Team

All teachers and preschool educators are legally certified to teach. Furthermore, every educator is trained in CPR and first aid. The student to staff ratio is 8 to 1 while our teachers and educators have an average of 15 years of experience. Unlike most elementary schools, we have specialists for many subjects at Vaudrin Academy who teach various levels. To name but a few, there are specialists in the following areas: Spanish, dance, French, math, art, physical education, and English. In addition to having teachers who are passionate about the subject they teach, the students benefit from having an excellent and continuous rapport with their teachers. Although every new school year is always exciting, teachers already know their students in September so they can start teaching efficiently as soon as school begins.

The most important criteria to work at Vaudrin Academy are passion,
open-mindedness, and huge hearts!

Administration

Michelle Vaudrin, Principal, Founder, and Pedagogical Director

Ms. Vaudrin has been teaching for over 25 years at all grade levels including elementary, high school, and college. She worked at the Cegep de Valleyfield from 1994 to 2005 where she developed most of the English courses for the newly implemented reform. After creating and heading the Modern Languages Department and being part of many committees and projects, and participating in triathlons, Ms. Vaudrin felt she was ready for a new challenge. “I wanted to create a safe, happy, and dynamic atmosphere where teachers would love to teach and all children would love to learn.” Although Ms. Vaudrin is French, she did all her schooling in English.This gifted principal graduated with distinction from Concordia University with a Bachelor’s of Education specializing in Teaching English as a Second Language. She then completed a certificate in French with great distinction. After taking a few English literature and writing courses, Ms. Vaudrin studied Applied Linguistics at the Master’s level at Concordia University with a straight A average. Because Ms. Vaudrin’s children had health and learning issues, this determined mother took up graduate science courses in Natural Health in addition to training in many alternative fields such as Interactive Metronome, Neurofeedback, Emotional Freedom Technique, Masgutova’s Neurosensorimotor Reflex Integration, Crossinology: Brain Integration, Brain Gym, Cellfield, Bioflex Low Level Laser Therapy, etc. One of her favorite discoveries was the Tomatis® LIstening Program for which she is a consultant after having completed the highest level of training. She quickly came to the realization that the body must be healthy for the mind to learn. With much experience and study, Ms. Vaudrin has also become an expert in neuroeducation. In other words, she has the ability to synthesize the latest research in neuroscience and see how it can best be applied to the field of education. “Our brains are simply amazing! Because we know which parts of the brain are used to accomplish most tasks, we can target those parts and train them until they change! This is what we call neuroplasticity. We also know what is actually going on in the brain when we are learning so we can create optimal learning conditions. It is really exciting!” Ms. Vaudrin knows firsthand what it is like to have Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. She and her son were featured on Découverte in 2006. “I actually diagnosed myself in my late 30’s. I always felt I was different. I just thought it was my personality. We are blessed with incredible characteristics such as high energy, curiosity, and creativity which allow us to achieve wonderful things. Our history is filled with explorers, inventors, entrepreneurs, and discoverers who had ADHD. I wanted to make sure that the school I created would understand and welcome these little diamonds in the rough.” Finally, Ms. Vaudrin regularly attends workshops, webinars, and conventions as a member of many organizations such as: Learning & the Brain, Association of Supervision and Curriculum Development, The National Middle School Association, Fédération des Établissements d’Enseignement Privé, Association for Research in Neuroeducation, Quebec Learning Disabilities Institute, Independent School Management, Alternative Education Resource Organization, Twice Exceptional, etc.

A teacher affects eternity; he can never tell, where his influence stops.” – Henry Brooks Adam

– Henry Brooks Adam
See Ms. Vaudrin’s Head of School Profile in Montreal Families

Administration

Paula Mesa, Administrative Assistant

Señora Mesa received a Bachelor’s in Business Administration of Social Services from University of la Sabana in Bogota, Colombia. Before moving to Canada, Senora Mesa was administrative Manager and flight control manager for a large Colombian airline. We are very fortunate to have had Sra Mesa work for Vaudrin Academy since it was founded.

Kindergarten

 Brand-Lee Hicks, English Kindergarten Teacher

Brandi Lee Hicks has been part of the Vaudrin Academy family since 2008. After spending 5 years teaching grades 1 to 3, she is now in her third year teaching kindergarten. Ms. Hicks feels that Vaudrin Academy is her second home! When she is not at school, she enjoys spending time with her three children and husband. Ms. Hicks holds a Bachelor of Education from McGill University and a Bachelor of Arts majoring in History from Ottawa University. She has enjoyed working with children for as long as she can remember. Her favourite thing about teaching is seeing those smiles and connections every time children learn something new. People say she has the patience of a saint!

