KAWARTHA LAKES-The Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board has appointed a new Director of Education. Dr. Jennifer Leclerc took over the position on September 1st after serving as Superintendent of Education: Teaching and Learning since joining the Board since January 2010.
“Jennifer is an accomplished educator and provincial leader in student achievement. We feel incredibly fortunate that she will be able to bring her wealth of professional and administrative skills to her new role,” says Cathy Abraham, Chairperson of the Board. “An innovative educator, Jennifer has extensive experience in developing and supporting strategies to ensure student success – the main priority for our board,” says Abraham.
A Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) in Curriculum, Teaching and Learning, Leclerc’s research focused explicitly on exploring the components of effective teaching practices, beliefs about ability and disability, and the impact on teaching and learning using quantitative and qualitative research methods.
Abraham says “The board was very impressed by the collaborative, open and positive relationships that have marked Jennifer’s tenure as a Superintendent. We expect these leadership and interpersonal skills will characterize her success as our new Director of Education.”
With over 30 years of experience in education, prior to joining the board Leclerc held a number of administrative and leadership positions with the Durham Catholic District School Board and York University. She also previously served as a Student Achievement Officer at the Ministry of Education, where she was instrumental in leading a number of large school boards toward improved student achievement and instructional leadership. Leclerc also served as Interim Director of Education with the Board previously this spring.
“I am incredibly honoured and humbled by this new opportunity the board has given me as Director of Education,” says Leclerc. “I believe this is truly an exciting time to be a leader in the Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board, and I consider it a privilege to be entrusted by the board with the position of Director of Education. I greatly look forward to working in collaboration with the board, our excellent staff, supportive community partners, and most importantly, all our wonderful students and parents, as we pursue success and achievement for all.”