Megan BeglingerIB/Math and CAS Coordinator
>Megan grew up in Pocatello, Idaho. She graduated from Pocatello High School, where she participated on the basketball team for three years and and was a member of the state championship volleyball team her senior year. After high school, she followed in the footsteps of her parents and headed north to be a Vandal. She met her husband, Matt, at the University of Idaho and they married in 1995 soon after she graduated with a degree in Secondary Education. Megan was hired by a small private school in Boise, and taught a variety of math and science courses for four years. She advised the student council, and coached the girls basketball team alongside her husband, leading the girls to the program's first ever state tournament appearance. She temporarily retired from coaching and teaching when her first child was born in 2000. She and Matt are parents to three wonderful children, Ryan, Sarah and Ben.>One of her first loves is the Idaho Mountains. She was coerced on many hikes as a child, but grew to adore it and now finds herself doing the same thing with her children. She loves camping (actually "Glamping" in her 1960 vintage trailer), mountain biking, hiking and boating in Idaho. One of her favorite life experiences was in college during the summer when her job was to lead teenagers on backpacking trips into the Idaho backwoods for a week at a time. She has climbed the tallest mountain in Idaho, Mt. Borah, three times along with the tallest mountain in the Sawtooth's, Thompson Peak. >Megan has tutored math students since her sophomore year at University of Idaho, continuing every year as a stay at home mom to the present. She has a passion to help students understand and excel in Math. She is excited to be back in the classroom and a part of the wonderful school team at North Star Charter.
Dan ContiMS Physical Education and AD
Born and raised in New Jersey of parents who met in Paris during WWII. After high school I received my BS in Physical Education from SBU in western New York, and then moved to upstate NY to work. In a few years I moved to San Francisco and worked in outdoor recreation, first with municipal recreation programs than with Outward Bound Organization leading 30 day wilderness expeditions whose philosophy maintains that by facing the challenges the course offers, you will emerge physically and mentally stronger, with a better understanding of your own capabilities. With the idea to develop corporate fitness/wellness programs, I received my Master’s degree from the University of Arizona while working on a graduate teaching and research assistantship. I immediately started working for the Los Angeles County Occupational Health Service testing and training police, firemen, and lifeguards. By the next year I formed a small company Health Management Consultants and worked with corporations implementing wellness programs. In time we grew into a corporation, National Institute of Cardiovascular Technology, expanding into Health Fairs at over 60 Hospitals throughout California, managing cardiac rehab centers, and servicing physicians with their cardiovascular testing services. NICT was featured in Money magazine, Time magazine and Optimum Health. I was able to do research and publish in “The Physician and Sports Medicine” and “Research Quarterly”. I was appointed to the Board of Directors for the Orange County American Heart Association and served on committees with the likes of Buzz Aldrin and Pia (John) Wayne. I was asked to serve as chairman of the Worksite Wellness committee with the California State Heart Association for two years. With the changes in medical insurance, the increased regulatory environment and the addition of small children in my household, after 18 years I decided to get back to my true passion of teaching and coaching. I taught physical education and coached football, basketball, soccer, swimming, track, and water polo in Southern California. As an Athletic Director I was President of a 12 school athletic conference in Orange County for 5 years. Moving to Boise in 2002, I taught and coached in the Boise School District prior to joining North Star in 2005. I was nominated in 2012-13 for Athletic Director of the Year by IAHPERD. I have two sons living in Boise; Jonathan (28) is an award winning videographer, doing jobs for Micron, Porsche, Seattle Seahawks, and his favorite Oars Adventures where he has to spend weeks filming on location in Baja, Corsica, Patagonia, and scheduled this year for the Galapagos Islands. Jason (18) graduated this year from Capital HS and is working full-time for BSD IT department finishing his education as a productive citizen. Josh (26) lives in Utah where he is Special Agent in Charge of the Inter-Mountain Cyber Division of the FBI. All three pursue their fitness upbringing. Josh keeps fit by competing in MMA. Jon plays for a rugby team and with Jason train and compete in Spartan races. At home are the cats Bandit and Bela, the little dog Bear and the Famous Dog Blaze who will reach 1,500 consecutive pre-dawn workouts at the end of this school year.
