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Mikala Abbott

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I have been an English Language Arts teacher at St. Pat's since 2020. I have my Bachelors of Arts and Bachelor of Education from the University of Alberta. I love living in Yellowknife and working with the vibrant and dynamic students at St. Pat's, and I am excited to continue to learn and grow with them!

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Stacy Applejohn

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I am originally from Sudbury, Ontario and have been teaching Biology, Science and Math at St. Pats for eight years. I began my career in the Beaufort-Delta and taught in Aklavik and Inuvik for twelve years after graduating from the University of Waterloo with a BSc (honours biology) and a BEd from Queen's University. I have three children and a very large dog and enjoy cooking and spending time outside.

Janice Beland

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phone (867) 873-4888

I am excited to be at St. Pat's this year as a Lit Support teacher. Although it is only my second year at St. Pat's, I have been a teacher with YCS since 2004. The majority of my teaching experience has been as a literacy/language arts specialist but I have also taught in primary, elementary and middle school homerooms. I have taught all grade levels from Kindergarten to grade 12. I am originally from central Saskatchewan and completed by B.A. in English and my B. Ed. A.D. at the University of Saskatchewan. In 2013, I completed an M. Ed (Reading and Literacy) from the University of Walden in Minneapolis, MN. Before moving to the Northwest Territories in 1998, my husband, Tim, who is a retired RCMP officer, and our two children lived in Swift Current, SK. Our plan of spending four years in the north has turned into 23 so far and we are very happy to call Yellowknife home. Our family expanded from two to four children after moving north and all four graduated from St. Pat's. Currently, the oldest and the youngest - Mallory and Jonathan - are attending post-secondary in Alberta and the two middle boys - Ben and Josh - live and work in Yellowknife.

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Rayna Brands

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Hello! I began teaching at ESPHS in 2020 and I have loved every minute of it! Originally, I am from Vancouver but have chosen the North as I love winter and the wonderful sense of community. After I got my Bachelor of Science degree with a major in Biology, I spent a lot of time travelling and working before getting my Bachelor of Education in Secondary Science Education from the University of British Columbia. Usually, if I am not working, I am researching for my next travel adventure or at the gym.

Kali Brasseur

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phone (867) 873-4888

My name is Kali Brasseur, and I am the head of the Math Department and a math teacher at Ecole St. Patrick High School. I graduated from St. Pat's in 2006, and began working here in 2012 after I earned my degrees in Mathematics and Education from the University of Alberta. I have two daughters, Sophie (age 6) and Addie (age 3), and a dog named Tango (age 7). This semester I'm teaching Math 10-C, Math 20 & 30 Pre-Calculus, and Math 31 (Calculus). I love working with students to help them to develop their problem solving skills, and to become more confident in their own mathematical abilities. Outside of school, I enjoy reading and weightlifting. The book that I've enjoyed the most so far in 2021 is Piranesi by Susanna Clarke.

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Victoria Brenton

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This is my first year teaching at ESPHS. I have lived in Yellowknife my whole life, and I am an alumni of ESPHS! I graduated from St.Patrick High School in 2012, and I couldn't be happier to be starting my career back in my stomping grounds. I have a Bachelor of Science, with a major in Chemistry, and I completed my Secondary Education After-Degree Program through the University of Alberta, majoring in Science and Math, with a minor in French. I am currently teaching Math and Science in both French and English. If I am not at school... you can find me on the soccer field or playing other sports! I am excited to start my journey as a teacher and support our youth, just like many of the staff here supported me!

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Chelsea Cameron

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phone (867) 873-4888

Hello, I joined the St. Pat’s Irish family in 2019. This year I am teaching English Language Arts from grade 8 to 11. I received both my Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor of Education degrees at Saint Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia. In my undergrad, I majored in Celtic studies and minored in Fine Arts. Through my education degree, I was able to train as a middle school teacher. Since graduating I have enjoyed teaching a range of classes including middle school ages. When not in the classroom I enjoy arts and crafts, gardening, kayaking, reading folklore, and brushing up on my Scottish Gaelic language skills.

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Thea Campbell

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I began teaching at ESPHS in 2000, after teaching for three years in Nova Scotia. I have a BA from St. Francis Xavier University and a BEd from Mount Allison University. I teach all Social Studies courses and some English Language Arts. Outside of school time, I enjoy running, playing bagpipes with the NWT Pipe Band and ferrying my daughter to activities.

