I strongly believe in parent-directed education. I served on the founding board of FPCS 16 years ago and have since worked with hundreds of families. I love to work with families that are new to FPCS and new to home schooling. I have experience with grades K-12 as I have home schooled my own 4 children. All four have graduated from FPCS. You may call me if you need a sponsor and I will either help you or recommend another teacher that might be a good philosophical match. I also work with new teachers in our program and I can help you and a new teacher learn how to customize a plan that will work well for your student.
F.Y.I. I live in South Anchorage (1.3 miles up Rabbit Creek Rd.)
I am a lifelong Alaskan, a wife of 20 years, a mother of three, and a passionate homeschooler. If I am not doing my teaching duties at home or at school you will find me outdoors. I love to hike, bike, kayak, camp and explore new and familiar places with my family and friends as much as possible.
I am happy to have the opportunity to work with homeschool families here in my hometown of Anchorage Alaska. I have a Bachelor of Science in Education, with a minor in Sociology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. I spent 10 years in early education teaching pre-school and kindergarten aged children in the Palmer area, and the last two years found me in Utah where I taught fourth and first grades in public school classrooms. I missed homeschooling and the educational opportunities it provides for my family. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to share the homeschool journey with our families here at Family Partnership Charter School.
Born in Idaho and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, I have been working for the Anchorage School District for many years. For 15 of those years I worked in the Deaf Education program and taught all subjects at all levels, elementary school, middle school, and high school. During my tenure, I also had the pleasure of assisting my sisters in their homeschooling endeavors, including acting as a sponsor teacher for them at Family Partnership Charter School. I have been with FPCS for several years now and have a unique, dual role here at Family Partnership. First I am a sponsor teacher and second I am the special education liaison. In my role as the Special Education Liaison, I coordinate meetings and facilitate communication between FPCS families and the Special Education teams at their neighborhood schools. While FPCS is not allowed to offer special education services, as part of the Anchorage School District, our families are able to access any services at their neighborhood school. In my role as a sponsor teacher, I have the pleasure of working directly with families in supporting parent directed education. I love this program and I am so excited to be part of the homeschooling community.
This year marks my tenth year teaching with Family Partnership, and I love the opportunity to partner with families! I enjoy working with students in small group classes and getting to know their families. I graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and have continued my professional development, taking classes through UAA. For five years I taught second grade at Klatt Elementary. I transferred to Family Partnership in order to spend more time at home with my children and have the opportunity to work with students in a more individualized setting. As a teacher at FPCS, I have been a sponsor teacher for elementary and middle school students as well as taught elementary enrichment classes in all subject areas including hands-on science, writing, and math games. My husband and I have four children ranging from age 4 through 10. Three of my children attend Family Partnership part time or full time, and I have the privilege of being an integral part of their education. As a family, we enjoy camping, fishing, and exploring Alaska. I was born in California but grew up in Minnesota. Now I have lived in Alaska for 14 years. I love reading, spending time with my family, hiking, and just being outdoors. I can’t wait to begin another year teaching at Family Partnership!
I am a home schooling mother of four (ages 14-20 years old) with a B.A. in Music/Theater and a Master of Arts in Teaching. My areas of specialty are: Music (private voice & violin lessons, Swing Choir, and chamber orchestras); World Languages: (I am part of the Cross Point Team and teach Elementary, Middle, and High School French 1, 2, & 3); and Social Studies at Cross Point as well. My largest class is Kids for Character, where 24 kids gather to learn character, music and performance skills!
My four children have been with Family Partnership for their entire educational experience and we have found it to be a great match for our family’s educational needs. I enjoy sponsoring families and helping children reach their full potential!
I have taught with the Anchorage School District for more than 16 years. I am Highly Qualified and certified to teach K-8th grades but will focus on teaching primary classes at the Crosspoint site this year. I am honored to become a part of the Family Partnership Family. I love working with kids and helping them discover how fun learning can be. I look forward to a great year!×
I graduated in 1995 with a B.S Ed degree in Secondary Math and History (grades 6-12) from the University of Idaho. I’m currently pursuing a Master’s Degree in ED Leadership a UAA. My husband is in the military and we had opportunities to live in various places such as Idaho, Germany, Missouri, Alabama, Delta Junction, Wasilla, and now Eagle River. I was blessed to teach in some of those places we traveled to such as Idaho, Missouri, Delta Junction, Wasilla and now for more than 8 years in Anchorage at FPCS. I’ve taught secondary math for many years. I have taught 7th grade math, 8th grade math, pre-algebra, algebra I/II, geometry, applied math, consumer math, precalculus, calculus, geography, US history, Western Civilization, Health, and P.E. I also coached high school Volleyball and Track. I enjoy running, hiking, swimming, water-skiing, snow skiing, and just being with my family.
