About – Mark Connell


I am currently an Instructor / Faculty Advisor with the Yukon Native Teacher Education Program.  Before joining the YNTEP team, I worked for 15 years as a Dept. Head, Coordinator and classroom teacher at Vanier Catholic Secondary in Whitehorse.

My partner and I are the happy parents of four wonderful kids.   We spend much of our time skiing, paddling, running, hiking, climbing and biking as a means of keeping up with them.  Throughout the winter I coach country skiing with Cross Country Yukon.

I am also involved with numerous humans rights and social justice initiatives – both locally and internationally.  These experiences (over the past 20 years) have strongly impacted my priorities and practice as an educator.

In 2008 – 2009 I completed graduate studies in Education at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education at U of T. Within the department of Theory and Policy studies, my research initially traced the emergence of the Canadian school as a mechanism of colonial appropriation. I also studied critical race theory and decolonizing approaches within education. Directly relevant to the field of teacher training, my thesis explored a pedagogical approach that seeks to reveal how the violence of colonial relationships continues to be expressed within educational contexts, while also locating meaningful opportunities for solidarity, social justice and agency within these institutions.


In addition to having the honour of supervising and supporting YNTEP students during their various practicums, I teach a wide variety of courses including:

  • ECS 100: Knowledge, Schooling and Society,
  • ECS 200:  Constructions of the Student, Learner and Teacher,
  • ECS 311:  Pedagogy, Theory and Practice,
  • ECS 410:  Assessment and Evaluation
  • EPE 315:  Elementary Physical Education
  • ECMP 355:  Computers and Teaching


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