Scott Thomson - Co-Founder and Principal
Scott Thomson uses his background in business management and education in his job as the Executive Director of North Idaho STEM Charter Academy in Rathdrum, Idaho. He was Vice-President of Operations for MGB Enterprises from 1985 to 1995 where he used his expertise in finance and economics. He holds a Master's Degree in Educational Leadership and a Bachelor's Degree from the University of Idaho in Elementary Education. He has been in education since 1999 spending 13 of those years in the classroom. He has experience with coaching, curriculum adoptions, long-term strategic planning, committee work, working with parents and community members and budgeting. Scott has 15 years of experience with project-based learning through the Idaho Space Consortium Mars Rover Project. Scott has successfully developed budgets for over $400,000 in competitive grants to be used for curriculum, technology, and equipment. He is a strong advocate of school choice, high standards and individual accountability. Scott was an original founder and is currently both the Business Manager and Principal/Director of North Idaho STEM Charter Academy
Colleen Thomson - Co-Founder and Director of Instruction
Colleen Thomson holds a Bachelor's Degree from Gonzaga University in Elementary Education and a Master's Degree from the University of Idaho in Educational Leadership. She became a National Board Certified Teacher-Middle Childhood Generalist in 2000. She has been in education since 1991 including 20 years in the classroom. Colleen has experience with curriculum adoptions, committee work including Strategic and Long-Term Planning, professional development and high stakes testing. She also has experience with project-based learning through the Idaho Space Consortium Mars Rover project for the past 14 years. Colleen has successfully written and been awarded over $400,000 in competitive grants including the ID21 Award for creative and innovative schools from the J.A. & Kathryn Albertson Foundation. Colleen was an original founder and currently serves as the Director of Instruction for North Idaho STEM Charter Academy in Rathdrum, Idaho.
Cathy Richardson - Office Manager/IT Director
Cathy Richardson holds a BS in Accounting with a background in auditing. She was a systems and financial analyst for Itron, Inc. She is Treasurer of the Spirit Lake Homeowners Association. Cathy has been an active supporter of our local school district financially by purchasing various supplemental science and reading programs over the years.
Linda Jordan - Administrative Assistant