Dance, French

Stéphanie Guindon, Dance specialist, French in kindergarten and grade 1

Cycle 1

Meghan Morin, Cycle 1 homeroom teacher, math and science Cycle 1 and 2

Meghan Morin, Cycle 1 homeroom teacher, math and science Cycle 1 and 2

Ms. Morin received her Kindergarten and Elementary Education degree from McGill University in 2008. After graduation, she worked abroad in London, UK teaching grades 1-6 in a public school. Upon her return to Canada in 2011, she taught K-2 in a private school in Ottawa. Now, back in her home town, Ms. Morin is excited and passionate about being part of the Vaudrin Academy team. Ms Morin uses daily centers in her English and math curriculum and highly encourages hands-on experiences in learning. Ms. Morin’s black belt in TaeKwondo taught her the value of hard work and perseverance.

“The best teachers are those who show you where to look but don’t tell you what to see.” – Alexandra K. Trenfor

French

Déborah Nakache, Cycle 2 homeroom teacher, French specialist grades 3-6

Mme Nakache has a Bachelor’s in Communication and Journalism and a Master of Education degree for teaching high school French. She started her teaching career in 2007, but her passion for education has been there since her childhood. In her free time, Mme Nakache enjoys tap dancing.

‘’Everything is for the best in the best of all possible worlds.

-Voltaire

Cycle 3

Carla Ravazzano, Cycle 3 homeroom teacher, English, math and sciences Cycle 3

Carla Ravazzano, Cycle 3 homeroom teacher, English, math and sciences Cycle 3

Ms. Ravazzano graduated from McGill university in Kindergarten and Elementary Education. She is currently working on her Master’s degree in Educational Technology at Concordia University. Her passions include playing musical instruments, painting, and of course working with children. Some of her favorite subjects are math and art in which she is always looking for new ways to make learning as engaging as possible for her students. Ms. Ravazzano is fluent in English, French, and Spanish.

Physical Education

Alexandra Gervais-Cartier, Physical Education specialist, BOKS© coordinator, French Second Language in cycles 2 and 3

Mme Cartier graduated from the University of Ottawa with a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) and from the Université du Québec à Montréal (UQÀM) with a Bachelor in Kinesiology (B.Sc). Mme Cartier taught French as a Second Language (FSL) and French Immersion in Victoria, BC for 2 years before coming back to her hometown in Quebec. Positivity, happiness, hard work, having fun, and feeling successful are all part of Mme Cartier’s vision of teaching. She makes sure all her students see school and learning in a positive light. Mme Cartier keeps her mind and body in shape by training for triathlons and marathons.

“Challenges are what make life interesting and overcoming them is what makes life meaningful.” – Joshua J. Marine

Alexandra Gervais-Cartier, Physical Education specialist, BOKS© coordinator, French Second Language in cycles 2 and 3

Spanish

Gina Lopez, Spanish specialist preschool to grade 6

Señora López studied Journalism at “Universidad Autónoma de México”. She obtained her first Diploma in Teaching English as a Second Language in 1999 in her native country and ever since, she has been teaching all grade levels, including at university and in companies. She collaborated in writing textbooks and has created her own unique innovative program that involves sign language and drama for young children. When she arrived in Canada, she obtained her second Advanced TESL Certificate at The Global Tesol Institute in 2003. “Learning a new language is an incredible skill. It nurtures intelligence, creativity and the spirit. It is an honor for me to work with young children at Vaudrin Academy.

Arrowsmith

Marguerite Bergeron, Arrowsmith, Tomatis and Cellfield coordinator

Ms. Maggy is a Special Care Counselor graduate from Vanier. She has been working as an educator since 1996. She has gained much experience in the areas of delinquency, bullying, anger management and learning disabilities. Her passion and dedication has always been around maintaining and building up children’s self-esteem and confidence. As an educator, she has always had a passion for helping kids who were struggling either socially or academically. Maggy is currently teaching the Arrowsmith program.

Preschool

Sylvie Mallette, Montessori Head teacher

Mme Sylvie received her diploma in Preschool Education from Vanier College and has been an early childhood educator for more than 20 years. Mme Sylvie recently obtained her diploma from the Canadian Montessori Teacher Education Institute with near perfect grades for every exam. “I love interacting with children and listening to them. It’s very satisfying to see them grow every day!”

“Les enfants ont plus besoin de modèles que de critiques”

– J. Joubert

Monitor

Myriam Estensorro, Lunch monitor, preschool educator assistant

Sra Estensorro, also known as Mimi, comes from Bolivia and serves lunches from Première Moisson. She has been with us since the school opened.

Miss Julie graduated from Concordia university, with a degree in sociology. She has over ten years of experience working with children, in schools, community centers, daycares and youth protections. Miss Julie is a passionate about helping others, teaching, making others laugh and is very nurturing. She enjoys practicing yoga, dancing and signing with her students.

“Use your smile to change the world but don’t let the world change your smile.”

Grandpa

Denis Vaudrin, Vaudrin Academy’s Grandpa!

Mr. Vaudrin, affectionately call TOTO, repairs things and refurbishes the old wooden desks and chairs you see throughout the school. Most importantly, he listens to, plays with, and takes care of all the students at Vaudrin Academy. Don’t be surprised to see little kids jumping up to give him one of his famous high-fives!