Our Charter Council

Hanna Young, Chair

Hanna Young is a mother and educator, born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. She is the owner and lead teacher at Tiny Trees Early Childhood Lifeways Program in Homer, Alaska. She is a community member of the Paul Banks Elementary Site Council. She is the former Executive Director of Kachemak Kids Early Learning Center and a former teacher at Homer Headstart. She is passionate about supporting families in the journey of parenting and facilitates Simplicity Parenting and Soul of Discipline courses.

Kay Sturm, Vice Chair

Dr. Kay Sturm is an educator, mother, and resident of Anchor Point, Alaska. She supports schools and teachers nationally in Project-Based Learning (PBL), school systems development, and long-term strategic planning. She is a certified K-12 Special Education teacher and taught Middle School and High School. She earned her Doctorate of Educational Leadership from the University of Southern California in 2017 with a focus on Facilitating Meaningful Learning in a PBL Environment.

Savanna Paladino, Secretary

Savanna Paladino has 20 years of experience working in early childhood education with a special focus on Social Emotional Learning and has spent the last 5 years caring for children under the Forest School/Outdoor Learning modalities. With an Associate’s Degree as an Education Practitioner, and Bachelor’s of Science in Psychology, she is passionate about education and has a deep understanding of the profoundly enriching impact that nature based learning has on a child’s educational experiences.

Jeanne Anderson, Treasurer

Jeanne Anderson has lived in Homer for 9 years with her husband and two children. She owns K-Bay Kids LLC which provides pediatric occupational therapy services on the Kenai Peninsula. She loves being outside and instilling the value of an outdoor education in her own children as well as in her community.

Dave Kaufmann

David Kaufmann is a potter, father, and partner. He taught nearly a decade of high school art before rearranging life with a larger emphasis on making with his hands. He holds an MFA in Ceramics from SUNY New Paltz where he practiced creative problem solving, intellectual stretching, and the art of giving and receiving feedback. David lives in Fritz Creek, AK where he and his partner, Willow Jones, raise their two children and cultivate animal and vegetable abundance in addition to both of their handmade pursuits.

Haley Walters

Hayley Walters is a parent of a child who loves the forest. She has a Masters Degree in Elementary Education and has taught in Alaska, New Mexico, Colorado, and California. She has worked as an instructional coach and teacher at 3 charter schools.

Travis Brown

Travis Brown is a father who lives and was raised in Homer, Alaska. He graduated from Western Washington University with a Bachelor of Arts in Urban Planning and Environmental Policy. He has worked for the City of Homer for over 10 years in several roles including public safety and community development and served on a board of directors for the Homer Hockey Association. He spends time skiing, playing & refereeing hockey in the winter and fishing & gardening in the summer.

Heather Kallevig

Heather Kallevig has lived in Alaska for nearly 20 years, spending as much of that time as possible outdoors. As a certified teacher and homeschool parent, it is her goal to ensure families have the opportunity to give kids a childhood immersed in nature during and after school hours. Through Homer Forest School and nature-based education, she hopes to help foster a community of nature lovers and wild and free families.

Interested in joining? Attend our next public meeting.

2023 Upcoming Meetings

Tuesday, March 7, 2023 - 3:45 pm in-person (location TBD)

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 - 8 pm on Zoom

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 - 3:45 pm in-person (location TBD)

Tentative Wednesday, June 7, 2023 - 8 pm on Zoom


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