North Fork teachers have majored in or had successful professional careers and commercial experience in the subjects they teach. Certified as "Highly Qualified" by the Idaho Department of Education in their academic subjects, core program teachers coach every child individually in small classes of  mixed-grade students.

An intimate knowledge of students' academic strengths and weaknesses allows North Fork teachers to evaluate students with exact, detailed narrative reports each quarter. While the North Fork School provides colleges with a cumulative transcript, semester grades and standardized test scores also appear on students' public, private, or online school transcripts.


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Marie Furnary
Academic Credentials:

Dartmouth College, B.A.: major in English and coursework to complete an additional major in Environmental Studies.

June, 2013: AP Institute: Bellevue, WA -- English Literature & Composition

2007-2009: Grader for College Board SAT essays.

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: Presenter at the annual meeting of the Idaho Council of Teachers of English

Marie Furnary, Head of School

Marie Furnary (Writing Workshop, all English Programs) founded The North Fork School in 1996, after teaching Writing Workshop techniques to 100 sixth graders at Payette Lakes Middle School in McCall during the 1995 - 1996 school year. 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.

Marie 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.

Reflecting her belief that students who have a privileged education have a responsibility to share what they have learned with other students, Marie's English students tutor and teach their public and home schooled peers through after-school community classes, by offering private tutoring in the summer, and by publishing the occasional Blue Moon Review, a collection of creative writing and artwork by K-12 students in the wider community.

Having completed her US Figure Skating Gold medal test level in ice-dancing while training under Olympic Pairs & Dance coach Ron Ludington in Wilmington, DE, Marie is an accredited, Double Master-rated member of the Professional Skaters' Association. Holding a PSA Level II Ranking, Master Ratings in Moves in the Field and Group Instruction, a Certified Rating in Ice Dance, a Registered Rating in Freestyle, and accreditation in Hockey Power Skating, she presently teaches figure skating after school at The Manchester Ice & Event Center. Marie's MFSC skaters have passed 300 US Figure Skating tests, including 7 Gold/Senior US Figure Skating test Medals (3 Gold Dance, 3 Senior MIF, 1 Senior Free Dance),  since the club’s inception in 2003.

Her skaters’ other achievements include competing as co-captain of the 2012 National Collegiate Champion Team; receiving the highest IJS score out of 44 Preliminary girls at the 2013 US Figure Skating NW Pacific Regionals; performing as a cast member of the 2015 Holiday on Ice European Tour of Passion as well as in the 2015-2016 US tour of Disney On Ice: 100 Years of Magic.  She has also taught at The Dartmouth Figure Skating Club in New Hampshire, and at The Johnstown Figure Skating Club in Pennsylvania.    


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Carole Cox Academic Credentials:

June, 1987: M. Ed from Western Washington University; Bellingham, WA

June, 1984: BA in Chemistry, Eastern Washington University; Cheney, WA

June, 1980: BS in Chemistry, Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA. Biochemistry option; Minors: Biology & Math

2017 Idaho Provisional Certification -- Standard Secondary: Math (6-12)

2006 Idaho Certification -- Standard Secondary: Chemistry, Physical Science 6-12;

1984 Washington Standard Teaching Certificate (Secondary & Elementary)

 

 

Carole Cox, Math

Carole Cox (all Math classes) has taught a wide spectrum of math and science courses in Oregon, Washington, and Idaho high schools and community colleges. Carole taught Algebra at Southwestern Oregon Community College in Coos Bay, OR (1990); Chemistry at Mount Hood Community College in Gresham, OR (1992); and Chemistry lab and lecture courses, as well as Math for Chemistry at the College of Southern Idaho in Twin Falls (1993-2006). In 2013, she developed an online chemistry curriculum while teaching (2011-2013) for the Idaho Learning Academy (IDLA).

Most recently, she was the Dual-Credit Mentor for Idaho high school teachers who are offering dual-credit Chemistry through the College of Western Idaho in Nampa (2010-2017). There, as Chemistry Instructor (Adjunct), she also taught chemistry lecture and lab courses. Carole came to the North Fork School from Parma High School (2006-2017), where she taught concurrent-college credit Chemistry and concurrent-college credit Physics (dual-credit) through Boise State University, as well as Physical Science and Integrated Science classes.

"I feel an understanding of STEM [Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math] helps us to better appreciate the world around us," Carole says. She served on Idaho State’s End-of-Course (EOC) Science Data Review Committee, EOC Science Standard Setting Committee, and ISAT Science Item & Test Review Committees from 2009-2015, and received Honorable Mention for the Idaho Giants (Governor's Industry Award for Notable Teaching in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Award in 2013. Parma High School students selected Carole as their Favorite Teacher of the Year in 2007.

Carole moved to McCall in May, 2017 with her husband of 34 years, who is an avid bow hunter. She likes to "experiment" in the kitchen with ways to cook wild game, and enjoys exploring the McCall-Donnelly area. They have 5 daughters, one of whom was brought over from China when she was a young adult needing a college education, and one son-in-law. Their daughters currently live in Seattle, Portland, Salem, Salt Lake City, and Parma. 

