Avalon School Board

Upcoming Board Meeting Agenda

The Avalon School Board typically meets every second Tuesday of the month at 6pm at Avalon School.  Always check here for the next meeting date and agenda.

Avalon School Board's next meeting will be held on April 11th, 2017 at 6:00pm.

The agenda can be found here: Avalon School Board Agenda, April 11th, 2017

Avalon School Board Meeting Dates 2016-2017:

  • August 23rd, 2016
  • September 13th, 2016
  • October 11th, 2016
  • November 15th, 2016
  • December 13th, 2016
  • January 10th, 2017
  • February 14th, 2017
  • March 14th, 2017
  • April 11th, 2017
  • May 9th, 2017
  • June 13th, 2017


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 February or March.  For more information, see Avalon School Board Bylaws.  

Board Goals 2016-2017

Board Development:  Develop board competency in racial justice through training and practice.

Strategic plan and student work update: The Board will monitor progress on the strategic plan with monthly updates rotating focus. The Board will monitor student and school-wide progress and activities.

Financial Sustainability: Review Avalon’s near and long-term financial sustainability with discussions of growth strategies and revenue sources.

Board Governance: Clarify board roles and improve overall board function.


Avalon Strategic Plan

(Updated May 20, 2015)

Guiding Outcomes of 2021 Graduates

  1. Mastery of Core Content

  2. Critical Thinking

  3. Collaboration (Student/Staff/Community)

  4. Effective Communication

  5. Self-Directed Learning

  6. Academic Mindset

Overall Goals:

  1. Expand opportunities for all students through project-based learning by using the framework of deeper learning to strengthen our project-based curriculum and increase student engagement.

  1. Ensure that students have the skills and experiences necessary to feel connected to the community and competent when seeking job opportunities.

  1. Deconstruct and identify the privileged systems/networks currently in place at Avalon. Implement new systems to dismantle the privileged systems and replace them with systems that distribute opportunity and resources to all students effectively and equitably, in particular those students in disadvantaged situations and marginalized communities.

  2. Transform education locally and nationally by educating policy makers, teachers, administrators, and students about Avalon’s democratic, project-based learning, and teacher-powered model.

Current Board Members

(Board Roster and Contact Information)

Brian Evans- Board President

Brian is the parent of a 10th grader at Avalon. Brian grew up in South Minneapolis after emigrating with his family from England in 1969. After completing a B.A. at Carleton College and an MBA at UW Madison he realized the error of his ways and moved to the right side of the river. He currently resides in the Mac-Groveland neighborhood of St. Paul with his wife, Carla, and 17-year old son – Tyler.

Brian has over twenty years experience in marketing, market research, and strategic planning. He is currently employed as Senior Manager, Strategy and Business Development at Ameriprise Financial in Minneapolis. Prior work experience includes stints with Ecolab, Inc. in St. Paul, and IBM.

In addition to his work experience, Brian has served on the board of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Marketing Association, and has been an active member of the Society of Competitive Intelligence Professionals – including participation on local panel presentations.

Brian has also been active in local school governance, serving a two-year term on the EXPO Elementary School Site Council, including one year as parent Co-Chairperson of the Site Council. During his tenure, he co-led the rewriting of the school’s vision and mission statements, including implementing an online wiki to help facilitate the process. Brian also led the most recent Principal Search Committee leading to the hire of EXPO’s current principal.

Outside of work Brian enjoys activities with his family – Carla, Tyler, and Reilly the dog; maintaining their 80-year old home; and dabbling with open-source internet applications that help make his work-life easier.

Chris Jandro

After leaving the contentment that the cows and colleges of Northfield provided him throughout his childhood, Chris graduated from Macalester College in 2004 with degrees in Biology and Environmental Studies.  He took a hiatus from studying to paint houses with the family business, and when he spent a month at an environmental education camp (Camp Widjiwagan-near Ely, MN), he realized that he was to become an educator.

In the fall of 2006 he both enrolled in Hamline’s Master of Arts in Teaching program and started working at Avalon Charter School as an educational assistant.  He left Avalon in May of 2008 for Peru to do his student teaching, and returned in the fall as a licensed teacher!  He has enjoyed working at Avalon ever since in his roles as Advisor, Technology Coordinator, High School Seminar Instructor, Middle School Science Teacher, and now board member.

When Chris is not busy teaching, he can usually be found enjoying the outdoors.

