Landmark East School Welcomes Karen Fougere as Head of School

Landmark East School is excited to welcome Karen Fougere as our new Head of School. Karen will begin on August 1, 2019. Strong leadership in any organization is critical for future success and with Karen we are confident in a very strong future.

Karen Fougere grew up in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. She attended Dalhousie University, in Halifax, where she received her Bachelor of Science (Major in Mathematics and Minor in Biology) as well as her Bachelor of Education. Karen also completed an additional minor in Psychology through Acadia University and Saint Mary’s University.

Karen has taught at Armbrae Academy in Halifax for 29 years where she held the position of Senior School Director for seven years and Interim Head of School for the past two years.

Karen received the Prime Minister’s Award for Teaching Excellence in Science, Technology, and Mathematics, and the CA+IS Diploma in Independent School Leadership and Administration. She would have completed her diploma in 2005, but took advantage of an opportunity to travel to Tanzania with an international humanitarian group. During this trip, Karen helped construct a community centre with the local Tanzanians. This included making the bricks and using mortar to cement them in place. She graduated with her LI diploma in 2006.

Over her tenure at Armbrae, Karen has taught General Science 9, Mathematics 10, Biology 10, Biology 11, Biology 12, Precalculus 11, Precalculus 12, Calculus, and Junior (Elementary) School Computers Grades 1, 2, 3. In addition to a full teaching load, Karen held the position as the Math and Science Coordinator for both the Junior and Senior Schools, as well as the Senior School Admissions Coordinator.

She says that her most prized awards (no offense to the Government of Canada and the Prime Minister’s Office) have come from the students: the Armbrae Buddy Award, presented to her by the Student Council for her a positive attitude and being helpful to others, and the Dancing Shoes Award for being able to stand in the shoes of someone else in order to understand their perspective.

Karen is characterized as being authentic, vulnerably courageous, and humble. She builds community and fosters strong working relationships, while engaging and empowering her team. She is a creative problem-solver who enjoys thinking outside the box to solve challenges.  Her strengths include her ability to listen, understand, reflect and to be flexible when making decisions that are based on well thought-out rational judgment. This approach has garnered her a reputation for being a fair, consistent and honest leader.

Media inquiries can be directed to Erna Fraser, Chair of the Landmark East School Board of Directors. efraser@landmarkeast.org.

About Landmark East School

Landmark East is an independent co-ed day and boarding school for students with learning differences located in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. The student base is diverse with learners from grades 3-12 who have been diagnosed in a variety of areas such as high-functioning Autism, Dyslexia, and Attention Deficit Disorder that make learning challenging in a traditional school setting. The school is committed to student-centered learning, small class sizes, daily physical activity, community service, and diverse pedagogy. A team of over forty professionals specializing in various roles drive the school’s success and are dedicated to enhancing students’ academic success and self-confidence. Landmark East is a registered charity and actively fundraises year-round to provide student bursaries. On average, half of Landmark East’s Nova Scotia students are subsidized through bursaries. Landmark East is one of three recognized special education schools in Nova Scotia; therefore, Nova Scotia students with a demonstrated need for Landmark East are eligible for the funding they would receive if they attended a public school.

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