Bill Lander - Superintendent - Bill began his education career at Perkins School for the Blind where he worked with students in a residential setting while he attended Boston University. Upon completing his undergraduate degree in psychology and master’s degree in education, he accepted his first public school teaching position in Carver Massachusetts. After five years as a six grade teacher, he was named assistant principal of the school serving approximately 1000 students. In 1989, Bill was named the principal of Memorial Drive School in Farmington New Hampshire. There, he focused on the reading and writing programs as well as inclusionary education. When a principal position opened in Belmont New Hampshire, Bill submitted his application and was appointed to this position, where he served for four years. Often he reflects on his tenure at Belmont as being one of the most rewarding positions because of his love of middle school children.
After receiving his CAGS degree from Plymouth State College, Bill began his career as a superintendent in 2001 when he accepted a position in SAU 64, serving Milton and Wakefield. During that time, he was involved in curriculum revision, budget development and collective bargaining, among many other duties. In 2009, Bill accepted a position as superintendent for the Fremont School District. The final chapter of his administrative career has been as the superintendent of schools in Alton New Hampshire. He has worked with the administration and teachers to develop grade level expectations for students in reading and mathematics based on the common core standards. In addition to the curriculum work, he has provided leadership in teacher evaluation based on effective instruction.
During the past three years, Bill has been a partner in an educational consulting firm, YET,LLC, located in Tilton New Hampshire. YET,LLC has provide educational support/training services for schools in New Hampshire and Vermont.
Bill lives in Ossipee, New Hampshire with his wife, of twenty plus years. He has six children; three grown and living throughout New England, a daughter who is a middle school health teacher, and a daughter who is a second-grade teacher and who is an event planner. He is a proud grandfather to a two-year old little girl! Bill has been an adjunct instructor at Plymouth State University since 2001and most recently at Southern New Hampshire University. For the last ten- years, he has been the assistant women’s lacrosse coach at Kingswood High School. When not working or with his family, he enjoys the challenges of golf.
Bill has facilitated two superintendent searches for the Monroe School District and has a huge enthusiasm for working with the school board, administration, teachers, staff and community during the upcoming year!
Leah Holz - Principal - Leah Holz has been at MCS since 1999, when she started as a long-term 2nd/3rd grade substitute. She taught preschool, 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. In Leah’s spare time she enjoys her dogs, laughing and lifting heavy things.
This year, Leah is extra proud of the brand new playground built by the community of Monroe. She believes that projects like this one are what bring a school and its community together and can't wait to see everyone enjoying the crazy amazing new structure!
Rose Harris - Business Manager - Rose has been working in school finance since 2006 and joined Monroe in July 2015. She received an Associate’s degree in Business from Castleton State College and her Bachelor’s degree in Accounting from Champlain College. In her spare time she enjoys kayaking, hunting, baking, reading, crafting, and spending time with family and friends.
Molley Gilley - Administrative Assistant/Athletic Coordinator - Molley was a substitute at Monroe for several years before becoming the athletic coordinator in the summer of 2017. She then added the position of administrative assistant to the superintendent in the spring of 2018. She earned a bachelor's degree at Thomas College in Waterville ME after graduation from St. Johnsbury Academy. Molley grew up in Monroe then lived in Maine, Georgia and Kansas before returning to Monroe with her husband to raise their three children.
Sandy Lang - Executive Secretary - Sandy has a combined 31 years serving MCS and the Monroe School District. Sandy continues to serve on school committees such as Safety, EmergencyPlan, Entrance, Strategic Planning and Athletic Committee. She has held positions as PTF Secretary, Athletic Coordinator, School District Clerk and 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.
Katie Foster - Coordinator of Student Services - Katie is excited to join the Monroe School community after four years at The St. Johnsbury School where she worked as a special educator. Katie grew up in Littleton, NH and returned after earning her Bachelors Degree in Special Education. She has continued her education and will complete her Masters Program in December 2018. When Katie is not busy with her work, she can be found at the beach, going to concerts, attending athletic events for her family friends, rooting on the Patriots or enjoying her favorite iced coffee from Dunks!
Monica Bixby - Preschool Teacher/Special Education - Monica will be starting her 6th 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. Monica is currently working on her Master's degree in Education through SNHU. 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/First Grade Teacher - Stephanie will be starting her 11th 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 is currently pursuing a Master's Degree in education through SNHU and only has one year left! Stephanie is excited to start a new school year as a K/1 teacher. She now lives in Lyndonville with her husband and two daughters, Haley (a 12th grader) and Alaina (a 7th grader). Stephanie enjoys chocolate, traveling, reading, hiking, swimming, and spending time with her family.
