Avalon School Board

Upcoming Board Meeting Agenda

Avalon's School next full board meeting will take at 5:30pm on Tuesday, June 15th 11th. 

The agenda can be found here: Avalon School Board Agenda for Tuesday, June 15th.

***To join Avalon’s School Board meeting remotely, use this link below*** 


Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 716 2491 9468
Passcode: m4uTXR


Please contact Tim (tim@avalonschool.org) if you'd like assistance attending virtually.

The board finance committee meets at 5:00pm on Board Meeting days.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 716 2491 9468
Passcode: m4uTXR

The Board Governance Committee will meet the first Monday of every month at 5pm.

Zoom Link   Meeting ID: 759 1884 2949   Passcode: Ge6THg

The Equity Governance Committee will meet the second Tuesday of every month at 5pm.

Zoom Link   Meeting ID: 975 0182 9135   Passcode: avalon




Typically, the Avalon School Board meets the second Tuesday of every month at 5:30pm at Avalon School.  The Finance Committee typically meets at 5:10pm.

Avalon School Board Meeting Dates 2020-2021:

  • August 25th, 5pm
  • September 15th, 5:30pm
  • October 13th, 5:30pm
  • November 10th, 5:30pm
  • December 8th, 5:30pm
  • January 12th, 5:30pm
  • February 9th, 5:30pm
  • March 9th, 5:30pm
  • April 20th, 5:30pm
  • May 11th, 5:30pm - Board Meeting
  • May 11th, 6:45pm-7:30 - Annual Meeting
  • June 15th, 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 2020-21



Equity Committee: 

Identify and track positive measurable outcomes as documented by students, families, staff, and community stakeholders that reflect impactful and positive initiatives and services that meet the self-identified needs of our community.


Board Governance Committee:

Maintain a continuous cycle of policy and bylaw review with the board.  Continue smooth functioning of the Avalon board by increasing members’ understanding of their roles and responsibilities.


Financial Committee

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




Current Board Members

(Board Roster and Contact Information)

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


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.


Michael Raimondi 


I am a big supporter of charter schools. In 1994 I worked for “designs for learning” a huge early advocate for charter schools in Minnesota.  I was start-up director and ultimately executive director for College Prep Elementary in St. Paul Minnesota. I worked there from April 1, 2009 to December 31, 2016.  I also served on the Board of Directors for Kaposia Inc. for three years.

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.

Gretchen Sage-Martinson

Gretchen has been with Avalon since the beginning. She has a license in the field of Language Arts and a Masters in Experiential Education.  Gretchen has served in a variety of roles at Avalon, including test coordination, recruitment, marketing, and enrollment, serving on the Personnel committee, leading Language Arts seminars, and advising high school students. 

Before coming to Avalon, Gretchen taught Language Arts at the Teen Pregnancy Program in the Anoka/Hennepin school district. She also spent two years teaching English on a very small island in the Caribbean as a Peace Corps Volunteer with her husband, Jonathan.

Outside of work, Gretchen enjoys skiing and biking around these fabulous twin cities.  She serves on the Board of Directors for YMCA Camp DuNord, and is an Advisor for The Guild, a charter school authorizer. During the summer she gets her kids out into the woods as much as possible- an annual multi-day canoe trip down the Namakagon has become a highlight.  She also escapes with her family for a week each summer to Camp DuNord in the north woods.

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.

Mary Pat Byrn

I am a parent of a 9 th grader at Avalon and am interested in becoming a more active participant in the Avalon

community. I first began working with Avalon in 2009 when I started the Marshall-Brennan Constitutional
Literacy Project (MBP) while a professor at William Mitchell College of Law. The MBP places law students in St.
Paul high schools to teach constitutional law. Over the next several years, I worked with law students to help
them appreciate the unique learning environment at Avalon. I was so impressed with the Avalon community and
educational philosophy that my partner and I invited our son to tour the school when he was in 5 th grade. After
the tour, Eli knew it was the right place for him. Our family has been so grateful that Avalon is in Eli’s life, giving
him the chance to succeed in school and in life. I would be proud to serve on a board of an organization that has
such a profound impact on people’s lives.
I am a licensed attorney and am currently practicing in a small general practice law firm. Additionally, I was
Associate Dean, and Professor of Law, at William Mitchell College of Law. I served in both a faculty role and as
part of the leadership team of the College overseeing the schedule, teaching assignments, and the budget for
the academic program. I was a member of the team that developed the first-of-its-kind accredited on-line JD
program, and led the group that secured approval from the American Bar Association for the combination of
William Mitchell College of Law and Hamline Law School. Both of those educational innovations required me to
be well versed in issues of education compliance and accreditation.
I have taught 8 th grade and high school, and was a law professor for 10 years. I have served as a board member
of Global Mamas – a non-profit serving women entrepreneurs in Ghana – for the past two years. During that
time I have focused primarily on strategic planning and human resources. I am part-owner of a company that
develops law school textbooks in a learner-friendly on-line format that seeks to improve student comprehension
and disrupt the traditional law school textbook market.