Pauline Williams is a teacher in the Fallbrook Union Elementary School District. Prior to becoming a teacher, she served in the US Navy and moved from her hometown of Detroit to San Diego. Having earned the GI Bill through her military service, she attended Palomar Community College and then San Diego State University where she obtained her BA in Liberal Studies, Multiple Subjects teaching credential, and Specialist Credential in Special Education. While teaching at Potter Jr High, she continued studies at SDSU and obtained her Master's Degree in Education with a focus on Special Education.
Mrs. Williams has taught Junior High students with moderate to severe disabilities for over twenty years, and has worked closely with their families on Individual Educational Programs. She was recognized as Potter Junior High's Teacher of the Year and Fallbrook Union Elementary School District's Teacher of the Year in 2001. She was then selected as San Diego County Teacher of the Year in 2002 and represented all teachers of San Diego County as a speaker and teacher representative at community events.
For many years, Mrs. Williams served on the North County Consortium's Community Advisory Committee both as a representative from Fallbrook and a member of their Board of Directors. She has also served on the School Board at St. Peter's Catholic School in Fallbrook. She is a current member of TASH (The Association for Persons with Severe Disabilities), and supports inclusion in school and community settings as well as in recreation and leisure activities and vocational opportunities.
Mrs. Williams lives in Fallbrook with her husband and is an active member of St. Peter the Apostle Catholic Community.
Karen Douglas was born in Minnesota, but spent most of her life in Southern California. She is the mother of two sons and has three grandchildren. She raised her oldest grandson, Alec, who has autism. She struggles to receive a diagnosis for Alec. Eventually she found the right doctor and was able to get Alec placed into an appropriate class when he was three. In 2000 she relocated to Sacramento to get Alec in the M.I.N.D. Institute, where his abilities were evaluated and a learning program recommended. When she was offered a job opportunity in San Diego, she looked for an area that offered the best educational advantage for Alec.
Karen found Fallbrook, or Fallbrook found her, and they have lived here since 2001. Karen and Alec have been attending Jeremiah's Ranch Support Group meetings for several years, and Karen recently volunteered to become an instructor at the College of Adaptive Education.
Karen chose a law enforcement career and retired from the California Highway Patrol in 2008, after 30+ years of service. She has a B.S. Degree in Business Management, but come from a family of talented artists and has always been involved in some form at expressive art. After retirement, she discovered the Welburn Gourd Farm, and her adventure in gourd art began. She has taken many gourd classes in both California and Arizona, and is a member of the Misty Wahington Gourd and Basket Guild in Encinitas. She has also taken classes to learn the art of making pine needles baskets and has crafted many for family and friends. It was at the Guild that she learned the Kumihimo braiding technique, which she has taught to numerous individuals.