Central Office Staff
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.
Superintendent of Schools
John A. Castle (John.Castle@ncsuvt.org), 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 and Associate Director of Special Education, Director of Learning Design, 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.
Executive Assistant to the Superintendent of Schools
Liz Butterfield (Liz.Butterfield@ncsuvt.org), 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. Liz 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. She 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. Liz oversees the scheduling of all supervisory union school 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.
Janet Smith (Janet.Smith@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2010
Janet 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; assists with background checks; creates monthly office calendars; enters sick leave for elementary and secondary schools; and assists bookkeepers as required.
School Nurse Leader
Lindy Perry (Lindy.Perry@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2045
School Nurse Liaison
Kristy Pillsbury (Kristy.Pillsbury@ncsuvt.org)
As School Nurse Liaison, Kristy collaborates with others across the supervisory union, along with community partners and organizations, in support of the development of the school health service program as well as general health, wellness, and prevention education across NCSU.
Kristy also serves as the NCSU COVID Co-coordinator.
Equity and Community Outreach Coordinator/Homeless Liaison
Samantha Stevens (Samantha.Stevens@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2047
The Equity and Community Outreach Coordinator facilitates the delivery of McKinney-Vento services in alignment with federal ESSA requirements and The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth. Samantha promotes supervisory and local school activities and professional development to achieve the equity goals identified in the NCSU Work and Learning Plan; facilitates services to migrant and English Learners as required by law; and organizes community equity meetings and activities. Samantha partners with community agencies to provide services for identified students impacted by conditions of poverty, parental incarceration, chronic absenteeism, and other social barriers to education. She works to increase collaboration and coordination between school staff, parents and students, and community agencies.
Family and Community Outreach Liaison
Lizzy Alexander (Elizabeth.Alexander@ncsuvt.org)
The Family and Community Outreach Liaison supports the delivery of McKinney-Vento services in alignment with federal ESSA requirements and The National Association for the Education of Homeless Children and Youth; promotes supervisory union and local school activities to achieve the equity goals identified in the NCSU Work and Learning Plan; and facilitates services to students and families in partnership with community agencies to provide services for identified students impacted by conditions of poverty, parental incarceration, chronic absenteeism, and other social barriers to education. Lizzy works to increase collaboration and coordination between school staff, parents and students, and community agencies. The Liaison reports to the Equity and Community Outreach Coordinator.
Kevin Charboneau (Kevin.Charboneau@ncsuvt.org); 334-7921, Ext. 3148
Director of Business
April Touchette (April.Touchette@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2013
The Director of Business and Finance advises and assists schools with financial planning, budgeting, human resources, benefits, legal issues, financial reporting, bid documents, contracts, services, audits, facilities, and insurance, while providing these same services to North Country Supervisory Union (NCSU). April attends board meetings and assists with other requests as needed.
Debbie Brunelle (Debbie.Brunelle@ncsuvt.org) Ext. 2037
Debbie Brunelle facilitates year-long communication with auditors and prepares all required records and reports for the eleven external audits. She reviews the audits after completion and makes adjustments as required. Debbie works with our banks in overseeing risk management and investments. She completes payroll and the reporting functions for NCSU. Debbie oversees the financial requirements, both bookkeeping and reporting, of federal and state grants.
Administrative Assistant/Operations Support
Diane Binette (Diane.Binette@ncsuvt.org), 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.
Amy Lucas-Brasseur (Amy.Lucas-Brasseur@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2027
Diane Govoni (Diane.Govoni@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2023, Finance/Grant Assistant
Diane Govoni is primarily responsible for the administrative management of various federally funded programs to include various federal, state, and local grants. Ensures proper posting of all transactions, state and federal reporting and monitoring, while assisting the Superintendent, Director of Business, and Director of Learning Design in the application and administration of the district’s various grants.
Wanda Morse is the Child Nutrition Liaison for North Country Supervisory Union. Since Wanda has worked in the Food Service department, she has a wide range of skills and knowledge in this field. Wanda manages our financial software program and assists with Accounts Payable functions.
Learning Design Department
Director of Learning Design
The Director of Learning Design is the coordinator of the Consolidated Federal Titles Program and is the director of Curriculum, Assessment and Instruction for NCSU. Jessica works with teacher leaders and other teacher teams; provides professional development services and research services to schools; is a consultant on education issues; and is the English Language Coordinator.
Learning Design Administrative Assistant
Jen Federico (Jennifer.Federico@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2023
The Learning Design Administrative Assistant, Jen Federico, 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; and oversees EPSDT Time Management and quarterly reports.