Trevor HolladayHealth and Fitness
Growing up in the great outdoors of Western Montana, Trevor Holladay loves being physically active. Whether it is hunting, fishing, hiking, or playing city league sports such as volleyball and basketball, Trevor does it all. He is originally from Kalispell, Montana where he went to a private school K-12th grade. Following his passion, he moved to Bozeman, Montana and went to Montana State University and received his BS in Health Enhancement. Teaching health and physical education, Trevor wants to instill upon his students the same passion he has for being fit and healthy.
Trevor also has coached a variety of sports and enjoys seeing children active outside of school exercising and learning new skills. He has experience coaching basketball, soccer, has played volleyball and wants to get experience coaching that as well. Being a first year teacher, he is excited to meet new people and start enhancing the lives of students in Eagle, Idaho.
John HansenIB/History and Government
Mr. Hansen is delighted to be a part of the North Star community of students, educators, parents and supporters as we offer high quality high school courses including the prestigious International Baccalaureate Diploma Program.>Born in Idaho Falls to parents (Orval and June Hansen) who met in South Africa, Mr. Hansen was barely five when his father was elected to Congress and the family of nine moved to Arlington, Virginia, just across the Potomac River from our nation’s capital, Washington, D. C. After graduating from Yorktown High School, Mr. Hansen attended the College of William and Mary in historic Williamsburg, Virginia, and collected a Bachelor of Arts in History and Government. Educational tours of the British Isles and the Soviet Union preceded law studies in Moscow at the University of Idaho. After earning a Juris Doctorate and passing the Idaho Bar Exam, Mr. Hansen worked as a lawyer, first as a judicial clerk for Idaho Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert E. Bakes, then as an Ada County deputy prosecutor. >Then came Mr. Hansen’s second profession: teaching! Boise State University provided the necessary educational courses and the Boise School District provided the excellent teaching opportunities. Mr. Hansen taught World Geography at South Junior High School for one year and numerous history and government courses at Capital High School for twelve years. Mr. Hansen was pleased to assist hundreds of his Capital High School students as they passed (at a rate significantly higher than the national average) Advanced Placement tests in American Government, Comparative Government, European History and World History. Since the high school was added in 2007, Mr. Hansen has been helping North Star secondary students prepare for IB, college and life. He has taught a wide variety of social studies courses (e.g., Government, History and Economics) and IB Theory of Knowledge. Mr. Hansen currently teaches all the high school social studies courses: 9th World History, 10th Government, 11th and 12th IB History Higher Level. > Mr. Hansen enjoys traveling with others in small and large packs. Since 2000, he’s led hundreds of eager learners (young and old) on educational tours to Europe, Asia, Africa and the Pacific. John and Terry Hansen are the proud parents of Kenny (Class of 2013) and Graci (Class of 2015).
DeEtte HuelseMarketing, Economics and TOK
DeEtte Huelse grew up in Moscow where she graduated from Moscow High School. Her father was a professor in mining and metallurgical engineering at the University of Idaho and mother was a CPA in the College of Veterinary Medicine at Washington State University. She loved growing up in the Palouse surrounded by beautiful rolling wheat fields.>DeEtte went on to attend Washington State University where she graduated with a Bachelors degree in Marketing and a Minor in Economics. While in college she worked in several National Parks, including two summers in Yellowstone National Park, one summer in Glacier National Park and one in Sequoia. Her love for the outdoors remains as passionate today as it was then and still enjoys skiing, camping, hiking, fishing, backpacking, rafting and tennis. >After graduating and working in Seattle briefly, she went back to school to complete a Masters in Business Education at the University of Idaho and finished her M.Ed. in 1990. While working on her Masters she became very involved in Business Professionals of America at the collegiate level and served as the National Collegiate Vice President for the organization. She taught business classes at Philips Junior college and then moved to Boise in 1992 for a job with Hewlett Packard in Training and Development. During the 14 years at HP she continued to teach classes at BSU as adjunct faculty and finished a second M.Ed. in Education and training and began working on her Ph.D. >In January of 2006 she decided to leave HP to pursue her love for teaching at the high school level. She has taught Economics, Business Law, Entrepreneurship, Introduction to Business, Marketing, Finance and International business at Middleton and Boise High schools. She also enjoys bringing her business background into the classroom and enhanced this experience through DECA, a student organization that brings the content from class to a higher level competing with other students from Idaho in areas of Business, Marketing, Economics and Finance. She enjoys seeing the growth in the student through these competitions and has had students qualify for the National competition every year. She was awarded 2013 Junior Achievement Teacher of the Year for her work starting student run companies within her entrepreneurship classes. She is very passionate about the subjects that she teaches and makes every effort to bring relevance in the material for a richer educational experience. Students enjoy the hands on approach to learning business skills and applying them in real-life situations and simulations. >DeEtte is married and has two daughters. They all enjoy winter sports such as skating, hockey and skiing, and spend most of their summer in McCall enjoying the outdoors.
