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Susan Hodgdon - Superintendent - Susan Hodgdon Ms. Hodgdon comes to MCS with both PK-12 and higher education experience, both in NH and Maine. She has over ten years of Central Office experience as a Superintendent and Assistant Superintendent, but has also served as a Middle School Principal, Co-Principal, and Assistant Principal for eleven years. Her classroom experience is in English Language Arts, Social Studies, and Remedial Reading and Math. Ms. Hodgdon began her career as a Para-Professional and, later, while she was an Assistant Superintendent, as well as when she served as Director of the Southwest Center for Educational Support at Keene State College, she designed and supported professional learning experiences for both para-professionals and for professional educators.   

 A native of Camden, Maine, Ms. Hodgdon brings a wealth of educational experience and skill as an organizational leader to this new position in Monroe. She holds an Associate’s Degree from the University of Prince Edward Island, a Bachelor’s Degree from California State University at Long Beach; a Professional Education Certificate from the University of Maine at Orono and Augusta and the University of New Hampshire; a Master of Educational Science Degree in Educational Administration from the University of Southern Maine in Gorham, ME, as well as a Master of Education in Technology in Education from Lesley College in Cambridge, Mass. Most recently, she served as Assistant Superintendent of Schools for NH SAU 24 in Henniker, NH; as Superintendent of Schools in NH SAU 41 in Hollis and Brookline, NH; and as Director of the Southwest Professional Development Center and Adjunct Faculty in the Educational Leadership Program, both at Keene State College. Ms. Hodgdon is well known for her service as a member, treasurer, and chair for various professional NH and regional boards.

 


Leah Holz
 - Principal - 
Leah Holz has been at MCS since 1999, when she started as a long-term 2nd/3rd grade substitute.  She taught kindergarten, first grade, K-1-2, and 1-2 before moving to administration.  Leah graduated from Wheelock College in Boston, MA with a degree in Human Development and an Elementary Education concentration.   In 2005, she went back to Wheelock for her Master's in Early Childhood Care and Education, and simultaneously launched a new preschool program in Monroe. 

Leah finished her CAGS Degree in Educational Leadership at New England College in 2013.  She was hired as Principal of MCS in June of 2014.  Leah enjoys her role tremendously and looks forward to leading academic progress in Monroe.









Monica Bixby - Preschool Teacher - Monica is going into her forth year at MCS. Monica grew up in Lyndonville Vermont. She earned an Associate’s degree in General studies from Lyndon State College. She worked as a Preschool Teacher at Littleton Area Head Start for many years. She received her Bachelor’s Degree in Early Childhood Education from Granite State College in June of 2013. She loves being part of the Monroe Consolidated School Community. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, enjoys the outdoors of Vermont, she is always looking to learn something new and enjoys reading a good book. 









Stephanie Chadburn - Kindergarten Teacher - Stephanie will be starting her 9th year at MCS.  She has lived most of her life in Vermont.  Stephanie lived down South in Virginia for a few years where she graduated from high school before returning to the North.  Stephanie graduated from Johnson State College with a BA in Elementary Education with a concentration in psychology. She now lives in Lyndonville with her husband and two daughters, Haley (a 10th grader) and Alaina (a 5th grader).  Stephanie enjoys chocolate, traveling, reading, hiking, swimming, and spending time with her family. 










Belinda Smith - First Grade Teacher - 
Belinda Smith earned her BS in Elementary Education from Plymouth State College.  She has previously taught Kindergarten, First grade, and a combined Third and Fourth grade classroom.  Belinda lives in Monroe with her husband, Arnold, her daughter, Delaney, and son, Chase.  She is very excited to be returning to MCS as the First Grade teacher. This is Belinda's fourth year at MCS.  Belinda enjoys swimming, scrapbooking, and spending time with her family.













Laura Tobin - Fifth/Sixth Grade Teacher - Laura Tobin is pleased to be returning to the Monroe School for the 2016-2017 school year.  Laura is originally from Connecticut, where she completed her Bachelor of Science in Education and Masters in Special Education degrees at the University of Connecticut.   In the spring of 2014 she received a masters degree from Vermont Law School in Environmental Law and Policy.  She has completed the Green Professionals Certificate Program through the Center for Green Schools.  Since 1993, she has worked as a classroom teacher, special educator, coordinator of a gifted and talented program and Montessori directress.  

