one sailing from Tsawwassen to Duke Point was redirected to Departure Bay

‘Angels’ help save life of Langley senior

Wilf Driedger believes he wouldn’t be here today if not for the quick action of two strangers

Chilliwack homeless camp dismantled on Monday

Mostly co-operative group emerged from the woods with possessions and dispersed

B.C. couple hope boat drone becomes first to cross Atlantic

Colin and Julie Angus of Victoria to have drone collect environmental data en route

B.C. casino accused of illegal activity follows rules: operator

B.C. had launched review after concerns about money laundering at River Rock casino in Richmond

Amazon gets 238 proposals for 2nd headquarters

Submissions were due last week. Online retailer has said tax breaks and grants would be factors

Most Read