Executive Director

 Emily Hood

Emily is a graduate of Simon Fraser University where she completed her Master of Education in Educational Leadership. Emily is dedicated to each child’s holistic development. She believes that education is the key to freedom; both as a mechanism for social justice, and personal wellbeing. Education leads to opportunities, and freedom is the luxury of choice.

Emily holds the team she leads as the most valuable asset to the health and success of the school’s program. She practices what she preaches and believes that when we hold one another up, support, foster, and encourage one another’s growth and critical practice the children and families who are a part of our school and community benefit alongside us.

From Ontario, Emily has chosen to set down roots here in Whitehorse because of this community’s unique and complex cultural history, physical landscape, opportunities, and people. She says she has never felt so at home anywhere else she lived or travelled.

Her two boys, Jack (9yrs) and Henry (7yrs) attend the Yukon Montessori School (Borealis’ sister school).

Upper Elementary Teacher

Dominic Bradford 

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 Head Teacher

Kelly ScottKScott

My name is Kelly Scott and I moved to beautiful Whitehorse from Toronto Ontario 5 years ago. Since my arrival I have been teaching the Lower Elementary students at YMS including grades 1-3. Before arriving to the Great North, my Montessori experience revolved around teaching French, as I was a French Speaking Assistant in both Casa and Elementary Montessori Classrooms. After 4 years of teaching French as an assistant I decided it was time to take the Elementary training in Toronto.

I studied French, Spanish and Sociology at Bishop’s University in the Eastern Townships of Quebec. I completed my Montessori training in 2015 and I have been teaching now for 5 years, enjoying every minute of it!

I love bringing our community into the classroom as well as going out with the students to allow them to grow within our city’s culture. Living in the City of Wilderness allows for us to explore the outdoors in a way I had never done before. Teaching also allows me to bring my strengths into the classroom including singing, playing guitar and ukulele, crocheting, French, and much more. These skills and the AMI training I received have helped me in the classroom, where there are many different personalities and learning styles.

Assistant to the Executive Director

Renee Nemeth

Lower Elementary Assistant & French Monitor

Raphaelle Couratin