About Julie Rousseau
Julie has enjoyed being an educator for the past 33 years. After completing her Bachelor in Education at McGill University in 1990, she moved from Montreal to British Columbia. Proud of her French Canadian heritage, she honed her second language instructional skills teaching French to students ranging from Kindergarten to Grade 12. After 16 years as a classroom teacher, she completed her Masters in Educational Leadership which led to her career as a school-based administrator.
From school-based administration, Julie moved to district-level leadership and served as Director of Curriculum for the Abbotsford School District located in the Fraser Valley of beautiful British Columbia, Canada. As Director of Curriculum, she oversaw the development and implementation of various instructional programmes serving students from Foundation to graduation years. Julie also played an active role in the development and implementation of the Provincial BC Curriculum in her school district.
As an instructional leader she facilitated the training of professional learning communities aimed at supporting the implementation of BC’s new curriculum. Under her leadership, the Abbotsford School District became a leader in the implementation and development of various innovative programs focused on inquiry and discovery-based learning.
After 25 years in public education, Julie transitioned into the private education sector. In 2017, she became Head of School at York House School, one of Canada’s top independent schools for girls in Vancouver, BC. While at York House School, Julie further supported the implementation of the BC Curriculum, placing students at the center of their learning and ensuring the development of important future-ready skills.
In 2022, Julie became Head of School at Saltus Grammar School. Since her arrival, she has focused on creating a supportive and dynamic learning and working environment for all where students and employees alike feel valued and empowered to succeed. As a certified executive coach, she believes in the power of organizational coaching to help unleash the potential of educators and staff. As a leader she places an emphasis on building relationships with students, parents, and employees alike believing strongly in Maya Angelou’s quote, “People may not remember what you said or what you did, but they will always remember how you made them feel.”