Rilke Schule Academic Policy Committee
APC Candidate Information:
My name is Jeremy Parker and I’m running for a second term with the Rilke APC. My qualifications like many other Rilke parents start with my beautiful family, which includes my now 10th grader at Service High School, Katelyn, my 8th grader, Andrew, my 3rd grader, Ethan, and my amazing wife, Jessica. Our family has been a part of the Rilke community for the past 10 years, which is when our oldest earned a lottery placement in 1st grade. Like many others, my children participate in Rilke-offered programs, my wife served by teaching one of the after school clubs, we’ve housed several exchange students over the years, sent our children to Germany through travel club, and have learned, grown, laughed and even cried once or twice through it all.
Please see my responses to the application questions below:
1. Educational and professional background – In 1996, I graduated from Wasilla High School. I didn’t know what I wanted to be when I grew up, so I worked that summer in my uncle’s gold mine as a laborer to save up enough money to start my life as a young adult. I had played trumpet all through grade school, and that passion led me to move to Texas where I studied music in Dallas. I worked full-time on the night shift at a hotel and restaurant to put myself through school, and while attending classes, I met my future wife of 20+ years Jessica Parker. For over the last 20 years, I’ve worked in Human Resources and Operations to support companies in healthcare; both in Texas and Alaska, and now I work for Arctic Slope Regional Corporation, supporting Alaska’s Oil Field jobs. In my current role, I serve as President and General Manager of ASRC Energy Services, E&P Technology, Inc. and provide employment to nearly 230 employees here in Alaska.
2. Skills or experience applicable to serving on the APC – As a current APC member, I have learned so much over the last 2 years about how the charter school system operates. As Performance Chair I’ve been involved in contracts, goals, metrics, professional development, and numerous other improvements to the school such as approving new curriculum, technology upgrades, and policy enhancements. We’ve weathered extremely turbulent budget and funding constraints out of Juneau, a major earthquake, numerous other challenges, and all the while, have been able to maintain the integrity of our school. I am extremely proud of the work we’ve done so far, and I’m excited about what the future holds for Rilke. As a parent and business manager, I plan to continue adopting practical business applications, practice balanced approaches to decision making, fair employment practices, good financial stewardship, growth, retention, and a healthy dose of customer service wherever possible. I’d also like to continue our advocacy efforts for charter schools like Rilke, while also continuing to enhance our educational offerings, support our teachers and staff, and continue to build bridges to partner schools and institutions.
3. Reasons for interest in serving on the APC – First and foremost, my reason for running for a second term is community. Our family has grown close to many Rilke families over the last 10 years and I want this community to thrive. We’ve seen the school grow, undertake significant changes, relocate, adopt new techniques, and become better over the years. Change for many is hard, but I believe the school has always had a strong leadership base to lean on. For me, Rilke has never lost what makes this school special, and community is what keeps us involved. The warm environment, family oriented culture, financial discipline, and hardworking and caring staff is what attracted us here over the other immersion programs and public school options. I believe those qualities are still present and haven’t faltered, and neither has our commitment to the Rilke community. Second, I feel that I still have more to offer the APC and would like to continue building on our momentum.
Thank you for your consideration. I am honored to serve.
Hi Rilke Families! My name is Aimee Posanka. I currently have a 6th grader and a 4th grader at Rilke. Our family moved to Anchorage in 2017 after living for 5 years in Bonn, Germany. The availability of a German Immersion program was a primary factor in our choice to move to Anchorage. It has been an amazing experience and we are grateful to be a part of the Rilke Community.
I have a B.Sc. in engineering from the Colorado School of Mines and a MBA from the University of California, Davis. I also studied German at the Bonn Institut für Sprachvermittlung. I my professional life I worked in the field of transportation/land use engineering and planning. I worked for the regional Metropolitan Planning Organization in Sacramento, CA. This agency provides transportation planning and funding for the region and serves as a forum for the study of regional issues. In addition to preparing the region’s long-range transportation plan, it also approves the distribution of affordable housing and assists in the planning for transit, bicycle networks, clear air projects and airport land use. As part of this organization I have experience working with a wide variety of people from different backgrounds and interest groups to accomplish a common goal. I worked closely with local elected officials and city staff to deliver much needed transportation infrastructure improvements to the region. As an engineer, I am very organized and skilled in compiling data and presenting information clearly and concisely.
