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Michael Aldridge
Michael Aldridge, Creative Director
Appointed 2002
Sheridan College of Fine Arts

Always looking to capture that authentic "Northwood Moment" on camera, Michael brings the Northwood Experience to life. Prior to joining Northwood, Michael worked as a freelance photographer / graphic designer. His client list included: Hilton Resorts, Miller Sports Group, IMG, SBC Media, Aruba Publications, Golf Digest, P3 Vodka, Olympic Regional Development Authority, Crowne Plaza Resorts, and New York ByWays. Capturing all aspects of the Northwood family through images and video remains as challenging and fun today as it was when he joined Northwood in 2002. 

Sandra Baker
Sandra Baker, Administrative Assistant to College Counseling / Registrar / PDSO
Appointed 2011
North Country Community College

Sandy Baker brings over thirty years of administrative office experience to her position as Administrative Assistant to College Counseling, and Registrar.  She is a native Adirondacker, born and raised in Saranac Lake, where she lives with her husband, Bruce, and Willow and Bob, their Jack Russell and Rat Terrier/Pomeranian dogs.  

Brantley Beach
Brantley Beach, Alpine Technician
Appointed 2022
SUNY Plattsburgh

Brantley is joining Northwood as the Alpine Technician. At the age of 3, he learned to ski at Whiteface and has been an avid skier since. Brantley attended SUNY Plattsburgh to study Business and Finance and followed his Bachelor’s degrees with a Master's of Science in Leadership Studies. He has spent the last 12 years managing both the retail and service departments at a local ski shop and will bring an in-depth understanding of alpine equipment to our team. 

Tommy Biesemeyer
Tommy Biesemeyer, Director of Skiing
Appointed 2021

Biesemeyer joins Northwood after a storied racing career and 15 years of alpine racing, training, and coaching experience. A resident of Keene, New York, and known within the ski community as "B.Z.," Biesemeyer began skiing at the age of three and had his first race at age seven when he joined the New York Ski Education Foundation (NYSEF) program at Whiteface Mountain. At 12, Biesemeyer competed in J3 and J4 races but always had sights set on the U.S. Ski Team. A victory at the '03 Junior Olympics started him down that path, and he then made his World Cup debut in 2010 and the Olympic Team in 2018. 

Tom Broderick
Thomas Broderick, Associate Head of School for External Affairs / Director of the Annual Fund
Appointed 1988
Hamilton College

Associate Head of Shool, Thomas (Brody) Broderick has been in the school business for almost thirty years, all at Northwood School. Educated at Hamilton College, he received a bachelor's of arts degree in political science that focused on American Democracy. Mr. Broderick is instrumental in the continued development of the Northwood on Main project. He is married to Nicole, and they have two children, Morgan '19 and Kate '22. The Brodericks love Lake Placid and enjoy spending their time skiing, skating, swimming, hiking and biking.

Noel Carmichael
Noel Carmichael, Dean of Faculty and Academic Affairs
Appointed 2017
New York University
José Coss
José Coss, Head Coach U17 Boys' Soccer, Spanish Teacher
Appointed 2023

José graduated from the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus earning a bachelor's degree on Information and Journalism in 2015. He then pursued a Juris Doctor degree in the University of Puerto Rico’s Law School, after which he worked as a lawyer for three years in various law firms. He started coaching soccer at the age of 17 while still in high school, in Fraigcomar Soccer Club where he eventually became head coach and director of the soccer program. José also worked in two prestigious High Schools as head soccer coach, one of them being Colegio San Ignacio de Loyola and the other Colegio Adianez. In 2021, José obtained a FIFA master’s degree on Sports Management. Most recently, José was head coach of the first team of Academia Quintana leading them to their first national tournament final in 16 years. José lives on campus beside the soccer field.

