• Heather Deberry    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    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. 


    Nicole Holta    Nicole Holta

    Sponsor Teacher

    cell: 907-764-2091



    I am originally from Lafayette, Louisiana and have called Anchorage home since 1999. I graduated from Dimond High School and attended the University of Alaska Anchorage where I earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. I have been teaching 2nd grade in the Anchorage School District for 12 years. I am excited to join Family Partnership Charter School and continue to diversify my journey as an educator in this specialized homeschool model.

    My husband and I have two daughters, Mabel (8) and Charlie (4). We love hiking, bike riding, sledding, cross country skiing, and visiting the many great parks in Anchorage.

    I am very eager to assist families with their homeschool planning and delivery. I look forward to helping you achieve a rewarding individualized educational experience for your family. Let's embark on a great year together!

  • Kristin Jackson    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.   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    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!


    Melissa Lipinski   Melissa Lipinski

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-744-7716



    I am a Southeast girl born and raised in Ketchikan, Alaska. I moved to Anchorage for my second year of college to attend the University of Alaska, where I earned my Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. While at UAA, I met my husband and we started to plan and dream about a life together in Anchorage. We continue to live, plan, and dream, but now part of those dreams includes two awesome high school boys. Our family enjoys being outdoors at the lake, baseball, and aviation. I also enjoy being in the kitchen, trying new recipes or improving familly favorites, running, and walks/talks with friends and family to help keep me balanced.

    From a young age, I wanted to be a teacher and have seen that dream realized in many ways. I did my student teaching in 1st grade, enjoyed a long-term substitute position in 2nd grade, taught 5th andd 6th grade at Bayshore Elementary School, stayed home to focus on my own children's develoopment for 14 years, going back to teach math at Wendler Middle School and now am very excited to work with homeschooling families at Family Partnership Charter School. As a parent and teacher, I have always strived to find the best educational path for my children. I am excited to guide families and help them make the best educational choices for their children.

  • Lynnetta Marcellus    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.


    Laurie Matthews    Laurie Matthews

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-406-6822



    I was raised in Fairbanks, and attended UAF, earning my Bachelors degree in education in 1999. My husband and I moved to Eagle River in 2000. I taught for the Anchorage School District for five years, first as a second-grade teacher at Tudor Elementary for one year, and then as a middle school language arts teacher at Gruening Middle School for four years. During my time at Gruening, I focused my professional development on meeting the needs of writers where they are at, and helping them find their writing voice and confidence in their ability to express their ideas in a meaningful way. I have additional training in teaching gifted learners, and taught gifted language arts classes for two years. I took a break from the classroom when our youngest was born, and started a business teaching homeschooled students math and writing. I also tutored public school students 4th through 12th grade. For the last 14 years, I have been working with homeschooled families.

    My personal homeschooling journey began when our son started 1st grade and asked to do "school at home". He is now entering 9th grade. It has been an absolute joy! When people ask us why we homeschool, the answer is immediate; we just really like it. It is easy to incorporate social development, healthy activities, and to make sure that I am always choosing the best possible curricula for my son's academic strengths. Homeschooling through Family Partnership Charter School has given us not only the funding to cover curricula and the costs of the amazing extra-curricular activities such as gymnastic/parkour, music lessons, art lessons, etc..., but also a fantastic source of like-minded professional teachers to assist whenever there is a need. I am thrilled to be back with the school district, working as a sponsor teacher for FPCS.


    Jennifer Ouellette    Jennifer Ouellette

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-310-9354



    My life has been full with extensive opportunities to learn about family, community, and education. I taught in Thailand, Colorado, and Alaska. Traveling, raising a family, exploring the arts, taking time for hobbies and teaching shape my outlook. Life must be approached with love and optimism. I am excited to be a part of this team in bringing your opportunities to engage and enrich your child's life with an optimistic approach.

    I am certified in Elementary Education and Special Education. I earned a Bachelor of Arts in Education in 1998. I taught in a variety of elementary schools, stayed home to raise my children and also explored other career opportunities. In Colorado I worked as a preschool teacher and substitute teacher. I also taught Engllish to children in Thailand. Locally, I worked as a general education teacher and also a special education teacher in ASD. Under the Nenana School District, I worked in a homeschool program as a teacher assistant, This position allowed me to support teachers and students in a variety of ways. Tutoring high school students and supporting them with life and educational goals, taught me that homeschooling is not just another "option" but the "best option" for many students. Having the ability to work closely with your child and watch them grow is a beautiful opportunity and one I look forward to doing with you.

