Upcoming Board Meeting Agenda
Avalon's School next full board meeting will take at 5:30pm on Tuesday, March 10th, 2020.
The agenda can be found here: Avalon School Board Agenda for Tuesday, March 10th.
The Finance Committee will meet at 5:10.
Avalon School Board Meeting Dates 2019-2020:
- August 21st, 5pm
- September 10th, 5:30pm
- October 15th, 5:30pm
- November 12th, 5:30pm
- December 10th, 5:30pm
- January 14th, 5:30pm
- February 11th, 5:30pm
- March 10th, 5:30pm
- April 14th, 5:30pm
- May 12th, 5:30pm
- May 14th, 6pm - Annual Meeting
- June 9th, 5:30pm
Board Meeting Minutes
Avalon Board Elections happen annually at our Annual Board Meeting in February or March. For more information, see Avalon School Board Bylaws.
Board Goals 2018-2019
Equity Committee-Use the equity lens questions when making board decisions and school policy. Also, collaborate with staff to create a set of values that serve as a foundation for the strategic plan.
Strategic Plan Committee – Develop a new strategic plan by May 2020.
Board Governance Committee –Review board self-assessment, make recommendations for ongoing improvement, and facilitate the 2020 board elections.
Financial Committee-Develop a three year financial projection, review, and update financial reports to improve readability and board member oversight.
Avalon Strategic Plan
(Updated May 20, 2015)
Guiding Outcomes of 2021 Graduates
Mastery of Core Content
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.
Ensure that students have the skills and experiences necessary to feel connected to the community and competent when seeking job opportunities.
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.
- 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
Dawn Weiczorek - Board Chair
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.
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 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.
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!
Krissy Wright is the Director and a Special Education Teacher at Academic Arts High School. She has worked in charter and district public schools in the Minneapolis and St. Paul area since 2008 and currently serves as a board member for Edvisions Cooperative, Education Evolving, Minnesota Association of Charter Schools (MACS) and Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP). She also serves on the Legislative and Conference planning committees of MAAP. Krissy has also been a peer reviewer for those applying to the Minnesota Department of Education for Federal Charter School Program grants.
In 2016, Krissy completed the Education Policy Fellowship Program and attended the Teach to Lead and Teacher Diversity Summits hosted by the U.S. Department of Education.
Krissy attended Minnesota State University, Mankato where she earned a BA in Psychology. She earned her Special Education teaching license from Bemidji State University, with a focus on Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. Krissy will be completing her MS in Educational Leadership at Minnesota State University, Mankato by May 2017.
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