Nancy J Wallace
Founder and Director
Nancy is an alumnus of the University of New Brunswick. She taught a variety of grades in the New Brunswick public school system and was considered a trailblazer in the classroom. She shared her expertise by conducting several professional development workshops for the New Brunswick Teachers Federation, on the importance of Integrating the Curriculum.
Thirty years ago, Nancy’s desire to be an at home mother, to her seven year old daughter, Megan, was coupled with her entrepreneurial spirit. This resulted in the creation of Mary Poppins Early Learning Academy in 1985. Nancy was unwavering in her commitment to provide her students with the highest quality of education in a nurturing and positive environment that reflected her personal philosophy of learning.
Parental demand led to Mary Poppins expanding from offering Preschool, Daycare and a Primary Program to the construction of Bedford Academy which offered Grades Primary to Six.
Nancy’s sense of conviction inspired her teachers to believe in the principles that were the foundation of every aspect of the Academy. She surrounded herself with a staff who sincerely felt empowered. The hallways of Bedford Academy radiated an aura of excitement and love of learning that was contagious. Her personal principles became the blueprint for the success of Bedford Academy. The building expansion led to the construction of South Wing, offering Junior High grades and Academy Hall, the new gymnasium which placed Bedford Academy as a front runner in private education.
Nancy is proud of the manner in which her staff cares so much about their students and the school. She believes in educating the whole child, and, to Nancy, the nurturing of the character of a child, and the development of their self-esteem, is the most important aspect of an Academy education.
The Academy’s Mission Statement “Empowerment Through Knowledge” was based on Nancy’s personal philosophy of a child’s education. This became the base for the creation of a learning atmosphere in which students felt secure, keeping class sizes to a minimum and challenging children with an enhanced curriculum that has been carefully designed to meet each student’s distinct learning style.
Nancy considers herself to be a life-long learner and embraces change in order to provide new opportunities for her students and teachers.
In celebration of Nancy’s 25th Anniversary in private education, she co-founded with her daughter, the “Principal Girls Club” and “Principal Guys Club”; the Bedford Academy Foundation. The mandate of the Foundation was to support children’s charities, such as The Bryan Adams Foundation, which received over $10,000.00 to benefit Impact India, which promotes the education of unschooled girls in rural India. In February, Bryan was performing in Halifax and invited Nancy and Megan and students from Bedford Academy to his concert to meet with him backstage. Bedford Academy presented The Bryan Adams Foundation with a cheque for $5,000.00 to donate to War Child on behalf of our school. The Bedford Academy Foundation continued to raise money for other charities and this past year, contributed just under $20,000.00 to the IWK Hospital to Olivia's Campaign. Olivia is a cancer survivor and graduate of Bedford Academy. Over the past four years Bedford Academy has raised just under $100,000.00, raising the most funds of all schools in Atlantic Canada.
Nancy is filled with tremendous pride in her students’ commitment to helping others. She is grateful for the opportunity to instill the importance of philanthropy within their learning environment.
Nancy is overjoyed that her daughter, Megan has followed her into the amazing and rewarding field of education and after ten years of teaching at Bedford Academy, Megan has joined her mother in full time administration.
Nancy would like to thank the teachers, parents and students for being a part of the Bedford Academy Family.