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.
Allison CammackMiddle 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.
A.J. DavidsenMS 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.
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 completed a Master's degree in Piano Performance at Boise State University in December 2017.
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 8 and Cecil who will be 3 in January.
Apart from his family and music, AJ's passions include Mountain Biking, Road Biking and any other form of cycling.
Cinzia RussoIB Biology
Mrs. Russo was born and raised in Italy. She earned a master’s degree in Geology at Universita’ degli Studi di Napoli “Federico II”. Founded in 1224 by the emperor Federico II, the university is one of the oldest public non-sectarian universities in the world. After her master she worked for two years as a geologist for a company that did hydrologic studies. She used an innovative technology, geo-radar, applied to archeology in Pompei area, and in general in southern Italy.
After she got married, she moved to central Italy and got the credential to teach science and math in high and middle school. She taught science (earth and space science, biology, chemistry, ecology, and physical science) and geography at high school level for 15 years. She was part of the staff as support to the students. She organized students’ orientation, helping them in the difficult and stressful choice of college. She assisted seniors in practicing for the final exam in high school that included written and oral exams.
In 2010, Mrs. Russo moved with her family to the United States to follow her husband’s career in Idaho. The change was a very difficult experience for the entire family because everything changed abruptly. Mrs. Russo took care of her children, teenagers, at the time supporting them in the transition to the American school system. Using a very basic English, she struggled to try to understand all the new aspects in her new life from driving a car with automatic shift to building a house from the scratch.
Mrs. Russo’s dream was to teach in the US and, going back to school, she pursued it in 2014. She was non degree-seeking student at Boise State University where she took classes to integrate her Italian degree. She earned teaching endorsements in geology, earth Science and general science in 2015.
Mrs. Russo has been married for 29 years to her husband, a physicist who is an enthusiastic helper in setting experiments in their kitchen. They have two adult children who eventually thanked them for the courage they had in making the decision to move the US.
Mrs. Russo and her husband love kayaking, hiking, walking, and just sitting in a park reading a book.
They felt very lucky for being able to keep doing outdoor activities even during the pandemic compared to their relatives in Italy who had a very strict lockdown.
Mrs. Russo taught for 3 years in West Ada School District. She is honored to be part of North Star Charter school for the first year and teach academic-oriented students. She will work hard to make their experience at school a good memory.
John HansenHS History
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 HolladayPhysical Education
Trevor Holladay grew up in the great outdoors of North West 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 a private 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. Trevor wants to instill upon his students the same passion he has for being fit and healthy.
Last year, Trevor coached middle school girls basketball and middle school boys basketball. He truly enjoys seeing children active outside of school exercising and learning new skills. This will be Trevor’s third year at North Star and he is excited to continue teaching new students and continuing to grow the Health and Fitness curriculum.
DeEtte HuelseHS 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 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, and rafting.
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.
In January of 2006 she decided to leave HP to pursue her love for teaching. She teaches Economics, Business Law, Entrepreneurship, Introduction to Business, Marketing, Finance and IB Business Management. She also 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.
Jenny JohnsonRemote Learning/College Career
An Idaho native, Jenny grew up in Nampa, practically living on the campus of Northwest Nazarene University, where her mother worked for over 30 years. Throughout her public school years, Jenny played various sports, took ballet lessons, and found her passion in piano performance. In 2005, Jenny graduated from Skyview High School with a rigorous high school transcript, full of AP courses, college credits, and a variety of choir and orchestra ensembles. With several scholarships in hand, Jenny went on to live on campus at Northwest Nazarene University, completing her Bachelors of Arts in Music in 2010. A few months after graduation, she married her husband, James, the brother of one of her fellow music majors. The following school year, Jenny decided to continue her education by pursuing a second Bachelors of Arts in English at Northwest Nazarene University, completing it in December 2011. Shortly after, Jenny spent several years working within higher education at College of Western Idaho, both as a One Stop Specialist (a little knowledge in everything) and as a Registrar Advisor helping students with their graduation requirements. Three years ago, Jenny entered the secondary education realm, working as a College & Career Advisor at Nampa High School and building the College & Career Center from the ground up. After completing her certification in Education in May 2019, Jenny is extremely excited to finally follow her dreams of teaching English. She is also currently taking classes towards her Master of Arts in Literature at Boise State University.
Jenny, James, and their three fur babies live locally, loving all the outdoors activities available to Idahoans. Jenny is a marathon runner, and she occasionally opts to join her husband on bicycle rides on the Greenbelt. During the colder months, she is more likely found indoors reading a book or watching Netflix with her husband. Her favorite author - should she be forced to pick just one - is JK Rowling. Jenny has a passion for literature, both reading and teaching how it can provide understanding for the world around us. She is very excited to be part of the culture at North Star Charter.
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 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!
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 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.
Victoria WoodwardChemistry 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!