Andy Donatello
Andrew Donatello, Athletic Trainer
Appointed 1997
University of New Hampshire
M.A. Indiana State University

Born and raised in New Hampshire, Andy attended the University of New Hampshire in Durham where he received his Bachelor’s of Science in Kinesiology with a specialization of Athletic Training.  He received his masters from Indiana State University in Athletic Training. Andy worked at Lake Placid Sports Medicine for two years before coming to Northwood School in 1997. Andy is the  Athletic Trainer, and Health teacher.  He resides in Lake Placid with his wife Carrie, daughters Sara ‘18 & Haley ‘21 & son Drew ’23. He loves all outdoor activities with golf, paddleboarding, mountain biking, and cross-country skiing being his among his favorites.

Bob Emery
Bob Emery, Mathematics Faculty
Appointed 2020
SUNY Cortland

Bob is a new faculty member and will teach upper-level math classes. He is a Bates College graduate who holds a Master’s in Teaching degree from SUNY Cortland. He is a New York State certified math teacher who has been teaching at Mountain Lake Academy since 2012. In his role there, he has taught many levels of math from Algebra to AP Calculus and he utilizes a number of different online platforms in his teaching. Bob is also a Suzuki guitar instructor and has worked as an outdoor field instructor at the National Outdoor Leadership School and at Adirondack Leadership Expeditions. He lives in Ray Brook with his wife, Whitney, and their 3 children.

Marcy Fagan
Marcy Fagan, Director of LEAP Program, Science Faculty
Appointed 2006
Gettysburgh College
M.A.T. Fairleigh Dickinson College

Marcy Fagan graduated from Gettysburg College with a B.S. in Biology and then completed a M.A.T. at Fairleigh Dickinson University. Marcy is the Science Department Chair and Director of Northwood's LEAP Program. She teaches Biology and Geology and enjoys exploring the outdoors. You'll see her on her mountain bike in warmer months and on the ski slopes in the winter.

Andrea Farrell
Andrea Farrell, Mathematics Faculty
Appointed 2022
Middlebury College

Andrea Farrell is returning to the math department at Northwood this year to begin her tenth year of teaching. In her career she has taught Algebra 1 through AP Calculus and AP Statistics, having taken some time away from the classroom to raise her young family. Andrea graduated from Middlebury College in 2004 with a degree in Environmental Studies. Her love of the outdoors has taken her on adventures to 4 continents, ultimately bringing her back to her hometown of Lake Placid where she lives with her husband, Mike, and their 3 children. These days, when she isn't in the classroom you can find her on hiking, skiing, and running adventures closer to home.

Justin Felhaber
Justin Felhaber '14, Assistant Coach Boys' Varsity Hockey, English Faculty
Appointed 2021
Hamilton College

Justin is a  proud Northwood alum (Class of 2014) from Pembroke, Ontario and will be teaching English and coaching hockey.  After playing junior hockey for three years with the Pembroke Lumber Kings in the CCHL, he attended Hamilton College in Clinton, NY (Class of 2021).  Justin received a B.A. in English Literature and served as a captain of the Men's Hockey Team during his time at Hamilton. Away from the classroom and the rink, he spends his free time playing guitar, golfing, and hiking with friends.  

Stephanie Gates
Stephanie Gates, Executive Assistant to the Head of School and Board of Trustees, Director of Advancement Services
Appointed 2017
Trevor Gilligan
Trevor Gilligan '03, Director of Athletics, Head Coach Girls' Hockey
Appointed 2016
SUNY Oswego

Trevor Gilligan '03, a North Country native, led the Northwood Girls to a 46-14-6 record in his first season.  Some memorable moments included winning the Fall Foliage Tournament, reaching the finals in the Detroit Two Nations Cup, Nashville Country Classic, and the New York State Championship. Before taking over the girls' program, Gilligan spent two seasons alongside Chadd Cassidy as the Associate Head Coach of the Boys' Junior Hockey team. Previous to Northwood, Gilligan was the Head Coach at SUNY Canton, leading the men's hockey team's transition to the NCAA Division III level. He started his coaching career here at Northwood from 2008-2013.  Gilligan has extensive experience at Northwood School as a dorm parent, coach, advisor, and a member of the Class of 2003. He earned a Bachelor of Education degree at SUNY Oswego and was a member of the Lakers 2007 National Championship hockey team. Gilligan and his wife Katie live on campus.

