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
24
Sat
all-day Week in the Woods 2017
Week in the Woods 2017
Jun 24 – Jun 28 all-day
Week in the Woods 2017 @ Tanana Valley State Forest | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Week in the Woods 2017 (5 day course) Week in the Woods (WITW) is an opportunity to leave our everyday routines behind and gather in the remote boreal forest, learning and creating in a multi-generational[...]
Jun
26
Mon
1:30 pm Composting – Building a Compost ...
Composting – Building a Compost ...
Jun 26 @ 1:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Composting – Building a Compost Pile @ Calypso Farm and Ecology Center | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Composting – Building a Compost Pile –  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[...]
1:00 pm Create in Clay! – A Summer Progr...
Create in Clay! – A Summer Progr...
Jun 26 @ 1:00 pm – 4:00 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[...]
Jul
8
Sat
9:00 am Introduction to Spoon Carving
Introduction to Spoon Carving
Jul 8 @ 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
Introduction to Spoon Carving @ The Folk School | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Introduction to Spoon Carving Instructor: John Manthei In this class we will carve two simple spoons, learn some basic carving techniques and their relationship to wood grain, become familiar with two wonderful tools and begin[...]
Jul
10
Mon
all-day Summer Rhythm and Roots: A Folk ...
Summer Rhythm and Roots: A Folk ...
Jul 10 – Jul 14 all-day
Summer Rhythm and Roots: A Folk School Youth Exploration - Session 1 @ The Folk School Fairbanks | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Summer Rhythm and Roots: A Folk School Youth Exploration – Session 1  (5 day course) Primary Instructor: Gillian Harwin and Reese Bullen Camp Directors: Kerri Hamos and Christine Russell Summer in Fairbanks, Alaska is a[...]
Jul
17
Mon
all-day Summer Rhythm and Roots: A Folk ...
Summer Rhythm and Roots: A Folk ...
Jul 17 – Jul 21 all-day
Summer Rhythm and Roots: A Folk School Youth Exploration - Session 2 @ The Folk School Fairbanks | Fairbanks | Alaska | United States
Summer Rhythm and Roots: A Folk School Youth Exploration – Session 2 (5 day course) Camp Directors: Kerri Hamos and Christine Russell Summer in Fairbanks, Alaska is a time when nature surges to life and[...]