Danielle BarzeeHistory and Government
Mrs. Barzee was born and raised in Twin Falls, Idaho where her family loved camping, hiking, and exploring the Magic Valley. During high school, she was actively involved in student government, yearbook and a nationally recognized Lincoln Douglas Debater. Having graduated early from high school to work as a Page for the Idaho House of Representatives, Danielle returned to Boise to pursue a degree in political science at Boise State University where she was part of the Honors Program.
As part of BSU, Danielle attended college in the south of France for her second year of college. She studied international studies, French, French History and Literature for her year abroad while traveling throughout Europe. However, it was her experience working with a middle school in learning the English Language that inspired her passion for teaching and thus changing her college focus from international law to education.
Mrs. Barzee graduated from Idaho State University with her degree in Secondary Education, emphasis in French and Political Science. She returned to Twin Falls where her first teaching job was in Buhl, Idaho at the middle school. She taught 7th grade social studies along with reading and yearbook production. While working, Danielle returned to college earning her Master’s degree in Administration Leadership from the University of Idaho.
After seven years in Buhl, Danielle returned home to work at her former junior high, Vera C. O’Leary Junior High where she taught 9th grade Geography. Later, as O’Leary transitioned from a junior high to middle school, Danielle was hired to be the Associate Principal where she spent six years in a leadership capacity and ended her years with Twin Falls School District as the Interim Principal at OMS.
As change is a natural process of life, Danielle and her family found themselves moving to Meridian a year ago from their hometown of Twin Falls as her husband Eric accepted a position as an investigator for the Idaho Attorney General’s Office. Danielle and Eric have two grown sons: Brody, a 21 year old adult with Down syndrome, just transitioned from high school to the work force and Morgan, a recent graduate of RMHS will be starting college this fall.
Danielle and her family love their new community as they explore the farmer markets, float the Boise River, and enjoy the warm and welcoming atmosphere of the Treasure Valley. Danielle is excited to be back in the classroom working directly with students and she is honored to be a part of the positive atmosphere and team environment that North Star emulates. This is her first time working for a charter school, but Danielle has been impressed with the academic rigor, student enthusiasm, and parental support that she has been shown in her position and she is looking forward to building a positive working relationship with her students, parents, and school community.
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.
A.J. DavidsenMS and HS Band
AJ Davidsen comes from the Great White North. He was born and raised in Calgary, Alberta where the influence of great band directors led him to pursue a degree in music education.
AJ graduated in April 2013 in the top 10% of the graduating class of BYU-Idaho. His main instruments are the piano and French horn. In February of 2013, AJ was given the “Outstanding Piano Soloist” award at the Lionel Hampton Jazz Festival. AJ will receive his Master's degree in Piano Performance this year from Boise State University.
AJ met his wife Ashley at BYU-Idaho where she received a degree in piano performance. Ashley recently completed her Master's Degree at Boise State. Ashley and AJ are the proud parents of one daughter, Cleah Lynn.
Kyle DownsMS and HS Choir
Kyle Downs began directing choirs at the age of sixteen. A member of the American Association of Choral Directors (ACDA) and National Association of the Teachers of Singing, he earned his Bachelor of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Puget Sound, where he studied conducting and choral literature with Dr. Steven Zopfi. Kyle holds a Masters of Music in Vocal Performance from Boise State University where he focused on developing a pedagogical model for the teaching of bel canto technique in the choir classroom. In addition to his private voice and piano students, Kyle is a frequent guest instructor throughout the Treasure Valley. He has served as a vocal coach, conductor, and artistic director for church, high school, adult, and community choirs in Oregon and Idaho.>As a performer, Kyle has sung on numerous studio albums, movie and video game soundtracks including Halo 3, and been a guest soloist throughout the Northwest. Kyle is active as a composer and producer and is passionate about developing the next generation of songwriters and artists in all genres, including pop, rock, hip-hop/R&B, and folk. Kyle writes and records with the Boise-area band, Interstate, who made their second appearance performing for fans at Centurylink Field for the Seattle Seahawk’s home win over Atlanta in October of 2016. Kyle lives in Boise with his wife, Julianne, and their two dogs.
Katie FrancisAthletic Director
Ms. Francis grew up in Northern California and that will always be considered her home. She completed middle school in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and then made her way to San Diego, California. She completed high school in San Diego, and then went on to attend San Diego State University for her Bachelor’s DegMs. Francis grew up in Northern California and that will always be considered her home. She completed middle school in Idaho Falls, Idaho, and then made her way to San Diego, California. She completed high school in San Diego, and then went on to attend San Diego State University for her Bachelor’s Degree
Her bachelor’s degree is in Recreation Administration and she has always loved working with children, especially working in camps and coaching. She completed her Master’s Degree in Teaching at Warner Pacific College in Portland, Oregon and is currently attending Boise State University for a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership. This will be her third year at North Star and is looking forward to her new role as Athletic Director, as well as Coordinator of Teacher and Student Success. She is looking forward to the new opportunities that this will afford her to affect change within the North Star community.
