Welcome to The Folk School of Fairbanks

STAFF

 

Don KielyOperations Director

Don oversees the day-to-day operations of The Folk School, including managing class registrations, memberships, finances, and the Beverley Lane facility.

Don claims that he doesn’t have many outdoors skills, but he sure spends a lot of time outdoors. He is an avid ultramarathoner (middle of the pack), trail runner, whitewater paddler, fatbiking cabin hopper, snowshoer and Nordic skier. He and his partner Carol Kleckner used to mush and skijor a lot, but are down to only 11 dogs, most of whom are getting up there in years (Don and Carol live in a kennel…literally).

Don is a software geek, spending most of the last couple decades of his working life writing software, doing technical writing, speaking at software development conferences, and teaching technical classes.

(Photo above is of Don as Beethoven in the Beat Beethoven 5K — photo by Todd Paris.)

Kerri Hamos – Programs Director

Kerri is in charge of expanding and overseeing programs and classes for kids and adults, recruiting new instructors, promoting The Folk School in the community, and seeking support from many sources to support our mission.

You may have seen Kerri around The Folk School in the last couple of years, co-directing last year’s summer camp, volunteering, or teaching the Autumn Roots class. Kerri has a background in recreation management and elementary education, and has been involved in fundraising and event planning for various local organizations. She is a homeschooling mom to three children, and thoroughly enjoys camping, hiking, traveling and other outdoor pursuits, along with knitting and embroidery.

Maia

Maia JonesWebsite and Media Manager

Maia has been a part of The Folk School since it’s very conception and has been doing her best to help the website meet the needs of the quickly growing Folk School community. She also publishes the weekly e-newsletter.

Born and raised in Denali and Fairbanks, she now lives in western Oregon with her husband and two young daughters, but spends as much time in Alaska as possible. She enjoys working and creating with her hands in many capacities and loves to spend time outdoors exploring, hiking, and playing with her daughters.

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Upcoming Events

Jun
3
Sat
3:00 pm Private Event
Private Event
Jun 3 @ 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm
Private Event @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Private Event This event is not open to the public. If you would like to rent the Folk School space for a private party or event, please contact us at info@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org or 907-451-0445! Visit our[...]
Jun
5
Mon
9:00 am Create in Clay! – A Summer Progr...
Create in Clay! – A Summer Progr...
Jun 5 @ 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Create in Clay! - A Summer Program for Kids @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Create in Clay! – A Summer Pottery Program for Kids Instructor: Lara Fahnlander Get out your messy clothes and come join us for a week of playing with clay! You will learn how to use[...]
Jun
6
Tue
6:00 pm Bobble Head Masks!
Bobble Head Masks!
Jun 6 @ 6:00 pm – 6:30 pm
Bobble Head Masks! @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Bobble Head Masks – June 6th + additional days TBD Facilitator: Marianne Stolz DARE TO JOIN….. a Folk School group wearing self-made gigantic masks at the 4th of July Parade in Ester and/or the Golden[...]
Jun
7
Wed
1:30 pm Understanding Soil Test Results
Understanding Soil Test Results
Jun 7 @ 1:30 pm – 3:30 pm
Understanding Soil Test Results @ Calypso Farm and Ecology Center | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Understanding Soil Test Results –  A collaboration between the Folk School and Calypso Farm and Ecology Center Are you an aspiring farmer or avid home gardener? Gain the skills you need through summer farming classes at[...]
Jun
9
Fri
6:00 pm Private Event
Private Event
Jun 9 @ 6:00 pm – 9:30 pm
Private Event @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Private Event This event is not open to the public. If you would like to rent the Folk School space for a private party or event, please contact us at info@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org or 907-451-0445! Visit our[...]
Jun
10
Sat
8:30 am Private Event
Private Event
Jun 10 @ 8:30 am – 3:30 pm
Private Event @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Private Event This event is not open to the public. If you would like to rent the Folk School space for a private party or event, please contact us at info@thefolkschoolfairbanks.org or 907-451-0445! Visit our[...]