• Heather Deberry

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-538-8751



    I am a lifelong Alaskan, a wife, a mother of three, and a passionate homeschooler. If I am not doing my teaching duties at home or at school you will find me outdoors. I love to hike, bike, kayak, camp and explore new and familiar places with my family and friends as much as possible. 

    I am happy to have the opportunity to work with homeschool families here in my hometown of Anchorage Alaska. I have a Bachelor of Science in Education, with a minor in Sociology from the University of Alaska Anchorage. I spent 10 years in early education teaching pre-school and kindergarten aged children in the Palmer area, and then moved out of state where I taught fourth and first grades in public school classrooms. I missed homeschooling and the educational opportunities it provides for my family, so I returned to homeschooling and joined Family Partnership in 2016. I am truly grateful for this opportunity to share the homeschool journey with our families here at Family Partnership Charter School. 

  • Teresa Hintze

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-538-8752



    Born in Idaho and raised in Anchorage, Alaska, I have been working for the Anchorage School District for many years. For 15 of those years I worked in the Deaf Education program and taught all subjects at all levels, elementary school, middle school, and high school. During my tenure, I also had the pleasure of assisting my sisters in their homeschooling endeavors, including acting as a sponsor teacher for them at Family Partnership Charter School. I have been with FPCS for several years now and have a unique, dual role here at Family Partnership. First I am a sponsor teacher and second I am the special education liaison. In my role as the Special Education Liaison, I coordinate meetings and facilitate communication between FPCS families and the Special Education teams at their neighborhood schools. While FPCS is not allowed to offer special education services, as part of the Anchorage School District, our families are able to access any services at their neighborhood school. In my role as a sponsor teacher, I have the pleasure of working directly with families in supporting parent directed education. I love this program and I am so excited to be part of the homeschooling community. 

  • Kristin Jackson

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-538-8753



    This year marks my 14th year teaching with Family Partnership, and I love the opportunity to partner with families! I graduated from Wheaton College with a B.A. in Elementary Education and have continued my professional development, taking classes through UAA. For five years I taught second grade at Klatt Elementary. I transferred to Family Partnership in order to spend more time at home with my children and have the opportunity to work with students in a more individualized setting. As a teacher at FPCS, I have been a sponsor teacher for kindergarten through 12th grade students as well as taught elementary enrichment classes in all subject areas including hands-on science, writing, and math games. My husband and I have four children ranging from age 8 through 14. My children attend Family Partnership part time or full time, and I have the privilege of being an integral part of their education. As a family, we enjoy camping, fishing, and exploring Alaska. I was born in California but grew up in Minnesota, making Alaska my home now with my family for almost 20 years. I love reading, spending time with my family, hiking, and just being outdoors. I look forward to another great year sponsoring families here at Family Partnership! 

  • Teresa Kress

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-538-8759



    I am a home schooling mother of four (ages 19-25 years old) with a B.A. in Music/Theater and a Master of Arts in Teaching and am a certificated Principal. My areas of specialty are: Music (private voice & violin lessons, Swing Choir, and chamber orchestras); World Languages: (French 1, 2, & 3); and Social Studies at the Middle School and High School level. My largest class was Kids for Character, where 24 kids gathered to learn character, music and performance skills! 

    My four children were with Family Partnership for their entire educational experience and graduated in this amazing program! I thoroughly enjoy sponsoring families, encoraging and helping students reach their full potential!

  • Kjirsten Langland

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-538-8761



    Alaska is home and I am homegrown! Born and educated in Anchorage, I graduated from West Anchorage High School. I attended the University of San Diego and gratuated with a degree in Diversified Liberal Arts and my teaching credential. I am "Highly Qualified" to teach K-8th grades and have taught with the Anchorage School District since 1997. 


    I am a mom of 3 kids that I adore and we, along with my hubby, love to ski, hike, fly, travel and enjoy all that is Alaska.


    I am honored to be a part of the Family Partnership Charter School Family. I love working with our FPCS families to help them determine the best ways to educate their children while discovering how fun learning can be. Welcome to FPCS!

  • Lynnetta Marcellus

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-538-6741



    I graduated in 1995 with a B.S Ed degree in Secondary Math and History (grades 6-12) from the University of Idaho. In 2015 I finished my Master’s Degree in ED Leadership  from the University of Alaska Anchorage.  My husband is in the military and we had opportunities to live in various places such as Idaho, Germany, Missouri, Alabama, Delta Junction, Wasilla, and now Eagle River. I was blessed to teach in some of those places we traveled to such as Idaho, Missouri, Delta Junction, Wasilla and now for more than 10 years in Anchorage at FPCS. I’ve taught secondary math for many years. I have taught 7th grade math, 8th grade math, pre-algebra, algebra I/II, geometry, applied math, consumer math, precalculus, calculus, geography, US history, Western Civilization, Health, and P.E. I also coached high school Volleyball and Track. I enjoy running, hiking, swimming, water-skiing, snow skiing, and just being with my family. 

    Working at FPCS has allowed me to home school my own children while pursuing what I love, which is to teach math and support parents who choose to home school. I have home schooled my children since my oldest started school and she will be graduating this year from FPCS. I believe home schooling is the best gift we can give our children. I also like helping parents become more confident in their ability to teach their children. I believe parents know their children better than anyone else and with the partnership of teachers they become the best teacher to their children. I would love to get a chance to visit with you as you embark on this wonderful journey of homeschooling.

