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Transformation that comes from passion and commitment

At Northstar, we recruit excellent teachers who love children and have a passion for what they do.  Northstar teachers are trained in intensive academic remediation instruction and embrace and appreciate our diverse student body. No matter what difficulties our students face, Northstar teachers recognize their unique gifts and focus on challenging them to pursue their aspirations.

Our staff is always learning.

Our teachers and staff actively participate in continuing education and professional development opportunities so that your student’s educational needs are addressed with the most up-to-date methods. They go to extraordinary lengths to imagine and implement effective strategies to unlock each student’s potential.

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Our teachers and staff bring passion, energy and vision to the Northstar experience every day.

Among our highly qualified faculty, you will find:

  • Master’s Degrees in Education
  • Master’s Degrees in Special Education
  • Post-Master’s work, including work toward a Doctorate Degree
  • Bachelor’s Degrees with Content or Special Education Certifications


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Crystal Trent

Head of School

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Wanda Ramsey

Assistant Head of School

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Holly Peele

Career Center Director

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Catie Huennekens

Career Center Assistant Director

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Miranda Gerhard

Director of Admissions

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Felicity Morris

Director of Finance

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Susan Herzick

Director of Development

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Chelsea Vrabel

Director of Marketing

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Administrative Staff

Susan Amos
School Nurse

Kristi Barsby
IEP/IAP Liaison

Lauren Clelland
IEP/IAP Liaison

Christy Dietrich
Staff Accountant

Marissa Downs
IEP/IAP Liaison

Jon Goodman
Facilities Coordinator

Kirstin Hughes
School Counselor

Maggie Latimer
Development Manager

Katie Lewis
Development Operations Manager

Kathy Llewellyn

Gwen Mattes
HR Manager

Darian Plumb

Faculty - Academy

Michael Bradner

Nathan Buchholz

Rachel Carr
Lower School

Eric Carter
Instructional Assistant

Vincent Elliott

Isabel Futterman

Paige Furey
Lower School

Angela Harper

Edna Heinig

Russell Helm

Emily Knapp
Specialized Reading

John Latham

Aaron Morris

Spencer Moum
Specialized Reading

MacKenzie Pigg

Kira Rhorer

David Rosko

Kateri Shaheen

Hailey Shinault

Mario Thornton
Instructional Assistant

Faculty - Career Center

Robert Burch
Construction and Maintenance

Sarabeth Creamer

Tricia Doria, LVT
Veterinary Assisting

Cynthia Izac
Business Technology and Materials Handling

Jordan Johnson
Instructional Assistant

Kristin Parson
IEP/IAP Liaison

Deonte Rainey
Instructional Assistant

Board of Directors

Lemuel Doss III

Richard L. Bennett, Jr., MD

Jennifer Quindoza, CPA, CGMA

Nancy Volante

R. Robert Benaicha

Martha Branch

William Charlet

John E. Corey

Christopher H. Daly

Tracey Deal, MD

Spencer Garrett

F. Robertson Hershey

W. Michael Walker

Pierce Walmsley

Tyler Whitley

Brent Winn