Noelle Higginson - Student Support Coordinator

Noelle is excited to join the SU in her role as Student Support Coordinator at First Branch Unified District.  Four years ago she and her husband relocated to the mountains of VT to be with family.  Their home is shared with four Pugs and an Australian Shepherd.  They love to travel, camp, snowmobile, be with friends and family, and go on adventures.  Noelle holds a MA and CAS in Special Education and a MA in Ed. Leadership, as well as administrative endorsements.  She is looking forward to being part of our FBUD community!

She can be reached at

Pamela Tower- Special Education at Tunbridge
Pamela Tower headshot

Pamela's first teaching experience was in 4-H as a kid growing up in Western Massachusetts.  She then taught horseback riding lessons for several years.  Many careers later she found herself working with high-needs special education students and knew she needed to return to graduate school.  She worked in Schenectady, NY as a self-contained 3-5 Special Education Teacher for 2 years.  She decided to move to a more rural area and came to Central Vermont in 2011.  She has worked as a Special Education Teacher in Central Vermont elementary schools for 11 years (Northfield and Roxbury).

She enjoys many things, such as dogs, wildlife, reptiles, swimming, kayaking, hiking, biking, canning, food preservation, and motorcycles.

She can be reached at:

Maria Rodis - Special Education

| Maria was born and raised in Sharon and returned to Vermont in 2018 after almost a decade living in Ohio, Washington D.C., and Austin, TX. She currently lives in Thetford with her partner and her cat, Wolfie. When not teaching, Maria enjoys playing music, baking bread, and spending time outdoors! You can reach Maria at |

Lisa Howarth - Special Educator

Lisa Howarth is a special educator at Tunbridge Central School.  She will be working with students grades K-3.  She has worked with students with various disabilities.  Relationship building and strong interpersonal skills are keys to success.  She is an effective communicator and is looking forward to meeting and working with FBUD students.  She lives in Berlin with her husband and daughter, and she enjoys the ocean, reading, and loves football, especially watching the Buffalo Bills! She can be reached at

Christian McCrory - Behavior Analyst

Christian is a Board Certified Behavior Analyst who began working for the Clara Martin Center in January of 2021. He was previously employed by Washington County Mental Health Services and has been working in the behavioral field since 2010. He serves all schools within the supervisory union, providing consultation, assessment, and direct behavior analytic support. He lives in Randolph with his partner, 2 daughters, and a cat named Bill. You can reach Christian at

Carrie Cooker - SPED Math Support
Carrie Cooker

Carrie is relatively new to Vermont, having spent most of her life in Cincinnati, Ohio where she taught in elementary school, as well as teaching aerobics at her local YMCA.  She has been a Tunbridge resident for the last 6 years and lives with her husband, cat, dog, rabbits, and chickens.  When not teaching, Carrie enjoys reading, knitting, gardening, and baking. You can reach Carrie at .

Lori Elderd - Paraeducator
Lori Elderd

Ms. Lori is originally from Long Island. She moved to Tunbridge, Vermont in 1988. She began working as a Paraeducator at the Chelsea Public school in 2013.  She has four grown children, three daughters and one son. She  also has a three year old grandson and two cats! She loves spending time at the beach in Maine! She can be reached at

Casey Knudsen - Paraeducator
Casey Knudsen

Casey has lived in Chelsea her whole life and loves being a part of the community. She is a reliable source of positivity in the school and has a great rapport with her students. She is a fan of the outdoors, particularly the ocean and the stars. She also enjoys photography. She can be reached at:

Penny Lewis - Paraeducator
Penny Lewis

Penny grew up in Tunbridge and graduated from South Royalton High School. She is the Mother of 3 and Grandmother of 8. Penny enjoys helping out wherever she is needed, but her main focus is in the Kindergarten room. Penny has been with the school for 27 completed years and into her 28th. Penny’s greatest enjoyment is spending time with her grandchildren. You can reach Penny at

Elizabeth Small - Behavior Specialist
Elizabeth Small

Ms. Liz has lived in Vermont most of her life, but before moving to Vermont in 2004 she lived in Gramercy, Louisiana and is originally from San Ramon, California. Ms. Liz loves Vermont winters and enjoys reading, hunting, fishing, snowboarding, and kayaking in her spare time. Ms. Liz is currently working toward licensure to become a Board Certified Behavior Analyst. You can reach Ms. Liz at

Becky McCullough - Paraeducator

Ms. Becky is a math paraeducator at Chelsea Public School. She attended and graduated from CPS and is so happy to be back here. In her spare time she loves to be outdoors. She can be reached at: