IB/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 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 backcountry 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 loves the classroom and the students that fill her desks each year.
Victoria Campbell was raised in Eagle, Idaho. She attended elementary, middle and high school in Eagle and graduated from Eagle High School. Some of her favorite memories are meeting lifelong friends, spending time at sporting events as a student athletic trainer, and volunteering in the community. After graduating, Mrs. Campbell headed off to ISU in Pocatello, ID. There she was a part of the ISU Women’s Rugby Team, as well as the ISU Ultimate Frisbee team, and worked in the campus greenhouse.
After a few semesters, Mrs. Campbell took a break from school and lived abroad in México for a year and a half. During this time, she learned to love the Spanish language, culture and people! Upon returning from México, Mrs. Campbell saw the value in knowing another language and wanted to share this knowledge with others, as well as help them along the way. Promptly, she changed her major from Physical Therapy to Secondary Education, Spanish and graduated from Boise State University shortly after.
Mrs. Campbell enjoys spending time with her husband, driving around in the mountains and spending time in the mountains, especially Cascade. She loves learning new things. She has recently learned how to crochet and is trying to learn how to snowboard. Her favorite things include ice cream, monkeys, dogs, exercise, Disney movies, Disneyland/Disney World, Fall weather and learning new things!
Middle and High School Choir
Allison has lived in various states and regions of the country, but she is proud to call the Treasure Valley her home. From a young age, she developed a love of performing and teaching, and after having wonderful experiences in middle and high school choirs, she knew that music education was the right path for her. Allison graduated from Brigham Young University with a degree in Music Education in April 2018 and is thrilled to have accepted her very first position right here at North Star! Outside of public schools, she has taught private piano and voice lessons.
In her free time, you can find Allison visiting museums or watching documentaries, spending time with her family, dreaming about the Oregon Coast (her favorite place on the planet), and drinking copious amounts of Sodalicious.
Ms. Cammack hopes that each student who participates in the choirs has an enjoyable and enriching musical experience. She feels fortunate to be surrounded by amazing faculty and administration.
MS and HS Band
AJ Davidsen was born and raised in Calgary Alberta, Canada where the influence of great band directors led him to pursue a degree in music education.
In November 2020, AJ was recognized by KTVB as an innovative educator. He received a grant which enabled him to acquire the necessary equipment to create high quality multi-track recordings of his ensembles, working around the limitations of running a band program during a pandemic.
AJ met his wife Ashley at BYU-Idaho where she earned a degree in piano performance. Ashley completed her Master’s Degree at Boise State in 2015. Ashley and AJ are the proud parents of two children, Cleah age 9 and Cecil who will be 4 in January.
Apart from his family and music, AJ’s passions include Mountain Biking, Road Biking and any other form of cycling.
Mr. Hansen is delighted – again – 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 North Star added the high school in 2007, Mr. Hansen has been helping North Star secondary students prepare for IB, college and life – except for the 2017-2018 school year when he worked as a paraprofessional at Jefferson Elementary in Boise and focused on writing a book – Earth Memories: Ancient Replay. At North Star, 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). Ralph, the cat, is in charge of the house.
Trevor Holladay grew up in the great outdoors of Northwest Montana. He likes to spend his down time hunting, fishing, hiking, or playing city league sports such as volleyball or basketball. He is originally from Kalispell, Montana where he went to school K-12th grade. Following his passion for being physically active, he moved to Bozeman, Montana and went to Montana State University and received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health Enhancement.
After graduating, Trevor moved to the Treasure Valley and got his Masters in Educational Leadership and married his wife Danica shortly after.
Last year was Trevor’s fifth year at North Star and he looks forward to meeting new students and families throughout the year.
HS Business and Economics
DeEtte Huelse grew up in the college town of Moscow and loved growing up in the Palouse surrounded by beautiful rolling wheat fields.
DeEtte attended Washington State University where she graduated with a Bachelor’s 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.
DeEtte went back to school to complete an M.Ed. in Business Education at the University of Idaho. 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 Junior College 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.
January of 2006 she decided to leave HP to pursue her love for teaching. She teaches Economics, Business Law, Entrepreneurship, Introduction to Business, Marketing and Finance. She enjoys bringing her business background into the classroom and has enhanced this experience through DECA, a student organization that brings the content from class to a higher level by competing with other students 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.
HS English and College and Car
Mrs. Gatfield spent her childhood in Challis, Idaho with the Lost River mountains in her backyard. Perhaps it’s no surprise that she has a lifelong goal of climbing all 9 of Idaho’s 12,000′ peaks (4 down…5 to go!). When she wasn’t outdoors with her family going hiking or camping, Mrs. Gatfield was always immersed in a novel. Her childhood favorites were Hatchet, Anne of Green Gables, and Julie of the Wolves. If it’s true that you are what you read, then Mrs. Gatfield’s imagination was filled with stories of wilderness adventures, forging friendships with other kindred spirits, and a love of animals (especially dogs!).
After graduating from Challis High School in 1998, Mrs. Gatfield attended the College of Idaho in Caldwell for 5 years, earning her BA in English with a minor in Reading, and her MA in Teaching. She also met her husband Sean, whom she has been married to since 2004. They enjoy exploring Idaho’s mountains by foot or dirt road or canoe–always with their golden retriever, Winnie.
As a teacher, Mrs. Gatfield taught in Melba for 5 years and at Compass Charter School for 12 where she served as English Department Chairperson, taught multiple dual credit courses for CWI, and oversaw the Senior Project. During her teaching career, she has also done several community service outings with students, including an annual 2-day visit to Farmway Village in Caldwell, Idaho. Students learned about serving others and doing manual labor (like painting, laying new tile, and cutting firewood). One of Mrs. Gatfield’s favorite ways to teach is through foreign travel! She has led six educational trips to foreign countries, including western Europe, Central America, and northern Africa. Students have hiked on Mt. Pilatus in Switzerland, played soccer (futbol!) in the rural Monteverde region of Costa Rica, and bartered for souvenirs in the busy marketplace of Fez, Morocco. Just as the quote in Mrs. Gatfield’s classroom says, “The world is a book, and those who do not travel, read only a page!”
Lori Maroe began teaching in 1992. At North Star Charter School she teaches Spanish 2, and the junior and senior 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 was blessed to spend a month exploring Europe with her husband and children for a summer.
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 have attended 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 another exciting year of teaching at North Star Charter School!
Secondary 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 retuned 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 primary at North Star Charter School since relocating to the Treasure Valley.
Bus. & 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.
IB/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.”
High 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 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.
In 2015, Mrs. Reseigh joined the North Star team. She feels privileged to work with a wonderful group of educators, parents, and students. She has grown both professionally and personally while at North Star and looks forward to many more years of teaching and learning. 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, gardening, card games with friends, and math history.
Chemistry and IB Math
Mrs. Woodward has been teaching since 2003. 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, IB, Advanced, General, and Intro Chemistry, as well as Physical Science.
She taught for North Star in 2010-2011 and returned in 2013. She loves North Star and all the wonderful students and parents!
World History and Mythology
Mrs. Ange loves all things History. She wanted to become a teacher at the young age of seven. Her mom was a teacher and middle school Principal. Her dad was a Music teacher and was always playing his saxophone and piano around the house. Mrs. Ange knew she wanted to teach students; she just did not know what age or subject. Mrs. Ange attended college at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo. It was here that she met an amazing and animated professor named Professor Barnes. Professor Barnes had a true love of maps and battles. It was through him that she discovered her own love of maps and battles. It was there in Professor Barnes class that she knew she wanted to teach history, just like him. She received her BA in History in 2000 and got her Teaching Credential in 2001.
After college, her fiancé, Joe, got a job offer at a Produce company in Salinas, Ca. Mrs. Ange accepted a dream job at Carmel High School, a job that she held for nearly 20 years. She taught Government, Economics, US History, World History, Geography and AP World History. Mrs. Ange’s most memorable highlights from her career at Carmel High School are when she received Mentor of the Year, Teacher of the Year and KSBW Monterey Bay Crystal Apple Award recipient. Mrs. Ange and Joe have been married since 2003 and have had three beautiful daughters. Her daughters all attend North Star and love the Husky life!
Mrs. Ange and her husband visited Yellowstone in the summer of 2019. It was that vacation that changed them forever! The beauty of Idaho sparked something in Mrs. Ange and her family. It is simply breathtaking and aligns with the Ange family’s desires to be outdoors. Joe loves fishing and Mrs. Ange and the girls love to camp. Life is amazing in Idaho and the only missing piece for Mrs. Ange was her job. She longed to find a teaching position where she could continue her love of teaching and history. Mrs. Ange feels that teaching World History and Mythology this year at North Star has completed the missing piece to her Idaho journey. She is excited to teach and is ready for…you guessed it, more maps!
Mr. Nance is a second-generation teacher who just retired from Alaska. Mr. Nance spent 25 years teaching Math and Technology from Nome to Barrow to Sitka, (all over the state). After retirement from Alaska, Mr. Nance started teaching Internationally in China for 2 years (1.5 online due to Covid-19). Mr. Nance is married to Heidi Nance and has two adult children, Kristopher and Ethan Nance. He moved to the Idaho area to look for a place to build his retirement home. He loves to fish, camp and fly his drones.