This will be my sixth year teaching at FPCS. Working at FPCS has allowed me to home school my own children, 6th and 8th grade, while pursuing what I love, which is to teach math! Over the past 5 years I have taught high school small group math classes and offered private tutoring. This year I will be shifting gears and sponsoring students K-12th. I still hope to be able to help my own sponsor students with math anytime they need it. I enjoy working with home-schooled students because I believe it is the best way to educate children. I also like helping parents become more confident in their ability to teach their children. I believe Parents know their children better than anyone else and with the partnership of teachers they become the best teachers to their children. I would love to get a chance to visit with you as you embark on this wonderful journey of home schooling.
About my educational philosophy: I encourage students to reach for their individual
highest potential. I am a student-centered sponsor teacher that values student interest,
challenge, each student’s individual dignity and diversity. Home education is a wonderful
family lifestyle! Students along with their families grow, and together you may build
treasured memories of these experiences. I often get asked how much time do I spend with
families in support of their students’ academic success. My answer is – as much time as you
need. Some families are new and eager to have my involvement in getting started, while
others know what they want and request very little of my involvement. I would be most
honored to partner with your family in support of your students’ successes.
While Anchorage is my hometown, I have also lived in California, Oregon, Wyoming,
Utah, New Mexico, Indiana and Virginia. My family began home education in Alaska in
1995. I have four sons. The eldest is a Computer Scientist, second one a Doctor. The two
youngest ones, five years apart, were entirely K-12 home educated, and transitioned
beautifully into scholarly-minded college students who are now in graduate school in
Germany. When my youngest son was in high school, I returned to college to become
certified. Immediately following my graduation from Alaska Pacific University, I joined the
staff at Family Partnership. This year will be my 7th year at Family Partnership. I have
degrees in Liberal Studies and K-8 Education. As a teacher-leader, I have served on our
school’s governing board (APC) and worked to build our Early College Program with
other Teach-to-Lead team members, University of Alaska, and Alaska Commission on
Post Secondary Education. (ACPE) Prior to becoming a full time sponsor I taught small
group classes for students in grades 6-12th. These small group classes included middle
school core subjects, and high school Social Studies, Biology and English, including AP
Language & Composition.
I have a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, a minor in Bible, and a specialization in Political Studies earned from The Master's College in Santa Clarita, California. Since graduation in 1997, I have actively taught in the community and have received extensive training in teaching reading, writing, and spelling using a multi-sensory reading program called the Slingerland Method. I have been teaching with the Anchorage School District since 1997. During the last ten years I have had the opportunity to be a sponsor teacher and small group instructor with Family Partnership. I look forward to working specifically as a sponsor teacher and giving the families guidance to help their children become successful in their education.
I have enjoyed staying home with my children, Iain (9th grade), Nathaniel (7th grade), and Johanna (4rd grade). I love each day, as it is always an adventure teaching my children at home! I love to see that "ah-ha" look in a child’s eyes when they have learned or discovered something new and exciting. I have learned so much as I have assisted families in their home schooling journey and look forward to this new school year and the challenges and opportunities that will occur!
I appreciate the amazing variety of options available to students participating in Family Partnership. I teach small group classes for K-9th grade students at the Crosspoint site. I also teach OnTrack and work with a team of teachers offering study groups for middle and high school students. My desire is that each student feel accepted, supported and successful in learning and in living.
Three of my six children have been students here at Family Partnership Charter School. As a parent, I valued the support and varied opportunities offered by this program. As a full-time teacher for FPCS now, I delight in helping students and their families discover the richness of opportunity here.
I have been a teacher in Anchorage since 1989. My goal is to reach and instruct each child so that they are able to capitalize on their strengths and build more competence in their challenging areas. I want them to be interested in this world in which they live and to discover that learning is a fun and lifelong experience. I offer elementary math classes, middle school math, pre-algebra, and algebra I. I am available to travel for individual tutoring.×
I’m very excited to be a part of the the Teaching staff at Family Partnership Charter School. I was born and raised in Anchorage and grew up attending ASD schools. After high school I attended Northern Arizona University where I earned a psychology degree and then spent the next 7 years in Oregon working with disabled teens and young adults. Later I returned home to Alaska and earned my Elementary Education degree at UAA. After teaching second grade with the Anchorage School District for two years at Wonder Park I stayed home to raise my two daughters, Elly and Sophie. I am delighted to be teaching language arts, math, social studies and science with FPCS as a teacher. I love helping kids grow and bloom as learners and look forward to a fabulous year.×