More Than a School for Troubled Teens – A Home Away from Home

Hawk’s Landing is not a typical school for troubled teens in that it is not a boarding school where residents live, attend class and interact solely within the confines of the campus. Rather, Hawk’s Landing, founded in 2006 by John and Julia Schrom, provides an environment closer to full community immersion with the support system of a residential therapeutic situation.

Custom Tailored Programs

Hawk’s Landing is a residential care facility for boys, aged 13 to 17, who exhibit mild to moderate social, emotional and/or learning issues. Students attend public school and engage, interact and assimilate into the world at large while living in a home that provides the safety and therapeutic guidance they need to mature.

Students are supported by custom tailored programs designed by a licensed clinical therapist and implemented by a team of caring, well-trained staff.

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The Hawk’s Landing Team

Dan Tadlock, LCSW Therapist


Prior to becoming the owner-director of Hawk’s Landing, Dan spent eight years at a prominent Northwest therapeutic boarding school, where he served in various roles including Clinician, Senior Therapist, Clinical Supervisor, Director of Family Services and ultimately Clinical Director. In addition to three years as a wilderness therapist, Dan has private practice experience as well as experience in community out-patient therapy. In this capacity, Dan learned how to manage all aspects of residential clinical care for at-risk adolescents. He and his wife Sara also worked together as home parents for more than two years in a residential treatment center, where they managed the safety and well-being of an average of 16 to 20 children ages 13 to 18.

Therapeutic Approach

Dan believes that the most important part of any successful therapeutic intervention is establishing a positive and supportive relationship with the student. The small, intimate environment at Hawk’s Landing is ideal for building these critically important relationships where students gain confidence and a belief in their ability to change.

Dan is trained in a number of clinical treatment modalities, though his therapeutic approach most often relies on a combination of motivational interviewing, solution-focused problem solving and cognitive behavior techniques.

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Skills, Education & Credentials:

  • Licensed Clinical Social Worker
  • Clinical Supervisor, Idaho
  • Over 20 Years Training Focused on Adolescent Clinical Intervention
  • Previously Certified EMT & Ropes Course Instructor, Lead Field Guide, Wilderness First Aid (WFR), Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI)
  • Former Board Member, Rocky Mountain Region — NATSAP
  • Former Board Member, National Ethics Committee — NATSAP
  • Presenter at Regional and National NATSAP conferences as well as at the Wilderness Therapy Symposium
  • Bachelor of Science Degree, Sociology – Brigham Young University
  • Masters of Social Work – Eastern Washington University

Jeanne Racer, LCSW


Jeanne has worked in the mental health field for more than 25 years. She is a mother, grandmother, avid outdoor enthusiast, and understands the importance of self-care. Jeanne has worked with teenagers in wilderness programs and therapeutic boarding schools. For the past 7 years she has worked as a licensed professional therapist.

Jeanne understands that life involves highs and lows and her approach to therapy is to meet a young man where he is on his journey to obtaining the happy, healthy life he desires. Jeanne does this by providing a safe, non-judgmental therapeutic environment to help work through difficulties utilizing various theoretical approaches to therapy such as Solution Focused Therapy, Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, and Dialetical Behavioral Therapy. Jeanne has many years of experience in helping teenagers manage stress and anxiety, Trauma, grief and loss, cope with addictions, resolve relationship issues, & family conflicts, and many other difficulties. Jeanne sincerely believes that you are the expert of your story and that you have many strengths that will assist you in overcoming your challenges.

Sara Tadlock

Owner/Chief Operating Officer

Co-owner and chief operating officer Sara Tadlock, is the managerial force behind Hawk’s Landing success, as well as our public-school liaison. Using her background in education, she maintains open lines of communication with Bonner’s Ferry High School in order to coordinate the educational needs of our students with the school’s available resources and offerings. As a former Bonner’s Ferry substitute teacher, Sara has a long-established and mutually-supportive working relationship with the Bonner’s Ferry School District.

Sara provides practical and emotional support (and home cooked meals) to our students with the aim of helping them become their very best selves.

Sara is the mother of four sons and has a bachelor of science degree in secondary education with a major in health and a minor in math from Brigham Young University.

Sara Newell


With a career spanning over 19 years, Sarah Newell, R.N, is experienced in a variety of hospital and clinical settings including pediatric, family practice, and hospital acute care.  Before joining Hawks Landing she was the head nurse at a therapeutic boarding school.  She has worked as a pediatric care manager, pediatric nurse and triage nurse. Her love of working with children and teens flows naturally from her family life as a mom of five children. Sarah loves to read, bake all types of bread and watch her children play sports.  She and her family have lived on a small farm in Bonners Ferry for 13 years.

