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Jacqueline Herman was born in Cape Town, South Africa. Jacqueline attended the University of Cape Town where she was awarded the African Studies Scholarship.

With her parents’ support she relocated to Canada as a foreign student. Since then she has successfully studied at several universities across Canada including the University of Calgary, the University of Western Ontario, Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and the University of St. Michael’s College.

Jacqueline’s MA degree research focused on identifying the most effective adaptive instructional strategies to meet the individual needs of students with learning difficulties. In her career to date she has worked as a classroom teacher, English as a Second Language Teacher and a Special Education Resource Teacher.

She is a trained Reading Recovery and Later Literacy Teacher. Jacqueline has mentored novice teachers as an Adjunct Professor for York University and facilitated numerous Computer and Literacy workshops.

Jacqueline’s strong belief that literacy is integral to all learning has helped to improve the lives of many students both in Canada and South Africa. Based on her professional knowledge and experience as an educator she was selected by South African Women for Women to participate in the Teacher Mentoring Program.

Prior to her departure she successfully approached numerous publishers, municipal and provincial officials to secure and transport much needed resources to W. D. Hendricks School in Cape Town, South Africa. There she facilitated workshops and worked collaboratively with South African teachers in their classrooms, modeling and supporting the implementation of a Balanced Literacy program.

She continues to share this experience and to encourage Canadian students and community members to donate basic school supplies and raise funds annually to the Lunch Program at W.D. Hendricks Primary School.

Jacqueline is currently an elementary school principal. As a principal in the Halton Catholic District School Board she conscientiously promotes a passion for learning, facilitates opportunities to advance literacy skills and strives to create a professional learning community which supports a climate of success for all students.

Jacqueline is a highly motivated lifelong learner, sets high standards, establishes expectations via precept and example and continues to seek new challenges. Through her leadership she encourages all people to advocate for equity and fulfill their aspirations.