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Marie Furnary
Academic Credentials:

1982: B.A. with a major in English and coursework to complete an additional major in Environmental Studies from Dartmouth College.

2007-2009 Grader for College Board SAT exams

August, 2009: AP Institute: Cherry Creek, CO -- English Language & Composition

September, 2005: Idaho teacher certification in Secondary English

May, 2005: certified with Distinction in English by the American Board for Certification of Teacher Excellence

October, 2003: Presentation on teaching students to write poetry at the annual meeting of the Idaho Council of Teachers of English

June, 1996: Completed Great Books Foundation Leader training for Junior Great Books Discussion groups: San Francisco, CA.

October, 1994: Completed Teacher training course in presenting integrated curriculum GEMS Guides: Lawrence Hall of Science, Berkeley, CA

1983-1984: Assistant teacher for Carol Christ's course in Children's Literature at the University of California at Berkeley. Graded papers and helped students to refine their writing.

Brigid Lawrence
Academic Credentials:

1989: B.A. in Social Science with an emphasis in History from Chapman University in Orange, California.

September, 2007: Idaho teacher certification in Secondary Social Studies & History 6-12; Standard Elementary K-8

Graduate work in Education

August, 2009: AP Institute: Cherry Creek, CO -- American History

Multiple-Subject Teaching Credential from the State of California Commission on Teacher Credentialing (Doc #930044804, exp.1/1/98)

Passed the California Basic Education Skills Test (12-791)
Scored in the 97th percentile (GK681) on the NTE of General Knowledge in 1992.

Jodie Lea
Academic Credentials:

2004: MA in counseling psychology from Pacifica Graduate Institute.

2001: BA in Psychology from New School University; New York, NY.

Attended Boise State University; focused on fiction writing, theatre, & sociology.

Attended the University of Massachusetts as a world literature and Chinese major.

Janet Murphy
Selected Design Credits:

Idaho Center for Assistive Technology

Idaho AgrAbility

Idaho Fisheries Society

Idaho State Travel Guide

International Typeface Corportation

The Redbone Journal

Reel Women, Inc.

Canyons, Inc.

Computers for Kids, Inc.

Integrative Medicine

Payette Lakes Medical Clinic

Paintings for Private Collections

Paige Walker
Academic Credentials:

September, 2009: Idaho Provisional Certification -- Secondary Mathematics 6-12

June, 1999: Master of Business Administration (MBA) from the Anderson School at UCLA, Los Angeles, California

August, 1996: Master of Industrial Engineering, Operations Research from the University of Houston, Houston, Texas

December, 1988: BS in Electrical Engineering, Biomedical Engineering Concentration from the University of Texas at Austin

Additional Training:

Project Management, Managing Meetings, Team Problem Solving, Situational Leadership, Microsoft Word, Excel, Power Point, and Access, various computer programming languages,

International Graduate Business School Exchange Student at Instituto Tecnologico y de Estudios Superiores de Monterrey (ITESM), Mexico

Management Consulting Intern, Federal Infrastructure Management Solutions Practice at KPMG Peat Marwick LLP, San Antonio, Texas

NASA Awards: Johnson Space Center Certificate of Commendation; two NASA Outstanding Performance Ratings, Vice Presidential National Performance Review, Reinventing Government team award, two Individual Superior Achievement awards, and four Group Achievement awards

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North Fork School Teachers


Marie Furnary (Writing Workshop, all English Programs) has taught English at The North Fork School since 1996. She taught Writing Workshop techniques to homeschoolers in Oakland, CA in 1994, and to 100 sixth graders at Payette Lakes Middle School in McCall from 1995 to 1996. Volunteering her time two days/week to teach as many as four classes of students for the school year, she and the sixth grade teachers saw phenomenal improvements, both in students' writing, and in their desire to write.

Ms. Furnary is the Boise Alternative Education Examiner for Examiner.com as well as a full member of The Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators. She has been a freelance writer for National Geographic WORLD Magazine, and has sold articles to various other publications. Ms. Furnary is presently working on a picture book for young adolescents about costumes in various cultures, and on various pieces about education for the adult market.

As president of the McCall Arts and Humanities Council from 1997-1999, Ms. Furnary helped develop summer arts classes for children. Her press, Radical Publishing, offered an eighteen-hour Kids' Newspaper Workshop, which was tested in Payette Lakes Middle School from January-May of 1996. Aimed at introducing sixth-graders to the processes involved in producing a newspaper, each sixth grade class had the opportunity to write, edit, and publish its own newspaper.

