Principal’s Corner

Welcome to the New School Year 2018-2019!

On behalf of our staff and the Academic Policy Committee, I would like to welcome you to another exciting year at Fireweed Academy.  This is truly going to be an exciting year, as we welcome four new staff members to the school.  At Little Fireweed we are welcoming Katie Weber as our first grade teacher.  At Big Fireweed, we are welcoming Katherine Gustafson and Krissy Post as our two new classroom teachers, increasing our number of classroom teachers at Big to four.  Christine Faber will be working with students at each campus, to support their academic and social needs.   Please welcome each of our new staff members to our school and community.

With that many new teachers at our school, we are making sure that we stay true to the Mission, Vision, and Core Values of Fireweed Academy.  Special in-service trainings and mentoring will insure that Fireweed Academy will continue to be the successful program it is and will continue to offer a unique academic experience for its students, while providing parents with a choice for their child’s education.  I am confident it will continue to do so for many years to come.

As I mentioned, Fireweed provides a unique academic program built on many essential guiding principles including:

  • Constructivism: learning that is constructed through experience and experimentation, rather than just acquiring it.
  • Project Based Learning
  • Theme Immersion: providing an in-depth study of questions and subjects.
  • Multi-level groups: including age groups, to best provide for the needs of each individual student.

It goes without saying, the strength of the program includes a group of dedicated, passionate, and caring educators that we will be welcoming back.  At Little Fireweed,  our classroom teachers, Kim and Mo will be assisted by our aides Kara and Nancy.  At Big Fireweed, Stephanie and Jon continue as classroom teachers with support of our aides Carolyn and Sonja.

As with any successful school, we continually seek to improve our academic program, as well as the school’s cultural environment.  To support our use cooperative learning, in which students work with one another to develop their academic and social skills, the staff has had the opportunity to participate in a five-day workshop in the Kagan Structures.  They have learned techniques that require students to be actively engaged in lessons and promote respectful and responsible behaviors that support a safe and positive classroom environment, as they work with partners and teams.

Experience has taught me that having a strong relationship and partnership with parents and students is vital to the success of a school.  In an effort to bolster our parent volunteer efforts, I will be setting up a system to help parents identify ways they will be able to support the school, at school, on field trips, or even in the comfort of your own home.  I am looking forward to meeting and working with you, so that we can build upon the success that Fireweed Academy has had.

Sincerely, Todd Hindman


My Background in Education

I would like to provide you with my background in education.  Since the beginning of my career, I have worked in small schools that serve as an alternative to traditional schools.  My career began at TA Edison Environmental Science Academy in Dallas, Texas.  TA Edison was a magnet school for 7th and 8th grade students which provided students with the opportunity to take an extra science class, that was completely based on hands-on laboratory investigations and project work.  From there, I spent two years in Sand Point, Alaska before making my way to Nome, my home for 17 years.  While in Nome, I worked at Anvil City Science Academy, a charter school that is similar to Fireweed Academy, in its philosophy.  With the help of dedicated staff members, supportive parents, and a lot of hard work, we were able to expand the program over time, not only in terms of the number of students/families served but also in the rich and varied curriculum we provided.  I am extremely proud of my work there and I am eager to bring my experience and enthusiasm to Fireweed Academy.


Parents and guardians,

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