Nadine Gonyea-Hathaway
Nadine Gonyea-Hathaway, Accounts Payable / Advancement Support
Appointed 2022
Ben LeBlanc
Benjamin LeBlanc, Physics/Math Faculty
Appointed 2021
Univ. of Vermont, Columbia Univ., St. Lawrence Univ.

Ben is a North Country native from Saranac Lake and will be teaching physics and math classes. He received his B.S in Mathematics and Physics from St. Lawrence University and a B.S in Mechanical Engineering from Columbia University as part of a 3+2 combined plan program. He then went on to receive his Ph.D. in Structural Engineering from the University of Vermont where he focused on monitoring fatigue in structural and biomechanical systems. In his free time, Ben trail runs or gravel bikes everything in the adirondacks.

Shawn Lynch
Shawn Lynch '13, Assistant Coach Boys' Prep Hockey
Appointed 2023
Utica College

Shawn is a 2013 graduate of Northwood School. Following his time at Northwood, Shawn went on to play two seasons of junior hockey in Ottawa, ON. He then attended Utica College, where he graduated in 2019 with a degree in Business-Economics. In 2020, he began his coaching career at West Genesee High School in Camillus, NY, following a season playing minor pro hockey. Shawn moved on to coach the junior hockey program in Utica, NY, before accepting the Assistant Coach position at Lake Forest College for the 2022-2023 season. Shawn now lives on campus with his girlfriend, Gianna, and their daughter, Sofia.

Mike Maher
Michael J. Maher, Head of School
Appointed 2015
University of Vermont
M.A. Wesleyan University

 Michael Maher’s career in boarding schools began at the Taft School in Watertown, CT where he served as a history teacher, dorm parent, advisor, and Dean of Students. After eighteen years at Taft, Mr. Maher was appointed Head of Berkshire School in Sheffield, MA in 2004, a role he held until 2013.

Since arriving at Northwood in July 2015, Mr. Maher and his administrative team have added several new signature academic programs such as Innovation and Design, Entrepreneurship, the L.E.A.P. Program and the Learning Center.  Additionally, Mr. Maher has spearheaded efforts to expand performing arts opportunities, co-curricular and athletic options and improve and grow Northwood’s physical plant.

Mr. Maher, an accomplished musician who is highly proficient on several instruments, performs regularly in the local community as well as in the school’s living room.  He is also a successful entrepreneur, having created and owned several companies most notably The Kerry Cup, an elite education and golf program for high school students from around the world that is held annually in Waterville, Ireland.  Mr. Maher has a BA from the University of Vermont in Political Science and Russian Studies, and a Master’s Degree in Liberal Studies (MALS) from Wesleyan University.

Steve Mallaro
Stephen Mallaro '06, Head Coach Boys' Prep Hockey
Appointed 2021

Stephen is a 2006 graduate of Northwood School. He was the team captain on the first team to reach 40 wins under current coach Mark Morris. Stephen has had an extensive coaching career following a successful collegiate career at Oswego State University and minor pro career. He began coaching at Manhattanville College, earning a master’s degree in Sport Business Management. He then joined the College at Brockport for two seasons before being hired at King’s College as the first head coach in program history. Most recently, Stephen was the head coach at the Albany Academy Prep School. Stephen lives on campus with his wife Julia and golden retriever, Daley.

Elenor Mandigo
Elenor Mandigo, Assistant to the Director of Admission/Office Manager
518 523 3382
Appointed 2001

Born in Puerto Rico, as a military dependent, Elenor grew up enjoying the travel that is part of a military family’s life. She graduated from high school in Germany and attended OLVA in Plattsburgh, NY.

Elenor's work experience is as varied as her outside interests, from having owned a children's clothing store while her children were young, to working in accounting and also selling real estate part time. Elenor joined Northwood School in 2001 and has been part of the Admission Office since then. Three of Elenor's children attended Northwood School, Jerica Young '05, Fergie Young '09 and Richele Young. Elenor lives in the scenic town of Jay, NY with her son, Jaron.