Laura lives in St. Johnsbury with her husband Bill and son, Liam.  Bill is a math teacher at the Cabot School and a professional harpist.  Liam, will be attending St. Johnsbury Academy in the fall. As a family they enjoy traveling and in 2009 Laura and her family spent a summer in Istanbul,Turkey teaching math and literacy to refugees from Iraq.  


Laura enjoys spending time with her family exploring the meadows and forests of Northern New England.  They can often be found doing volunteer bird surveys to support the conservation efforts of Northeast Kingdom Audubon, Vermont Loonwatch and Mountain Birdwatch.  Laura completed the Massachusetts Audubon Birder’s Certificate Program in June of 2015. Laura was a 2014 NH Teacher of the Year nominee.



Sarah Gaudette - Third/Fourth Grade Teacher - 
Sarah is excited to be returning to MCS for her fourth year. She grew up in Meredith, NH and spent her summers at Lake Willoughby in Westmore, VT. In 2009 Sarah obtained her Bachelor's degree in Childhood Studies at PSU and returned to complete her M.Ed in Special Education in 2012. Sarah lives in Franconia with her husband,Peter, her daughter, Meredith and their golden retriever, Izzy. Sarah enjoys playing volleyball, snowmobiling, scrapbooking and spending time with her family. 













Brittany Regis
 -Second Grade Teacher - 
Brittany grew up in Monroe, NH as the youngest of a large family. She attended St. Johnsbury Academy, and continued her education at Saint Michael’s College in Colchester, VT where she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Elementary Education and Psychology. Brittany was also part of the college’s softball team while she was there. After graduating in May of 2014, Brittany returned back to her hometown.  She now lives in Peacham, VT where she enjoys gardening, fishing, running, and spending time with family. She can’t wait to start her third year with the MCS fifth graders!

















 
Louisa Bliss - Eighth Grade Teacher - Louisa Bliss graduated from Colby College with a BA in Sociology and a minor in Spanish.  She spent the year following graduation at the North Bennett Street Industrial School learning carpentry and cabinetry skills and later worked as a carpenter in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  Louisa returned to school to get her M.Ed. with a concentration in environmental science at Antioch New England.  She worked at the Gilman Middle School, the Lancaster School, and has been in Monroe for the past ten years, always teaching middle school math and science.  Louisa lives on a small farm in Bethlehem, NH with her husband.  They have five adult children in various parts of the country.  Louisa loves to ride her bicycle through northern New England, hike the White Mountains, run, and Nordic ski.  She has traveled in the US, and Central and South America, and has made several trips to Europe to walk from town to town, hike and bicycle. 







 Jennifer Corkins - Music/ Art Teacher and Reading SpecialistJen earned a BS in Elementary Education and MEd in Reading from Plymouth State College. She finished her CAGS in  Arts, Leadership and Learning during the spring of 2015. She loves teaching all of the arts, as well as working with all grade levels. Jen lives in St. Johnsbury, VT, with her husband-equivalent, a dog, and a cat. Her oldest son is a ski instructor and city parks guy in CO, and her youngest is a senior at University of Alaska at Fairbanks. She loves to spend her time outdoors hiking, biking and swimming, and she plays in a band called BlueRoad Crossing. When she has to be inside she likes reading and making things with paint, yarn, metals, wood.  




      

  

                    

Amy Lawton - Library/Media Generalist - Amy is excited to be joining the MCS team this year as the new librologist. Amy has been a high school English teacher for the past fourteen years, loves reading and writing, and is looking forward to sharing that passion with the MCS community. Having grown up in Connecticut, Amy did her undergraduate work at UNH, her graduate work at Brown, and spent some time living out in Colorado before settling in New Hampshire. Now she lives in Easton, and spends her free time adventuring around the North Country with her eight-year-old son and five-year-old daughter. Amy enjoys tending the vegetables in her garden, hiking big mountains, and spending as much time as possible with her family.












 Ken Marier - Physical Education Teacher -  Attended college at Lyndon State College in Vermont. Ken's wife, Melissa, and their two children Kooper  and Emma, enjoy  traveling and spending time on the beach, cooking and baking, auto racing and attending Red sox games. Enjoys coaching youth sports in his community and participating as well. Since 1993, he has been a Physical Educator and has taught grades Pre K through 12 during his tenure. While Ken is only at MCS one day a week, he brings a warm and loving attitude, along with many years of  experience as a successful Physical Education teacher.










