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North Country Supervisory Union Central Office Staff 

The following are employees of North Country Supervisory Union. 
To reach any of these individuals please call 334-5847 and the extension listed with their name. 
If you are unsure of who you need to speak with, press Ext. 0 for the Receptionist.

Administrative Offices

John A. Castle (John.Castle@ncsuvt.org)

Superintendent of Schools, Ext. 2025

The North Country Supervisory Union Superintendent works with school principals to coordinate the activities of all SU school boards. The Superintendent works directly with principals and/or board chairs to carry out individual board responsibilities and provides input and direction to principals in the preparation of agendas. The Superintendent works with local administrators to carry out all decisions made by the school directors and attends all board meetings, pending need and availability. The Superintendent supervises the Director of Business, Director of Special Education, Coordinator of Special Education, Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction, the NCUHS Management Team, and school principals. The NCSU Superintendent identifies supervisory union educational goals and objectives and prepares plans to achieve those goals and objectives for adoption by the school board, while working to develop common board policies throughout the supervisory union. The Superintendent responds to concerns and requests from parents and the community.

Liz Butterfield (Liz.Butterfield@ncsuvt.org)

Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools, Ext. 2025

The NCSU Executive Assistant to the Superintendent supervises and coordinates the efficient workflow of the school system relative to the duties of the Superintendent, performs all secretarial and confidential work as assigned by the Superintendent and supervises the activities of all other secretarial and clerical personnel assigned to the Superintendent's office. The Executive Assistant supervises and assists in the preparation of all correspondence and reports emanating from the Superintendent's office and processes incoming correspondence, maintaining orderly files of all records associated with the Office of the Superintendent, including a short term and long term filing system and a set of locked confidential files. Maintains a home school database. The Executive Assistant places and receives telephone calls and records messages for the Superintendent, maintains a schedule of appointments for the Superintendent and makes arrangements for conferences, meetings and interviews. The Executive Assistant oversees the scheduling of all supervisory union board and central administration meetings and tracks and verifies the inclusion of required agenda items, especially annual required action items, in a timely manner each month. The Executive Assistant to the Superintendent acts as a liaison between the Superintendent and administrative staff in screening and routing inquiries and requests and performs other duties as may be assigned by the Superintendent.

Sandy Judd (Sandy.Judd@ncsuvt.org)

Receptionist, Ext. 2010

Answers phones and transfers appropriately. Greets visitors. Assists with all elementary school and secondary school board mailings. Assists office personnel as directed. Balances scholarship accounts. Orders office supplies. Assists in monitoring of school registers for all schools. Maintains a database for all employment openings and applicants. Creates monthly office calendars. Enters sick leave for elementary and secondary schools. Assists bookkeepers as required.

Kevin Charboneau(Kevin.Charboneau@ncsuvt.org)

Truancy Officer, 334-7921, Ext.

Business Department

Glenn Hankinson (Glenn.Hankinson@ncsuvt.org)

Director of Business and Finance, Ext. 2013

Advises and assists schools with financial planning, budgeting, human resources, benefits, legal issues, financial reporting, bid documents, contracts, services, audits, facilities and insurance. Provides same services to North Country Supervisory Union (NCSU). Attends board meetings and assists with other requests as needed.

Theresa Miller (Theresa.Miller@ncsuvt.org)

Business Administrative Assistant, Ext. 2012

Theresa Miller supports the business office staff as our administrative assistant. Along with a myriad of administrative duties Theresa maintains life and long term disability records and payments. She oversees the liability insurance for all schools in NCSU, including claims assistance and the annual insurance renewal process. Theresa also coordinates water testing, asbestos compliance, facilities management, and maintains bus driver files for the entire district.

April Touchette (April.Touchette@ncsuvt.org)

Staff Accountant, Ext. 2016

April Touchette has recently transitioned to the role of staff accountant. April will have year-long communication with auditors and prepare all required records and reports for the eleven external audits. She will review the audits after completion, and makes adjustments as required. She works with our banks in overseeing risk management and investments. April completes payroll and the reporting functions for NCSU. She oversees the financial requirements, both bookkeeping and reporting, of federal and state grants.

Diane Binette (Diane.Binette@ncsuvt.org)

Finance Assistant, Ext. 2019

Diane Binette is responsible for the bookkeeping, payroll, and accounts payable functions for NCUHS, NCCC, and NCUJHS. She handles all cash transactions and completes all required forms and reports. She also provides direct support to all staff with business office related employment issues. Diane works closely with the management staff at the NCUHS, NCCC, and NCUJHS.

