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