While we are certainly proud of our classrooms, which are fully equipped with authentic Montessori teaching materials, we believe our team is what truly sets us apart from any other school in the Yukon.
Cassidy Caron – Executive Director & Elementary After School Teacher
Cassidy grew up in the small village of Waskatenau, AB and moved to Whitehorse in August 2021. She obtained her Early Learning and Child Care Diploma (Level 3) in June 2020 and was running a daycare before she graduated from college. In Cassidy’s spare time she enjoys fishing, hiking, climbing, playing volleyball, and spending time with her dog, cat, and boyfriend. Cassidy believes that educators should strive to promote a positive self-image for each child by encouraging exploration, fostering the development of social skills and cultivating friendships.
Dominic Bradford – Elementary Head Teacher
Dominic holds a BA (English and History), B Ed. and M. ED. He is trained at the Casa, Elementary and Adolescent levels through AMI Montessori and has taught in a Montessori classroom since 1995. He has taught in Calgary, India, Alaska and has been teaching at YMS since 2006. Dominic is bilingual in French and English and enjoys working with students on large group projects as well as regular day to day activities in the classroom. He is a founding member of the Yukon Montessori School and enjoys outdoor pursuits and sports such as running, hiking, skiing as well as indoor activities such as yoga, theatre and singing. Dominic is passionate about bringing Shakespeare to all ages in classrooms and is trained to work with students for the Montessori Model United Nations. Dominic lives in Whitehorse with his wife and twin teenagers
Raphaëlle Couratin- Elementary Assistant & French Teacher
Emily Colucci – Aurora Co-Head Teacher
Emily moved from Ontario in 2014, which is when she started teaching at YMS. She holds a B Ed. and a Montessori 3-6 Diploma. She loves teaching Casa and being in the classroom! Emily lives with her Husband and son in Marsh Lake. Outside of the classroom, she enjoys keeping busy on their farm and enjoying the outdoors.
Erin Schultz – Aurora Co-Head Teacher
Payal Rani – Aurora Assistant Teacher
Josée Fortin – Aurora French Teacher
Born in the small village of Lac-Saint-Jean, Quebec, Josée grew up there in the heart of the boreale forest. In 2009, Josée decided to try a different “borealis”, and arrived in the Yukon. Montessori Borealis was fortunate to have Josée join us as Summer Camp Director in the summer of 2010. Since then, she has been our French Teacher, Assistant Teacher, and After School Care Supervisor.
Josée’s creative nature shines in her lessons as she includes art, music, outdoor time and nature in her French lessons, along with the basics of reading and writing the language. Josée’s paintings, poetry and more have been featured in local art shows. She is also a dancer, and even does fire dancing for Whitehorse events! Her background includes a major in Theatre and Arts, as well as a Bachelor in literacy, cultural animation, and psychosocial intervention.
Cheyenne Bidewell – Aurora Assistant Teacher & After School Teacher
Cheyanne was born in Alberta and raised on a farm in Saskatchewan. She moved back to Alberta to complete high school and begin her career in Early Learning and Child Care as a daycare supervisor. She is currently taking 3 ELCC classes and will be a certified Level 2 child care worker before Christmas! Children and farm animals are what make Cheyanne’s world turn and she happily found both here in the Yukon.
Sukhjeet Kaur – Aurora Support Worker & After School Teacher
Sukhjeet grew up in India and came to Canada as an international student in 2019, in 2021 she graduated from Yukon University with her Early Childhood Diploma. Her main career goal is to become a pediatrician. Reading, writing, and music are some of her passions. Although Sukjheet’s parents were very supportive of her, she was faced with many adverse childhood experiences within the educational system. These experiences have helped Sukjheet develop her understanding of the importance of a child’s early years. She believes that each child is a beautiful gift who is capable, unique, and important. The quality programs in early childhood education are not only beneficial for children and families, but are also the foundation to a beautiful and kind society, nation and world.
Eléonore Trancart – Borealis Head Teacher
Eléonore grew up between Geneva, Switzerland and Chamonix, France before going to Bishop’s University in Quebec where she graduated with a certificate in Psychology. She went on to do her Montessori Early Childhood Diploma in Toronto as well as her toddlers, lower elementary, and upper elementary diplomas online. For the past four years, Eléonore has been teaching in both early childhood and elementarry classrooms. In her spare time, she likes to play board games with her partner, ski, take photographs, and go on walks with her dog. What Eléonore loves most is travelling around the world discovering new places, different cultures, and meeting new people.
Aida Carduz – Borealis Assistant Teacher
Aida was born and raised in Kerala, India and
moved to Canada in 2013 to do her Early Childhood Education diploma with Fanshawe College in London, Ontario. She moved to Whitehorse in 2015 and has made it her new home. Aida’s career journey started with a
diploma in Teachers training that she did in India. That was her first step into this passionate career. Aida worked in different
day care settings for three years and has now worked with the Yukon Montessori Society for 3 school years. Aida has also completed the AMI Montessori Assistant training.
Amrit Singh – Borealis Assistant Teacher & After School Teacher
Amrit and his wife moved to Whitehorse 4 years ago. He finished his Early Learning and
Child Care diploma in 2020 from Yukon University. His educational background from India is Bachelor of Education (B.Ed), Bachelor
of Arts, Masters in History and
Sociology. Amrit has been working with
young children for the last 4 years
and he believes every child is unique in
their own way and can accomplish a lot in a teacher-guided and child- directed environment.
Jane Phillipson – Borealis Assistant Teacher
Jane is the mother of three young adults, one of whom is now practicing law in Whitehorse. Jane and her husband arrived in Whitehorse at the end of May 2021 from the Ottawa area. As a child, Jane joyfully attended Montessori preschool, as did both of her daughters. Jane’s background is in education, and she has completed an AMI Orientation to Montessori. A few of Jane’s other passions are plants and gardens of every kind, reading historical fiction, writing letters, baking biscotti and granola, and having fun on the tennis court!
Dianna Semenick – Borealis Assistant Teacher & After School Teacher
Dianna grew up in Thunder Bay, ON where she got her HBA in anthropology and BEd at Lakehead University. Before moving to Whitehorse in early 2022, she was teaching English as a Second Language to both children and adults in Eastern China. After spending over two years there she felt the desire to get back home and experience life further north. She enjoys hiking around with her camera in her spare time, running, swimming and making plans for future adventures