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.
Anthoula Zachou – Executive Director
Anthoula was born and raised in Greece and moved to Toronto, Ontario in early 2017. Her and her husband relocated to Whitehorse in August 2021 as they wanted to leave the big city behind and experience life in the North. Before moving to Whitehorse, Anthoula was a Supervisor of a Montessori school in Toronto for 3 years. She holds a B.Ed in preschool education and is currently completing her M.Ed in Educational Leadership and Policy at the University of Toronto. Anthoula is also finishing her Early Childhood Education Diploma online with St.Lawrence College.
Cassidy Caron – Assistant 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
Raphaelle Couratin – Elementary Assistant & French Teacher
Emily Colucci – Aurora Co-Head Teacher
Erin Schultz- Aurora Co-Head 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. A talented multi-disciplinary artist, 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!
Josée’s background includes a major in Theatre and Arts, as well as a Baccalaureate in literacy, cultural animation, and psychosocial intervention. She worked for five years in Hochelaga, Montreal, before being drawn back to the North and heading for the Yukon. Montreal’s loss is certainly our gain!
Cheyenne Bidewell – Aurora Assistant Teacher & After School Teacher
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.
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 & After School 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 from the Ottawa area. As a child, IJane 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 course. 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
Laurie Parker – Borealis Head Teacher
Laurie’s Montessori experience has spanned
almost 40 years. She began in Southern
Ontario and the past 8 of those years have
been as Head Teacher of Montessori
Borealis here in Whitehorse. Laurie is moving
toward retirement from Montessori at
Christmas and has begun a new career
with the ELCC Department of Yukon
Laurie and her husband Vance moved to the
territory as an adventure but, as happens with so many, they have decided that Yukon is home.
Mounia Cole – Borealis French Teacher
Mounia was born and raised in Paris, France and spent the other half of her life in Nice in southern France. In August 2019 she moved to the Yukon with her family for a new life adventure. Mounia began to study Montessori pedagogy after the birth of her first daughter. She first trained as a Montessori assistant (AMI) at the Casa level and then did the program a second time, to be a Montessori Educator at the Toddler level. Mounia worked at a Montessori school in France, in both Casa and Toddler programs. Mounia loves Maria Montessori’s work, and child development.
Eléonore Trancart – Borealis Head Teacher – After Laurie’s Retirement