Betty Burns is the founder and creative director of Angellina's Toy & Children’s Boutique which is located in majestic Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. Angellina's is an award winning children's boutique that had been delighting children of all ages, in the land of the midnight sun, for 11 years.
Betty holds a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Bachelor of Education, and a Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. She is passionate about creativity, imagination, making and learning in experiential and purposeful play environments. Betty is especially interested in differentiated learning experiences with a focus on engagement or flow; the feeling of spontaneous joy while wholeheartedly performing a task or activity.
Over the last 17 years, Betty has been working as an elementary school teacher, teaching everything from Kindergarten to Grade Seven. She has instructed various College & University courses in Early Childhood Education and Teacher Education Programs, and has mentored pre-service teachers. Betty is currently employed by the Yukon Government as the Primary Curriculum Consultant for Yukon Department of Education.
Angellina's Toy Boutique was founded on a dream and built on a philosophy of education. Betty attributes her business successes to the example of her hardworking grandparents Alex and Betty Skoke, with whom she spent much of her childhood working and playing in their family run business in Stellarton, Nova Scotia. It was here that her work-ethic, problem-solving skills, and the importance of the customer relationship was nurtured.
Together with her husband Damien, she has three beautiful daughters; Angellina, Ave Maria, and Stella Maris- who are her everything. Betty loves to dream, create, problem-solve, dance, run, and travel. Everyday she marvels at the wonder and awe of childhood.