A coed boarding and day school for grades 4-9
North Country School main campus

Where most classrooms end, ours begin.

Professional and Office Staff

School Counselor


Lauren McGovern

Email
(Primary)
School Phone
(518) 523-9329   x6509
Bio

Lauren first came to NCS as the Admissions and Development assistant in 2002 and became the School’s counselor in 2007. She also teaches “Live and Learn” workshops in life skills for all students. Lauren grew up on a small farm in nearby Peru and lives in Wilmington with her family. She has worked in the fields of outdoor education, crisis intervention, and community relations. She holds a BA in communication arts from the College of New Rochelle, an MS in community counseling, and a certificate of advanced study in school counseling from Plattsburgh State University. She earned her permanent New York State School Counseling certification in June 2012. Lauren is a Nationally Certified Counselor.

Title(s)
School Counselor



Director of Technology


Devon Jacobs

Email
(Primary)
School Phone
518-837-5406
Bio

A native of Tupper Lake, Devon joined the staff in May 2013, having spent the previous 13 years as a repair technician for Champlain Valley Educational Services in Plattsburgh. He also was a computer coordinator for Holy Ghost Academy in Tupper Lake. Devon has several industry certifications, spent three years in Rochester Institute of Technology’s computer engineering technology program, and holds two associate’s degrees from Paul Smith’s College in culinary arts and hotel and restaurant management. He spent seven years as a seasonal private chef. Devon lives in Cadyville, NY, and enjoys cooking, hiking, camping, fishing, and hunting when time and his young son allow.

Title(s)
Director of Technology



Associate Director of Admissions


Rachel Carter

Email
(Primary)
School Phone
(518) 523-9329   x6503
Bio

Rachel joined the NCS faculty in 2012 as an ESL teacher and primary house parent. In 2015, she stepped into the role of associate director of admissions. She is a graduate of Scripps College with a BA in French and linguistics. During her time there, she taught French to third graders and ESL to adults. After graduation, she joined the Peace Corps and spent three years teaching English to middle school students in a rural village in Benin. She also spent several years as a construction volunteer with Habitat for Humanity in her home state of Florida. In her free time, Rachel enjoys traveling, hiking, reading, and playing board games.

Title(s)
Associate Director of Admissions



Administrative Support


Sheila Tavares

Email
(Primary)
School Phone
(518) 523-9329   x1000
Bio

Sheila has worked at North Country School since 1994, and she is the one who keeps everything running smoothly. She attended North Country Community College, where she received her AAS degree in secretarial science. Sheila enjoys reading, going for walks, traveling, and spending time with her husband Bill and their children, Noah and Natalie.

Title(s)
Administrative Support



Bookkeeper


Bunny LeClair

Email
(Primary)
School Phone
(518) 837-5455
Bio

A lifelong resident of the Adirondacks, Bunny joined the development office at NCS in 2007. Previously she was a long-term employee at Upstate Biotechnology, Inc. in Lake Placid, where she served as human resource manager. Bunny and her husband Greg are the proud parents of two adult sons and have been given the gift of five grandchildren. Bunny has a small ceramic studio at her home and also enjoys knitting, arts and crafts. Other pleasures are spending time with family and friends, cooking, gardening, and reading.

Title(s)
Bookkeeper



Nurse


Shannon Portal

Email
(Primary)
School Phone
(518) 523-9329   x6508
Bio

Shannon is pleased to return to NCS and Treetops, where she first worked as a Camp counselor and farm intern nearly 15 years ago. An RN with degrees in nursing and wilderness recreation leadership from North Country Community College, Shannon also holds a bachelor’s in child family services from SUNY Plattsburgh and studied herbal medicine and Chinese energetics at Naropa University. Shannon previously served as nursing director at a school for teens with mental health issues. Prior to that she was director of a youth center in Lake Placid and licensed wilderness guide for 10 years, during which time she co-taught 30-day backpacking and canoeing leadership courses for Paul Smith’s College. She enjoys school nursing for the opportunity to promote wellness by attending to the mind-body connection.

Title(s)
School Nurse



Nurse


Jessica Jeffrey

Email
(Primary)
School Phone
(518) 523-9329   x6509
Bio

Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, Jessica has lived in the Adirondacks for 10 years. Previously she worked as a backcountry caretaker for New York State, as well as a ski patroller at Whiteface Mountain. An RN, Jessica earned her nursing degree at North Country Community College. She loves spending time with her husband and six-year-old son Wyatt, as well as skiing, surfing, and anything woods related.

Title(s)
Primary houseparent, School Nurse (Weekend)