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.
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.
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.
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.