Tess Faller comes to the North Country School and Camp Treetops after sixteen seasons of organic farming in New England, the Pacific Northwest, Ireland, and South America. A graduate of College of the Atlantic (COA) in Bar Harbor, Maine, Tess spent five years managing COA’s 73-acre working and educational farm, Beech Hill Farm. She is passionate about growing food and providing opportunities for farm-based education. In addition to farming, Tess has worked as a middle school teacher and developed and managed school gardens. Tess is an avid outdoor enthusiast with strong family ties in the Adirondacks, and she loves being part of the North Country School and Camp Treetops community.
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.
Mallory was raised in Rochester, New York, and studied English and environmental studies at Binghamton University, degrees she now uses in her work doing environmental and outdoor education of all kinds. Nothing makes her happier than connecting people (especially kids!) with the outdoors in all the ways that we interact with it, whether that be adventuring or growing food. She’s worked on farms in the U.S. and abroad and most recently led a group of teenagers on a thru hike of Vermont’s Long Trail. Mallory loves to play outside, learn new skills, and tackle creative projects of all kinds.
Madeline grew up in Pennsylvania exploring the rivers, fields, and forests around her family’s small farm. For college, she went to Vermont in search of snowy mountains and a degree in environmental studies. She is passionate about the intersection of environmental preservation and human livelihoods and focused her studies on food systems. Most recently, Madeline worked in Colorado leading backpacking trips in the Rockies. In her free time, Madeline loves to hike, bike, be outside, do yoga, and cook delicious food with friends and family.
Elie graduated from Syracuse University in 2005 with a BA in psychology and in Spanish language, literature, and culture; he has taught Spanish and ESL for grades 6-12 in Arizona and Massachusetts. In 2011 he earned an MA in education from the University of Arizona. He 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 and their two dogs Bean and Otter. Elie loves playing outside, whether hiking, biking, backpacking, or trail running, and is also passionate about all things food: growing, preparing, and eating.