Rita has been a member of the Catholic Women’s Leadership Foundation since January 2015 and was appointed Chair on January 1, 2017.
Rita graduated from St. Bride’s College, Littledale and went on to receive degrees in mathematics and mathematics education from Memorial University. She continued her postgraduate studies at Memorial University, University of Alberta and Western Illinois University.
Her work life included teaching mathematics to children from primary to high school; mathematics and mathematics education at Memorial University of Newfoundland; and Program Development Consultant, St. John’s Roman Catholic School Board. She served on several different Curriculum, Program and Review Committees for the NL Department of Education and was national president of the Interchange on Canadian Studies.
Rita is president of an independent professional development company, Rita Janes’ Educational Solutions, providing professional development to teachers across Canada and the United States. She also has been a partner author for several chapters of books and professional development publications for teachers and students. Her most recent publication is Numbers and Stories: Using Children’s Literature to teach Young Children Number Sense (Corwin).
Rita is past – president of the Newfoundland and Labrador Provincial Catholic Women’s League, member of the CWL National Board, 2013-2015, member of St. Pius X Council since 1978, president of her parish council and presently serves on the executive as chair of spiritual development.
A parishioner at St Pius X Parish for 50 years, she serves as lector, served on the parish pastoral council and most recently chaired the 50th Anniversary Celebrations for the parish. Rita was president of the Parent Teacher’s Association of the three catholic schools associated with the parish (St. Pius X Girl’s School; St. Pius X Boy’s School; Gonzaga Jesuit High School) and where her children attended school.
Over the years she has been involved in a wide variety of professional and volunteer groups, locally and nationally. She was elected to the Board of Directors of the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics (NCTM); elected as Canadian representative to the National Council of Supervisors of Mathematics(NCSM); chaired the Affiliated Services Committee(NCTM), representing mathematics groups across the United States and Canada; chaired Professional Development Services Committee(NCTM), whose main role was planning and implementing professional development experiences for teachers across North America; president of the NLTA Mathematics Teacher’s Council; president of the NLTA Elementary Teacher’s Association; Editor of Teaching Mathematics , a publication of the NLTA; established the first program for Gifted Education in the province of Newfoundland and Labrador.
Rita chaired the St. Patrick’s Mercy Home Foundation (2006- 2013), and presently serves as Chair of the Board for the Mercy Centre for Ecology and Justice.
In recognition and appreciation of Rita’s work with teachers at all levels she received the Barnes Award from the Newfoundland and Labrador Teacher’s Association for outstanding contribution to the professional development of teachers.
She received the Queen Elizabeth Golden Jubilee Medal in 2013 for her work as a community volunteer and her contribution to mathematics education.
Rita resides in St. Johns with her husband Jack. They have three adult children: Robert and wife Joanne, Victoria, BC; David and wife Joanne, Toronto; and Jacqui in St. John’s. They are also proud grandparents to Emma and Trinity Anne. Rita is an avid cook and gardener and loves to read, hike and travel.