Belinda Smith - Second 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 Second Grade teacher. Belinda is pursuing her Master's Degree through SNHU, she just finished her second year! Belinda enjoys gardening, crafts, swimming and most importantly spending time with her family.
Brittany Kempton - Third 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 with her husband, Dylan. She enjoys gardening, fishing, running with her dog, and spending time with family. She can’t wait to start her fifth year at MCS!
Sarah Gaudette - Fourth Grade Teacher - Sarah is excited to be returning to MCS for her seventh 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 currently lives in Franconia with her husband,Peter, her daughter, Meredith and their golden retrievers, Izzy and Sanibel. This fall she will complete a Teacher Engineering Education Program through Tufts University that she has been involved with throughout the past year. Sarah enjoys playing volleyball, skiing, scrapbooking, working out 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 2018-2019 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. Laura was a 2014 NH Teacher of the Year nominee. Laura lives in St. Johnsbury with her husband Bill and son, Liam. Bill is a math teacher at Lake Region High School and a professional harpist. Liam, an avid soccer player, will be completing his senior year at St. Johnsbury Academy.
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.
Nathan Jordan - Seventh Grade Teacher - Nathan is excited to embark on his second year with the Monroe Consolidated School community as the 7th grade teacher. Nathan attended New England College where he earned a dual degree in education and sociology. He has years of experience working with students in many facets including 5th through 8th grade classrooms, an alternative therapeutic school with 4th through 6th grades, and as an outreach worker through a mental health agency. He enjoys hiking in the White Mountains with his two loyal dogs, and playing music locally in his band.
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 Kenney - Music/ Art Teacher - Jen earned a BS in Elementary Education, MEd in Reading, and a CAGS in Arts Leadership and Learning from Plymouth State University. She loves getting kids excited about the arts and working with all grade levels. Before teaching musart, she taught grades K-5 at various times, and has been a reading specialist. Jen lives in St. Johnsbury, VT, with her husband, a dog, a cat, and chickens. Her two grown sons live out west where they play outside when they're not working or studying. In her free time she loves hiking, mountain biking, swimming, playing music with friends, and making things.
Amy McKeever - Library/Media Generalist and Fifth/Sixth Grade Reading - Amy is excited to be returning for her fourth year at MCS. She graduated from University of New Hampshire with a double major in History and English, and received her Master's of Arts in Teaching from Brown University. This past spring she finished her Library/Media certification program at Plymouth State University. Amy loves all things literary, and before coming to Monroe, taught high school English for many years. She lives in Easton with her husband and two children, Wyatt (a big sixth grader this year!) and Isabel, who is 8 going on 15. When she isn't reading or writing, she enjoys spending as much time outside as possible: hiking, running, tending her vegetable garden, skiing, and playing frisbee with her kids.
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 25th year working food service at MCS and her 12th year as Director. Cindy also has driven our children to school for 28 years . Cindy has lived in Monroe for most of her life and has two grown children. Son Justin, Jennie and grandsons William and Ryker, and Huxley; 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.
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
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.
Catherine Currier – Title 1 Coordinator/Reading Specialist – Catherine Currier grew up in St. Johnsbury, VT and attended St. Johnsbury Academy. She went to St. Joseph's College in ME and earned her Bachelor Degree in History Secondary Education. After serving in the Gulf War, she went to Lyndon State College and earned her M. Ed with a concentration in Special Education. Three of her family members including her spouse, Dan, Children, Jeremiah and Polly, all attended Monroe School. Catherine enjoys working at Monroe due to the caring staff and children that make her smile every day. She has worked as the Program Manager/Teacher for Title 1 for the past two years and looks forward to her third year in Monroe. She enjoys spending quality time with her family and friends, loves to vacation at the beach during summers, and likes to travel. Cathy spends most of her free time watching her daughter play sports at St. Johnsbury Academy.
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 in Monroe for most of her life. Katrina is active in the community having been President of the Monroe PTF, co-chairman of the Harvest Festival, a member of the garden club, an arts teacher for the Hunt Mt. 4-H Club and other local 4-H clubs in Grafton County and helping the past 7 years with the MCS ski program. Her passion for art has led her to teach paint classes all across the North Country. She enjoys camping trips with her family in New England and spending time at the ocean with her parents in Fort Myers, Florida. She looks forward to her third year here at MCS!
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.
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.