Bill Tucker has been the Director of Education and Secretary of the Thames Valley District School Board since January 1, 2008. Prior to his appointment as Director, Bill served as Superintendent of Education in the areas of Operations, Human Resources Services and Program Services with responsibilities for a variety of areas, including as Special Education and Community Services.
Bill began his career in 1979 as an elementary teacher at Aberdeen Public School in London. He moved on to teach at Lester B. Pearson Senior Public School and Lorne Avenue Public School in London before serving as Vice-Principal at two London elementary schools – Westmount Public Schoool and White Oaks Public School in London. Bill was named Principal in 1994 and held that position at four schools – Sir Winston Churchill Public School and Wilfrid Jury Public School in London and Edward Street Public School and Locke’s Public School in St. Thomas. He has also instructed at the Faculty of Education, the University of Western Ontario, teaching Special Education and the Principal’s Qualifications Course.
Bill holds a Bachelor of Science degree (1978) from the University of Western Ontario, a Bachelor of Education degree (1979) from the University of Windsor and a Masters of Education degree in Educational Psychology (1992) from the University of Western Ontario. He has a professional certificate as a Special Education Specialist and in Guidance.
A native of Goderich, Bill moved to London where his father was a teacher with the former City of London Board of Education. Bill and his wife Mary Ann, the former Director of Early Childhood, School Age and Adolescent Services at the Thames Valley Children’s Centre, raised three children – all of whom have gone on to careers in the field of education.
Bill is the 2012 Campaign Cabinet Chair for the United Way of London & Middlesex. The campaign Change Starts Here draws on Bill’s experience assisting children at risk. In June 2012, Bill was named to the Ontario government’s new Accepting Schools Expert Panel aimed at finding ways to make schools safe, more inclusive and accepting places for students to learn. In 2010, Bill established the Director’s Community Task Force on Anti-Bullying which included representatives from 17 organizations that deal with bullying issues in Thames Valley. From that task force came the idea of “The Pledge to end bullying” to engage the community in the issue by making a verbal commitment to end bullying behaviour. The Pledge has received international acclaim and is part of the province’s new tool kit that will be delivered to Ontario school boards looking for innovative ways to end bullying in their schools.
Bill has served as President of the Board of Directors of Madame Vanier Children’s Services and has also served on the Board of Directors of the London and Middlesex Children’s Aid Society, Women’s Community House and Second Stage Housing. In addition, Bill has been a member of the Developmental Disabilities Division Advisory Committee of the University of Western Ontario, the Governance Committee of the School and Community Intervention Program in Elgin County, Community Living London and the Board of Education representative for London Children’s Connection.
The Thames Valley District School Board operates 162 elementary and secondary schools serving more than 71,000 students in the City of London and the counties of Elgin, Middlesex and Oxford. The Board is one of Ontario’s largest and prides itself on helping to create a Caring, Learning Community across the district.