    I enjoy camping, biking, hiking, rock climbing, gardening and making jewelry. I find these things, when I make time for them, bring me joy and balance in life. Finding what we love in life is a blessing. I hope you find homeschooling a blessing for you and your children!

  • Dr. Jessica Parker    Dr. Jessica Parker


    Office: 907-742-3701




    This is my second year as Principal of Family Partnership Charter School. I am a long-time educator of 20+ years, teaching mostly American Sign Language at the high school level. I have a Bachelors and Masters Degree in Communication and Administration from Dallas Baptist University. And recenty earned my Doctorate in Educational Leadership from ACE University. I stay actively involved in the ASL teaching field and serve as the National ASL Honor Society Coordinator. I love getting outdoors and going camping with my family. My husband, Jeremy and I have 3 children ages 16, 14, & 9, who are homeschooled through Family Partnership.. I enjoy watching both my boys play hockey, listening to my daughter play piano and for some quiet time reading. What I love about Family Partnership is FAMILY is at the heart of our school. As Principal, I aim to create home school family policies that provide you with choices flexibility, and support. You can rely on us to work for you to provide the absolute best education for your child. When offices open up, please come by and say "hello" I've met so many of you online through email, zoom, and phone calls, but I would love to meet you in person. Welcome to the family.

  • Bethany Peters    Bethany Peters

    Sponsor/Instructional Teacher

    Cell: 907-744-7271



    I was born in Anchorage and grew up in Southern California and the Eagle River/Chugiak area. I graduated from Chugiak High School and earned a B.A. in Foreign Languages (Spanish and French) from the UAF in 2001. While earning my bachelors, I studied abroad for a year in both Venezuela and Spain. In 2010, I earned a Master of Arts in Teaching from UAA. I substitute taught for several years in the Anchorage School District which included many long term sub jobs teaching Spanish and other subjects.In 2014 I accepted a job teaching middle school Math in Utqiagvik (formerly Barrow). I spent three years teaching in Utqiagvik before returning to the Anchorage area in 2017. Since then I have taught Middle School Science at Central Middle School, 5th-8th grade small group Language Arts classes at Family Partnership and had the joy of starting the FPCS Enrichment Program in the fall of 2018. I have an 18 year old daughter and together we have a dog (Ruby), a cat (Simba), and a fish named Red. I enjoy our beautiful state through camping, hiking and four-wheeling with family.  


    I am thrilled to be able to continue the FPCS Enrichment Program for a third year as well as adding sponsoring families to my repertoire. 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 another great school year and getting to know all our new staff and families. 


    Sarah Petersen    Sarah Petersen

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-742-7865



    I was born and raised in Montana, but now have called Alaska my home for over 15 years. I have a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from Montana State University and a Master's Degree in Educational Technology through the University of Alaska Southeast.

    I have worked for Anchorage School District since 2005. In my time with ASD, I have worked as a classroom teacher, Educational Technology Specialist/IT Collaborator, and as a Teacher Expert in STEM Science, and now a sponsor teacher for Family Partnership. I am also on the ASTE (Alaska Society for Technology in Education) Board and Apple Distinguished Educator.

    We have two children ages 8 & 9, and we are very excited to be homeschooling then with Family Partnership. I love skiing, rock climbing, gardening and spending time with my precious family! I am excited to team with you and assist in your homeschooling journey!

  • Anna Roys    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.



    Megan Schneider    Megan Schneider

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-717-3475



    I was born and raised in Homer Alaska, where I was raised by my parents and by the words. I struggeled with Dyslexia in my early years, but my parents used homeschool to make education meet me where I was. This blessed me with an enthusiasm for reading and learning, and a desire to pass on my love of learning to others. I pursused a degree in Elementary Education from the University of Alaska, Anchorage, and have been here in Anchorage ever since. I have experienced teaching in many settings, including internationally, and love the way that learning can be a bridge between cultures and truly be made to meet any student. I have taught several years of elementary grades (the "littles") in the Anchorage School District and am so happy to merge my professional training with my personal connection to homeschooling as a Sponsor Teacher.

