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Alumni Success Story: Rolene Betts

February 15, 2018

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Alumni Success Story: Rolene Betts

Class of 1975
Associate of Arts
(Published February 2018)

Rolene Betts, Class of '75

What have you been up to since leaving Crandall?

I graduated from Atlantic Baptist College with an Associate of Arts degree in 1975 and then completed my Bachelor of Arts at the Université de Moncton in 1977.

In 1991, I graduated from Mount Allison University with a Bachelor of Education and began teaching in Moncton schools. I then earned my Master’s in Education in 1995 from the Université de Moncton. Research for my master’s thesis fueled my passion for studying the experiences of early career teachers.

In 2006, I graduated from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) with a Ph.D. My dissertation was nominated for the Governor General’s Medal by the UNB Faculty of Education.

At this time, I was honoured to have the Premier’s office use my research to help inform the pay raise for substitute teachers in NB. I was subsequently seconded to the New Brunswick Department of Education to analyze the data for the preparedness of new teachers. I then lead the development of the Fine Arts Curricula for our province’s teachers.

Along the way, I have been recognized as one of eighteen “Emerging Scholars in Canadian Educational Leadership,” received the New Brunswick Affiliate Award, and most recently, appointed as an Honorary Research Associate (HRA) for UNB’s School of Graduate Studies.

Currently, I work with Crandall’s education professors to help supervise several master’s research projects and teacher intern practica, along with supervising student doctoral work at UNB.

How has Crandall prepared you for the future?

What a privilege to study under professors like Dr. Bob Wilson at Atlantic Baptist College! It was in his “Western Intellectual History” course that I learned the importance of completing assignments to the best of my ability and handing them in on time. Studying at ABC laid the requisite groundwork for the exacting standards I have adhered to in all of my subsequent academic endeavors.

Note: Rolene has been married to her husband John for 45 years. They have three children —Jason, Jessica, and Jared and are the proud grandparents of Leah and Isaiah. In her spare time, Rolene enjoys traveling with her family, downhill skiing, fishing, hiking, biking, kayaking, and gardening.

Christmas Eve 2017 Highfield Church

With family on Christmas Eve 2017 at Highfield Baptist Church

Rolene Betts with Family

With Husband John and Grandchildren Leah and Isaiah

Striper Bass Tournament 2017

At the Striper Bass Tournament 2017

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