Head of School, Secondary Principal
I am so excited to start my 20th year in education with the great people of North Star. I look forward to working closely with each and every one of you as we continue to strive for high levels of performance while creating lifelong experiences that our students will remember for years to come.
I’m a small town guy, born and raised by two educators in Emmett, ID. After high school, I went up to THE University of Idaho. While in school, I was able to experience studying abroad in Brighton, England. What an amazing opportunity. The U of I treated me so well, I have now earned all three of my degrees from them.
As a native Idahoan, I enjoy all that this great state has to offer. Hunting, fishing, mountain
biking, golfing, rafting, and camping are just a few of the things I love to do outside of the office.
My main love is spending time with my wonderful family. My wife Mandi and two kids Kyler and Kinley keep me busy with sports, vacationing, and laughing all the time.
As I mentioned, I was raised by two educators, so education seemed like the path for me. I’ve
had an amazing career so far. I was a science teacher at both the middle and high school
Science was a natural fit for me as I love learning by doing. The last 14 years, I have
been working as an administrator. Again, I’ve worked at both the middle and high school levels as both a principal and assistant principal. I have also had the pleasure of working with
elementary schools as I had an opportunity to work at the district level as well. Each of these
experiences have provided me with a great deal of experience and exposure to how different
educational systems work. I look forward to learning and leading the great people of North Star as we strive to identify ourselves and truly show people what an amazing institution we have.
Middle 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 sixth 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 17 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.
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.
Elementary Vice Principal
Laiena Leatherman is so excited for another year as the part-time vice principal in the elementary program. She has taught third grade at North Star since 2009 and decided to go back into administration in 2020 to work alongside Mrs. Davis with the BEST staff and students!
Laiena 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. She 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. She continued to pursue Educational Administration at CSUSB and was blessed with her first son, Hunter, in 2003.
In 2004, Laiena and her husband, Greg, moved to Eagle, which is when she decided to stay home with her son and enjoy all the wonderful things of being a first-time mom. Two years later, she and Greg were blessed again with another wonderful son, Ty. After staying home with her beautiful and sweet boys for five years, Laiena was approached to team teach third grade 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.
Laiena couldn’t have ever dreamed that she would’ve been a part of such a devoted, caring and stellar staff, which is why she hasn’t left since she started in 2009! She feels truly blessed to be a part of an amazing school family & community! She can’t wait for another wonderful school year with the BEST students, wonderful parents and the most incredible staff!
Chief Operating Officer
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.
Tyler was born and raised in Meridian. He attended college in Illinois and received his degree in Exercise Science. After graduating he got married and moved to Missouri for a few years while his wife attended physical therapy school. Tyler continued his education by completing his Masters in Education through Concordia University and earned his Education Specialist degree at NNU. Tyler and his wife, Jennifer, have twin daughters (Henley and Kinsley) and a son (Nolan). Besides spending time with family, Tyler loves playing sports and being outdoors. Tyler is entering his 7th year of education and is excited to teach at North Star and build up their athletic program.
Special Education Director
Michael Shapiro got his start in Special Education over nine years ago when he took a part-time job as a paraprofessional. He quickly knew this was where he was meant to be, as he loved connecting with students of all ages and enjoyed helping them reach their goals. His passion is meeting students where they are at in their educational journeys, helping them develop their strategies to be successful, and equipping teachers with the right skills to foster growth in all students.
His hobbies outside of work consist of spending time with his wife and three daughters, visiting all the local coffee shops, and home improvement projects —-(which consists of lots of trips to Home Depot). He also enjoys a good game of Spike Ball, Kan Jam, and Corn Hole.
After stops in California, Texas, and now Idaho, he is so excited to partner with the wonderful families of North Star and help equip their students with the tools necessary for their educational journeys.
Andrea McKinney is excited to be at North Star for her 3rd year and in a new role as bookkeeper. Before coming to NS Charter Andrea was a full-time momma and before that her career for almost 15 years was in the banking industry and Human Resources management, where she was a jack of all trades and learned the ropes!!
Vanessa graduated from University of California, Davis with a degree in Psychology. It is there where she met her now husband, Matt, who was from Boise, Idaho. Her and Matt married after college in 2003, moved to Idaho in 2009 and had their son, Hayes, in 2013.
Vanessa is starting her 4th year at North Star and loves every second ot it! She enjoys being surrounded by such wonderful co-workers and looks forward to a new exciting year!
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!
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!
Jessica was born and raised in Blackfoot, Idaho. After graduating from Blackfoot High School, she continued her education earning a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Boise State University. She spent a year and a half living in Ecuador and has enjoyed a variety of jobs that have allowed her to use her language skills.
Robert "Bob" Kearney
Safe School Officer / Facilities Manager