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.
Bri graduated from Colorado Mesa University in 2018 with a B.S in Biological Sciences. She is passionate about animal care, anatomy, behavior, and diversity. Before joining the North Country School and Camp Treetops community she was an intern at the Odysea Aquarium in Phoenix, Arizona and the Phoenix Herpetological Sanctuary. There she cared for animals and offered educational programs about preservation. An avid horseback rider, she enjoys equestrian and western. Bri is excited to teach children about animals and offer learning experiences on our farm.
Nick Waddington joins the North Country School/Camp Treetops team during a year off from Carnegie Mellon University. He is passionate about growing food, and educating others about food justice and the role compost and environmentally conscious farming can play in it. Nick enjoys all things outdoors, and after experiencing camp and school as a student, camper, and counselor, he is excited to help students explore the farm and garden as a farm intern.