Principals Corner

Students and Parents,

On behalf of our staff and the Academic Policy Committee I would like to welcome you to an exciting year at Fireweed Academy.  Over the years, Fireweed Academy has proven to be a successful program that offers 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 a new addition to the Fireweed Academy, 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 the last 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.

As I mentioned earlier, 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.

The strength of the program includes a group of dedicated, passionate, and caring staff members.  At Little Fireweed, Kim, Mo and Betsy will be working with the K-2 students. Multilevel groupings will be the order of the day for core homerooms with Betsy leading a mixed class of kindergarten and 1st grade students, Mo working with a combination of 1st and 2nd grade students and Kim with a Kindergarten class.  Their efforts will be supplemented and supported by classroom aides Sharlyn and Nancy, our new nurse Melisa Miller, and our Special Education Coordinator Sally Burns.  Sally will also be working with our Big Fireweed staff.  At Big Fireweed Stephanie, Jon, and Hannah will be working with students at each grade level. They will be assisted by Emily as a classroom aide, and our nurse Laura Peek.  One additional classroom aide will be added in the near future.

Experience has taught me that having a strong relationship and partnership with parents and students is vital to the success of the school.  I am looking forward to meeting and working with you, so that we can build upon the success that Fireweed Academy has had.  This is a new journey in my career, of which I am eager to share with you all.


Todd Hindman, Principal                        ************************************************************************************

Parents and guardians,

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