Lilly is a 2020 graduate from St. Lawrence University, where she majored in English and history, and minored in African Studies. At St. Lawrence, she was an enthusiastic member of the women’s rowing team and co-founder of Connecting Laurentians Around Wilderness (CLAW), whose focus is to create a welcoming space for new and beginner outdoor adventurers. She loves creative writing and completed a series of personal essays probing the intersections between place and identity as her senior honors project. Lilly’s love for working with students grew during her three summers leading bicycle trips for middle and high schoolers with Overland. She is excited to incorporate all of her passions at North Country School and live in the most beautiful setting.
Erica grew up on a hobby farm in the Genesee Valley, where her family raised sheep, goats, pigs, chickens, cattle, and horses. As a child, she learned to ride both English and Western, participating in Pony Club, small rodeos, and 4-H. These formative experiences were transformative and have influenced how she has chosen to raise her own children. Erica holds an associate’s from SUNY Cobleskill in equine studies, and a bachelor’s from Franklin Pierce University in business management. While living in Saratoga Springs, Erica rode and groomed polo ponies, and worked on a 300-horse thoroughbred farm. For the past five years, Erica has lived in Keene with her husband and children. At North Country School, she hopes to help develop a healthy, well-rounded herd that will be used for a majority of the year, as well as a program where students can combine the fundamentals of riding with the important details of daily horse care and basic health understanding. She would like our students to have the rewarding experiences associated with riding, but also to learn to care for and be compassionate towards the animals they are learning to maneuver and partner with. For Erica, it's a big picture: health, riding, and a solid relationship with the horse.
Elyssa graduated from St. Lawrence University in 2020 with a major in Geology and minors in Religious Studies and Public Health. Her love for the Adirondacks stemmed from weekends at her grandparents’ camp in Bolton Landing, Lake George. Elyssa’s geology degree allowed her to study throughout the Adirondacks, Ottawa, New York City, Iceland, Denmark, and Ireland. Through a grant, she was able to travel to County Clare in Ireland to study the geomorphology of the Cliffs of Moher and the Burren. She also holds a deep passion for storytelling, playing guitar, photography, and stargazing.
Tess grew up in rural New Hampshire and fell in love with gardening at a young age. Since her early teenage years, she's worked on organic farms in New England, the Pacific Northwest, and abroad. Her passion for farming has led her to study biodynamic agriculture in Ireland, practice permaculture in Argentina and Chile, and teach students of all ages about organic growing. Before joining the North Country School and Camp Treetops community, Tess spent five years managing College of the Atlantic's Beech Hill Farm, a 73-acre organic production and educational farm in coastal Maine. In between farm seasons, Tess has worked as a middle school teacher and has taught yoga in the Bahamas, Ireland, New York, and Oregon. When she's not out in the garden, she enjoys reading, hiking, swimming, drawing, drinking coffee, and spending time with her cat Huckleberry and her extended family in the Adirondacks.
Max came to NCS in the fall of 2018. He graduated from Washington University in St. Louis with a B.A. in environmental biology and secondary education. Previously, he spent three years assisting in classrooms in the Clayton, St. Louis Public, and Ferguson-Florissant School districts in St. Louis. Max has taught Grade 6 math and science for the past two years, as well as serving as a primary houseparent. Max has an extensive background in wilderness trip leading with middle and high school students. Max enjoys many outdoor activities and has a particular fondness for canoeing.
Hania Lincoln Lenderking
Originally from Washington, DC, Hania graduated from Colby College with a B.A. in Environmental Policy in May of 2020. She has previous farming experience from a summer internship on an organic farm in mid-coast Maine. Hania is passionate about sustainable food systems and recently completed her undergraduate honors thesis on Maine’s food sovereignty movement and food system resilience. In her free time she enjoys hiking, camping, cooking, reading, listening to podcasts, and munching on veggies straight from the garden. Hania is excited to be joining the NCS community and looks forward to taking advantage of all that the Adirondacks have to offer!
Lauren joined NCS as the Admissions and Development assistant in 2002, became the School’s counselor in 2007, and moved into the Grade 6 Humanities teaching position in September 2020. She grew up on a small farm in nearby Peru and lives in Wilmington with her family. Lauren has worked in the fields of outdoor education, crisis intervention, and community relations. She holds a BA in communication arts, with a concentration in journalism, from the College of New Rochelle; she earned an MS in community counseling and a certificate of advanced study in school counseling from Plattsburgh State University. She holds both New York State School Counselor and National Counselor certifications. Lauren’s many talents and interests range from creative pursuits like freelance writing, storytelling, jewelry design, and other artistic outlets to personal reflective practices and professional development as an educator.
Caroline Hlavacek Perry
Elie graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a BA in psychology and in Spanish language, literature, and culture; he has taught Spanish and English as a Second Language for grades 6-12 in Arizona and Massachusetts. In 2011 he earned an MA in education from the University of Arizona. Elie has coached middle and high school sports (baseball, softball, and cross-country) and co-led international and domestic trips for students. He is joined at NCS by his wife Becca Miller. Elie loves being outside, whether hiking, paddling, backpacking, or skiing, and is also passionate about all things food: growing, preparing, and eating.
Serena is a Spring 2020 graduate of George Mason University located in Fairfax, VA. She studied Environmental and Sustainability Studies with a concentration in Conservation and Sustainability and a minor in Conservation Biology. Serena mainly focused on animal behavior and husbandry, specifically in large hoofstock like elephants and scimitar horned oryx. She was published in her school's research journal on human-elephant conflict mediation in Bangladesh between Asian elephants and the Rohingya people. In her free time, she enjoys baking, attempting to do a cartwheel, swimming, and playing tennis. Serena is excited to join the NCS family and experience her first real winter!"
Dave first joined the North Country School community in 2001. He has a B.S. in Environmental Studies and Economics from Hobart and William Smith Colleges and a Masters in Ecological Teaching and Learning from Lesley University. Dave has taught science math and a wide variety of elective classes during his time at NCS. In recent years, Dave has served as the Dean of Faculty and Interim Director of School. In 2020-2021, he began serving as the Director of Teaching and Learning. Dave is an enthusiastic skier, rock climber, and hiker who enjoys reading and a variety of artistic pursuits.
Selden first arrived on campus to teach English in the fall of 1983, married David Hochschartner (former NCS-Treetops Executive Director) on the Lake Hill in 1984, and has held a variety of positions at NCT ever since, including teacher and tutor, librarian, publications editor, Director of Development, barn manager, and, with Hock, primary houseparent. In her life outside NCS, she has been a professional biographer and a part-time farmer. Both her children are graduates of NCS, Jon in 2002, Lucy in 2013. Selden holds a BA from Lesley University, and her passions are history (and sharing that excitement with children), 18th century research, and the natural world.