Jeff Martin
Jeffrey Martin, Innovation, Engineering, & Entrepreneurship Dept. Chair, Technology Director, Robotics
Appointed 1995
Alfred University
M.S. Alfred University

Jeff Martin received his M.S. from Alfred University and has been a teacher, coach and dorm parent at Northwood School since 1995.  Jeff has taught physical science, chemistry, geology, astronomy, algebra II and algebra III and coached tennis, soccer, hockey and wilderness skills during his time at Northwood.  He serves as chair of the Innovation, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship department and coaches Northwood's Robotics Team.  Jeff, his wife Sytske and their daughter Anja enjoy the many outdoor activities of the Lake Placid area and spending quiet time at their home in Wilmington.

Systke Martin
Sytske Martin, Library Services Coordinator
Appointed 2009
Alfred University

Sytske Martin has been a part of the Northwood Community for close to two decades.  Educated at Alfred University, she received her Bachelor of Arts degree in 1990 and later received a degree in Massage Therapy from NCCC.  Sytske currently works as a Northwood Library Services Coordinator.  She is married to Jeff Martin, the school's Innovation, Engineering, and Entrepreneurship director. They live in nearby Wilmington, NY with their daughter Anja.  Sytske enjoys being outdoors in the Adirondacks and staying active with her family and pets.

Kelvin Martinez
Kelvin Martinez, Dean of Multicultural Affairs, Dean of Faculty Growth and Development, Foreign Language Faculty, Boys' Soccer Coach
Appointed 2018
Union College
M.Ed. American College of Education

Kelvin Martinez joined Northwood from the Fay School in Southborough, MA.  Mr. Martinez serves as Northwood's Dean of Multicultural Affairs and Recruitment. He is also a Spanish instructor and head coach of the boys’ soccer team. He is currently working on his Ph.D. at the University of Albany in the Department of Latin American and Caribbean Studies.  Mr. Martinez lives on campus with his wife Nora and their three children.

David McCauley
David McCauley, Director of College Counseling and Director of International Students
Appointed 2019
Colby College
M.Ed. St. Lawrence University

As the Director of College Counseling David provides college-related guidance and support for students and their parents, maintains professional relationships with college admission officers, and oversees the programs for students regarding the college search process. Previous to Northwood School, David was the Director of College Counseling at Berkshire School. Prior to this, he spent four years as Director of College Counseling and Assistant Registrar at Beijing High School No. 4 and Beijing National Day School in China. He has also worked as an admissions officer at Creighton University, Siena College, Hamilton College, and Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. He is a graduate of Colby College with a bachelor’s degree in Spanish, and St. Lawrence University with a M.Ed. in Educational Leadership and is active in numerous professional associations. David, his wife Marleny, and their son Sean live in Lake Placid.

Jeff Miller
Jeff Miller, Director of Financial Aid; Math Department; Coach Boys' Varsity Hockey
(518) 302 5134
Appointed 2018
Dartmouth College

Born and raised in the Boston area, Jeff attended Reading Memorial High School before embarking on a post graduate year at Phillips Andover Academy.   Jeff went on to attend Dartmouth College, where he was a four-year letterman and assistant captain of the ice hockey team. Jeff graduated in 1990 with a B.A. in History.

After playing professional hockey in Europe, Jeff pursued a career in finance where he worked for JPMorgan, FBR Capital Markets, and Guggenheim Partners. Jeff also coached hockey as the assistant coach for Reading High School and as a head coach in the New England Fall Prep School League. Jeff joined Northwood faculty in 2018 and assumed the Director of Financial Aid responsibilities in 2020. In addition to his work in the Admission Office, Mr. Miller is a teacher in the Humanities Department and coaches the Boys' Varsity Hockey team

Jon Moodey
Jon Moodey, Program Director Boys' Soccer
Appointed 2018
Kenyon College

Prior to joining Northwood, Jon served as founder and CEO of Black Rock Football Club. Before that, he served as the Head Soccer Coach at Berkshire School for 11 years, where he won three National Prep Championships. While at Berkshire, Jon was also an Associate Director of Admission and member of the English faculty.  Jon brings over 20 years of experience in coaching and education to Northwood School.   Jon is married to Martina Moodey, a former member of the Spanish faculty at Berkshire School.  They have two children and reside on campus.