Jessica Therrien (Jessica.Therrien@ncsuvt.org)

Finance Assistant, Ext. 2036

Jessica Therrien is responsible for Charleston, Coventry, Lowell, Troy and the 21C ENCORE after school program payrolls. She completes all reporting necessary to support these payroll functions. Jessica also processes accounts receivable invoices to our school districts.

Debbie Brunelle (Debbie.Brunelle@ncsuvt.org)

Finance Assistant, Ext. 2037

Debbie Brunelle is responsible for accounts payable and the monthly financial reporting for all seven of the town school districts we serve. She also provides support to the Coventry and Charleston school districts in their budget process and monthly meetings. Debbie processes NCUHS/NCCC/NCUJHS payroll and maintains the NCSU Section 125 payments.

Amy Lucas-Brasseur (Amy.Lucas-Brasseur@ncsuvt.org)

Finance Assistant; Ext. 2027

Amy Lucas Brasseur provides payroll services to the Brighton and Holland school districts as well as processes accounts payable for NCSU and NCUHS/NCUJHS/NCCC. She also completes all reporting necessary to support these payroll and accounts payable functions.

Wanda Morse (Wanda.Morse@ncsuvt.org)

Child Nutrition Liaison/Finance Assistant; Ext. 2076

Wanda Morse has recently joined our business office. Wanda comes to us from the Charleston Elementary School where she was the Food Service Manager for over 12 years. Wanda will be our Child Nutrition liaison for the entire Supervisory Union. We consider ourselves very fortunate that Wanda has joined our team. Since Wanda has worked in the Food Service department, she has a wide range of skills and knowledge in this field. Wanda will also be learning our financial software program and assisting with Accounts Payable functions.

Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction Office

Jessica Applegate(Jessica.Applegate@ncsuvt.org)

Director of Learning Design, Ext. 2024

Coordinator of Consolidated Federal Titles Program. Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction. Works with teacher leaders and other teacher teams. Provides professional development services and research services to schools. Consultant on education issues, ESL Coordinator, and Homeless Liaison.

Diane Govoni (Diane.Govoni@ncsuvt.org)

Administrative Assistant, Ext. 2023

Coordinates workshop enrollments. Manages purchase orders. Codes invoices of CFP and EPSDT grants. Oversees Curriculum Center room reservations. Monitors "borrowing library" (laptops, software, resource books). Coordinates arrangements for Northwoods Stewardship Educational Program. Coordinates Parapro Assessment Testing. Oversees EPSDT Time Management and quarterly reports.

Beth Chambers (Elizabeth.Chambers@ncsuvt.org)

Project Director - Encore After School and Summer Program (21st Century Grant), Ext. 2033

Manages all aspects of the 21st Century Grant and oversees ENCORE

after-school programming in Brighton, Charleston, Coventry, Derby, Holland, Jay/Westfield, Lowell, Morgan, Newport Town, Troy and NCUJHS.

Aime Forbes (Aime.Forbes@ncsuvt.org)

Learning Design Technology Coordinator, Ext. 2051

Samantha Stevens (Samantha.Stevens@ncsuvt.org)

Equity and Community Outreach Coordinator, Ext. 2047

Jessica Tetreault (Jessica.Tetreault@ncsuvt.org)

6-8 Mathematics and Science Instructional Specialist; Ext. 2075

Mentors teachers new to the profession or new to working in the North Country Schools system. Collaborates with other supervisory union coaches and the Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction. Assists schools and individual teachers in the development, implementation, and analysis of mathematics assessments. Helps schools articulate and implement comprehensive, balanced mathematics programs. Designs and facilitates professional development opportunities for classroom teachers. Works with students who have unique learning needs and recommends appropriate instructional practices. Demonstrates best instructional practice through modeling and coaching. Collaborates with other teacher leaders and Vermont Agency of Education to develop, align, and evaluate state, regional, and district initiatives. Performs other duties as assigned by the Director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction or the Superintendent.