 Teri Gaston - Special Education Administrator/Teacher - Teri returns to Monroe to serve as our Special Education Administrator. Teri received her Bachelor’s degree from Dallas Baptist University and her Master’s of Education in School Leadership from the University of New England.  In addition to her Special Education administration,  Teri has taught Kindergarten and Elementary Special Education, Preschool Special Education and General Special Education.  She is certified as Special Education Administrator, Principal, Early Childhood,      Early Childhood Special Education, Elementary Education (K-8), General Special Education, Learning Disabilities and English for Speakers of Other Languages. 

 Teri moved to Monroe from Texas in 2010.  She lives with her husband, Tim, and their three boys in North Monroe.   She enjoys reading, quilting, cooking, gardening and singing in her spare time.  Teri loves  this town, the community and is thrilled to be a part of the Monroe School!


  



 Kelley Meckes - Paraprofessional -This is Kelley’s 15th year at MCS. Kelley lives in town with her husband Jim and son James. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, quilting, fishing, reading, a good movie,and watching the students sports games or events. One of the things Kelley takes a lot of pride in is her relationships with the students and their families. It is her pleasure to see the students as they complete their years at Monroe school and become mature young adults.






 
Cindy Guibord - Food Service Director - 
Cindy is in her 24nd year working food service at MCS and her 11th year as Director.  Cindy also has driven our children to school for 27 years .  Cindy has lived in Monroe for most of her life and has two grown children. Son Justin, Jennie and grandsons William and Ryker, daughter Tori, Eric and grand daughters, Mya, Lexi, Bella and Lyza.  Cindy enjoys spending time with her family and being outside in her flower gardens, at the beach, enjoying nature, swimming, walking and community.












                                    
Rose Harris
 - Business Manager - Rose grew up in East Corinth, Vermont.  She received an Associate’s degree in Business from Castleton State College and recently completed her Bachelor’s program at Champlain College in Accounting.  She has been working in school finance since 2006.  In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, hunting, baking, and spending time with family and friends.








































































































Sandy Lang Executive Secretary - Sandy has a combined 30 years serving MCS and the Monroe School District.  Sandy continues to serve on school committees such as Safety, Emergency Plan and Strategic Planning.  She has held positions as PTF Secretary, School District Clerk and School Board Secretary.  She enjoys sharing ownership in the school community through committee work.  Her love and knowledge of basketball is evident in the many years she coached students from grades 3-8.  Sandy lives in Monroe with her husband, John.  They have 3 grown children:  Steven and wife, Susana and daughter, Savannah, Laurie and Patricia.  Sandy enjoys sports, reading and visiting with friends and family.



Shelley Jewell - Administrative Assistant to the Superintendent - Shelley and her family moved from Maine to Monroe seven years ago. She is a Casco Bay College graduate and she enjoys reading, writing, fiber arts, and traveling to visit family and friends who are scattered all over the U.S. and Canada. She mostly strives to spend as much time as possible with her family and friends.















Sara Lang - OTR/L - Sara earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Occupational Therapy from the University of New Hampshire. She currently holds licenses to practice in New Hampshire and Vermont and is registered by The National Board for Certification in Occupational Therapy.  This is Sara's fifth year in Monroe. For the past 10 years she has provided pediatric occupational therapy services to children of all ages, abilities, and diagnoses in school settings, homes and through outpatient referral. Sara is passionate about improving the quality of life and functional independence of children. She is equally passionate about the role of behavior as it affects a childs' ability to successfully interact with their environment and peers.









Nicole Fitzpatrick - Physical Therapist - Nicole grew up in Lancaster, NH.  She received her Master’s in physical therapy from the University of Wisconsin in 2002.

She has over 12 years experience in a variety of settings including hospitals, outpatient clinics, rehabilitation centers, and in local school systems.  She is an active member of the APTA (American Physical Therapy Association) and a certified National Strength and Conditioning Certification Coach.  In 2014, Nicole started her own company HWB Physical Therapy (healthy, working, bodies) providing contract services and outpatient services in local communities.  She is thrilled be able to provide services in the school and assist with a child's gross motor development.

Nicole resides in Franconia and enjoys spending time with her husband and three children.  Her hobbies include running, biking and hiking.