 

Professional Association Memberships in: Idaho Science Teachers Association (ISTA); National Science Teachers Association (NSTA)


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Brigid Lawrence
Academic Credentials:

May, 1999: B.A. Degree in Social Science, emphasis on History -- Chapman University, Orange, CA

1992 -- 5th Year Credentialing Program

Supplemental courses: Political Science, Geography, and Advanced Placement training in United States and World History. 

Secondary teaching certificates in Idaho and California as well as an Elementary Certificate in Idaho.

Brigid Lawrence, History

Brigid Lawrence (all History classes) has taught history at the North Fork School since 1998.  Previously, she taught various grade levels in public California elementary schools before moving to McCall in 1995.

Throughout her adult life Brigid has volunteered with a number of community service organizations.  She has been both a Boy Scout and Girl Scout leader and assisted as a group leader at Camp Alice Pittenger.  She served as both treasurer and president of the McCall Ice Skating Association/Heartland Youth Hockey – first as a fundraiser for McCall’s outdoor rink and later as a member of the board establishing the youth US Hockey program at the Manchester Ice Rink.  She spent seven years as a member of the McCall Parks and Recreation Advisory Committee until leaving for a one-year teaching job in California in 2012. 

At the North Fork School Brigid developed the history curriculum for the three-year core program in Ancient Cultures, World History and American History.  She proved that students learn far more and become strong, analytical thinkers with a curriculum based on individual research, creative projects, debates, reenactments and engaging learning “games”.  Throughout each course, emphasis is placed on clear writing, research and thoughtful analysis.  Brigid fervently believes that the study of history involves far more than the learning of “facts”. 

Thorough knowledge of history as well as the political philosophy of government formation, along with strong critical and research skills are required if students are to become citizens capable of contributing to modern society.
— Brigid Lawrence, 2015

During the 2012-2013 school year, Brigid was Social Studies Department Head at the Developing Virtue Academy at the City of 10,000 Buddhas in Ukiah, California.  Her responsibilities included teaching courses to international students in Advanced Placement US and World History, Geography, and Government as well as being advisor to the Model United Nations Club.

Since returning to McCall in 2013, Brigid has taught American History I during the Spring Semester at North Fork, and has traveled to numerous countries around the world.  She continues to enjoy her time in McCall with Nordic skiing, hiking, quilting and reading.

 


Sally Elliott
Academic Credentials:

May 1971: BA in French; U of I

1991-1993: Graduate Studies in French Literature: U of WA

Summers, 1982, 1984, 1985: U of Northern Iowa French institute in Angers, France

Summer 1983: Middlebury College, VT --  French School

Professional Experience:

Stein Elementary School, Edmonds, WA (1992 - 1993) French Instructor K – 4

Lake Washington High School, Kirkland, WA (1981 - 1990) Instructor, French I – IV, and AP

Student Teacher Supervisor (1983, 1986, 1988, 1989); Mentor Teacher (1988-1989)

Participated in organization of and taught in regional annual French Camp (1982-1990)

Advisor, Multicultural Club (1981-1990); Supervised student travel to France (1985, 1986); Participated in Student-Faculty Play (1987-1974)

McCall-Donnelly High School, (1971 – 1974) Instructor, French and English

Continuing Education Classes and Workshops:

Seattle Pacific University Beginning ITIP (1981); ITIP (1982); Advanced ITIP (1983); Classroom Management (1983): Co-operative Learning (1986)

Dartmouth College John Rassias Foreign Language Teaching Workshop (1982)

Advanced Placement (1998) Classes/Teacher’s Workshop

Sally Elliott, French

After a 14-year teaching career, first in McCall and then in the Seattle area, Sally became the North Fork School French instructor in 2001. As early as junior high school, she developed an interest in foreign languages and dreamed of living in Europe. By the time she was a junior at the University of Idaho she was on her way to study in Paris at the Université de Paris. During that year abroad, Sally improved her French language skills and developed a lifelong love of and appreciation for the French people and their culture.

While traveling throughout Europe Sally was exposed to a variety of cultures and was inspired to continue exploring the world.  She returned home with a better understanding of the nuances of English and a new view of her own culture: “Hey, it’s not weird or wrong, it’s just different!”

Besides teaching French language, Sally introduces her students to the variety of French-speaking countries throughout the world, expanding students' understanding of the world at large. Her enthusiasm and passion highlights the many benefits to be gained from language study, including improved English and Math skills, an ability to think critically, and expanded career opportunities.

French is the international language of fashion, theater, visual arts, dance, and cooking. More than 200 million people all over the world speak French. It is the second most widely-learned language after English; the ability to speak French and English is an advantage in the international job market. French is also the third most-used language, after English and German, on the internet. French is an excellent base for learning other languages (including English – people are often taken aback when they learn that 40 percent of English words are derived from French), especially Romance languages, such as Spanish and Italian. Research shows that taking three years of a foreign language improves students' skills in English and Math as well as  raising their SAT and other test scores.

