Candidates running for a position on the APC Board
Karen Olson (Incumbent)
Hi!! My name is Karen Olson and I’m a current APC member who is re-running for the
Twindly board. My husband, Jason, and I have 4 children that we have been homeschooling
with Twindly for the last 12 years. Our youngest, Hailey, graduates in May and all 4 will be in
college this fall either working on a bachelor’s or master’s degree. When we first started
homeschooling, we were intrigued when we heard that Twindly had a robotics class. We
immediately registered our 4 children up with Twindly and enrolled in the class. We fell in
love with robotics and started teaching the beginning robotics class after that. Our family
has gradually expanded the program from that one class to what it is today. I volunteer 20 to
30 hours a week each semester teaching the robotics and technology classes with my
children. I have also been a member of the APC board for the last 8 years and have been
very involved with the Session Planning Committee and the Family Activities Committee. My
family also heads up the Twindly Shirt Shop and I created and started writing the Twindly
Times newsletter. When we aren’t busy at Twindly, we enjoy volunteering at other events
throughout the community, hanging out at home playing games together, or staying at our
cabin near Talkeetna.
I would like to continue working in my current position as an APC member even though our
last child is graduating. I feel that I have a lot of expertise to offer, as well as time, since I’m
a stay-at-home mom. I plan on continuing to teach the robotics classes as well so it will
bring a continuity that I can share my love and dedication of Twindly with everyone. In
addition to building the robotics program, shirt shop, and Twindly Times, I have worked hard
to help purchase our building and work towards remodeling to make it more user friendly
and fire safe so we will be able to have more activities within our own school. Another area I
have worked hard on and would like to continue, is building more classes and programs for
our high school students similar to the coffee shop program. I think it’s very important to
instill trades in the children while they are in school and giving them the opportunity to
become student workers and learn while they are creating their resumes—keeping in mind
that not all children will continue on to college. I have also been an advocate of having a
summer program and keep pushing for that. Our family has homeschooled year-round, as
well as many others I know do, and it would be nice to have a formal program for those that
want to participate. One final area that I have been in support of is growing our music
program. Twindly was founded on the Multiple Intelligence Theory, which basically sums up
that children learn in different ways. By finding the area that interests and excites them, it
can open up their whole world of learning. We have a motto to “let your inner nerd shine”. I
would love to have your vote so I can continue working to help your children’s “inner
nerd(s)” shine as well!! Thank you!!
Hi. My name is Amanda Barnette. My children have been students here since 2016. I served on a Mat-Su child care board in 2014 as I was running an in-home daycare/ preschool from 2007-2015. I have been a substitute teacher at Twindly in 2017-2018 school year. I would love to serve on the Academic Policy Committee because I like being involved in the school. I would like to see the school offer more classes in the future and be able to serve more homeschoolers but still keep the small school feel where you feel like you know everyone. I love that when I walk in the school the staff know me by name. We have been at other homeschool programs and never felt like that.
My name is Christa Dooley. I’ve lived in Alaska for the last 16 years. I have 5 kids ages 15, 12, 11, 8 & 5. We started homeschooling a few years ago after some bad experiences with the public school system. We were with Matsu Central for 2 years and this is our second school year with Twindly Bridge. I truly appreciate how Twindly Bridge doesn’t feel like a public school and more like a close network of family and friends. Last year I was a parent volunteer with Monday & Wednesday sessions, archery classes and Wednesday night robotics. This year I have taken on Head Archery Coach. Since taking on the role I have gotten Twindly Bridge’s Archery Team enrolled in Academic Archer (which is a program that follows the child no matter where until they graduate and allows them to apply for scholarships) and we got a chance to compete in this year’s Alaska State NASP Bullseye Tournament. I feel with my youngest joining Twindly Bridge as a kindergartner this upcoming year and my oldest going into 10th that I have a lot to offer not only with being a coach for the school and being a homeschool parent to children who are enrolled at Twindly Bridge in Elementary, Middle and High school grade levels but I also have a strong desire to be part of a team who wants our children to have a bright future. What I would love to see happen is more of a year round activity option. Maybe Summer Camp in July, then our Fall Sessions and Spring Sessions and maybe even a ending Summer Camp in June.
My name is David Johnson, my son Brayden is now in his 4th or 5th year with Twindly Bridge. And our other son Elias is in his first year. We have all been very happy with Twindly over the years and our boys just love the school.
As for myself, I have been very happy with Twindly and really enjoyed volunteering in the US Heritage Tour a few years back. And I absolutely love how much Twindly Bridge gets their Students together for socializing, which is very important for teenagers. I feel that schools like Twindly, the private home schools and charter schools are going to be the future in teaching our children.
My interest in the APC is that I am always looking at ways to get involved more with my community. I currently coach Pop Warner Youth Football, I am going into my 5th year coaching there. With football, I am able to teach young men & women how to work as a team, hard work, formations, angles, agility, hand eye coordination, and most importantly how to play the game safely so they do not hurt themselves or others.
I am also on the board of Outreach for my church at Good Shepherd. In outreach I help plan and organize social events for both the community and our congregation, and I also run the audio and video for our online services.
I am excited to find new groups to help, and I have learned that the more I get involved with other groups and organizations, the more I learn about myself and the more I grow.
Hey there Twindly families! I’ve been with Twindly for the last seven years. I’ve been homeschooling for the last nine and currently have three kids who attend Twindly. I’ve taught in sessions before and love our Twindly families! When I’m not homeschooling I work my business of functional nutritional therapy and massage and delve into loads of other learning avenues, mostly associated with travel.
I’ve served on the board before for four years and took a break to have my fourth baby after a new marriage. I’d like to serve again with the other parents on the board to work towards getting more travel in the future for high school students to work with the credits they need to graduate (such as doing an Alaska history credit and travel within the state.)
Hello, I am Monika Johnson. I have been a parent at Twindly Bridge for four years now. We started out in seventh grade and fell in love with the school and the people here. I teach preschool for a private Christian preschool, and I’m on the education board for my church. I teach beginner violin. I have my associates degree in early childhood education. I also homeschool my two older boys.
I feel that children’s education is extremely important. I feel that we need to look at the whole child and their individual strengths and weaknesses to help build programs that are better suited for them. I would like to see opportunities for our children to get hands-on experiences for real-world applications. Teaching our high schoolers to be ready for what comes after high school. Provide our middle schoolers with the abilities to confidently navigate middle school and the social ups and downs. Also, provide our Elementary Ed with hands-on learning that is fun and meaningfully connected to their everyday life. Children are our future and it’s important to help them learn and grow.
I am a homeschooling mom with four kids from the grades of kindergarten through 12th grade--literally this year. My oldest is graduating! I love teaching. I am a certified teacher in the state of Alaska. My favorite people to teach are my own kids. I have volunteered taught or helped during sessions in science classes with field trips, math tutoring, helping with clubs etc....
Twindly has wonderful programs for exploring the world with travel whether locally or to other places in the nation. My picture is a picture of my girls and me in front of the White House during a Twindly trip. They are great opportunities to learn and I would like to support this type of learning and other hands-on or experience learning like sessions and workshops.
I would like Twindly to improve by creating a list of science labs offered by the school in a four-year plan during sessions that parents could know in advance what is being offered, so we can plan middle school and high school science more effectively. Since you do your ILP before the list of session classes comes out.
Thanks for your consideration and time. Happy Homeschool to you ALL!!!