Upcoming Board Meeting Agenda
Avalon's School next full board meeting will take place at 6:00pm on Tuesday, February 14th: Avalon Board Agenda.
Please contact Tim (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you need help attending virtually.
Google Meet joining info
Video call link: https://meet.google.com/hjf-ohuz-gzd
Or dial: (US) +1 401-552-4326 PIN: 709 925 975#
August 23th, 6pm
September 13th, 5:30pm
October 11th, 5:30pm
November 9th, 5:30pm (finance on 8th)
December 13th, 5:30pm
January 10th, 5:30pm
February 14th, 6:00pm
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 Board Elections happen annually at our Annual Board Meeting in May. For more information, see Avalon School Board Bylaws.
Board Goals 2022-2023
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 centers equity and reflects Avalon’s collaborative governance model, streamlines board function, and sets strategies for board governance improvement.
Ensure our resources are applied where most needed to support Avalon’s equity goals, evaluate current needs, and consider new expenditures in light of the changes related to the pandemic.
Current Board Members
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.
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 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.
I came to Avalon in 2021 after a long year as a Special Education Teacher on Zoom, and I'm not talking PBS Zoom. What's better than teaching on Zoom? ANYTHING! I'm grateful to have made it through the pandemic and landed here at Avalon, where students are front and center in all that we do. I studied life at the school of hard knocks, received a Bachelor's in Fine Art from California College of the Arts, and a Master's in Special Education from the University of St. Thomas. When I'm not saying to students, "of course that can be a project" you can find me watching B-horror films with my teen, painting, planning the next revolution and/or fishing trip.
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 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 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.
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.