Human Resources

Nancy Griffith (Nancy.Griffith@ncsuvt.org)

Human Resources Coordinator- Personnel, Ext. 2011

Manages the human resources office operations. Establishes checks and balances between payroll and personnel operations; reconciles active employees to benefit memberships, board approved salaries to actual, etc. Develops timelines for budget, agenda and recruitment preparation. Keeps the Superintendent informed of human resource issues. Annually prepares a listing of all professional staff by school/department indicating licensure, HQT and teaching assignment; highlighting those that are not compliant to regulations. Coordinates employee orientation/training programs with appropriate management/administration. Works closely with schools assisting staff/administration in understanding and implementing human resource related policies and procedures. Promotes equality and diversity as part of the culture of the organization. Coordinates with the administration in recruiting staff: developing job descriptions, preparing advertisements, checking application forms, ensuring budget appropriations for positions, scanning applications to ensure compliance to job requirements, and group interviewing when appropriate. Meets with the Director of Business periodically to ensure all required staff meet the safety requirements as outlined in federal and state regulations. Assists the Superintendent in developing policies, practices, standardized and the like on human resource issues. Maintains all employee and organization contracts/agreements. Completes salary/benefit comparisons/analysis as requested. Develops and manages SU human resources website. Manages all schools' personnel requirements. Maintains personnel records, sick leave, contracts, statement of intent, coursework, licensing issues, database and seniority lists for all schools. Maintains substitute list(s) for licensed and support staff for all schools. Other tasks as may be assigned.

Allyson Cota Folgherait (Allyson.Cota@ncsuvt.org)

Human Resources Assistant; Ext. 2014

Assists with all tasks under the Human Resources Coordinator, including maintaining substitute and chaperone files, tracking background checks on all newly hired coaches, substitutes and chaperones and maintaining proper documentation. Maintains tuition, coursework and professional development documentation and files. Assists with Personnel data entry. Maintains new hire packets, yearly update of forms and financial requests for employees. Assists with COBRA/FMLA notifications, LTD applications and unemployment reports and requests. Facilitates employment application process, maintains mandated federal and State poster board and completes any other duties as assigned by the Superintendent or the Human Resources Coordinator.

Special Education Department

Leanne Desjardins (Leanne.Desjardins@ncsuvt.org)

Director of Special Services, Ext. 2021

Richard Smith (Richard.Smith@ncsuvt.org)

Associate Director of Special Services, Ext. 2021

The Director and Associate Director supervise and coordinate special education programs for all students eligible to receive special education services based on state and federal regulations; provide leadership in establishing new programs; develop improved understanding of existing programs; evaluate existing programs and recommend changes and additions as needed. Provide input to principals in evaluating personnel serving in the special education area; serve as an on-going resource to the community, parents, administrators and educators regarding special education issues. Develop budget recommendations for the IDEA-B Grant and locally-funded special education programs. Provide expenditure control on established budgets for special services.

Melinda.Henderson (Melinda.Henderson@ncsuvt.org)

Administrative Assistant, Ext. 2021

Maintains correspondence for Special Education department. Reviews Special Education expenditure reports. Maintains child count. Coordinates service plans, IDEA-B, I-Team, Stepping Stones, and budgets. Codes invoices and monitors spending. Completes amendments. Works with Medicaid Billing Clerks. Monitors Medicaid Reinvestment Funds.

Jessica Puckett (Jessica.Puckett@ncsuvt.org)

NCUHS Associate Director of Special Education, 334-7921, Ext. 3017

Kristen Beswick (Kristen.Beswick@ncsuvt.org); Ext. 2020

Liz Torres (Elizabeth.Torres@ncsuvt.org); Ext. 2032

Karen Egan (Karen.Egan@ncsuvt.org) Ext. 2032

Behavior Specialist/School Psychologist

Observes individual students with behavioral challenges in their academic setting; consults with classroom teachers regarding behavioral observation; designs and implements behavioral plans; assists with behavioral planning; consults with EST and IEP Teams. Provides administrative consultation; observes classrooms to assist with classroom management strategies; provides trainings to school personnel, community agencies and parents; serves on committees to advocate for a wider spectrum of educational opportunities; trains educational staff in Crisis Prevention and Intervention; consults with special educators and mentors regarding student needs and behavioral planning.

Jennifer Patenaude (Jennifer.Patenaude@ncsuvt.org)

Special Education Consulting Teacher

Ext. 2079

Consulting Teacher: Available to special educators and special education teams to support these individuals with all of their respective duties; provide guidance to assist with file management and compliance with Special Education Rules and Regulations related directly to the individual caseloads of the special educators. Offer consultation related to the provision of specialized instruction and supports that align with individual student's needs. Offer workshop opportunities on a regular basis as a means of sharing information and professional development with the special educators at a local level.

