Upcoming Board Meeting Agenda
Avalon's School next full board meeting will take at 5:30pm on Tuesday, December 8th.
The agenda can be found here: Avalon School Board Agenda for Tuesday, January 12th.
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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 - Annual Meeting
- May 11th, 5:45pm - Board Meeting
- June 15th, 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 2020-21
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.
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
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.
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.
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 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.
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