Lori MaroeIB/Secondary Spanish
Lori Maroe began teaching in 1992. At North Star Charter School she teaches Spanish 1, Spanish 2, and the IB Standard Level courses. Mrs. Maroe grew up in Ontario, Oregon and Orange County, California. She has traveled to or lived in Spain, France, Canada, Mexico, Guatemala, Costa Rica, Puerto Rico, Germany, France, Luxembourg, Croatia, The Czech Republic, Austria, Italy and Slovenia. She spent a month exploring Europe with her family during the summer of 2012.
Mrs. Maroe graduated from Tustin High School, in Tustin, California. She earned her Bachelor of Arts and Masters degrees from Western Oregon University in Monmouth, Oregon, graduating Summa Cum Laude. Her teaching endorsements are in Spanish, English as a New Language, Basic Mathematics and Reading. When she was in school she most enjoyed Spanish, History and English classes and participated on the swim team and in band. Mrs. Maroe has three children, two of whom attend North Star Charter School. Mrs. Maroe’s hobbies include mountain biking, skiing, traveling, SCUBA diving, reading, and horseback riding. Her favorite quote is by Andre Gide… “Complete possession is proved only by giving. All you are unable to give possesses you.” Mrs. Maroe is looking forward to an exciting year of teaching at North Star Charter School!
Shirley RauIB/English and EE Coordinator
Shirley Rau is a lifetime learner—a reader, writer and researcher. She earned her graduate degree from the Bread Loaf School of English at Middlebury College in Vermont, completing a summer residency at Lincoln College in Oxford. An Idaho native, Shirley’s undergraduate degree was from Idaho State University. She was a fellow in the Treasure Valley Writing Project at BSU and the Northwest Inland Writing Project at U of I.
Shirley has had more than 30 years of experience teaching in university, private school and public school settings. She has taught advanced placement and college preparatory English in public school settings and taught high school English in an innovative integrated seminar-style classroom at an independent school that emphasized critical thinking. At the university level Shirley taught undergraduate English composition and writing methods, and supervised intern teachers in a variety of high school and middle school settings.
Shirley has held a number of educational leadership positions. She was co-founder and program coordinator for a Reggio-inspired pre-school that included active parent participation and documentation of student learning. She was education director and interim head of an independent school. She was Executive Director of the Idaho Charter School Network, and had the privilege of serving under Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna as School Choice Coordinator, providing support for Idaho’s charter schools.
She has long been an advocate of children’s right to a quality education. She has spoken to parent groups, teachers, administrators, business leaders and policy makers on a range of issues: education reform, early childhood and adolescent literacy, conflict and tolerance, and the value of parental involvement in education. She has published a number of articles about education and co-authored A Classroom of Teenaged Readers: Nurturing Reading Processes in Senior High English (Addison, Wesley, Longman) a research-based book that focused on the development of critical reading in the high school classroom.
The highlights of Shirley’s career have included coaching a two-time national champion coed cheerleading squad, speaking in front of the US Senate Education Committee as a finalist for National Teacher of the Year, and participating in the Japan-America Grassroots Summit.
Shirley lives in Boise with her husband and son, their Bernese mountain dog and ragdoll cat. She and her family share a passion for soccer, canoeing, gardening, the Oregon coast and international travel. Their most memorable family vacation was a birding expedition to Honduras.
Shirley says of teaching at North Star: "I feel as if my personal and professional life have come full circle. I love working with the engaged student learners, the committed parents and the outstanding teaching team at North Star. It offers me an opportunity, not only to share my knowledge, but to continue to learn and grow personally and professionally.”