In concert with other community music and art teachers, Ms. Furnary developed the week-long Canterbury Kids' Camp for the summers of 1997 & 1998, offering three hours of integrated arts activities at Ponderosa Park for ages 8-13. Based on a Medieval theme, the daily camp included writing, music, and dancing, as well as art projects in which kids created costumes, weapons, and a decorated cardboard castle, which remained in the Park for several weeks so that visiting children could play at being knights & ladies.

Each year, the camps culminated in a half-day Medieval Fair, which included acrobats, fortunetellers, dance performances, dramatizations of Canterbury Tales, and painting castle decorations & details. This fair has grown into the annual MAHC Kaleidoscope Kids' Festival, which regularly draws hundreds of children and their families to participate in arts projects with local artists.

Expressing a belief that students who have a privileged education have a responsibility to share what they have learned with other students, Ms. Furnary took her NFS classes into the classrooms of younger students one day/month from 1996-1999. There, her NFS students led groups of first, second, or third graders in writing projects that gave the older children teaching skills, while it offered the younger ones writing role-models and a love of new writing techniques & processes.

Having completed her USFS Gold medal test level in ice-dancing while training under Olympic Pairs & Dance coach Ron Ludington in Wilmington, DE, Ms. Furnary is an accredited member of the Professional Skaters' Association. Holding a PSA Level II Ranking, a Master rating in Group Instruction, Certified ratings in Dance and Moves in the Field, and accreditation in Hockey Power Skating, she presently teaches figure skating after school at The Manchester Ice & Event Centre, and taught previously at The Dartmouth Figure Skating Club, and at The Johnstown Figure Skating Club in Pennsylvania.                                                                                                                                                                    


Brigid Lawrence (all History programs) has taught history at the NFS since 1998. She taught elementary school in Palmdale, California (1992-1995) after receiving her teaching credential from Chapman University.

In California, Brigid volunteered for many years as a Cub Scout den mother and Cub Scout Pack Treasurer. She volunteered in her sons' elementary classrooms in Palmdale from 1986 through 1993.

In McCall, Brigid has continued to volunteer her time to various community groups. From 1996 to 1999, she was a Girl Scout leader for Daisy & Brownie troops, emphasizing community service and outdoor activities. She also assisted as a group leader at Camp Alice Pittenger (August 1998 & 1999).

Brigid has served as Treasurer of the McCall Ice Skating Association for the past four years, raising funds for the temporary outdoor ice rink. She has also assisted in raising funds for the permanent McCall Ice Rink & Event Center, and is a member of the Heartland Youth Hockey Board of Directors.

Brigid attended the University of San Francisco (1975-76), received an AA degree from Skyline Community College in San Bruno, CA (1973-1975), and has taken various classes at San Francisco Community College and Antelope Valley Community College. Her previous career at Bank of America included working in various offices in San Francisco, San Diego, Los Angeles and Palmdale. She worked in many positions until leaving her final position as a Financial Services (lending) officer in 1987, in order to return to college full-time.

Brigid's other interests include historical reading, quiltmaking, and taking advantage of McCall's outdoor activities (skiing, snowshoeing, hiking & just hanging out at the lake during the summer).

Teacher Development Classes:

Political Science 101:Boise State Univ. 2002; Reading in the Content Area: Seattle Pacific University, 2002; Teaching Art to Children by artist & author Mona Brooks; Creative "Kitchen Sink" Science; AIMS science education for elementary students; Teaching geometry through Polyhedraville; Creative use of learning centers at Fresno Pacific University

Jodie Lea (Drama & Public Speaking) has taught Drama at the North Fork School since 1999, and has been busy teaching creative dramatics privately to 7-14 year olds through the Alpine Playhouse. Jodie also co-taught Broadway Musical Production classes for the McCall Recreation Department in 2000 & 2001.

Jodie teaches creative dramatics each summer for the McCall Arts and Humanities Council's Summer Kids' Campus, and teaches Shakespeare to 5th graders at McCall-Donnelly Elementary School as part of the Idaho Commission on the Arts Artists-in-the-Schools Grant program, which is sponsored by the McCall Arts & Humanities Council.

As an active volunteer in the community, Jodie served on the Board of Directors for the Alpine Playhouse from 1991-2001, while also acting in and directing both adult and children's theater productions.

Jodie has a passion for working with kids, and has always tried to integrate her diverse interests in literature, art, music, mythology, and psychology to enrich her teaching in the dramatic arts.