    My husband and I have two children (ages 6 and 4), and we are so excited to be homeschooling them! As a family, we love getting out into nature; hiking, foraging, and gardening. Our home looks a little like a zoo, with our many pets (including backyard chickens). I also find restoration in literature (both personally, and sharing it with my friends and family).

  • Aimee Sims.   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.


    Shelby Theriault    Shelby Theriault

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-764-3984



    I am super excited to be back at Family Partnership! Here's a little about me..... I am a life-long Alaskan. I graduated from UAA with honors and served as Vice President of the Kappa Delta Pi Education Honor Society. I have been a highly qualified classroom teacher with the Anchorage School District for 18 years. I have taught almost every elementary school grade. I have also taught classes and was a sponsor teacher for Family Partnershipf or a few years, grades K-12.

    As a family, we love the outdoors! We love to camp, fish and hike. We also love baseball! Our sons plays on several teams, including a traveling team, which makes the flexibility of the program a perfect fit for us. I'm also a horse person. I grew up showing horses and continue my love of equines.

    I am passionate about homeschooling and all of the options parents have to guide their children's education. We have a son that is going into 8th grade this year, and he is dually enrolled, which means he has some classes online through Goldenview Middle School and some classes through Family Partnership. Even he is excited about having so many choices! I look forward to serving the families of Family Partnership and getting all of the 'new to the program' parents up and running!

  • Andrea Ward    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.


    JaNice West     Janice West

    Sponsor Teacher

    Cell: 907-764-8165



    I was born and raised in Anchorage, Alaska. I graduated from the University of Alaska, Anchorage with a Bachelors of Science in Elementary Education. After graduation I began working with Anchorage School District as a classroom teacher I taught 2nd grade for many years. From a young age I always knew I wanted to work with children. I love being able to work with children and families to help students reach their full potential. I am very excited to be a part of the Family Partnership team. I can't wait to meet with families and help their student's grow!

    My husband and I have 3 kids, Aidan (14), Avalee (2) and Eleanor (11 months). When I am not helpng families I love to spend time with my family doing outdoor activities. During the summer we like to spend time at the park, go camping and enjoying the Alaskan weather.

    I am really looking forward to a great year helping families and students with their homeschool needs! It's going to be a great year!


    Jessica Williams  Jessica Williams  

    Curriculum Coordinator

    Cell: 907-782-7581



    I am a life-long Alaskan and the 4th generation of a homesteading family in the Point Mackenzie area. My personal schooling experience in Anchorage includes Northern Lights ABC, Romig and Hanshew Middle Schools and Service High School. I graduated with a B.A. from the University of Northern Colorado in Social Sciences with an emphasis in Secondary Education and a Minor in History in 2000. I was hired on with ASD that same year. I earned a Masters degree in Secondary School Counseling from UAA in 2009. My work experience includes 16 years as a social studies teacher at West and South High Schools, 10 years of teaching online courses with ASD iSchool (side job), 2 years as a school counselor at East High and two years in a program support role at ASD iSchool. My professional experience also includes seven years of work in social and emotional learning with ASD as well as SEL work nationally, development of Peer Mentorship programs at 3 local high schools as well as in Juneau, many years of coaching sports (mostly soccer), and sponsorship of countless clubs and activities.

    My husband and I have two children, a son (14) and a daughter (11), and two golden retrievers (8 and 11 months). My children both attended Chugach Optional for grades K-6 and we have moved from standard schooling options to homeschooling options to fit the needs of their education since then. I enjoy supporting a whole-child educational experience and being involved in a community of learners both young and young-at-heart. I value the partnership between families, students and a school community that supports academic choice. Advising families on curriculum and academic planning is my jam! I enjoy advising at the secondary level for next steps post-high school and I have experience in supporting student athletes through their education and the NCAA process. In my spare time, I am often at the hockey rink cheering on my son and daughter while my husband volunteer coaches their teams, or I am at the soccer field supporting my daughter. We enjoy camping and spending time at our family homestead. I don't have much spare time these days but if I did, I would enjoy playing my violin in a chamber orchestra (I am very rusty!), reading books, attempting a garden (I have a black thumb), and getting back in to some of the running and hiking groups I have participated with in the past. I am thrilled to become a part of FPCS and I look forward to working with all of the families and staff that give this place such an incredible reputation of excellence in education and community.

  • Katrina Zimmerman    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 ages ranging from 18, 15, 10, 7, 4, 2. 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 cup of coffee.