Qualicum School District announces staff changes

International Student Program will be getting additional support

The Board of Education of School District 69 (Qualicum) announced that Lesley LaCouvee has accepted an acting vice principal position at Ballenas Secondary for the remainder of the 2016-17 school year.

LaCouvee steps in to provide additional support in the district’s International Student Program (ISP), due to an extended medical leave for a leadership team member in that area. Kevin McKee, current vice principal at Ballenas, will assume additional ISP responsibilities for the balance of the year, the school district announced in a written release.

The board also formally welcomed Shahnora Mustafayeva to the ISP as office manager at the Family Place site.

LaCouvee has been a teacher in SD69 since 1995, when she was hired at Oceanside Middle School. She has since served as a teacher at Winchelsea Elementary, Qualicum Beach Elementary, Qualicum Beach Middle and the Distributed Learning Program, CEAP.

This summer, she took on the challenge of beginning the transition of SD69’s summer school programs to a format more congruent with the blended learning model employed in its CEAP program through her role as vice principal of summer programs.

“We expect that Ms. LaCouvee’s passion for teaching, deep caring for students, and skill in integrating technology and learning will make her a valuable asset to students and staff at Ballenas Secondary this year,” the board’s statement read.

Mustafayeva comes to the district from the University of Regina in Saskatchewan, where she served as finance and program development co-ordinator and international relations and partnerships co-ordinator. Her experience in managing significant aspects of the international education work of the University of Regina should allow her to hit the ground running. Her experience with the Eastern European market, and fluency with both the Uzbek and Russian languages, add new and valuable expertise to the ISP leadership team.

— Submitted by SD69