Mick Taylor

Student Life Counselor/Day Staff

As a student life counselor at Hawks Landing since 2017, Mick Taylor puts his skills as a small farm operator to good use by providing mentorship and instruction for our on-site animal stewardship program. He is a highly skilled musician and has toured internationally and worked as a music instructor with students of all ages. He specializes in helping students overcome personal blocks and plateaus, a skill that has translated well in his mentoring work at Hawks Landing. Prior to joining the Hawks Landing team, Mick had over five years of experience working in a prominent Therapeutic Boarding School in a supervisory role.

Mick brings tenacity and skill as an avid outdoorsman and traveler to his role that is inspiring for both students and staff. He has hiked the entire length of New Zealand and multiple section of the Andes, Scandinavian and Carpathian mountain ranges. As a lifelong learner, Mick recently became an Instrument Rated Private Pilot and is working towards becoming a Certified Flight Instructor. His newest adventure of being a father has brought him his greatest joy.

Lon Jacobson

Student Life Counselor/Night Staff

As a member of the Hawk’s Landing night staff, Lon Jacobson is responsible for site security and maintaining the well-being of students overnight and in the event of an emergency. He is a father of ten, and, when not at Hawk’s Landing, runs a bird breeding company that he manages with his wife.

Dan Davis

Night Staff

Daniel grew up on cattle ranches in California where he has spent most of his life as a ranch hand and farm hand. He enjoys farming, animals, reading, writing, gardening and health. He loves his eight children and nine grandchildren.


Day Staff

Tyson was born in southeastern Washington State. Tyson attributes much of his life success to the adults around him who made it their focus to pour extra energy and time into him at a time when he very well could have made some very detrimental decisions.

After High School, Tyson worked various jobs prior to joining the United States Air Force. During his time in the Air Force he earned a Bachelors degree from Washington State University in Social Sciences and a Masters degree from Brandman University in Human Resources and Organizational Leadership. During Tyson’s time in the military he served in a variety of capacities and had the privilege of serving as the Operations Officer for one of the most deployed and decorated units in the United States Air Force. Tyson retired from the Air Force in 2019 and made Bonners Ferry his home.

Tyson says, “I love the work at Hawks Landing because I know how much it meant to me at a young age to have someone pour energy, time and care into me at absolutely critical moments. I see my time at Hawks Landing as a time to pay it forward”. Having worked at 4 other youth programs in the past, Tyson states, “Hawks Landing is bar none, the absolute best program I have had the privilege of working in.”

Carl Hunter

Flex Staff

Carl was born and raised most of his childhood in North Carolina, except for a couple years when his family moved to Costa Rica. Professionally, Carl worked about 30 years with a soil testing company, where he was Vice President and part owner. Carl and Cris have been married for 41 years. They raised their family in North Carolina and Florida have four children and eight grandchildren. In 2017 Carl moved to North Idaho and began to enjoy a semi-retired life working part time with youth in treatment.

Carl loves the natural beauty and changes of the seasons in Idaho. He enjoys mountain biking,
hiking, white water rafting, and riding ATV’s and motorcycles. Carl is always finding ways to
help others enjoys working with youth.

Cris Hunter

Cook and Flex Staff

Cris grew up in a rural town in central Florida where she lived most of her life. She and her husband Carl have been married for 41 years. They have 4 children and eight grandchildren. Professionally, she was a Lead Building Mechanic overseeing 10 Commercial sized buildings prior to retiring and relocating to North Idaho in 2017. She now enjoys the semi-retired life working part time with youth.

Cris loves the endless outdoor adventures that North Idaho has to offer. Particularly, she enjoys hiking, mountain biking, camping, swimming, water rafting, and shoe shoeing. She also enjoys her garden, baking, cooking, sewing, crocheting, and organizing. Her favorite activity is playing with her grandkids or anyone else’s! Cris has enjoyed working with youth within her community for most of her adult life and truly enjoys helping others.

So Many Opportunities

Sports & Outdoors

  • Mountain Biking
  • Snowboarding/Skiing
  • Skateboarding
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Hiking
  • Swimming
  • Basketball
  • Baseball
  • Cross Country
  • Track
  • Golf
  • Lacrosse
  • Wrestling
  • Weightlifting
  • Boating
  • Frisbee golf
  • Outdoor Exploration

Animal Therapy

  • Pigs and Chickens
  • Vegetable Garden/Alfalfa Field
  • 4-H
  • Future Farmers of America
  • House Dog and Cat

Academic & Vocational

  • Tutoring
  • Advanced Placement (AP)
  • Dual/Online Enrollment with North Idaho College
  • Yearbook
  • Drama
  • Choir
  • National Honor Society
  • Robotics
  • Student Council
  • Welding and Metal Work
  • Woodshop
  • Small Gas Engine Repair
  • Robotics
  • Autoshop
  • Agricultural Sciences (FFA, 4H)
  • Drivers Ed

Hawk’s Landing residential program provides customized, clinically-based therapies for teen boys with mild to moderate emotional, social and/or learning difficulties.

Hawk’s Landing is listed as a “Top Rehabilitation and Treatment Specialist” from the University of Washington.

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