Upper Elementary Teacher
Dominic is the head teacher at Yukon Montessori School and was instrumental in starting the school and designing its programming.
He possesses a lifetime of experience in Montessori education, beginning with his attendance at a Montessori school in Ottawa from the age of two until 12. He grew up in a fully bilingual French/English school environment, and followed his time at school with nearly two decades as a teacher in a variety of Montessori settings.
For 6 years prior to working at Yukon Montessori School, Dominic was the head teacher at Montessori Borealis Preschool, where he helped this preschool grow to a robust and engaging place for young preschool learners. Before his arrival in Whitehorse in 2006, Dominic spent 3 years as the lead teacher of a grade 7,8,9 program called Adolescent Montessori Program in Juneau Alaska . He has also taught in Montessori schools in both India and Calgary.
Dominic holds a B.A. from McGill, a B.Ed from the University of Calgary, and an M.Ed from Loyola College Maryland as well as an AMI Montessori teaching diploma at the primary, elementary and adolescent level. He currently sits on the Advisory Board for the Yukon Family Literacy Centre, is a member of the Montessori Society of Canada board and is the past vice-chair of the Yukon Childcare Board. Dominic is a sessional lecturer in the Early Childhood Education program at Yukon College. In the fall of 2011, he received the Prime Minister’s Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education.
He enjoys living in the Yukon and is a competitive nordic ski racer and road runner at the local level. He has coached skiing with the Yukon Cross Country Ski team and has enjoyed singing in amateur choirs and opera companies. Dominic is also a keen Shakespeare student. Dominic’s interests in the outdoors, drama, and music all play a part in rounding out his Montessori training and he brings all of these interests and skills into his day-to-day teaching style. Dominic and his wife Tiffani are proud parents of twins.
Lower Elementary Assistant & French Monitor
Raphaelle and Fabien are both Wilderness Advanced First Aid and respectively certified hiking guide, cross-country ski coach, and professional Ski Patrol . She enjoys being outdoor skiing and sleddoging with their sled dogs. After 15 years of hiking, skiing coaching , and patrolling in the Alps, France, she and her partner moved to follow their dream to the Yukon in 2014.
Raphaelle coached skiing at Mt Sima, then at the Whitehorse Cross-country Ski Club. She is also volunteering coaching cross country skiing for the Kwanlin Koyotes Ski Club every winter.
In January 2020, they started Yu’Ski Expeditions offering ski pulk tours expeditions and half-day to full-day offtrack ski lessons for beginners to advanced skiers, from 7 years old.
In summer 2020 they offered french immersion camps for kids trough Yu’Speak French Immersion Outdoors.