You have reached the online home of Richard Rauser (“Rick” to pretty much everyone who knows me).  I am a experienced educator, mental health advocate, and horror fiction and cinema enthusiast.  After two decades working in education I am now hoping to begin a new career in health care.

From 1995 until 2018 I taught high school English, humanities and social sciences for 23 years, including courses in language arts, literature, social geography, history, religious education, philosophy, psychology, creative writing, and film studies.  I am a two-time winner of the Loran Teachers Building Leaders Award, a national teaching award recognized by the Governor General of Canada, the Right Honorable David Johnston (2015 and 2016). In 2016 I was featured on a Shaw TV news segment (viewable below).

I hold bachelor and master’s degrees in English language and literature from Simon Fraser University, and an education degree in English, humanities, and social sciences from McGill University.  I am a fully certified teacher with the British Columbia Ministry of Education, Teacher Regulation Branch and am currently completing my certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) at Okanagan College.

In June 2018 I left the teaching profession to spend time with family due to my father’s deteriorating health from Alzheimer’s disease. In no small part due to my experiences with him, I have begun to transition to a new career in health care. I recently completed my Standard First Aid & CPR/AED Level C through the Canadian Red Cross as well as Foodsafe Level 1 certification through Interior Health. I am presently enrolled in the Health Care Assistant certification program at Okanagan College, commencing April 2019. Upon completion of this certificate in October 2019, I plan to register with the B.C. Care Aide & Community Health Worker Registry. My goal is to gain full-time employment in a hospice, nursing home, or complex-care facility.

If you would like to contact me I can easily be reached at rauserbegins@live.com.