Outside of school, Ms. Francis loves to read, but also LOVES sports. She is a huge football fan (Quack, Quack) and basketball fan. She has coached and played basketball and is very passionate about the game. Ms. Francis has one child, Jackson, who will be turning two at the beginning of the school year. She is one of North Star's biggest fans. GO HUSKIES!!!!
Jill HettingerHS Biology
>Jill is an Idaho native with teaching credentials in Elementary Education (K-8), Secondary Education (6-12: biological sciences, chemistry, physical sciences, natural sciences, and standard mathematics), and Administration (K-12). Jill has Bachelor of Science degrees in Zoology and Secondary Education from the University of Idaho. She holds Master degrees in Curriculum and Instruction and Educational Leadership and a doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction focused on STEM leadership (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) from Boise State University.>Jill has 13 years of K-12 public school teaching experience. Jill was the founding 1st-8th grade science teacher at North Star Charter School. She left North Star Charter in 2010, and returned in 2014 after completing her Doctor of Education degree. Her doctoral dissertation, titled Finding Success in Elementary Science across Socioeconomic Boundaries, was a statewide study that evaluated the quality of science instruction within high achieving low and high socioeconomic schools in Idaho.>While Jill was at Boise State University, she developed and taught a course titled Investigations into Sustainable Development offered through the Biology, Geoscience, and Environmental Studies departments. Her work in this class was featured in the book, The ACTivist Learner: Inquiry and Service Learning to Make Learning Matter. She also taught several education courses for Boise State University, including Elementary Science Methods. As a graduate advisor for the Boise State University Undergraduate Microgravity Research Team she helped guide students through the development of numerous outreach activities, development of a NASA reduced gravity research proposal, and fulfillment of their research agenda. She accompanied the team, composed of majors from Biology, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Computer Science, to Houston where they tested their research apparatus in a microgravity environment created on board NASA’s C9 airplane. Over the last two years at North Star Charter School she has directed the Student Spaceflight Experiment Project (SSEP). Over 500 North Star students participated in developing microgravity research proposals for SSEP and one student team had their experiment sent to the International Space Station to collect data. During the summer of 2017, Jill will be traveling to Hell Creek State Park to be a part of DIG field school in which she will get the opportunity to unearth a Tyrannosaurus Rex or a Triceratops.>Jill has had an adventurous spirit that strives to engage her students in real-world application of science and opening their eyes to the world of opportunity that awaits them. She enjoys teaching and sharing her passion for science with K-12 students. Jill and her husband, Rob, have two children, Ayden and Tyler. They also share their home with a long-haired Weimaraner. As a family they enjoy skiing, camping, and traveling.
DeEtte HuelseHigh School Business and Econo
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!
Misty OstrowskiSecondary Art and TOK
Misty Ostrowski was born and raised in Alaska, where she began her path towards the arts. She attended both the University of Alaska Southeast and Northern Arizona University during her undergraduate years. She graduated with a Bachelor of Fine Arts. After obtaining her undergraduate degree Misty returned to the University of Alaska Southeast for her Master of Arts in Teaching, Secondary Education. Since then Misty has taught ceramics to adults and teenagers with developmental disabilities at a non-profit in Alaska, and a variety of studio art classes at a public high school in Arizona. Misty has been teaching primarily at North Star Charter School since relocating to the Treasure Valley.
Stan OstrowskiBus. & Tech/IB Comp Science
>Recently retired from the State of Alaska, Stan Ostrowski recently move to Idaho after living in Juneau, Alaska for the past 37 years. While in Alaska, he attended the University of Alaska where he earned a Bachelor of Liberal Arts degree, with emphasis in computer and natural science. Stan has worked with computer technology since 1984, with employment as a computer and network specialist, research analyst, database administrator, and other technology related positions. Stan enjoys working with technology, and teaching technology to others.>Stan lives close to Marsing, ID, with his wife of 38 years, where they have an extensive vegetable and berry/grape garden, as well as a variety of fruit trees, chickens, and two cats. Stan holds a Master of Education in Secondary Education, a Master of Education in Education Technology Management, and is currently pursuing other educational activities of interest.
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 ReseighHigh School Math
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.
Victoria WoodwardChemistry and IB Math
>Mrs. Woodward has been teaching for 13 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.