Janet Murphy (1st, 2nd, & 3rdYear Program Art) has been an Art Instructor at The North Fork School since 1999. Her own college instructors were all working professionals in the fields of graphic art and illustration. This valuable training, as well as her own professional experience, allow Ms. Murphy to share with her students the importance of hand skills, design in drawing, unity with shapes and values, color harmony, and combining these elements for powerful compositions.

Working as a freelance illustrator and graphic artist since 1980, Ms. Murphy has owned Murphy Designs, in McCall, ID since 1990. Specializing in traditional & digital illustration techniques, as well as offering watercolor originals, acrylic murals, limited-edition prints & cards, Ms. Murphy has an extensive client list, which includes the local, state, and nationally-known accounts at left.

Ms. Murphy creates a broad range of visual communications for a variety of promotional needs, including: illustrated educational posters; product illustration, personal identity packages; brochures, catalogs, and artful design solutions for agencies, organizations, & small businesses.

Ms. Murphy attended the Advertising Art and Communications Program of Seattle Central Community College in Seattle, Washingtonfrom1987-1989. She also attended North Idaho Community College's Advertising Art Program in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, from 1979-1981.

Paige Walker (all Math classes) is new to the North Fork School in the 2009/2010 school year. In 2005, she privately taught math and science to Boise students who were living in McCall full-time for winter ski training. In 2006, Paige was one of the two facilitators at Tamarack Resort, tutoring students who were enrolled in the K-12 online education program through the Tamarack Sports Education Foundation. Some of these students joined the McCall Ski Racing Team in 2007 and Paige continued to tutor them on a regular basis in math and science that year at the Little Ski Hill. In addition, Paige has individually tutored McCall students in Algebra I and II, Geometry, and pre-Calculus since 2005.

As a 6th grader in northern Virginia, Paige decided she wanted to be part of the U.S. Space Program and set her educational objectives on becoming an engineer. She was lucky enough to benefit from the opportunities and attention she received at the Madeira School, a private girls high school, (where she even competed with other schools as part of the Math Team,) and soon found herself alternating work and school semesters between NASA Johnson Space Center and the University of Texas as a Cooperative Engineering Education student.

Paige's 13 year NASA career mostly consisted of performing pre-flight planning and real-time mission support of spacecraft systems operations as a Payload Operations Flight Controller (NASA's second best job!). She supported seven Space Shuttle missions and multiple payloads from the Mission Control Center and then continued her career as a Data Systems Project Manager developing the new Mission Control Center.

Although Paige has spent many years applying mathematics, she has taken several opportunities to perform in an instructional role. These opportunities include gaining certification to teach astronauts certain Space Shuttle systems one-on-one in the Single System Trainers, and working with astronauts and other NASA Flight Controllers to familiarize them with Payloads and the procedures unique to a particular space flight. Paige was also part of a team that was recognized for pioneering the use of virtual reality training technology targeted at those performing monitoring and control. This effort greatly improved the situational awareness of flight control team preparing for the Hubble Space Telescope first servicing mission.

During both of her years in graduate business school, Paige also volunteered to teach the Junior Achievement course to 4th graders in East LA classrooms. Junior Achievement's "hands-on, experiential programs teach the key concepts of work readiness, entrepreneurship and financial literacy."

Paige has thoroughly enjoyed the motivated kids she has worked with in McCall. She believes that the Junior and High School years are the most critical in building or losing momentum in math. This momentum is not just extremely useful to carry kids through college math courses, but through the rest of their lives.

Math is a discipline and an art. It should be thought of as a toolkit of concepts that must be understood and then creatively utilized rather than as endless sequences of steps to be learned and blindly applied by rote. Students should feel free to choose among various paths they may take in life without cutting themselves off from opportunities that may otherwise interest them because of a lack of confidence in math. One might think that math can be avoided if one becomes an artist, for instance. That may be possible, but math literacy can give students an edge in developing both their art and any business they may derive from it. Besides, math is fun!

Paige is also a licensed real estate broker in Idaho and has completed the Graduate Realtor Institute Program. She uses lots of math in the real estate business as well as in her two favorite activities, flying her Cessna 180 airplane, and quilting. Paige has lived in McCall for ten years and still loves hiking, biking, skiing, and snowshoeing, and has recently started swimming in the lake. Other hobbies include computers and home theater and the convergence of the two. She is particularly looking forward to using multimedia in the math classroom at the North Fork School.

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