Deputy Minister, Yukon Department of Education, Government of Yukon
Born and raised in the north in Yukon, Nicole Morgan is a passionate and experienced educator and public servant. She attended university at the University of British Columbia and began her teaching career in Coquitlam, British Columbia, before the north called her home again. She returned to the land of the midnight sun to work at Vanier Catholic Secondary and Porter Creek Secondary schools in Whitehorse, Yukon as a teacher and as a school counsellor, and completed a Master of Education degree and certificate in school counselling with the University of Calgary.
For the past five years, she has worked at the Yukon Department of Education in progressive roles – curriculum consultant to Director to Assistant Deputy Minister. She was a key organizer of the first Rural Experiential Models, a successful rural Fine Arts and Applied Skills program that continues to this day. She has since led the system-wide redesign of Yukon’s school curriculum, from collaborating with Yukon First Nations to bring more of their cultures and histories into school programs to facilitating Yukon educators in shifting to student-centred assessment practices.
She became the acting Deputy Minister of the Yukon Department of Education on April 27, 2018, which oversees Yukon public schools, postsecondary and labour market programs. In this role, as in all roles before, the students and educators remain at the centre and heart of her work.
Outside of the office, you can find Nicole playing her fiddle, running a trapline or strolling on the beaches of Marsh Lake.