Chief Julian Yendo School
Our community of Pedzéh Kı̨ and our School
Chief Julian Yendo School (CJYS) is a JK- Grade 9 school in the scenic community of Wrigley. CJYS has 21 students in multi-graded classrooms with five staff members. CJYS hosts several community feasts throughout the year. CJYS hosts weekly movie nights and provides community access to the school’s fitness room. All students receive daily instruction in Dene Zhatie and participate in traditional arts and crafts classes. In partnership with Pehdzeh Ki First Nation, CJYS participates in the Annual Moccasin Spring Carnival and culture camps and CJYS provides monthly beverage container recyclable depot service to the community. Each year, students from CJYS very much look forward to and participate in The Annual Jasper/ Edmonton Snowboard trip as well as the Track and Field Championships in Hay River. Students very much enjoy school and participate in the various daily learning activities. At CJYS, we are committed to helping all students achieve their goals.
Mrs. Lydia Boadi
Lydia currently teaches JK-5 in a multigrade classroom at Chief Julian Yendo School. She obtained a master’s degree from Brock University in Educational Leadership and Administration. Prior to this, she has earned an Ontario College Diploma in Early Childhood Education from Centennial College, Canada, Basic Education Teacher Diploma in Elementary from University of Namibia, which she topped it up to obtain a BA degree in History from York University, Canada. In her 10 years as an Ontario educator, Lydia has been privileged to work with students and teachers in a variety of K-9 settings, and her teaching is rooted in the strong belief that “every student can learn and succeed”. Her teaching experience in indigenous communities began in 2019 when she served as a grade 1 and 4 teacher in a Cree community in Northern Alberta. Lydia has a contagious passion for literacy instruction, making her responsible for the Levelled Literacy Intervention (LLI) program in CJYS. She is also the Literacy Lead Teacher and an NWTTA Local Representative Officer for CJYS.
Priscilla is in her first year as an Indigenous Language Teacher, working primarily with students in JK-9 at Chief Julian Yendo School. Prior to this position, Priscilla spent almost 7 years as a Dene Zhatie substitute teacher. One of her favorite successes as a language teacher was organizing cultural camps, where she collaborates with traditional knowledge keepers in providing cultural activities that are relevant and engaging for students. Priscilla had some training at Aurora College as a Home Care Aid after which she worked with different organizations to take care of vulnerable and infirm individuals. Committed to sharing her passion for culture and health, Priscilla also teaches students how to respect their tradition, using the Dene Laws as a guide.
Sarah has been a Student Assistant (SA) at Chief Julian Yendo School for over three decades. She went to school in Fort Smith, but she gave up due to circumstances beyond her control. She then started working as a classroom support teacher. The experience she got motivated her to enrol in a teacher education program which she graduated in 1976. Luckily, she was hired again in Fort Simpson as a teacher. While working, she took courses and attended workshops to hone her teaching skills. The knowledge and skills she acquired from her periodic training provided an opportunity for her to be hired as a Dene Language teacher when she later returned to Wrigley. In 1992, Sarah started working again as an SA, a position she has so far held. Predominantly, she works with students who have special learning needs. She supports both students and staff to build authentic disciplinary literacy experiences. Sarah likes cooking and is superb in organizing kitchen activities. Therefore, she plays leading roles in activities involving the school’s breakfast program. She uses her insatiable love for traditional music and dance to engage students who are depressed and sad due to family issues, uplifting their spirit and putting them in proper mood for learning.