Melissa AndersenSecondary Principal
Ms. Andersen is happy to begin her sixth year at North Star. She has more than twenty years’ experience in administration, supervision and teaching at the elementary, middle, and high school levels. Her education includes a B.S. in Secondary Education, a Spanish Major and Political Science Minor (1991), a Master’s in Education Administration (1996), and a Specialist in Education Administration (2001) from the University of Idaho, Moscow Idaho.
Ms. Andersen is a Boise, Idaho native, married to Gordon and has two children—Colin (21) and Maya (14). Maya attends North Star in the ninth grade. Colin is a junior at NNU majoring in nursing and playing soccer. The family enjoys spending time in the mountains surrounding Cascade and McCall, watching soccer games, and attending swim meets and volleyball games.
Will BogdanoffMiddle School Vice Principal
Mr. Bogdanoff (Mr. B) has enjoyed being part of the North Star family and is looking forward to supporting students, faculty, and the community as the Secondary School Vice Principal for his fourth year. Prior to North Star, he spent the last 8 years in education as a Physical Education/Health Teacher, Outdoor Program and Enrichment Director, and Deputy Executive Director at Sage International School in Boise. His multitude of experiences have led him to find his passion in administration and he values building relationships with the school community as a whole. Prior to his work in education, he spent four years as a coordinator with the Youth Development Branch of the Downtown YMCA and five years as a wildland firefighter serving as a sawyer and squad boss.
Will was born in Napa Valley, California but spent the first 9 years of his life on his family's cattle ranch in Wells, Nevada. His family then moved to Murphys, California in the Sierra Nevadas where he took advantage of everything outdoors that living in the mountains had to offer. He graduated from Eastern Oregon University, where he played baseball and earned a degree in Physical Education & Health in 2002. Following this he pursued a career in wildland firefighting before marrying his wife Tammy of 16 years in Boise. He continued his education, receiving a second B.S. in Kinesiology with certification at Boise State University in 2008. In 2017, Will earned a Masters of Educational Leadership. He has two boys, Dylan and Keaton, and continues to enjoy getting away into the mountains of Idaho with his family.
Shay DavisElementary Principal
>Growing up in Richland, Washington, Shay Davis embraced anything active that involved friends or family. Her penchant for an active lifestyle soon led to Boise State University recruiting her for track out of high school. Although her earliest aspirations and desires in college were those of becoming a nurse, she awoke one night her junior year with an epiphany that she wanted to help be the change by becoming a teacher.>This educational clarity was welcome in Shay’s life, but because it happened so late in her college career, her schedule became much heavier and time consuming. Striving toward her goals with determination and vigor, Shay graduated from BSU in December 2000, the very same university where she would receive her Master’s degree in Educational Leadership 12 years later.>Those 12 amazing years were spent teaching in the classroom, five of which were here at North Star. During those critical years as a classroom teacher, Shay received valuable experience and tremendous growth which would significantly help her as an administrator later in life. Now the K-5 principal at North Star since 2014, Shay uses her ‘boots on the ground’ experience to help the students and teachers at North Star enjoy as much success as possible. Working alongside a diligent and wonderful staff, and supported by students and parents that are immersed in growth mindset, Shay continues to encourage students, parents, and teachers to use and understand the power of their voice. Shay understands and models the importance of a safe and open educational environment where brainstorming solutions and daily conversations directly impact academic and real world learning.>Shay is married to Jeff Davis, a high school teacher and coach, and is the proud mother of three amazing children: Peighton, Josie, and Kolt.
Laiena LeathermanElementary Vice Principal
Mrs. Leatherman is so excited to start her next venture at North Star! She has been team teaching 3rd grade for the last eleven years here at N.S. and has loved every moment. In the fall, she will switch her hat back to an administrative role, assisting Mrs. Davis as her part-time vice principal in the elementary program.
Mrs. Leatherman started her teaching career after high school as a paraprofessional working in a special education classroom, which sparked her love, interest and desire for helping children. This passion led her to studying and earning Bachelor of Science in Education Degrees: Dual Major in Elementary and Special Education in 1997.
Mrs. Leatherman taught K-3 special education for a few years and decided to go into administration to help her students and families even more. In 2001, she received her first Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Azusa Pacific University and became the youngest vice principal in her school district. In 2003, she received her second Master’s Degree in Educational Administration from CSUSB and was blessed with their first son, Hunter, who will be a senior in high school this fall.
In 2004, Mrs. Leatherman decided to stay home with her son and enjoy all the wonderful things of being a first-time mom. Two years later, she and her husband, Greg, were blessed again with another wonderful son, Ty, who will be a freshman at N.S. this fall.
After staying home with her beautiful sweet boys for five years, Mrs. Leatherman was approached to team teach third grade in 2009 when the new school site was built. She was excited to get back into education, as well as continue to stay home and be a mama. She couldn’t have ever dreamed that she would’ve been a part of such a devoted and stellar staff, which is why she hasn’t left since she started! She feels truly blessed to be a part of an amazing school family & community! Even though she won’t be in her classroom, she’ll be able to visit all the students in the elementary classrooms, which is her favorite thing to do! She can’t wait for another wonderful school year with the BEST students, wonderful parents and the most incredible staff!