I have past experience serving on boards for other non-profits and parent-teacher organizations, including the California Bicycle Coalition Board of Directors, the Davis Parent Nursery School Board of Directors, local HOA Board of Directors, I also served as the parent-teacher liaison at our Grundschule in Germany.
I am deeply invested in the long term success of the Rilke Schule. This school is not only preparing our children for academic success it's also building better global citizens. With my skills and background I hope to contribute to the APC by taking what I learned from our experience in Germany to expand and enhance what we can offer our Rilke kids. I will listen to the families and staff and strive to meet our common goals with open communication and honest dialogue.
Thank you for your support,
My name is Kort Redick. My husband and I have two kids; ages 5 & 6. Kraig is currently in kindergarten and Kole will be in kindergarten this coming fall. I have bachelor’s degrees in both Accounting and Spanish from the University of Alaska Anchorage. I am a Certified Public Accountant licensed in the State of Alaska. I am the sole owner of Bassler & Redick CPAs, llc; about a 10 person tax and accounting firm.
I have volunteered with the Alaska Miss Amazing for about five years. I have enjoyed this time supporting young women with disabilities and will continue to do so. Previous to my work with Alaska Miss Amazing, I was a board member with Equine Assisted Therapy Alaska for several years. I greatly appreciated my time with EATA. To earn volunteer hours at Rilke, I have mainly been volunteering in the classroom. It’s been really fun to see the kindys flourish this year.
As a CPA and business owner, I bring a strong financial and business background to APC. I want to see the school continue to flourish as it has in the past and to help it continue to grow. Thank you for considering me for this position.
2019 APC ELECTION TIMELINE
Wednesday, January 16th- nomination period closes at 5:00 pm. IF YOU ARE
INTERESTED IN RUNNING FOR AN APC BOARD SEAT, you must email
firstname.lastname@example.org to notify the election committee of your interest. An
APC election committee member will confirm receipt of your email. Candidate
information sheets will go to interested candidates via email this evening.
Friday, January 18th – COMPLETED CANDIDATE INFORMATION SHEETS
AND PHOTOS must be received at email@example.com by 5:00 pm.
Candidates without completed forms submitted by this time and date will
be considered no longer interested in running for office and will not be
included on the ballot.
Thursday, January 24th - APC MEETING AND CANDIDATE MEET & GREET
SESSION BEGINS AT 6:00 PM at Rilke Schule in the gym. The Election
Committee will also post candidates' information sheets on the school website
and link to them on the school's Facebook page.
Monday, February 4th - Absentee voting begins. Please email
firstname.lastname@example.org to obtain an absentee ballot and instructions. Absentee
voting ends at 5:00 pm on election day, Feb. 7.
Thursday, February 7th – IN-PERSON VOTING AT SCHOOL 7:45-8:30 AM
and 2:30-5:30 PM & ABSENTEE VOTING ENDS AT 5:00 PM. In-person voting
will be conducted on February 7th in the Rilke Schule lobby. Absentee voting
ends at 5:00 pm Alaska time. Votes will be announced at the end of the Annual
APC meeting held that evening from 6:00 - 8:00 pm.
APC MEMBER GENERAL EXPECTATIONS AND RESPONSIBILITIES
For more information about what the responsibilities and expectations of an APC
board member are, please see the description below. More information can also
be found on the APC section of the school’s website.
APC Member responsibilities in brief:
• Attend APC scheduled meetings (usually once per month, for 2 hours).
• Serve on APC committees such as performance, facilities and planning.
• Discuss and keep confidential matters related to budgets, personnel, and
other issues that arise.
• Listen to and consider a variety of opinions and ideas, and be willing to
vote, state and defend your considered opinion as an active board
• Previous public board experience is helpful, as is any accounting or
• The Rilke Schule APC is a public board and is subject to state laws
regarding public meetings and votes.