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Julie Rousseau, M.Ed.

Julie has enjoyed being an educator for the past 26 years. After completing her B. Ed at McGill University, she moved from Montreal to British Columbia in 1990. Proud of her French Canadian heritage, Julie’s passion for second language education has been front and center as a classroom teacher for students grades K-12. In 2006, Julie transitioned from her role as Helping Teacher to District Principal of Modern Languages in the Abbotsford School District. In this role, she worked closely with teachers and administrators in the area of second language curriculum development, teacher mentorship and the implementation of professional learning communities. Following the completion of her M.Ed in Leadership with CityU, she transitioned into the world of school-based administration. After several years as a Secondary Principal, Julie returned to district level administration and served as Director of Instruction for the Abbotsford School District, B.C. In 2015, Julie transitioned into the Independent School system and is currently Assistant Head at York House School. Julie is dedicated to supporting K-12 educators as well as providing instructional leadership that will empower educators to consistently improve student achievement. Julie possesses extensive experience in both district and provincial level initiatives that serve to empower teachers to shift their pedagogy from a didactic approach to inquiry based learning strategies that engage students in hands-on experiential learning. She is passionate about empowering a new culture of learning that will promote 21st Century habits of mind and develop global competence. Julie has been an instructor for City University since 2007. She is a lifelong learner who truly enjoys working with and learning from students and educators. As an educator who believes in relational leadership, she believes that “At the end of the day, people may not always remember what said or what you did but they will always remember how you made them feel” (Maya Angelou)

Julie possesses an ongoing and active interest in empowering a new culture of learning where educators empower students to develop critical thinking skills and engage in authentic inquiry-based learning that promotes experiential learning. In this new culture of learning, students focus on questions rather than answers and students learn through discovery. Julie’s interests lie in developing and implementing experiential professional development opportunities that will successfully empower educators to shift their pedagogy from teacher-centered pedagogy to learner-centered instruction.

  • Leadership and Counselling Diverse Cultures in Education (ECC 515)
  • Family Systems and Conflict Management  (ECC 516)
Teaching Experience
  • 1990-2001: Mission, B.C. grades K-12, French Immersion
  • 2001-2005: Abbotsford, B.C. Chief Dan George Middle School gr. 8
  • 2005-2008: Helping Teacher of Modern Languages, Abbotsford, B.C.
  • 2007 ongoing: Adjunct Faculty Instructor CityU M. Ed. Educational Leadership
  • 2007  M.Ed. Educational Leadership: CityU, Seattle Washington
  • 1999  Post Baccalaureate Diploma in Education: SFU, Burnaby, B.C.
  • 1990  B.Ed. TESL/PE: McGill University. Montreal, Qc
Leadership Experience
  • 2012- ongoing:  Director of Instruction, Abbotsford School District
  • 2009-2012:  Principal Rick Hansen Secondary, Abbotsford
  • 2008-2009:  Acting District Principal of Curriculum, Abbotsford
  • 2007-2008:  Vice Principal W.J. Mouat Secondary, Abbotsford
  • 2006-2008:  District Vice Principal of Curriculum, Abbotsford
  • 2006:  Vice Principal, École Clearbrook Elementary, Abbotsford
  • 2005-2008:  District Vice Principal of Modern Languages, Abbotsford
  • 2005: H. H. Stern Award for Innovation in Second Language Education, awarded by the Canadian Association of Second Language Educators.


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