Kathryn Whitaker (Kathryn.Whitaker@ncsuvt.org); Ext. 2081

Shelly Lanou (Shelly.Lanou@ncsuvt.org) Ext. 2050

Special Education Consulting Teacher

Consulting teacher for autism and other neurodevelopment disabilities and assistive technology specialist. Provides consultation and training to school personnel, performs screening for autism spectrum disorders and provides assistance for on-going assessment for students with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Provides consultation for the selection of technology solutions for students with assistive technology (e.g. SOLO® Dragon Naturally Speaking, Alphasmart, etc.) or adaptive technology (e.g. speech generating devices, alternate input/switch).

Kathleen VanGelder (Kathleen.VanGelder@ncsuvt.org)

Donald Schabner (Donald.Schabner@ncsuvt.org);

Alicia Beth (Alicia.Beth@ncsuvt.org)

Evaluation Team, Ext. 2041

Responsible for multiple tasks related to comprehensive evaluations for students who qualify for special education services; administer standardized assessment tools for the purpose of evaluating academic and cognitive ability levels. Score, interpret, report said assessments and report to Evaluation and Planning teams so decisions can be made regarding eligibility and program planning. Available to special educators to attend meetings, offer additional information/insight into results and/or the assessment tools utilized and assist with the procedural components of the evaluation process.

Diane Nichols-Fleming (Diane.NicholsFleming@ncsuvt.org)

Early Childhood Coordinator; Ext. 2046

Primary areas of responsibility: 1) Coordination and oversight of early childhood special education ("ECSE") in compliance with federal and state regulations; 2) Coordination and oversight over early childhood intervention services funded through Title I and Early Education Initiative ("EEI") in compliance with federal and state regulations; and 3) Coordination and oversight over the Family Infant Toddler Program (June 2008). These responsibilities include the maintenance and supervision of school-based preschool programs, consultation, and support to Head Start and other community-based early childhood care and education programs where eligible children are served. These responsibilities also include direct supervision and evaluation of ten licensed teachers and twelve support staff, and membership on effective service coordination teams such as the Early Childhood Support Team, Behavioral Support Team, Newport Early Action Team, and the Building Bright Futures regional team.

Cynthia Jordan (Cynthia.Jordan@ncsuvt.org)

Cynthia Adams (Cynthia.Adams@ncsuvt.org)

Medicaid Clerk

Complete Medicaid billing paperwork and submits to the Agency of Education. Trains and supports Special Education Teachers on the Medicaid process.

Technology Department

John Peters (John.Peters@ncsuvt.org)

Technology Director, Ext. 2018

Contributes to the development of the NCSU philosophy of education; supports NCSU policies related to technology including acceptable use. Keeps informed of all legal requirements governing the use of technology. Oversees the North Country Technology Advisory Group and Technology Plan, the Technology Support Services and Student Information System Support Services contracts. Assumes responsibility for compiling, maintaining, and filing all reports, records and other documents legally required or administratively useful. Provides training and generates data reports requested by administration, using sources such as PowerSchool and the Vermont Data Warehouse. Ensures efficient process for entry and analysis of local assessment data in an information system. Provides professional development for both professional and support staff. Provides instructional support and guidance for the integration of technology into all classrooms. Develops and implements a training program for building-level technology staff to support the integration of technology. Conducts an annual technology needs assessment. Seeks out and writes grant proposals to acquire technology and support its integration. Builds NCSU-wide collaboration around technology initiatives. Maintains a permanent inventory of equipment purchased by the supervisory union for technology. Makes recommendations regarding the selection, purchase, maintenance and upkeep of software, hardware, and support materials for both administrative and instructional functions. Assumes responsibility for own professional growth and development, for keeping current with the literature, new research findings and improved techniques and for attending appropriate professional meetings and conferences.

Richard Ricciardi (Richard.Ricciardi@ncsuvt.org)

Desktop Support Technician at Large, ext. 2074

Thomas Lemieux (Thomas.Lemieux@ncsuvt.org)

Network Support Specialist, Ext. 2034

Robert DeRoehn (Robert.DeRoehn@ncsuvt.org)

Desktop Support Technician NCUHS, 334-7921 ext. 3427