Education as unique as your learner

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About Us

Northern Lights Academy is an educational platform open to all learners from around the world. We offer classes for children ages 3 – 18,  from a wide variety of educational backgrounds. Our learners are homeschoolers, hybrid-program learners, unschoolers, and traditional brick and mortar students. We offer both academic and exploratory classes, and operate with the intention of supporting, enhancing, and supplementing learning for all children on their individual education journey.

Here at Northern Lights Academy, we strive to foster a love of learning, encourage learners to become curious of the world around them, and to feel confident in their abilities and sense of self. Whether you are looking for academic support for your child(ren) or enrichment classes to take learning just a little bit deeper, we aim to have classes to support what you are looking for.

CHOOSE US

Our Beliefs

Community is paramount in creating successful learning experiences.

We strive to build community in all of our classes. We want to know your learner(s) and them to feel connected to our learning community. 

Children are amazing, unique individuals who love to learn.

We believe each learner has their own unique gifts, and it’s both our privilege and responsibility as educators to help them find ways to embrace them. 

Learning happens everywhere.

We believe children should have opportunity to be curious, be creative, and explore their love for learning in many different ways.

Adults are better at supporting their learners than they think.

We know how easy it can be to doubt the choices we make for our families, especially when it comes to education. We want families to know we are here to help support, encourage, and provide tools so you may feel confident in your educational choices. None of us need to go this journey alone!

MEET US

Our Team

FOUNDER

Donna Richmond

My name is Donna Richmond and I’m the founder and CEO of Northern Lights Academy, affectionately knowing as NLA. I’m super grateful you dropped by!

I have been leading social emotional based classes for both children and adults for more than a decade. I hold a B.Sc. (H, Psy) and a M.A. Psych as well I’m certified and licensed in many coaching modalities including Erickson Coaching, Louise Hay Heal Your Life, MBSR, IIN Health Coaching, & others. I’m mom to four amazing boys! Two by birth, two by luck! I currently home educate my 12 and 14 yr old, this is currently our fourth year, and we are loving it!

However, for many years I held off on home educating my boys. Feelings of inadequacy and doubt plagued my mind, and that gave me a unique perspective on supporting children’s educational needs. For me and my family, home educating has become a wonderful decision that fulfills our family’s needs. However, I also know each family makes different decisions that will help their children and their unique education journey. With this knowledge in mind, I chose to start Northern Lights Academy to support other families like mine in creating educational experiences for their children that fits their needs and curiosities.

Nicola Crowhurst

Onboarding

Martha Camson

SM Content Creator

Angela Alania

Community Coordinator

Cristel Umbaña

Assistant

Dean Ingram

Educator

Wei Wang

Educator

Silvia Nunez

Educator

Ingrid Jamault

Educator

Mahith Madhanakumar

Educator

Laura Velazquez

Educator

Malhar Kendurkar

Educator

Rachel Barrington

Educator

Kathika Siva

Educator

Marie-Ève Denis Bordeleau

Educator

Carolyn Dupont

Educator

Ricardo Loza

Educator

Lee Boothe

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Janet Featherstone

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educator janet featherstone

Shea Henderson

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Northern Lights Academy Educator

Meaghan Gaudet

Educator

Luis Vega

Educator

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Don Michael Vickers

Ibeth Albertazzi

Educator

Ashley Perry

Educator

Zaira Castillo

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NLA online educator

Mari MacDonald

Educator

Khushi Kamboj

Educator

Leona Lazarus

Educator

Connar Tague

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NLA online educator

Dierdree Glassford

Educator

Morgan Braid. Educator with Northern Lights Academy

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Morgan Braid

Tyler Dilnot

Educator

Carol Laquie

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Samantha Thibault. NLA educator.

Samantha Thibault

Educator

NLA Educator Amie Amendolia

Amie Amendolia

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TESTIMONIALS

What Our Families Say

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The Adventure Challenge – Friendship class was great. It sparked good, healthy conversation at our house about what friendship means to each of us. The activities/homework were fun & informative too. I think this class is good for any age, the topic of friendship is so important and worth discussing. Donna, the teacher, was fun, approachable and kind in class and responded promptly to posts. We highly recommend:-)

Roxanne (Adventure Challenge Friendship)

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My son absolutely loves this series - looks forward to it each week and is just bubbling with excitement after each lesson about what he learned. He can't wait to take the 3rd part in the series whenever it is offered. As his mother, I have noticed his awareness growing - of his actions and his words. It is wonderful to see someone so young really start to see how they can impact others around them.

Briana I. (Empowered Boys Group Part 2)

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