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.

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).

Assistant to the Executive Director

Renee Nemeth

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

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Kelly Scott

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.

Lower Elementary Assistant & French Monitor

Raphaelle Couratin

Laurie Parker – Borealis Classroom, Head  Teacher

Laurie Parker was five years old when she told her mother that she wanted to be a teacher. Not once has that dream changed! A graduate of Brock University, Laurie also received her AMI Casa training from the Toronto Montessori Institute, and has a TMI Montessori Elementary diploma.

An Ontarian born and bred, Stratford was home to Laurie until just last year, when the desire for an adventure led her to answer a job posting in Whitehorse. Laurie and her husband, Vance, who are proud parents of four children (and grandparents to one!) love their new lifestyle and are proud to call themselves Yukoners! (The one thing Laurie misses? An occasional Swiss Chalet dinner!)

Josée Fortin – Casa, 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!

Mary-Ann Annable – Borealis Classroom, Assistant Teacher

Mary Ann has been working in preschool and primary education for over 20 years. During this time, she has assisted for three years and two years in a Montessori preschool and Waldorf preschool, respectively, and worked as the director of the Chickadees Parent Participation Preschool in Whitehorse for three years as well.

Mary Ann is also locally renowned as a dance instructor. Drawing on her degree in Physical Education (with a major in Dance Education and a minor in Fine Arts Dance) from the University of Calgary, she has taught dance to scores of preschoolers, school aged children, teens and adults in recreational and studio settings. This experience includes eight years as an instructor in the Yukon Arts Ed-Venture Program, where she taught movement for the kindergarten through sixth grade curriculum.

In addition to her university degree, Mary Ann has a diploma in Waldorf Education from Ruldolf Steiner College in Fair Oaks, California.

Leet Mueller – Assistant Teacher

Aida Carduz – Assistant Teacher

Paru Geetha – Assistant Teacher, Lead After school Program Teacher

Erin Schultz – Aurora classroom, Co-Head Teacher

Born and raised in the Yukon, Erin spent most of her early years in the small community of Mayo. When she graduated from F.H. Collins Secondary School, she enrolled in the Yukon Native Teacher Education Program at Yukon College. After earning a Bachelor of Education (with distinction) through the University of Regina in 2005, Erin worked part time in Whitehorse public schools, devoting her “spare” time to caring for a wonderful family of seven!

Erin was first introduced to—and intrigued by—Montessori education when she enrolled her son at Montessori Borealis. She began to teach as a substitute at the preschool in 2007 and loved the experience. In 2009, Erin ran the first-ever summer camp for Montessori Borealis and developed strong bonds with many of the students. This encouraged her to join Montessori Borealis as the Assistant Teacher for the 2009/10 year. Working closely with head teacher at the time, Dominic Bradford, Erin has since learned a tremendous amount about both the theoretical and practical aspects of Montessori education. In 2010, she augmented this hands-on experience by completing the AMI Assistants Training Course in Vancouver, B.C. In the Summer of 2019 Erin began the rigorous AMI Casa Teacher Training qualification in sunny San Diego.

Dhanya Thomas – After School Teacher