Chris is also the board secretary.

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.

Anna Wesley

Anna Wesley first heard about Avalon when she was attending Hamline University’s College of Liberal Arts. She first experienced Avalon when she was assigned a practicum during her junior year as part of her education coursework. She loved Avalon and its community so much that she stayed during the next year as an aide to teachers and students. After graduating from Hamline and armed with a Language Arts teaching certificate, Anna taught at an alternative school in south Minneapolis while still keeping in touch with friends at Avalon. She heard Avalon’s call again in the spring of 2005 when she found out about the new and exciting opportunity of teaching in Avalon’s middle school program and she couldn’t resist once again being part of this amazing community.

When Anna is not teaching and telling people how great teaching middle-schoolers is, she can usually be found reading, baking, playing outside with her two kiddos, working on her house, or spending time with her friends and family. Anna also is a huge fan of the Midway neighborhood and the Twin Cities in general and likes to spend time enjoying the music, food, sports, art, and people that make up these areas, as long as she has good directions.

Jill Stever-Zeitlin  

I am a parent of a new 7th grade Avalon student.  I am deeply grateful for the experience he is having, after transitioning from 5 years of homeschooling, and wish to contribute back to Avalon.  I believe deeply in the power of education to transform lives and am committed to equity and educational opportunity forall students.  I am a graduate of the first generation of progressive Open Schools opened in the 1970s in Minneapolis (Marcy, Marshall-U and South Open) and the student-led, project-based, social justice-infused approach of those programs had tremendous impact on me.  I can contribute skills to the board in strategic planning and organizational development developed through 16 years as a management consultant in the private and higher ed sectors and through service on the AchieveMpls board and Northside Job Creation Taskforce.  I am familiar with charter school authorization, school finance and planning and education fundraising from five years of working at Minneapolis Public Schools, including work to approve the district’s first teacher-led self-governed school.  

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 Master's in Education from the University of Minnesota and knows that teaching is the job of her dreams and Avalon the school which she loves.  Regina has loved serving as  the Treasure of the Board.  

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.

Dawn Weiczorek

Dawn is the proud parent of a 7th grade Avalon student, and is impressed with the level of care and commitment the staff exhibit to help each student reach graduation at Avalon.  This environment, the project based focus, and smaller school size are the ideals that led her family to the school, and now convinced her to contribute as a Board Member.

Dawn was born on the Navy base at Patuxent River, Maryland to enlisted parents, and later spend childhood years in Ohio and South Dakota.  The moves continued with college at Cottey College in Missouri for an Associate of Arts Liberal Arts degree, and at Kent State in Ohio, Kansas State, and the University of Missouri in Kansas City for a Bachelor’s of Architecture Degree.  With a final move to St Paul in 1994, Dawn lives a mile east of Lake Como with her wife, Ann (“married” in 1994 and MARRIED in 2014), their son, Grayson, and their Golden Retriever, Dasher.

Dawn is one of three women partners of a small architecture firm, InSite Architects, which specializes in affordable and senior housing, and is located just two blocks east of Avalon.  After nearly 30 years, Dawn has become experienced in design, budgets, staffing, construction, market analysis, graphic design, communications, problem-solving, and identifying what the problem really is!  

Outside the office, Dawn has served as a Board Member for Trinity Housing Corporation serving low income and mentally challenged residents, a Board Member for the Holy Trinity Lutheran Church Council, the co-chair of the St Anthony Park Elementary School Site Council, secretary of the American Institute of Architects Minneapolis Chapter, and Vice President of Chapter CW of P.E.O., a women’s philanthropic education organization.  In her spare time, Dawn sings, knits, gardens, camps, cooks, reads, paints, creates, and searches the North Shore for agates as much as possible.

Bianca Zick

Bianca’s son graduated from Avalon in 2014, and she is one of the school’s biggest fans. She is excited to be able to serve Avalon and its teachers and staff by sitting on the Board. Bianca grew up in Waukesha, WI and found her way to UW-Madison for her undergraduate degree in journalism and then to UW-Minnesota for her J.D. Bianca brings employment law and human resources experience to the board. Through Bianca Zick Coaching, she coaches individual on both personal and professional leadership and designs and facilitates workshops. Bianca lives in South Minneapolis, is an active member of SURJ – Showing Up for Racial Justice, a dog fanatic and an over-user of exclamation marks!