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Frontier Charter School is designed to help homeschooling families achieve their goals for pursuing academic excellence - one child at a time. Parents can select the curriculum that best fits their student's learning style and keeps the learner engaged.
Our diverse group of educators and backgrounds are on a quest to provide students with a variety of opportunities.
The entire team at Frontier consists of dedicated professionals. Check out their impressive profiles below - you'll want to get to know them.
Jerry Finkler is a long time Alaskan resident with 20 years of experience homeschooling his children. He understands the needs of the area's homeschooling parents and is committed to providing resources, flexibility and customer service.
Retired Principal Scott stated, "We are excited about Frontier's future. Jerry brings a depth of experience to the table from several important perspectives. He and his wife Shelley have homeschooled their own children, and he has worked as both an advisor and administrator in a publicly-funded homeschool setting, so he 'gets it'."
Benjamin Darr joined Frontier in August of 2016. Ben is a homeschooling father of two who has had a long career helping a variety of students grow and develop abroad and in the U.S. He has worked with impoverished Wisconsin families learning nutrition, foreign nationals studying medicine, and the mentally disabled. He also taught high school science for five years, from courses for struggling students to AP biology. For several years, he supported classroom technology by maintaining equipment, training teachers and providing guidance in computer based education. Ben has a deep interest in homeschooling methods and tools and is looking forward to learning from the families he works with at Frontier.
Carrie Christenson joined Frontier Charter School in June of 2015. An Alaskan since 1978, she has been in education for eighteen years, twelve of them as an elementary school teacher and six as a middle school special education teacher assistant. She earned her first BA in psychology from Western Washington University with a minor in sociology in 1997. Her teaching degree was earned from University of Alaska Anchorage in 2002. In addition, she has a Master's Degree in education technology and a Graduate Certificate in online learning from Boise State University and is currently working on her EdD in e-learning from Northcentral University.
In her years in education, she has been a mentor teacher, building technology coordinator, member of the committees that revamped the social studies and language arts curricula, and student council sponsor. In her free time, Carrie enjoys spending time with her husband, Chris, their four children, and numerous pets at their home in Wasilla. She loves to bake, travel, learn about the "latest and greatest" technology gadgets, and read. Carrie is very excited to have joined such an energetic and caring staff and looks forward to working with homeschooling families.
Patricia Parsch, Ed.D joined Frontier Charter School in August of 2004. She has been in education for 37 years. She has a Bachelors in Emotionally Impaired K-12; Minor in Creative Arts; Elementary Education K-6; 1977 (Western Michigan) Masters in Counseling Psychology K-12; 1990 (UAA) Doctorate in Education 2011; (California Coast University) Highly Qualified in Middle School (LA & Content Areas); Certificates in Teaching Students w/ODD, Anger Management; Using Technology; Resolving Conflicts Creatively; Peer Meditation; Gifted Inclusion; Phonemic Awareness using Linda Mood Bell; Grief Counseling.
In 1997 she was recognized as a Teacher of Excellence by Kincaid PTA and in 2012 a BP Teacher of Excellence. She has been an AEA representative for 12 years, an Instructional Coach & Mentor, and a past board member of Art Without Boundaries & Mneme Therapy. Dr. Parsch is originally from Attica, MI; co-owner of a 109 acre farm there; an Alaska resident since 1981. She enjoys running, hiking, and home projects.
Stuart Yatsko joined Frontier Charter School in March of 2015. His educational background includes degrees in Geography and Biblical Studies, and summer institutes in: Islam, AP History, and the Quality Schools Model (QSM). He has thirteen and a half years of teaching experience, all in Alaska. Originally from Great Falls, Montana, Stuart's travels and cross-cultural experiences span half the globe. He has lived in diverse places such as Cairo, Egypt and St. Paul Island, Alaska. Stuart is a team player, (his background includes being drafted by the Denver Broncos, and playing for the Oregon Ducks) and he is looking forward to working with staff to support students and parents in their academic journey.
Scott Grant, Business Manager; Margie Mitchell and Lanore Smith, Admin. Assistants; Melody Laughlin, Secretary:
Scott Grant joined Frontier Charter School in July of 2003. He has worked in education for twenty years and in charter schools for fourteen years. He earned a BS in Business Administration from the Oregon State University in 1974. Mr. Grant is a 32 year resident of Alaska. He has been married to Linda for 42 years, he has two children, and eight grandchildren. Scott is also an Army veteran having served as a combat engineer officer.
Margie Mitchell joined Frontier Charter School in June of 2003. She has worked in charter schools for thirteen years. She was an education major in college and minored in accounting while attending Alaska Pacific University. She has earned the NAEOP (Northwest Association of Educational Opportunity Program)- award for continuing her education in the work place and the CEOE (Certified Educational Office Employee Professional - through NAEOP). She earned her Intervention Specialist Certificate in 2003 and her Professional Standards Program Certificate 2006.
Margie has lived in Alaska for over 30 years. Married for 33 years to a wonderful husband. They have 3 children that they adore. She loves doing Genealogy, gardening, fishing and camping and puttering around the house on projects.
Lanore Smith joined Frontier Charter School in 2005. She has spent 17 years in education. Twelve of those years have been in the charter school world. She earned a BA in education and has a music minor from Brigham Young University. She earned her Intervention Specialist Certificate in 2003 and her Professional Standards Program Certificate 2006. She spent five years as a classroom teacher. Lanore was raised in Preston, Idaho and came to Alaska in 1968 to teach school. She has been married for 41 years. She has 5 children and 6 grandchildren.
Melody Laughlin joined Frontier Charter on January 12th, 2015. She has been a stay at home mom for twelve years to her two sons as well as a student in college. Melody earned her Associate in Science in 2012, graduating with honors. She grew up in the suburbs of Kansas City, Kansas where good BBQ was a weekly staple. Melody not only married a soldier in the United States Army, but also her high school sweetheart. They have been married for fourteen years and share two children together. They also have a Bichon Frise named Chloe. Weekends consist of hiking, the outdoors, amateur photography, reading, trying out new restaurants, and exploring the town. Melody would like to catch some fish now that she is living in Alaska!