Analee Reseigh was born in Logan, Utah and grew up in several towns in Utah and Idaho. From a young age, she knew she had an aptitude and passion for mathematics. Her passion was fueled by a couple of exceptional math teachers, and she decided during high school to become an educator herself.> After just one great year at Southern Utah University in Cedar City, Mrs. Reseigh followed her new husband to the University of Idaho in Moscow where she earned a B.S. in Mathematics with teacher certification in math and physics (1995) and a M.S. in Mathematics (1998). While pursuing her Master's degree, Mrs. Reseigh was awarded a teaching assistantship which gave her the opportunity to hone her teaching skills. She and her husband moved to Pocatello, Idaho where she was awarded a fellowship to pursue a Doctor of Arts in Mathematics. > In 1999, the early birth and health problems of her second child ended that pursuit and she and her husband moved to Boise. In 2002, after taking a few years off, Mrs. Reseigh started tutoring high school and college students and teaching as an adjunct faculty member at Boise State University. She taught a wide range of classes at BSU, including Survey of Calculus, Quantitative Reasoning, and Geometry and Probability for Elementary School Teachers. Two more children, 13 years, and many lectures later, she decided it was time for a new challenge! Mrs. Reseigh looks forward to using her experience and enthusiasm for mathematics to empower and excite students at North Star. >When she is not teaching or preparing, Mrs. Reseigh enjoys camping and hiking with her husband and four children. She also loves running, cross-country skiing, card games with friends, and math history.
Harold StromSecondary Science
Harold (“Hal”) Strom teaches the two-year IB Biology (Higher Level) course to students in grades 11 and 12. In addition, he teaches the Standard Level IB Environmental Systems and Society to some students in grade 12. He also teachers grade 9 General Biology. He notes that the students in these classes clearly have excellent science backgrounds and are very pleasant to work with.
Hal grew up in southern California but had the good sense to marry Nancy, who grew up in Ashton, about fifty miles north of Idaho Falls.
Hal brings intelligent hard work to his science classroom and expects the same in return from his students. Recognizing that close cooperation between school and family is an important element of North Star’s academic program, Hal encourages parents to contact him (firstname.lastname@example.org) or visit his classroom whenever they have questions or concerns. Hal received his Bachelor’s Degree from Stanford University. He did his teacher preparation work at the University of East Africa’s campus in Kampala, Uganda: the course work was designed and taught by Teacher’s College, Columbia University (New York) and London University as part of a State Department program to provide teachers for East Africa’s newly independent countries. After two years in rustic western Kenya, Hal moved from the Serengeti plains to the tropical coral reefs of the western Pacific. Taking advantage of a strong marine biology program, Hal earned an M.Sc. (Biology) degree from the University of Guam.
Much of Hal’s professional career was spent teaching the children of American diplomats and business families in overseas locations. As you might expect, the State Department sets very high standards for these schools. In 2009, Nancy and Hal returned to Idaho after raising their seven children overseas. In recent years, their children have turned Nancy and Hal into very proud grandparents.
Hal very much enjoys reading, photography, gardening, and playing with his dogs that delight in digging up his annual efforts in the garden. He continues to proof read professional papers in English written by geologists who are posted to the Russian Academy of Science’s Geology Institute in Vladivostok.
Tamela West was born on the windswept plains of northeastern Montana. When she was in junior high, she began teaching swimming lessons at the city pool. This was when she discovered she really enjoyed working with children and decided that when she went to college, she would pursue teaching. She attended Montana State University in Bozeman where she received a degree in teaching for speech, drama and English. After college Tamela moved to California where she worked in accounting for the defense contractor Teledyne Electronics.
After a few years, the allure of running streams and beautiful mountains proved to be too much and she moved to Idaho. Tamela taught speech, drama and English for 18 years at Bishop Kelly High School in Boise. During her tenure there she was awarded the Idaho Speech Arts Teachers’ Association award for Drama Teacher of the Year, and she was awarded the University of Idaho Excellence in Teaching award. Her extra-curricular activities included directing all of the main stage and touring plays for the Drama Club. She is also an artist and has designed a line of Native American dolls that she crafts completely by hand. She sculpts their faces, designs and sews their clothing, and looms all of the beadwork.
Victoria WoodwardChemistry and IB Math
>Mrs. Woodward has been teaching for 12 years. She came from being a Navy airplane mechanic on the F/A-18 to graduating with honors from BSU in Chemistry with a professional emphasis and a minor in Mathematics.> After working in research on anti-cancer drugs and then EPA testing for the City of Meridian and Nampa, she obtained her teaching certification and has taught all math levels from 6th grade through Calculus, AP, General, and Intro Chemistry, and Physical Science.