Avalon School Board

Upcoming Board Meeting Agenda

Avalon's School next full board meeting will take place at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, August 23rd: Avalon Board Agenda. 

Please contact Tim (tim@avalonschool.org) if you need help attending virtually.

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Typically, the Avalon School Board meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm at Avalon School.  

Committee Meetings:

  • The board finance committee meets at 4:00 on Board Meeting days.
  • The Board Governance Committee will meet the third Tuesday of every month at 4:30pm. (Join via Zoom.)
  • The Student Engagement Committee will meet the Tuesday prior to the board meeting of every month at 3:45pm.

Avalon School Board Meeting Dates 2022-2023:

  • August 23th, 6pm

  • September 13th, 5:30pm

  • October 11th, 5:30pm

  • November 8th, 5:30pm

  • December 13th, 5:30pm

  • January 10th, 5:30pm

  • February 14th, 5:30pm

  • March 14th, 5:30pm

  • April 18th, 5:30pm

  • May 9th, 6:30pm - Annual Meeting

  • May 9th, 5:00pm - Board Meeting

  • June 13th, 5:30pm

 


Board Meeting Minutes

Avalon School Board's Meeting minutes can be found here: School Board Meeting Minutes


Board Bylaws and Policies

Avalon school complies with all state and federal laws prohibiting discrimination. A copy of these laws is available free of charge upon request. Email Carrie (Carrie@avalonschool.org) for details.  (Also, see: Avalon School Board Bylaws)


Board Elections

Avalon Board Elections happen annually at our Annual Board Meeting in May.  For more information, see Avalon School Board Bylaws.


Board Goals 2021-2022

 

Student Engagement Committee:  

Communicate the story of our school performance and culture to the board, the staff, and the community at large, including highlighting areas of need and growth, specifically for our traditionally underserved communities.

 

Board Governance Committee:

Create a meaningful board evaluation tool that reflects Avalon’s collaborative governance model, streamline board function, and set strategies for board governance improvement.

 

Financial Committee):  

Ensure our resources are applied where most needed to support our equity goals, evaluate current needs, and consider new expenditures in light of the changes related to the pandemic.

 


 

Current Board Members

(Board Roster and Contact Information)

Rebeka Ndosi

Our family has been at Avalon since our son was in 6th grade. He is in the High School now and I am eager to be more involved in supporting the school’s overall sustainability and deepening commitment to equity and anti-racism, and leadership in education, especially in this moment of deep change in the world. 

 I have worked with youth of all ages and in the education world for over twenty years with an explicit focus on centering and empowering young people’s wellbeing as well as their voices and contributions to their families, communities and the world. I have extensive experience in holistic health, youth, family and community mentoring and life coaching, and mind-body wellbeing for youth, especially youth of color and Native youth. I also have extensive experience in nonprofit and education sectors and with community engagement between institutions and BIPOC communities. 

For more about my work, check out my website: www.rebeka.org

 

Tracy Hilke

Tracy Hilke is the Integration Manager at the Amherst H. Wilder Foundation serving and supporting the mental, physical and chemical health needs of individuals and families.  Her role is to assist families by getting them connected to internal services as well as collaborating closely with community partners and resources. Tracy provides trauma sensitive training and consultation to various schools and other organizations, and facilitates the Amherst H. Wilder Foundations internal Trauma Informed Organizational Work Group (TIO) and she is also a certified Adverse Childhood Experience (ACE) Interface presenter. Additionally, Tracy is an Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) Qualified Administer, diversity ally and champion and a member of the Inclusion Action Team within the organization.

Tracy has experience developing and achieving core and strategic goals and priorities.  Her areas of strength include managing logistics and day to day operations as well as coordinating program systems and the successful expansion of services and supports Tracy is also charged with creating an infrastructure and managing service delivery while maintaining regulatory systems, best practice standards and evaluation outcomes.