Hillary Cohen - Speech-Language Pathologist - Hillary grew up in Monroe, NH and is excited to return to the North Country after spending several years on the seacoast of NH. She received a Bachelor's degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders and a Master's degree in Speech Language Pathology from the University of New Hampshire. Hillary enjoys riding her horse, gardening, reading, and spending time outside with her friends and family. She is thrilled t
o be re-joining the MCS community! 

















































































































































CourtneyTaber-Meckes – Paraprofessional -This is Courtney’s second full year at Monroe School. She is a 2012 Lyndon State College graduate and holds a Paraeducator II license.  Courtney enjoys helping students who require extra assistance to ensure they are getting the best education possible.  Courtney lives in Monroe with her husband and her two sons.






Jacki Nelson – Paraprofessional -
This is Jacki’s fourth year at Monroe School. Jacki is a New Hampshire native and an MCS graduate.  She lives in Bath.  She received her Associates degree from Granite State College in Early Childhood and enjoys working with children.












 Jackie Gilmour - Nurse -Jackie started at Monroe School as a substitute nurse and in the 2016-2017 school year she returned in the permanent nurse position. She grew up in Barnet, Vt and lived in Monroe for 10+ years before returning to Barnet. Jackie graduated from Vermont Tech in 2014 receiving her RN credentials. She enjoys spending time with her friends and family at Harvey's Lake and at OOB. She currently resides in Barnet,Vt with her husband and two sons, Johnny and Garrett.  


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Catherine CurrierTitle 1 Coordinator – Catherine received her BA in Social Science Education at St. Joseph’s College in Maine. She earned her M. Ed in Special Education at Lyndon State College and completed a teaching and learning certificate graduate seminar at Norwich University. In addition, she has completed course work for Language and Literary at the Stern Center.

Both of her children, Jeremiah and Polly, attended Monroe School. Catherine enjoys spending time with her family. She likes to watch Monroe sports along with the Boston Red Sox and Boston Celtics. She enjoys traveling and experiencing how other cultures live, swimming, and reading. Her favorite food is milk chocolate.


  
Katrina Wildenstein -- Paraprofessional - Katrina resides in Monroe with her husband Phil and son Kaiden. She's a former graduate of Monroe school and has lived here for 35 years. She stays active in the Monroe community by teaching arts & crafts and painting to our 4-H members. She is co-chairman of the Monroe Harvest Festival, president of the Monroe PTF and an active member of the Monroe Garden Club. She has a passion for art and can often be found painting or spending time with her family.


 








  Dale Tinkham-Custodian-Dale lives in East Ryegate Vt. He likes hunting, fishing, and taking his dogs for walks in the woods 




Jackie Ward - Counselor - Jackie will be starting her first year at MCS, following seven years as the School Counselor at St. Johnsbury School. Jackie grew up in Monroe, and now lives just outside of town with her partner and two children, Abel & Quinn. Jackie graduated from Western New England University with her Bachelor's in Social Work. She then went on to get her Master's in Counseling Psychology, also becoming a certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor. In the following years she completed peer review twice, becoming a licensed School Social Worker, and then School Counselor. She loves being outside and going on adventures with her family, and is looking forward to this new journey at Monroe School!


                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

Judy Martin - Paraprofessional - Judy and her family moved to the North Country after she retired from the NYC Department of Corrections as a Correction Officer.  Judy is active in the community having belonged to the PTF and 4H and most recently leading the Summer Swim Program. Judy started at MCS as a substitute in the cafeteria, and then a teacher substitute and now a part-time paraprofessional. Judy enjoys crafts, is a long-time avid quilter and more recently taught herself to crochet.











Nathan Jordan - Seventh Grade Teacher - Nathan is excited to be joining the community at Monroe Consolidated School as the 7th grade teacher. Nathan attended college at New England College where he earned his degree in education with a dual major in education and sociology. He has years of experience working with students and children in many facets including teaching in 8th, 6th and 5th grade classrooms, 4th-6th in an alternative therapeutic school, and as an outreach worker through a mental health agency.  In his spare time he enjoys hiking in the White Mountains with his two loyal dogs, and playing music locally in his band. 








Karen Remick
- Paraprofessional - Karen grew up in Monroe and recently moved back to town with her husband Oren and two girls, Molly and Kinley. Karen  is excited about being back in this wonderful community and raising her girls here. She enjoys working on their house with her husband and using her love for painting to recreate old furniture. Karen is excited for her first full year working at Monroe as a Para and coaching soccer.