Bobby O'Connor
Bobby O'Connor, Northwood Outing Club Director
Appointed 2021
SUNY Plattsburgh

Bobby O’Connor is an avid outdoor professional with expedition and teaching experience in paddling, rock climbing, ice climbing, backcountry skiing, and mountaineering. He is an NYS licensed guide, wilderness first responder, certified whitewater, kayaking/canoeing, and climbing wall instructor. He has received advanced training in NYS wildland search skills, challenge course technology, and avalanche response. O’Connor received a B.S. (2013) and M.S. (2017) in Expeditionary Studies from SUNY Plattsburgh. Before Northwood, O’Connor was a recreation professor at Paul Smith’s College and the Outdoor/Adventure Education Coordinator overseeing the infrastructure necessary for running the outdoor programs.    

Heather Odell
Heather Odell, Humanities/ French Faculty; Humanities Dept. Chair
Appointed 2017
Plattsburgh State University
M.A. St. Michael's College
Stacy Prime
Stacy McCoy Prime, Chief Innovation Officer
Appointed 2021
University of Michigan

Prime is an award-winning educational innovator and entrepreneur, visionary STEAM school leader, and school designer. Her work is featured in the New York Times and Today Show.  Before Northwood, Prime was a founding NYC principal where she designed and led an innovative STEAM high school that served 450 students and 65 staff. Her background includes a B.A. from the University of Michigan, and multiple master’s degrees and leadership program certificates, awards, and fellowships in secondary education, leadership, and school design.

Steve Reed
Stephen Reed, Senior Master / Director of Alumni Relations
Appointed 1971
Bowdoin College

After graduating from Bowdoin College in 1969, Mr. Reed joined the staff of Kingsley Hall School in Westbrook, Connecticut where he taught English for two years and served as athletic director and baseball coach.  In 1971 he became a member of the Northwood faculty.  Over the past four decades, he has served Northwood in a variety of capacities:  Chair of the English department, head of college guidance, assistant headmaster, and coach of various sports.  Steve is actively involved in the Lake Placid community, he has been elected a town justice and chairman of the public school board as well as being on the boards of The Adirondack Medical Center, The Deo Coburn Foundation, The Essex County Mental Health Association, The Lake Placid/North Elba Historical Society, and The Adirondack Experience.

Gino Riffle
Gino Riffle, Director of Admission
(518) 302 5114
Appointed 2015
University of Vermont
M.Ed. Salem State University

A 1996 graduate of the University of Vermont, Gino has been a successful coach, school administrator, and athletic director since becoming an educator in 1998.  In his nine years as Head Boys' Coach at Kimball Union Academy, he recruited and mentored 18 Division I players, four of whom were NHL draft picks. Two of his teams won the NEPSAC Small School Championship. From KUA he returned to his high school alma mater, Rice Memorial in Burlington as Associate Principal for Student Life and Athletic Director. He currently serves as Northwood's  Director of Admissions.  Gino lives in Jay, NY with his wife Leigh and daughter Anastasia.

Leigh Riffle
Leigh Riffle, Asst. Dean of Students, Humanities/Social Science Faculty, Team Dean Girls' Hockey
Appointed 2017
Connecticut College

Originally from Clifton Park, New York, Leigh graduated from Canterbury School in New Milford, Connecticut in 2011. She then played four years on defense for the Connecticut College Camels where she won the Erica M. Vos Award of Valor in the spring of her senior year. After her collegiate career, Leigh spent two years as Canterbury's Associate Head Girls' Hockey coach and as an instructor in humanities and mathematics.  At Northwood she teaches humanities and is the Assistant Dean of Students. Leigh lives in Jay with husband Gino, daughter Anastasia and dog Boomer.