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Kristin Colpitts

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I am a new resident of Yellowknife, my family moved here last summer from Ottawa but I am originally from the southern United States. This year I am teaching Math and Science at the school as well as some online classes. I have three years of experience teaching high school science in North Carolina. I am passionate about bringing hands-on activities that help students connect their in-class learning to real-world scenarios. Right now when I am not in a class I can be found in the school library to help students with math and science questions. Come by and say hi!

Tina Crapeau

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Elizabeth Ferrier

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My name is Elizabeth Ferrier, I teach the Hair program here at Ecole St.Patrick's High School. I am a Red Seal Hairstylist with over 15 years experience in the industry and have been teaching Hair at St.Pat's since 2018.

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Rob Hart

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phone 873-4888

I have taught at St. Patrick High School since the 1997-98 school year but was also a student at St. Pat's! I graduated in 1989 and completed my Bachelor of Arts (Political Science/History) and Bachelor of Education (English/Social Studies) at the University of Alberta. I have three children and all of them have graduated from St. Pat's. My eldest works at St. Pat's and my younger two currently attend the University of Alberta. My wife is also a teacher with Yellowknife Catholic Schools and teaches English at Ecole St. Joseph School. I love literature and being able to teach it at my old high school was a dream come true. I have also had the opportunity to coach many different sports teams at St. Pat's and in the community. I love it!

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Lewis Jacobs

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Kelly Janes

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This is my twenty-sixth year teaching; twenty-one of which have been in Yellowknife. (Not sure how that's possible since I'm only 29!) I came here from Nova Scotia on a two-year plan but fell in love with the North. Over the years, I have taught a variety of grade levels and subjects, my favourite being grade eight English Language Arts. I am currently a Literacy Support Teacher and librarian. I spend the majority of my days with grade eight and nine English Language Arts classes. I am one of the staff advisors for our school's Best Buddies Chapter (http://bestbuddies.ca/). Let me know if you'd like to learn more about our amazing group.

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Francis Labelle

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phone (867) 873-4888

As you can tell by looking at my picture, I can be mildly crazy and sometimes even funny 🤪. Usually, you would pay extra to sit in the front row of a show or concert, but in my class, it is completely free. I’m a young teacher from Ottawa, Ontario and I love teaching 👨‍🏫. When I’m in front of my class or talking with one of my students, it is truly where I feel like I belong. I’m the Core French teacher at St-Pats ☘️, but I also teach religion and coding. In my free time, I love to play board games and video games 🎮. Why Yellowknife you ask? The short answer to this question would be that it was either Yellowknife or China 🐼. I’ve decided to stay in our beautiful country 🍁 and I don’t regret my decision. I love Yellowknife, our school and its community. It truly feels like home now 🏠. The best way to get a hold of me is by sending me an email at francis.labelle@ycs.nt.ca. Do not hesitate to contact me with any concerns or questions.

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Shelley Lavoy

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I am originally from Bancroft, Ontario having moved to the Northwest Territories in 2019. This is my first year teaching music for grades 6-12 at Weledeh and st. Pats. I have a Bachelors of Music and Education from York University in Toronto and an Advanced 3 year Diploma in Classical Music Performance from Cambrian College. I am currently studying at the University of Alberta for a Masters in Educational Studies. I hope to start being able to teach extra curricular music activities and look forward to teaching wind instruments in the future!

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Paul McKee

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I have crossed Canada’s arctic from Pangnirtung to Whitehorse and have enjoyed so many tremendous opportunities through 23 years. As a northerner I have worked as cast and crew on feature films, short videos and commercials. For years I had my own radio program here in Yellowknife. There have been opportunities for me as a poet, a stage actor, designer and director. I have even flown an airplane. I currently serve in the Canadian Reserves as the Commanding Officer to 825 Yellowknife Air Cadets where I work with a terrific team of youth leaders. My northern adventure continues here at ESPHS where I look forward to working in the ROCK Café and teaching food studies. Disce ab facis - we will “learn by doing”.

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Christian Methot

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Hi there! My name is Christian Methot. I am born and raised in the beauiful province of Quebec and moved to the North 5 years ago. I studied at University Laval in Quebec city to become a french teacher. Therefore, I teach all French Language Arts at St.Pat's ranging from greade 8 to 12 (and also a little fitness and religion). My hobbies include cooking, reading, soccer, badminton, Magic cards and much more! I am looking forward to teaching your son or daughter (or both!) this year.