 

Darlene Fry - Board Chair

I currently run the non-profit that I founded to assist youth of color in healing from trauma. Our organization began its work in walking alongside of youth coming out of the foster care system. We have expanded our focus to all youth of color as many face various forms of trauma daily. In my previous work I was the Director of College and Career Readiness for Saint Paul Public Schools. In this position, I supervised the Counseling, Gifted and Talented, AVID, Out for Equity, and Career and Technical Education Departments. I would bring the knowledge I gained in working in these areas to the board.

 

Tim Quealy

Tim started at Avalon School in the winter of the 2007-2008 school year.  Attending Hamline’s Master's in Teaching program during the evenings to earn his teaching credentials, Tim began at Avalon as an Educational Assistant.  After two and a half enjoyable years as an EA, Tim was hired as a full time advisor in the high school, and has been there ever since.  Tim is licensed in the Language Arts.  Tim also loves math, technology, and terrible jokes.

Previously, Tim worked for several years as a wilderness guide, leading canoe trips in the Boundary Waters and Quetico wilderness areas, kayak trips on Lake Superior, and hiking trips wherever he could find a trail.  Tim has also coached the varsity boys’ soccer team at another high school for the past six years.

When not at school, Tim can be found outside on the trails and parks of Minneapolis.  Or sometimes inside, watching soccer.

Nora Whalen

Nora has been at Avalon School since May, 2001,  as part of the founding team of teachers to start Avalon.  Originally from Madison, Wisconsin, Nora started her life as a Minnesotan while at Saint Olaf College in Northfield. After traveling in the Middle East and India, she earned her degree from St. Olaf’s Paracollege (much like Avalon’s project-based learning) in Teaching Social History.  After four years at Avalon, she took a break to complete her Masters degree at Columbia University Teachers College in Organizational Leadership. She later took a brief break to earn her Master’s degree in raising infant twins and a young daughter.  Her degree is still pending but she enjoys the challenge. In addition to her work at Avalon School, she serves as a cadre member for Innovative Quality Schools, a charter school authorizer, observing and evaluating charter school throughout the Twin Cities.  Nora looks forward to rejoining the Avalon school board after a three-year break.

Esteban Castillo

Esteban Castillo is a 2020 High school graduate of Avalon School and the Entrepreneur Fellowship Director. He is a social entrepreneur, organizer, and artist. His father was born in Mexico and mother was born in Colombia. His parents' very different lives and backgrounds have allowed him to connect with all walks of life. 

Maggie Duffy

Maggie comes to Avalon with experience teaching or tutoring each level of high school math. She is ready to work through the battles that come with teaching one of the least loved subjects. She hopes her energy, knowledge, and love of the subject encourage students to "take chances, make mistakes, and get messy." - Mrs. Frizzle Outside of school Maggie can be found trying to run/jog but mostly playing with her one-year-old, Liam, and enjoying life through his eyes.

Regina Goldner

In 2005, Avalon School was introduced to Regina Goldner. She was enthusiastic about math, thought the co-op model was a great fit for her, and was ready share her love of project-based learning with everyone. Regina moved from Seattle, WA to Minnesota back in 2000, ready to make the world a better place; little did she know that teaching was going to be the way she would change the world. She had just graduated from Fairhaven College with a concentration in Environmental and Social Justice and didn’t even think she liked the youth of America. Now, years later, she is proud of her Masters in Education from the University of Minnesota and knows that teaching is the job of her dreams and Avalon the school which she loves.

When Regina is not teaching, she is busy with a variety of hobbies and raising a couple cute kiddos.   She likes cooking and learning about cooking.  She loves to build things, big and small.  Regina plays some sports,  maintains a nice garden, and urban farms runner ducks.  

She is honored to be an advisor at Avalon School, and thinks of Avalon as her second home.  Also, math is cool.

Kevin Ward

Kevin Ward is an advisor at Avalon School.  He joined Avalon in 2002 and feels lucky to be here.  A graduate of Oberlin College with a BA in English, Kevin has also attended Northwestern University (MS in Secondary English Instruction) and University of Wisconsin-Madison (MA in English Literature).  He lives in the Hamline Midway neighborhood of St. Paul with his wife Jess and two kids Murray and Olive.  Kevin likes reading and working with students, so the whole thing is a pretty good deal for him.