Hanna Rose
Hanna Rose '18, Assistant Coach Girls' Hockey, Mathematics Faculty
Appointed 2023

Hanna is a 2018 graduate of Northwood School. She played on the Girls' Hockey team for 2 years and continued into college, playing at Plattsburgh State. She was a member of the team, winning the Division 3 - 2019 National Championship her freshman year and received Rookie of the Year in the NEWHL.  Hanna received an Undergraduate degree in Mathematics and a Master's degree in Secondary Education during her time at Plattsburgh. Hanna is from Three Mile Bay, NY. She lives on campus on second east with her Boston Terrier puppy, Zury.

Caroline Roy
Caroline Roy, Medical Office Administrative Support
Appointed 2006
Lafayette College
Matt Roy
Matthew Roy, Science Faculty
Appointed 2004
St. Lawrence University

Matt Roy has taught Physics, Physical Science, and Biology at Northwood School since 2004.  He has also coached various sports including soccer, crew, and whitewater kayaking..  Before life at Northwood, Matt was the Executive Director of the United States Bobsled and Skeleton Federation and a member of the 1988 Olympic Bobsled team.  He is a 1982 graduate of St. Lawrence University where he majored in Biology and Environmental Studies.  Matt is married and has four children – Emily ’08, Kate ’06, Chris ’15 and Robbie.

Howard Runyon
Howard Runyon, Spanish/Humanities Faculty; Crew Coach
Appointed 2005
Yale University
M.F.A. Columbia University

Howard has taught Spanish and English at Northwood, and coached the Crew, since 2005, and currently serves as chair of the Foreign Language Department. He rowed on the varsity lightweight crew at Yale and graduated with a B.A. in philosophy. His master's degree is in film. Before coming to Northwood, he worked as a copy editor and spent four years coaching men's and women's crews at the University of Chicago.

Simon Shergold
Simon Shergold, Soccer Coach / History Instructor
Appointed in 2022

Simon Shergold is a high school History teacher from the UK, recently settled in Lake Placid with his family. He worked for nearly 20 years as a classroom teacher and Head of Department in England, as well as playing semi-professional soccer for the Corinthian Casuals. He first worked on the fields of Northwood 20 years ago as a soccer coach and is looking forward to teaching and coaching in this beautiful region and enjoying all the opportunities living in Lake Placid offers.

John Spear
John Spear '88, Assistant Head of School for Student Life; Journalism and AP Psychology Faculty
Appointed 2011
Williams College

After graduating from Northwood in 1988, John attended Williams College, where he captained the varsity hockey team. He returned to Northwood from 1992-94 to teach English and psychology and coach hockey and lacrosse. Prior to returning to Northwood 2011, John was the Director of College Guidance and Assistant Head of School at National Sports Academy. Prior to being named Assistant Head for School Life, John Spear ’88 was Northwood's Director of College Counseling. He also teaches Journalism and AP Psychology. John lives on campus in Bergamini with his wife Martha and son Yosef.

Kim Stanton
Kim Stanton, Business Office Manager / CFO
Appointed 2017
Purdue University
Adam Stewart
Adam Stewart, Music Instructor
Appointed 2021
Elon University

Adam Stewart is a passionate music educator from central New Hampshire. He grew up on the campus of Tilton School where he graduated with honors in 2002. He earned his BS Music Education (vocal focus) from Elon University in 2006 and has taught in public and private day schools ever since. Adam is excited to return to the private boarding school environment and cannot wait to share his depth of musical knowledge and love of performance with the Northwood community.

Ingrid VanSlyke
Ingrid Van Slyke, Art Faculty
Appointed 2009
SUNY Institute of Technology

Ingrid exhibits her work nationally and throughout the Northeast.  Her pastel paintings have earned her numerous awards and honors. Including the Cape Cod award given at The Pastel Society of America Enduring Brilliance exhibition in New York City. She is a Signature member of The Pastel Society of America,  Adirondack Pastel Society,  International Association of Pastel Societies, and the National Association of Women Artists. Ingrid teaches pastel and painting workshops . She is represented at Gallery 46 in Lake Placid N.Y.