  • Jessica Parker


    Office: 907-742-3700



    I've been a teacher for 22 years, serving most of my years as the American Sign Language teacher at East High School. My husband, Jeremy, and I have three children, one girl (15) and two boys (ages 13 & 8). We've lived in Anchorage for 10 years and stay busy, like the rest of you enjoying the great Alaskan outdoors. We love camping and fishing as a family. I have a Bachelors and Master's Degree from Dallas Baptist University and will graduate with my doctorate in Curriculum and Instruction this December. I write American Sign Language curriculum called ASL Copncepts and serve on the ASL Honor Society nonprofit board as the Competitions Director. I've served as a vendor for Family Partnership for the past four years and am excited to now serve as Principal! Family Partnership is a dynamic place where students thrive and I look forward to working with the staff and families!


  • Bethany Peters

    Instructional Teacher

    Cell: 907-744-7271



    I was born in Anchorage and have lived most of my life in the Eagle River/Chugiak area. I graduated from Chugiak High School and earned a B.A. in Foreign Languages from the UAF in 2001. In 2010, I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from UAA. I substitute taught for several years in the Anchorage School District and in 2014 I got a job teaching Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow). In 2017 I returned to the Anchorage area. Since then I have taught Middle School Science, Language Arts, and had the great joy of starting the FPCS Enrichment Program in 2018. I have a daughter and together we have a dog (Ruby), a cat (Simba), and a fish named Ollie.


    I am so happy to be back at FPCS teaching the Enrichment Program. I love being able to teach and learn from all the kindergarteneners just starting school to our goofy middle schoolers. I am honored to support and partner with parents who are highly motivated and passionate about providing a well-rounded education for their children. I'm looking forward to a another great school year!

  • Anna Roys

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-538-6743



    While homeschooling, students and their families naturally grow "together - building" treasured memories. I love homeschooling. My family began homeschooling in Alaska in 1995 - before the current homeschooling laws were put into place. Two of my four sons were entirely homeschooled and transitioned beautifully into UAA. I became certified the same year my youngest graduated from high school with UAA credits.


    I attended Alaska Pacific University earning two degrees: Liberal Studies, and K-8 Education. I am endorsed by the State of Alaska in K-8 Education and high school English and Social Studies.


    The 2019-2020 school year will be my tenth year at Family Partnership. I want to use my experience to help you as needed Thank you for your interest in Family Partnership.


  • Aimee Sims

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 538-6742



    I have a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Studies, a minor in Bible, and a specialization in Political Studies earned from The Master's College in Santa Clarita, California. Since graduation in 1997, I have actively taught in the community and have received extensive training in teaching reading, writing, and spelling using a multi-sensory reading program called the Slingerland Method. I have been teaching with the Anchorage School District since 1997. During the last fourteen years I have had the opportunity to be a sponsor teacher and small group instructor with Family Partnership. I look forward to working specifically as a sponsor teacher and giving the families guidance to help their children become successful in their education. 

    I have four children. Iain graduated in 2019, Nathaniel (12th grade), and Johanna (9th grade), and Stuart (8th grade). Our family has chosen a variety of ways to educate our children. We began with homeschooling, then attended both neighborhood and alternative schools, then back to homeschooling.


    I love each day, as it is always an adventure teaching my children at home! I love to see that "ah-ha" look in a child’s eyes when they have learned or discovered something new and exciting. I have learned so much as I have assisted families in the past few year. I look forward to this new school year and the challenges and opportunities we will experience together on this homeschooling journey.

  • Andrea Ward

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-538-8735



    I’m very excited to become a part of the Sponsor Teacher staff at Family Partnership Charter School. I was born and raised in Anchorage and grew up attending ASD schools. After high school I attended Northern Arizona University where I earned a psychology degree and then spent the next 7 years in Oregon working with disabled teens and young adults. Later I returned home to Alaska and earned my Elementary Education degree at UAA. After teaching second grade with the Anchorage School District for two years at Wonder Park I stayed home to raise my two daughters, Elly and Sophie. Then I became an Instructional Teacher with Family Partnership teaching 2nd grade. Now I am excited to be helping families help their children grow and bloom as learners. I am lookinng forward to having a fabulous year.

  • Katrina Zimmerman

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-717-4778



    I graduated from the University of Oklahoma in 2002 with a BA in Latin. I began teaching High school Latin in 2002 in Louisiana and then followed my husband's aviation job to Alaska in 2006. I began teaching Latin at Dimond High School and earned my Master of Arts in Teaching from UAA shortly thereafter. In 2010, I decided to take a break from public school teaching in order to homeschool my children with Family Partnership. I became active in the Anchorage homeschooling community, teaching and facilitating a monthly co-op and serving on the leadership team for Faith Homeschool Connection. I have six children: Luke (18), Meg (15), Ivy (10), Henry (7), Iris (4), and Zeke (1). I am currently schooling my kids with a mix of Charlotte Mason and classical education, but I love to support families in finding the best educational fit for their family and pointing them to resources that will help them excel. I believe that homeschooling brings so many benefits to our kids, families and community so I am eagerly awaiting the opportunity to join you on your journey! In my free time I enjoy museums, reading nonfiction, dance parties with my kids, volunteering in our community, traveling, baking and convserations with friends over a copy of coffee.