Locally Grounded, Globally Minded.

Education options in Moncton

Our Mission

Eastgate Academy engages students in a culture of collaboration and wellness through a world class academic program.

Our Vision

To become a leader in global education, focusing on student wellness, community development, and leadership in an environment that inspires excellence.

Our Approach

Our program is designed around the needs and interests of our students. We structure our curriculum around themes that help students to make sense of the world around them and give them opportunities to build skills and understanding that can be transferred to new situations. This gives students freedom to pursue their interests, and confidence in the knowledge that they are building the skills that will be essential as they grow up.

Our Values


Teachers, students and parents working together


Built on respect and appreciation of each individual


Personal and collective


To succeed by developing one's full potential

A Letter From The Principal

Welcome To Eastgate Academy

We are first and foremost a community of students, educators and families committed to nurturing young people as they find their purpose and grow into their potential.

Our goal is to create a stimulating and supportive environment in which our learners can grow through an iterative process of inquiry, action and reflection. A culture of courage and curiosity encourages our learners to push the boundaries of their social, intellectual and physical comfort zones, while a culture of collaboration and community creates a system of support from which our learners draw the confidence to learn from successes and set-backs.

I am filled with gratitude to be part of such a special community. I feel fortunate to work alongside incredibly talented educators and staff, and look forward to supporting Eastgate Academy’s continued growth as principal.
Education options in Moncton

Kathryn Crossman


Kathryn Crossman joined the Eastgate community during its inaugural year (2021-2022) after teaching and leading internationally in southern China, and teaching in the Anglophone East School District. She brings a wealth of experience with the IB, having taught in both the Middle Years and Diploma programs. With one of her passions being service learning, Kathryn is always seeking ways to collaborate with students while they explore opportunities to serve the needs of various communities and learn more about themselves in the process.


Magdalena Berger, MD

Magdalena Berger is an Allergist and Clinical Immunologist working in Moncton, NB. As a parent of three boys and an advocate for school choice, she felt called to create a school which would inspire students to achieve their full potential and feel connected to their community. Eastgate Academy is the culmination of a dream to create a world-class academic institution and a supportive community that will empower and enable our students to confidently pursue their dreams.

Lisa McWilliam, CPA, CA

Lisa is a Certified Public Accountant who focuses on financial analytics and business case development. She worked as a financial and business analyst for Atlantic Lottery focusing on the preparation of and variance analysis of financial projections for business case development and annual sales and operating budgets. Prior to this, Lisa worked in public practice in the field of assurance and taxation for Grant Thornton and Stevenson & Partners obtaining her CA designation and remains in good standing with CPA Canada.

Motivated by her role as a mother, Lisa is passionate about the educational landscape in Moncton and is dedicated to helping New Brunswick achieve world-class opportunities in education.

Josh McWilliam, CFP, FMA, EPC, FCSI, CIWM

Josh graduated from Mount Allison University and began his career in the financial services industry in 2002. He established his own company in 2005 and has been recognized nationally as a leader in the field. His practice focuses primarily on retirement and estate planning. His unique ability is that he has a good combination of people skills and technical knowledge and the ability to communicate complex issues in a way that people can understand.

He values optimism, reliability, consistency, and people that can see the positives in any situation. He strives to be a source of stability for clients. They rely on him and know that he is always there to make sure that their retirements are secure.

He is an avid golfer and enjoys playing music and staying active.

Lindsay Kamel

Lindsay Kamel, born in Edmonton, grew up in rural Nova Scotia in Loch Katrine outside of Antigonish. After graduating with a BSc in Biology from Acadia University, she spent nearly 2 years in Scotland working and travelling before returning to Halifax, NS. She worked for a few years in medical education for the Department of Medicine at Dalhousie University. While in Halifax, she met and married her husband Sherief before moving to Moncton. Since then, their family expanded with the addition of 2 dogs, Libby and Fergie, and shortly thereafter 2 children, Ella and Alex, who are excited about their future at Eastgate Academy.

Bill Hennessey

Bill Hennessey has been a member of the Greater Moncton business community for over 25 years. He has been actively involved in several non-profits and is a firm believer in giving back to the community. As a developer, Bill is passionate about the continued economic growth of our region. He believes Eastgate Academy and the superior programs it brings to the table are vital to Greater Moncton’s continued growth and success.

Heather McDonald

Heather is the founder of HALA Connected, a digital marketing agency and principal of Philanthropica, a strategy and fundraising agency both located here in Greater Moncton. She is an active volunteer in the community, sitting on the Board of Directors of BPW Greater Moncton, former Chair of the Home & School at Birchmount School in Moncton, and volunteer mentor with NBCC’s OASIS entrepreneurship program. As a former educator in both public and private education and parent of three children, Heather sees the need for a variety of educational options for families, and believes wholeheartedly in the IB method.

Owen MacNeil

Owen MacNeil is a father of 3 young men and an entrepreneur with an educational background in Electronics and business living in Riverview NB.

Owen has built and sold 4 companies, starting two from the ground up. His entrepreneurial aspirations have taken him across Canada and USA. He was responsible for implementing the first VLTs in Canada and worked closely with virtually every casino in the country. His resume is full of startups, expansions and overall broad experience all around growth, from working at CBC radio/TV to selling Cash systems and gaming machines to co-founding a private mortgage company.

Owen has also been on several boards, including: Junior Achievement, Scouts NB, Make a Wish Atlantic, Make a Wish Canada, First Angels, Open Ocean Systems, Town of Riverview Steering Committee for the Riverview Recreation Centre.

Sean Song

Sean Song is a licensed realtor with Royal LePage Atlantic and Co-Founder of Cathay Atlantic Consulting and Service Inc, working in Moncton, NB.

As a father of a daughter and a son, he has been serving for the Chinese community and local community of Moncton for years. He serves as Past President of The Greater Moncton Chinese Cultural Association and was a former board member of The Multicultural Association of the Greater Moncton Area (MAGMA).

As a member of the Board of Governors of Eastgate Academy, he has always been dedicated to the local community development and aiming to fill the private education demand in the community. He would like to play a role in the education area and make dreams come true.

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