Jill Walker
Jill Walker, Director, Advanced STEM Research Program
Appointed 2004
Luther College
M.S. University of South Carolina

Jill Walker, Northwood's Director of the Advanced STEM Research Program and an instructor in the science department, has been at Northwood School since 2004. Prior to arriving at Northwood, she taught at the University of South Carolina and at a private all-girls school in Rochester, N.Y.  Ms. Walker earned her B.A. in Biology at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa, and her M.S. in Biology at the University of South Carolina.  She is married to Jim, a managing editor at a small publishing company, and they live with their dog Roscoe in Lake Placid.

Carrie Wardlaw
Carrie Wardlaw, Senior Associate Director of Admission
Appointed 2013
Plattsburgh State University

Carrie Grady Wardlaw was born and raised in Lake Placid. She is 1988 graduate of the ski racing academy Mountain House School and earned her B.A. in Education at Plattsburgh State University. Mrs. Wardlaw is three-time Ironman finisher and a competitive water-skier. This is her second time as part of the Northwood School faculty and staff. From 1997-2005, she was a history teacher, ski and conditioning coach, advisor and dorm parent. After spending seven years and having three children in Park City, Mrs. Wardlaw and her husband Tait, decided to move back to Lake Placid to be closer to family and she began working at Northwood School again in the fall of 2013 as part of the Admission Team. Mrs. Wardlaw was appointed Senior Associate Director of Admission in 2020 and in addition to her responsibilities in the Admission Office, Mrs. Wardlaw is also a teacher in the Humanities Department. 

Mrs. Wardlaw and Tait live in Lake Placid with their children, Wyatt, Teegan and Luke.

Tim Weaver
Timothy Weaver, Math & Science Faculty, College Counselor, Basketball Coach
Appointed 1991
Lafayette College
M.Ed. University of Massachusetts

Tim Weaver has been at Northwood since 1991. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from Lafayette College and his Master's Degree in Education from University of Massachusetts.  Mr. Weaver is also a girls’ lacrosse coach in the spring.  He is married to Katie Weaver, Studio Art Teacher at North Country School, and has two daughters, Amy ’11 and Erin.  He is an avid skate skier in the winter time and enjoys competing in the local mini-tri's in the summer.

Raychel West
Raychel West, Director of Ski Operations
Appointed 2021
Arizona State University

Raychel is joining Northwood as the Director of Ski Operations. At the age of 14, Raychel began traveling from her hometown of Roswell, GA, to Lake Placid, NY, to train and compete in the sport of Luge. She competed internationally for the United States Luge team for eight years. After becoming Junior National Champion in 2014, Germaine was named to the National Team, where she later competed at the World Cup/World Championship level. After retiring from Luge, she proceeded to obtain her BS in Nutrition from Arizona State University. Raychel loves to cook and enjoys spending time with her friends, family, and miniature dachshund Ziggy.  

Lisa Wint
Lisa Wint, Learning Center Coordinator, 10th Grade Class Dean
Appointed 2015
Nazareth College

After graduation from Nazareth College of Rochester in 1991, Lisa enjoyed a successful 12-year business career.  In 2003 she moved to Lake Placid and joined the boarding school world through the National Sports Academy where she held many positions including Spanish teacher, Winter Program Coordinator, Academic Dean, College Counselor and Head of School.  She joined the Northwood School community in 2015 and loves her roles as an academic coach and the coordinator of the Learning Center. Lisa is also the 10th Grade Class Dean.

Lisa lives in Lake Placid with her husband Randy and their son, Jonathan. They enjoy everything the Adirondacks have to offer.  When not on campus, you can usually find Lisa cross-country skiing, biking, running, paddling, cooking or working in her garden.  

Tara Wright
Tara Wright, School Psychologist, Director of the Learning Center
Appointed 2018
Messiah College
M.S. College of Saint Rose

Tara holds a Masters of Science in School Psychology from The College of Saint Rose and a Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Messiah College. She has worked with families and students in PreK - grade 12, building upon each student’s unique strengths to maximize their learning. Tara joined Northwood School in 2018 to provide counseling services, educational and mental health assessment, and Learning Center Coaching services.  She lives in Lake Placid with her husband, Jacob, and children, Alex, Nate, Jack, and Juliet.