Program Purpose

The overall philosophy of the AVCP Head Start Programs states that the children are our future, their development is crucial to insuring a continuing and strong Alaskan Native culture that has been built on traditional values and will continue building on these values so they become a vital part of our children growth and development.
Our philosophy incorporates the ideas and skills of sound nurturing of our children in all aspects of growth: those being educational, health, nutritional practices, and the development of self-esteem and respect for others as well as self, pride in their native heritage. These will help guide our children to grow and develop into competent and mature adults.

Program Description

AVCP Head Start operates Center base programs in Akiachak, Bethel, Chefornak, Kalskag, Kotlik, Quinhagak, Russian Mission, Scammon Bay and Tuluksak.
Two of our sites both offer the Home Base Program and Center Base Program those Communities are Scammon Bay and Quinhagak. In Nightmute we offer the Home base Program.  Bethel offers both morning and afternoon sessions.
Head Start Centers are in operation 4 hours a day, 4 days a week with a 128 day school year.

We offer breakfast and lunch to the morning programs and lunch and a snack to the afternoon classes.

To enroll you child in the Head Start Program contact your local Head Start Center or call:
907-543-7430 for more information

Contact Information

Sheila Beaver, Head Start Director
Phone (907) 543-7434

Cathy Wold, Education/Mental Health Coordinator
Phone (907) 543-7435

Janet Andrew, Family/Community Services Coordinator
Phone (907)543-7433

Sam K. Alexie, Health/Disabilities Coordinator
Phone (907) 543-7432

Rodney Thomas, Staff Development Coordinator
Phone (907) 543-7437

JoEllen Evon, Administrative Assistant
Phone (907) 543-7438

Sally Demientieff, Receptionist/Secretary
Phone (907) 543-7430

Phillip Noes, Maintenance
Phone (907) 543-7436

Department Fax (907) 543-5590

Village Based Supervisors

Olinka Evon, Akiachak
(907) 825-4121


Akiachak Head Start
(907) 825-4120
Lead Teacher: Anna Moses
Maintenance: Jay Alexie Jr.
Cook: Regina Diamond
Teacher: Katie Charles
Office Manager: Wilma Frank
Bethel A.M.
(907) 543-3188
Lead Teacher: Ina Oscar
Teacher: Jacqueline Chris
Cook: Rose Michaelson
Maintenance: George Hoffman
Kotlik Head Start
(907) 899-4726
Lead Teacher: Gabina Okitkun
Teacher: Natalia Kitsick
Cook: Rhoda Teeluk
Office Manager: Elaine Savetilik
Maintenance: James Aketachunak
 Nightmute Head Start
(907) 647-6464
Lead Home Visitor: Marie K. Anthony
 Chefornak Head Start
(907) 867-8748
Lead Teacher: Eliza Tunuchuk
Teacher: Lenora Wiseman
Maintenance: Patrick Matthew
Cook/Office Manager: Corina Abraham
Quinhagak Head Start
(907) 556-8151 (center base)
Lead Teacher: Emma Matthew
Teacher: Tracy Pleasant
Office Manager: Evangeline Paul
Cook: Lavina Tom
Maintenance: Nathan Foster
Russian Mission Head Start
(907) 584-5229
Lead Teacher: Bernadette Nickolai Teacher: Kimberly Kozevnikoff
Tuluksak Head Start
(907) 695-6456
Lead Teacher: Rosalie Pavilla
Teacher: Sharon Peter                         Cook: Willeth Phillip
Office Manager: Marlene Phillip
Maintenance: Wassca Fly
Scammon Bay Head Start
(907) 558-5711
Lead Teacher: Betty George
Teacher: Nadine Sundown
Cook: Selma Kopanuk
Maintenance: Norman Neck
Lead Home Visitor/Office Manager: Naamen Kaganak


In accordance with Federal law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, disability, and reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity. (Not all prohibited bases apply to all programs.)

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. , Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.) should contact the responsible State or local Agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information is available in languages other than English.

To file a complaint alleging discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, AD-3027, found online at, or at any USDA office or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your complete form or letter to USDA by:


U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410


(202) 690-7442; or


This institution is an equal opportunity provider.