Project Director - Encore After School and Summer Program (21st Century Grant)
Beth Chambers manages all aspects of the 21st Century Grant and oversees ENCORE after-school and summer programming in Brighton, Charleston, Coventry, Derby, Holland, Jay/Westfield, Lowell, Newport City, Newport Town, Troy, and NCUJHS.
Literacy Instructional Coaches:
Melissa Lyons (Melissa.Lyons@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2017
Lynzy Birchard (Lynzy.Birchard@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2017
Mathematics Instructional Coaches:
Heidi Whipple (Heidi.Whipple@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2075
Gina Miller (Gina.Miller@ncsuvt.org) Ext. 2075
Science Instructional Coach:
Technology Integration Instructional Coach:
Carol Rowell (Carol.Rowell@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2075
The NCSU Instructional Coaches mentor teachers new to the profession or new to working in the North Country Schools system. They collaborate with other supervisory union coaches and the Director of Learning Design. Instructional Coaches assist schools and individual teachers in the development, implementation, and analysis of assessments. They help schools articulate and implement comprehensive, balanced curriculum programs and design and facilitate professional development opportunities for classroom teachers. The coaches work with students who have unique learning needs and recommend appropriate instructional practices, as well as demonstrate best instructional practice through modeling and coaching. They collaborate with other teacher leaders and the Vermont Agency of Education to develop, align, and evaluate state, regional, and district initiatives. The Coaches also perform other duties as assigned by the Director of Learning Design or the Superintendent.
English Learners Teacher
Jonathan Heinrichs (Jonathan.Heinrichs@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2075
Trisha Needham (Tricia.Needham@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2066
The English Learners Teachers assist English Learners aged 3-21, including immigrant children and youth, in attaining English language proficiency and developing high levels of academic achievement. Jonathan and Tricia provide technical assistance related to meeting the diverse needs of English Learners, including planning and implementing effective language instruction educational programs and curricula; identifying or developing, and implementing, measures of English Language Proficiency; and strengthening parent, family, and community engagement in programs that serve English Learners.
Human Resources Department
Human Resources Coordinator
Nancy Griffith (Nancy.Griffith@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2011
The Human Resources Coordinator 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. Nancy develops timelines for budget, agenda, and recruitment preparation. She keeps the Superintendent informed of human resource issues. She annually prepares a listing of all professional staff by school/department indicating licensure, HQT, and teaching assignment; highlighting those that are not compliant with regulations. The Human Resources Coordinator conducts employee orientation/training programs with appropriate management/administration. She works closely with schools assisting staff/administration in understanding and implementing human resource-related policies and procedures. Nancy promotes equality and diversity as part of the culture of the organization. She 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 conducting group interviews when appropriate. Nancy meets with the Director of Business periodically to ensure all required staff meet the safety requirements as outlined in federal and state regulations. She assists the Superintendent in developing policies and practices, standardized and the like, on human resource issues. Nancy maintains all employee and organization contracts/agreements; completes salary/benefit comparisons/analysis as requested; develops and manages the NCSU human resources website; manages all schools' personnel requirements; maintains personnel records, sick leave, contracts, statement of intent, coursework, licensing issues, and database and seniority lists for all schools. The HR Department maintains substitute list(s) for licensed and support staff for all schools.
Human Resources Assistant
The Human Resources Assistant 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. Allyson maintains tuition, coursework, and professional development documentation and files. She assists with personnel data entry. Allyson maintains new hire packets, performs yearly updates of forms, and assists with financial requests for employees. She assists with COBRA/FMLA notifications, LTD applications, and unemployment reports and requests. The Human Resources Assistant facilitates the employment application process, maintains mandated federal and state poster boards, and completes any other duties as assigned by the Superintendent or the Human Resources Coordinator.
Special Education Department
Director of Special Services, Jessica Puckett (Jessica.Puckett@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2021
Associate Director of Special Services, Richard Smith (Richard.Smith@ncsuvt.org), 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. They provide input to principals in evaluating personnel serving in the special education area; serve as an ongoing resource to the community, parents, administrators, and educators regarding special education issues. Jessica and Richard develop budget recommendations for the IDEA-B Grant and locally-funded special education programs. They provide expenditure control on established budgets for special services.
Special Services Administrative Assistant
Bonnie Hafemann (email@example.com), Ext. 2021
Bonnie maintains correspondence for the Special Education department; reviews Special Education expenditure reports; maintains child count; coordinates service plans, IDEA-B, and I-Team; assists with budgets; codes invoices and monitors spending; completes grant amendments; works with Medicaid Billing Clerks; and monitors Medicaid Reinvestment Funds.
