Staff

Leah Holz - District Administrator - 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. She completed the first cohort of Granite State Leadership in 2019. This year, Leah's role will expand to District Administrator.

In her spare time, Leah likes to grow flowers, coach Crossfit, and play with her three big dogs.

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 going to camp, kayaking, hunting, baking, reading, and spending time with family and friends.

Molley Gilley - District Administrative Assistant- 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 graduating 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.

Chelsie Boutin - School Administrative Assistant - Chelsie graduated from UVM in 2006 with a degree in business administration. She started as an emergency dispatcher at Grafton County in 2014, where she expanded her knowledge and became an EMT. Chelsie took many classes to upgrade her computer and IT skills. She moved to Monroe in 2019 with her daughter, Kaycee so she could start Kindergarten at MCS - they have always thought this is the best place to be! In their spare time Chelsie and Kaycee enjoy arts and crafts as well as photography and just being outside enjoying nature.


Katie, the dog Bo, and Eddie enjoying a car ride on Thanksgiving.

Katie Foster - Coordinator of Student Services - Katie is excited to start her second year at MCS. Katie grew up in Littleton, NH and then went off to college in Standish, Maine to earn her Bachelors Degree in Special Education. She recently completed her Masters Degree in December 2018.

Katie, her partner Eddie and their dog Bo have just bought a house in Sheffiled, VT and are excited for this chapter. 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!

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Monica Bixby - Preschool Teacher/Special Education - Monica will be starting her 7th 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 has spent the last 3 years pursuing her Master's degree in Education through SNHU this past summer she completed her program. 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.

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Stephanie Chadburn - Kindergarten Teacher - Stephanie will be starting her 13th 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 recently completed her Master's Degree in education through SNHU. She now lives in Lyndonville with her husband and two daughters, Haley (a Sophomore in college) and Alaina (a 9th grader). Stephanie enjoys chocolate, traveling, reading, hiking, skiing, swimming, and spending time with her family.

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Belinda Smith - First/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.

Tori Clough - Third Grade Teacher - Hi All! My name is Tori Clough, I graduated from Northern Vermont University in May with a bachelor’s degree in education and special education. I grew up in North Haverhill and l have loved and cherished my small town. A few of my hobbies include playing and coaching sports like soccer, basketball, and softball. I also am an avid animal lover! I have horses, goats, dogs, and a cat who considers herself the queen of the household. I enjoy the outdoors in multiple ways from hunting and fishing to gardening and hiking. The thing that has tied my hobbies together through the last few years are students! I have found ways to bring the outdoors and my hobbies into the lives of the surrounding youth by volunteering myself as well as my animals. We travel to schools as well as other events in local communities. I look forward to becoming a part of the Monroe team and getting to know the students, their families, and the staff at MCS!

Brittany Tinkham - Fourth Grade Teacher - Brittany is an eager new member of the Monroe community. She earned her BS in Elementary Education from Lyndon State College. She has taught third and fourth grade for the last nine years. Brittany lives in St. Johnsbury with her husband. She enjoys walking with her dog, reading, baseball, movies, travel, and spending time with friends and family.

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Laura Tobin - Fifth Grade Teacher - Laura Tobin is pleased to be returning to the Monroe School for the 2020-2021 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. Their son Liam attends Clark University in Worcester, MA. This summer he worked as a farm hand at Small Axe Farm in Barnet, VT.

Laura enjoys spending time with her family exploring the meadows and forests of Northern New England with their two rescue puppies. They can often be found doing volunteer bird surveys to support the conservation efforts of Northeast Kingdom Audubon, Vermont Loonwatch and Mountain Birdwatch.

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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.

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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.

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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 new puppy and a cat. Together they have five grown children who live and play all over the US. In her free time she loves reading, playing outside and making things.

Amy McKeever - Library/Media Generalist and Fifth/Sixth Grade Reading - Amy is excited to be returning for her sixth 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. She finished her Library/Media certification program at Plymouth State University. In addition to her job at Monroe, Amy also writes a monthly column for the Littleton Record, and she is on the Board of Directors for White Mountain Science, Inc (WMSI). Before coming to Monroe, Amy taught high school English for many years. She lives in Easton with her husband and two children, Wyatt and Isabel. 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.

Jackie Gaouette - Counselor - This year will be Jackie's fourth year at Monroe school as the counselor, and her first year integrating her therapeutic role with the behavior program. She began her school journey at Monroe following seven years as a Counselor at St. Johnsbury School, and 2 years at Mental Health in Littleton. Jackie grew up in Monroe, and now lives just outside of town with her husband Tyler & their 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 all the challenges this year is sure to bring.


Allison Rowden -Physical Education - Allison grew up in Monroe and graduated from Monroe School in 2008. She attended the St. Johnsbury Academy, graduating in 2012 and then earned her Bachelor's degree in Exercise Science from Lyndon State College in 2016. Allison is excited to start her second year at Monroe School and even more excited to start her first year as a physical education teacher! She enjoys playing basketball, playing for all four years at the Academy and two years at LSC, horse-back riding, and spending time with family. Allison currently lives in Ryegate, VT with her husband Ryan, new daughter Isabel, their dog Zander, and cat Oscar.

Lacy LaPete - Food Service Director - Lacy is a mother of 5 who lives in Monroe. She was born and raised here, and for this reason has always been passionate about our community and school. Her other passion is food. She comes to work as the food service director with years of experience in feeding children (and adults) meals which are not only healthy but delicious. She looks forward to being part of the school staff in this wonderful town.

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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.

Picture of Brittany Kempton in a boat, with her dog, fishing.

Brittany Kempton -Title 1 Coordinator/Reading Specialist - 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 sixth year at MCS!

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

picture of Kelley Meckes with husband under fabulous Las Vegas sign

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.

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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.

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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 8 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 fourth year here at MCS!

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.

picture of Karen Remick at the top of a mountain with her family.

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.

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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.

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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