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Frontier has earned full accreditation as a quality institution with the AdvancEd Accreditation Commission.
Tuesday through Friday,
2:00 - 4:00 p.m.
Frontier serves homeshooling families interested in pursuing
academic excellence and personal responsibility.
Frontier students benefit from a tailor made education, generous funding and liberty to choose many modes of instruction. Children have the freedom to learn in a number of ways.
Our homeschool support is distinguished from other similar schools in Alaska through the offering of Learning Profiles for students. The results give parents insight into elements of curriculum presentation for the benefit of a child's academic success. The Learning Profile is a battery of assessments offered to students and their families designed to determine the “Brain Print” of each student. Students and parents who have balanced assessment data are better able to design effective Individual Learning Plans.
The entire team at Frontier Charter School 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 17 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'."
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.
Matt Clark joined Frontier Charter School in 2011. He has been in education for five years. He earned his BA from Western Michigan University with majors in history and social studies and a minor in geography. Matt has an AK Professional Teaching Certification (Highly Qualified: secondary history, social studies, geography, government, earth and space science, and middle school language arts).
Married to Jessica Clark since July 2010, she is an occupational therapist in the MatSu School District. Matt and Jessica came to Alaska in October 2010 from Kalamazoo, MI. They live together with their dog, Porter, in Palmer. He enjoys fishing, hiking and coaching wrestling. When asked to give an interesting fact about himself Matt wrote, "When I first started working at Frontier I was at least half of the age of the next youngest employee." …[editor’s note] What Matt lacks in astigmatism he makes up for youthful exuberance.
Scott Grant, Business Manager; Margie Mitchell and Lanore Smith, Admin. Assistants:
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.