Eric DickelmanBusiness Manager
Joanna O'DonnellHuman Resources/Communications
Joanna was raised in Boise, Idaho. She attended Westmont College, in Santa Barbara, California and received her degree in Business and Economics. After college, she returned to Boise to work in sales and marketing for a software company. In 2001, she moved to Boston, Massachusetts to fulfill her dream of living on the east coast. During her time in Boston, Joanna helped to create partnerships between the private sector and Boston Public Schools, worked in corporate relations for a large insurance company, and as the Director of Development for a private school in the heart of downtown Boston. She counts herself lucky not only to have witnessed the “Reverse of the Curse” of the Boston Redsox (still cheering), but that she met and married her husband, Dan during her ten years in Beantown.>In 2011, Joanna and her husband decided to move back to Boise to be near family. Joanna worked for Mission Aviation Fellowship in Nampa, Idaho as the Manager of the Major/Middle Market and Capital Campaigns prior to joining North Star as the Director of Development in May, 2015. In 2020 Joanna transitioned to Director of Human Resources and Communications. She looks forward to serving and supporting our staff, teachers and parents in this new role.
Joanna and her husband Dan live with their son, Jack in Eagle.
>Mrs. Fahl was born in Memphis, Tennessee and then later relocated to Fullerton California where she was raised. She is a graduate of Fullerton Union High School, then attended Cypress and Fullerton College studying Business and Court Reporting. Along with completing courses and receiving her Insurance Agents License, she continued working in that field for 9 years.
Ruth Ann Fahl Secondary Registrar
>Mrs. Fahl was born in Memphis, Tennessee and then later relocated to Fullerton California where she was raised. She is a graduate of Fullerton Union High School, then attended Cypress and Fullerton College studying Business and Court Reporting. Along with completing courses and receiving her Insurance Agents License, she continued working in that field for 9 years.>Mrs. Fahl was married in 1988 to a long time school friend and blessed to have a wonderful son in 1989, following with a beautiful daughter in 1991. She enjoyed staying home watching the growth of her children until they reached school age. Mrs. Fahl began her field in education at a Christian School in 1995 where her children attended for 9 years then moved to the school district for 10 years.>Mrs. Fahl and her family relocated to the wonderful state of Idaho in 2013 and she is honored to begin her journey with North Star Charter School. Outside of school, Mrs. Fahl enjoys being with her family on their ranch in Mountain Home.
Jenifer GibronElementary Registrar
Jenifer was born and raised in Idaho. She graduated from Bishop Kelly High School and attended Boise State University where she studied Business Administration and Human Resources.
Jenifer, her husband and their teenage sons are avid outdoor enthusiasts. Outside of work they spend their time in the great outdoors enjoying their extracurricular activities no matter what the season!
She is an outgoing and fun-loving people-person. This is her 7th year at North Star. She enjoys getting to know our North Star families and their children as they grow and learn throughout the years!
Aspen HollandSecondary Secretary
Aspen was born in Southeastern Idaho and moved to Hillsboro, Oregon in the 6th grade. While she is thankful for her time in the Willamette Valley she’s always felt a yearning to get out of the rain and back to her roots. After many years of pleading her case she finally convinced her husband, a Portland native, to give the Boise area a go being that it is the halfway point between where her family lives and where he and his family come from. Aspen, her husband and their three children have now been here since March 2017 and are so thankful for their new lives in the Treasure Valley. They are truly having a blast discovering the abundant recreation that this incredibly beautiful state has to offer.
Aspen earned her B.S. in Community Health Education and Health Sciences from Portland State University with plans to go into the medical field but as she and her husband grew their family she decided to stay home with their children. Through her experiences as a mom she has felt her heart pulling away from healthcare and toward children and their families. This is Aspen’s first year working full-time outside of her home since having children and she feels very fortunate to have ended up in such an awesome school with outstanding families and staff. The good vibes are strong! In her leisure time Aspen likes to travel to destinations near and far with family and friends. She, her husband and her three children try to get outdoors and adventure as much as possible whether that be casting a line in the neighborhood ponds, riding bikes along the greenbelt or camping in the mountains. Aspen is enjoying getting to know the families at North Star and is looking forward to watching the students grow throughout the year!
Monica NilssonSecretary/Attendance Clerk
Monica Nilsson was born in Fairfield, CA but moved to St. Maries, ID when she was four. After graduating from St. Maries High School she attended U of I and WSU earning her BSN in nursing. She worked all of the units for a year before settling on the medical/oncology unit. She was also a Utilization Review Nurse for Blue Cross and Blue Shield.
Monica and her husband Randy have 2 children, Mikena and Ryker. They lived in Montana, Northern Idaho, Oregon, California, and Hawaii before returning to Idaho in 2014. They love being back in Idaho and are enjoying the seasons again!
Monica joined the North Star family in 2016 as a 4th grade para. Since then she has been a para for 2nd-4th grade and part time office staff. This year she switched to working full time in the office. Monica loves working with the kids and is looking forward to a great year!
SAFE SCHOOL OFFICER
Dick BarancoSafe School Office
Officer Baranco was raised in Idaho along with 3 brothers and a sister. He went to school at the University of Idaho before he was lead into a Law Enforcement career after becoming a committed Christian. He was hired by the Boise Police Department in 1978 and spent time in patrol, detectives and Mounted Horse Patrol. As a detective, much of his time was spent in the Boise PD’s School Resource Officer program where he worked at Fairmont & South Jr. Highs plus 13 years at Capital High School. After retirement from the BPD in 2008, Officer Baranco worked with the U.S. Marshal’s Service as a Court Security Officer. He has been married for 45 years and has three children and a gaggle of grandchildren (two of whom attend North Star Charter School).