Administrative Assistant

Sharlyn Young

One of my most favorite things to experience is the joy a child expresses when he or she learns something new. The sparkle and shine in their eyes when something that was hard finally clicks. The obvious accomplishment and pride they wear like a badge for a job well done. As a young girl I got my first experience working with young children as the neighborhood babysitter at the tender age of 10. And then again, as an adult with my own two children. I have always loved being surrounded by kids. When my youngest child started school at Fireweed Academy, I was presented with an amazing opportunity to become part of the staff as a paraprofessional. I leapt in with both feet, arms akimbo, mind fully engaged and hit the ground running. Later another opportunity happened upon me, this time to take over as Administrative Assistant, of course I said “YES!” In my free time I enjoy multiple forms of art, fiber arts, spending time with my family and friends, and enjoying the quiet of our family cabin in Tutka Bay.

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Message from our Principal

On behalf of our staff and the Academic Policy Committee, I would like to welcome you to Fireweed Academy.  Over the years, our school has taken pride in providing a unique educational program that makes our school special.  We strive to provide a learning environment in school that develops a community of learners through our focus on the school’s newly developed “We Believe” statements:

We believe that students learn best through hands-on experience and reflecting on those experiences.

  • We spark curiosity and ignite critical thinking through engaging projects and theme studies.
  • Knowledge is founded on a process of observation, investigation and collaboration.
  • We seize learning opportunities when they arise; no timeframe is too short!

We believe that music, arts, and creative self-expression nurture strong learners and responsible citizens.

  • The arts are integrated throughout subject areas.
  • Fireweed Frescoes provides group violin instruction to grades K–2, further enriching academic and social learning.
  • Partnerships with local artists and organizations expand opportunities for creative expression, movement and community connection.

We believe in nurturing a compassionate learning community

  • Students develop social and academic skills in small classes through cooperative learning, multi-age groups, and mentoring opportunities.
  • Students learn individual responsibility, conflict resolution, and compassion through restorative practices.
  • Celebrating learning is at heart of what we do.

We believe that the natural and cultural community of Kachemak Bay are fertile grounds for learning.

  • Fireweed prioritizes outdoor play, exploration and discovery beyond school walls.
  • Students build a sense of belonging as they become stewards of our community.
  • Place-based education helps our students learn about themselves, each other, and the world around them.

We believe in building skills for engaged and responsible citizenship.

  • Fireweed helps the whole child grow by fostering leadership, character development and civic responsibility.
  • Social and emotional skills are developed through coaching, modeling and practice.
  • We teach media literacy and critical thinking skills to help young people navigate a changing world.

Welcome to the 2023-2024 school year! I hope this summer was filled with adventure, rest, connection, and joy. I am excited for all that we have in store for this school year and I look forward to having you along at each step.

Fireweed Academy is a unique school here in Homer that fully incorporates our connected community. If we haven’t had the chance to meet, please reach out any time! My passions include outdoor education, project-based education, social emotional learning, and building resilience factors to help kids and families succeed. I’d love to learn about your passions and how they fit with the mission and goals here at Fireweed!

With the support of our community, the strengths of our team, and the bright potential of our students – this is going to be a great year! Let’s fly, Gryphons!

Please join me in welcoming our new amazing staff:

  • Lizzy Young – Kindergarten Teacher
  • Lisa Nordstrom- Special Education Resource Teacher

Additional Important Information:

School Start/End Times

  • Little Fireweed (K-2nd) Start 7:50am End 2:25pm
  • Big Fireweed (3rd-6th) Start 8:00am End 2:50pm

Lunch Program:

With Covid relief funds no longer available, an application will need to be filled out by each family for Free and Reduced meals. I encourage you to fill out this form even if you don’t think you will qualify.

Fireweed Phone Number:

The main number for Fireweed is 907-226-1260.

If you still have our old number saved, it will be forwarded, but please note the change in your contact information.

I have an ‘open door’ policy and welcome any communication, feedback, or ideas that you would like to share with me.


Kyle Darbonne