NCUHS Assistant Director of Special Education
Diane Tutko (Diane.Tutko@ncsuvt.org), 334-7921, Ext. 3017
Behavior Specialists/School Psychologist:
The School Psychologist and the Behavior Specialists observe individual students with behavioral challenges in their academic setting; consult with classroom teachers regarding behavioral observation; design and implement behavioral plans; assist with behavioral planning; and consult with EST and IEP Teams. They provide administrative consultation; observe classrooms to assist with classroom management strategies; provide trainings to school personnel, community agencies, and parents; serve on committees to advocate for a wider spectrum of educational opportunities; train educational staff in Crisis Prevention and Intervention; and consult with special educators and mentors regarding student needs and behavioral planning.
Special Education Consulting Teachers:
Jennifer is available to special educators and special education teams to support these individuals with all of their respective duties; provides guidance to assist with file management and compliance with Special Education Rules and Regulations related directly to the individual caseloads of the special educators; offers consultation related to the provision of specialized instruction and supports that align with individual student's needs; and offers workshop opportunities on a regular basis as a means of sharing information and professional development with the special educators at a local level. Jen is also the MTSS/ETS Coordinator for NCSU.
Kathryn serves as a consulting teacher for autism and other neurodevelopment disabilities and as an assistive technology specialist. She provides consultation and training to school personnel, performs screening for autism spectrum disorders, and provides assistance for ongoing assessment for students with neurodevelopmental disabilities. Kathryn 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).
Kelly Stafford (firstname.lastname@example.org), Ext. 2044
Neuro Team Social Inclusion Facilitator
Cat assist teams and schools to ensure equitable and meaningful access to social, leisure, and occupational activities and programs for students. This role is designed to support proactive strategies and methods to serve a neurodiverse population.
Neuro Integration Specialist
Megan Stevens (email@example.com), Ext.
Evaluation Team, Ext. 2021:
The Evaluation Team is responsible for multiple tasks related to comprehensive evaluations for students who qualify for special education services. They administer standardized assessment tools for the purpose of evaluating academic and cognitive ability levels. They score, interpret, and report said assessments and report to Evaluation and Planning teams so decisions can be made regarding eligibility and program planning; are 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.
Early Childhood Program Coordinator
Diane's primary areas of responsibility are: 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.
Special Services Assistant/Proctor
Eric Bouchard (Eric.Bouchard@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2021
Out-of-District/Evaluation Support Specialist
The Medicaid Clerks complete Medicaid billing paperwork and submit the paperwork to the Agency of Education. They train and support Special Education Teachers on the Medicaid process.
Education Technology Department
Director of Education Technology
Aime Forbes (Aime.Forbes@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2051
The technology department contributes to the development of the NCSU philosophy of education and supports NCSU policies related to technology, including acceptable use. Aime keeps informed of all legal requirements governing the use of technology. She oversees the North Country Technology Advisory Group and Technology Plan, Technology Support Services, and Student Information System Support Services contracts. Aime assumes responsibility for compiling, maintaining, and filing all reports, records, and other documents legally required or administratively useful. The Director of Education Technology provides training and generates data reports requested by the administration, using sources such as PowerSchool and the Vermont Data Warehouse. She ensures efficient processes for the entry and analysis of local assessment data in an information system. Aime provides professional development for both professional and support staff, and provides instructional support and guidance for the integration of technology into all classrooms. She develops and implements a training program for building-level technology staff to support the integration of technology; conducts an annual technology needs assessment; and seeks out and writes grant proposals to acquire technology and support its integration. Aime builds NCSU-wide collaboration around technology initiatives. She maintains a permanent inventory of equipment purchased by the supervisory union for technology and makes recommendations regarding the selection, purchase, maintenance, and upkeep of software, hardware, and support materials for both administrative and instructional functions. Aime assumes responsibility for her 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.
Network/IT Support Specialist
Ashley Dewing (Ashley.Dewing@ncsuvt.org), ext. 2018
Ashley provides network, telephone, and technical support to users including, but not limited to, technical advice on equipment setup and operation, general troubleshooting, and software installation and utilization. She performs skilled repair, setup, and maintenance of all technology-related equipment as well as technical support for all technology-related systems. Ashley recommends upgrades and replacement of technology equipment and related peripherals to keep systems current. Ashley supports all 12 NCSU schools.
Eva Broome (Eva.Broome@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2074
Wyatt Hamby (Wyatt.Hamby@ncsuvt.org), Ext. 2035