I want to help my students connect with other cultures through history, architecture, art, geography, cuisine, musique and, of course, people. We learn about sunny Provence, the snowy Alps, the wild and rocky coast of Brittany and the City of Light, Paris. We learn how to make (and enjoy!), a tarte tatin, an éclair, a profiterole, and other culinary delights. Introductions to Marie Antoinette, Jacques Cousteau, Madame Curie, and other historical figures make class come alive as we explore medieval castles, Roman and Greek ruins, and discover Celtic megaliths. Listening to and singing traditional and current French musique makes French class fun!
— Sally Elliott, 2014

Since that first year living in France, Sally has returned many times to continue her language studies, to travel with students, and to visit French friends she has made over the years – once a francophile, always a francophile.

Sally and her husband, Ed Elliott, own and operate Rudy’s Gym in McCall, where she is a certified personal trainer, yoga instructor, indoor cycling instructor and cross-country ski instructor.


Courtney Snyder Bork
Academic Credentials:

BA in Architecture: U of Idaho

AA in Architectural Drafting and Design: Northern Idaho College

North Fork School Art teacher  2013 - present

Currently working towards becoming a licensed architect. 

Employed at McCall Design and Planning in McCall, Idaho. 

Courtney Snyder Bork, 3rd Year Art

Courtney Snyder Bork (Art) was introduced to art by her grandmother, who enjoyed water-colors, sketching, and creating jewelry.  At a young age, Courtney enjoyed painting and coloring as well as endless hours spent building with Legos and Lincoln Logs, crafting with friends or building tree forts outside.

Courtney's love for artwork and building led to her desire to study architecture. She received a bachelor’s degree in Architecture and a minor in Art from the University of Idaho.  She also holds an associate degree in Architectural Drafting and Design from Northern Idaho College.

Courtney was born in Irving, Texas, but shortly moved with her parents to Jackson, Wyoming, where she enjoyed learning winter sports.  She began skiing at the age of 2 ½ and started ice skating at the age of 8.

Courtney was a competitive figure skater for more than ten years. Her love of figure skating earned her numerous ribbons and awards. She currently teaches adult hockey at the Manchester Ice Centre in McCall, Idaho, where she participates as a performer in bi-annual ice shows and plays hockey on various coed and women's teams.

Courtney lives in McCall with her husband, Jared, their two cats, Oliver and Maiya and the newest addition to their family, a Siberian Husky named Luka. 


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University of Idaho: Masters of Fine Art and K-12 Art certification

Since 2000, has taught at: McCall-Donnelly High School, The North Fork School, McCall Arts and Humanities         Council, Anser Charter School

Debra has taught a variety of age groups in many different settings. She strives to develop inventive teaching strategies that include student-centered learning environments, integration of other disciplines and technology to encourage students to be independent and collaborative learners.

Debra Facchin, 2nd Year Art

Debra Facchin (Art) began teaching at North Fork School in 2006, integrating art with the History and English curriculum. Her goal has been to broaden students' learning perspectives across both disciplines and to foster a deeper understanding of the arts. Students connect what they learn in history and literature to an art form that shares a common objective in both disciplines.

During 2013-2014, Debra implemented a Visual Arts program at Anser Charter School in Boise, teaching grades one through eight. She was part of a team that included Performing Arts and Community Service. Every student had the opportunity to rotate through each of the three programs. The Visual and Performing Arts experimented with overlapping topics and performances.

Since 2011, Debra has been the lead mosaic artist for the Centennial Park Project. The project celebrates McCall’s 100 years of history as a city. The serpentine wall is a 100 feet long, incorporating 100 different colors in glass tiles. She has collaborated with other area artists on the designs and installation of the artwork, developing a unique mosaic image that symbolically represents each event.

“My role as an art educator is to inspire students to love the challenge of learning. The arts invite students to be creative problem solvers, preparing them as 21st-century learners. My development as an educator reminds me that the heart of what I do as an artist and art educator depends on being a lifelong learner.

I have always been passionate about the creative process because every student is unique in his/her approach, and diversity is a wonderful complement to the collective imagination of a classroom.”
— Debra Facchin, 2014

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Dana Parker
Academic Credentials:

Modesto Junior College

San Francisco State

Research assistant with James Bland of University of Wisconsin, Madison, studying Himalayan snowcocks in the Ruby Mountains of Nevada.

Dana Parker, Drama

Dana Parker (WW Drama, 1st Year Drama, and 2nd Year Drama) has been involved with Theater since 1998 when (on a lark) he started going to open auditions in Seattle. Dana moved to McCall in 2000. He
has performed in more than 20 productions at McCall's Alpine Playhouse, where he currently serves on The Board of Directors.

Dana has been teaching Drama to students at North Fork School since 2004.
 



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