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Henry Shiau

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I love math! I am thrilled for the opportunity to continue building a math and science foundation for our students at St Pat's School. This is my 20th year as a teacher after graduating with a Chemical Engineering degree from Queen's University. Although I have taught all subject matters, my passion has always been math! I am excited to create a love of learning in my high school students. When I am not in school, I enjoy going for long walks with my dog Bernoulli (named after the prominent physicist and mathematician) and playing baseball. Touch down!!

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Craig Smith

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Hello! My name is Craig Smith and I am from Murphy Lake, NS. I completed my BEd at Acadia University and began my career teaching grade 7 and 8 math at a Canadian school in Hong Kong working there from 2002-2007 and 2009-2015. While living in Nova Scotia, I taught technology, physics and math at Landmark East School in Wolfville, a day and boarding school for students with learning differences. Following this I taught for the Annapolis Valley Center for Education teaching math in both middle and high school. Growing up in Dartmouth I was active in both competitive swimming and later sailing with the Canadian Sea Cadet organization and still enjoy both activities in the summer. In the winter, I enjoy downhill skiing and coasting with my wife, children. My wife, who works at St. Joe’s, daughter Maura and son Duncan are really looking forward to living and learning here in Yellowknife.

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Emma Smith

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phone 873-4888 (Art Rm. or Drama Rm.)

Hello folks! This is my 12th year at St. Pat's where I teach Drama, Visual Art, and lots of other things in between, including English, Social Studies, Religion, and Health. If you are looking for me at the school, you can usually find me in the Art Room or the Drama Room. The student groups I advise are: L.I.F.E. Group (Lived Inclusion for Everyone), - which supports and creates a safe space for LGBTIQ+ students and allies Green Team - the student-led environmental activism group Interact - The High School branch of the Rotary Club, which is dedicated to doing charitable acts in and for the community. *This one is REALLY supervised by Ms. Silzer & Ms. Stanbridge - I'm more there to provide a space and to look good. As per the orders of the CPHO, there is to be no Drama this year, and yes, it leaves a lot of us a bit brokenhearted. I encourage you to keep the Arts alive in as many other ways as possible until we are allowed to do theatre productions once again. If any of you are interested in doing something Dramatic in a COVID-Safe way during FLEX, come talk to me about your ideas. Also, as always, if students are looking for COM hours, there are always various Art & Drama jobs to be done at the school, so just come see me. Here's to another great year! - Ms. Smith

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John White

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I was born and raised in Yellowknife after moving here from Edzo at a young age. I graduated from St. Pat’s and decided to come back after receiving my B.Ed. from the University of Lethbridge to teach ELA. When I’m not at the school I can usually be found at the rink, ball diamond, hunting or fishing on the big lake or walking my dog, Pippin. This is my second year teaching at St. Pat’s and I’m extremely happy to have the opportunity to return and contribute to my community. Hopefully that will include lining the gym walls with banners again soon!

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Fabrice Wabo

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My name is Fabrice Wabo, I was born in Cameroon. I am a new teacher who will support students of Grade 9 and 10 in science and mathematics. I am bilingual (French and English) but more fluent in French. I enjoy sports and science. I recently graduated from the University of Alberta and I am proud to be part of the team at St Patrick High School!

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Loralea Wark

phone 1-867-873-4888

I have been a teacher at St. Pat's since 2001, when I graduated from Brandon University with my B.Ed (AD); my first degree is a BA with a major in History and a double-minor in English and Psychology. I am the Social Studies Department Head, and teach mostly Social Studies courses with a few English classes thrown in for some variety. I also teach Canadian War History in alternating school years, and that course always culminates in a school trip to the Canadian battlefields in France and Belgium. If this learning and travel opportunity is something that interests you, please contact me for further information!

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Amy Wilkinson

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Hello! My name is Amy Wilkinson, and I am in my second year of working in the ESPHS Learning Centre. I love working with our Irish students to set and reach academic and personal goals, and look ahead to next steps after high school. It is important to me to build relationships with my students, sharing stories and laughter to cope with the successes and challenges that we face each day. Please see me in the Learning Centre if you need anything - I look forward to working with you!