Sarah Overby

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The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
— Mark Twain

Salem

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503-575-8165

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Sarah Overby was raised in Damascus, OR, but moved to Salem in order to pursue a degree in Language Arts Education from Corban College. She spent her first years teaching Language Arts, Yearbook, and Family Life at Salem Academy as well as hosting international students in her home with her husband (her high school sweetheart). She loves traveling, and taught English in the Czech Republic and also helped lead a European tour for her students. Later she earned her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Fox. Once she started her family, she took a break from teaching, but spent some time subbing. Being the oldest of 6 kids, teaching has always been a part of life, and she is excited to join this team.

Karen Lewis

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Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela

Portland Metro

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503-577-4773

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Karen has been a substitute teacher for the past 10 years. Karen holds a Bachelors degree in Social Science from Portland State University and a Masters in Art's and Teaching from Oregon's Pacific University.

Amy Jones

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Eastern Oregon

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541-519-9741
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Amy Jones was raised in Baker City but left after graduation in 1996. When she returned in 2010 she brought an English degree, husband, and two amazing boys with her. She has spent five of the last seven years teaching a wide variety classes at Harvest Christian Academy. She enjoys helping her husband, Jebron, with their youth group (He's a youth pastor), supporting her boys in sports, and writing. Amy joins our office staff as a support person with hopes of helping students with English and writing in the future. She will be working part-time until the fall of 2018. She's excited to be part of such an amazing team.

Amy Jones

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Failing to plan is planning to fail
— Unknown

Eastern Oregon

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541-519-9741
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Amy Jones was raised in Baker City, but left after graduation in 1996. When she returned in 2010 she brought an English degree, husband, and two amazing boys with her. She has spent five of the last seven years teaching a wide variety classes at Harvest Christian Academy. She enjoys helping her husband, Jebron, with their youth group (He's a youth pastor), supporting her boys in sports, and writing. Amy joins our office staff as a support person with hopes of helping students with English and writing in the future. She will be working part time until the fall of 2018. She's excited to be part of such an amazing team.

Kaaren Embertson

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Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance
— Solomon

Southern Oregon

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541-357-1817

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Kaaren grew up in Southern California where she played soccer, volleyball, basketball, and track; studied abroad in Australia; and visited England, Scotland, Canada, and Norway with her family. She moved to Oregon where she completed her BS at Oregon State University; worked in several supervisorial roles; traveled to Brazil; and married the most wonderful man in 2001! Kaaren and her husband secured their Masters of Teaching (Kaaren's was MS of Ed.); they were house parents to 50 colleges students for several years, taught overseas in the United Arab Emirates; and have traveled around the United States of America, to Israel, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, and Sri Lanka. Kaaren has several hobbies: quilting, scrapbooking, photography, health and fitness, animals, personal business training, and essential oils!

Alexis Quinonez

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The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams
— Eleanor Roosevelt

Portland Metro

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971-413-5094
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Alexis Quiñonez (key-nyo-nez) grew up in San Diego, CA. She earned her Bachelor's from Biola University in Intercultural Studies and Elementary Education. Through Biola, Alexis completed an internship in Thailand teaching the English Language (She absolutely loves Thai food). Miss Q had completed a Master's degree in Teaching and Elementary Education with a Mild to Moderate Special Education teaching credential. She speaks Spanish and often works with students who are learning English.

Miss Q can be found in around Portland, OR hiking and participating in dog sports with her crazy Australian cattle dog named Koda. She loves finding new places to draw or paint.

Kevin Feist

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It’s not about how hard you can hit, it’s about how hard you can get hit and still get up
— Rocky Balboa

Central Oregon

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971-413-1422
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Mr. Feist is in his 29th year teaching. The past 18 years he was a teacher and coach at Burns High School. He is happy to be a part of the BWA Team and help his students reach their potential.

 

Morgan Willnauer

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We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day
— Richard Scott

Willamette Valley

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541-519-9964
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Morgan Willnauer has recently graduated with his Masters of Arts in Teaching. He enjoys traveling the world and learning from other cultures. He loves incorporating those learnings and different perspectives into his classes. 

 

Dawn Tornquist

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Just because you can doesn’t mean you should
— Sherrilyn Kenyon

Portland Metro

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971-334-4109
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Dawn Tornquist has a diverse background in education. She has taught at both at traditional brick and mortar schools and online academies. Her endorsments are in English Language Arts and Business, but she also has a Bachelors in Management and Business Information Systems. While Dawn loves teaching she also loves her family; she has a husband of 23 years and two children and enjoys traveling with them. She also studies natural healing methods in her spare time.

Malynda Shook

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We cannot see well but with the heart; the essential is invisible to the eyes
— Atoine de Saint Exupery

Willamette Valley

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541-231-3395

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Ms. Shook has spent years teaching middle school English and Language Arts in Oregon. She has Bachelors in Fine Art and English Literature from Oregon State University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from George Fox University. Additionally, she spent a year teaching Highschool Art in Istanbul, Turkey.

Zach Grammon

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There are times when I feel like I’m in a big forest and don’t know where I’m going. But then somehow I come to the top of a hill and can see everything more clearly. When that happens it’s really exciting
— Maryam Mirzakhani (2014 Fields Medal winner)

Willamette Valley

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541-519-9716

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Zach Grammon is a native Oregonian who came to teaching after a variety of other career paths, including working as an electronics technician in the US Coast Guard, a field technician in natural resources, and as an addictions counselor at a state prison. Minoring in Mathematics as an undergraduate he went on to complete a Masters of Arts in Teaching Secondary Mathematics. He enjoys hanging out with his wife and two kids, playing with electronics, chess, bicycling, hiking, camping, and anything on the water.

 

Jill McKinley

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Whatever your 100% looks like....do it!
— Unknown

Eastern Oregon

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541-519-9946

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Born and raised in rural Oregon, Jill attended Eastern Oregon University on their Eastern Enrichment Scholarship. She finished her teaching credentials in Southern California and has been living it up in upper elementary for 12 years. She has a passion for all subject areas and believes that reading is the foundation that allows all other courses to be accessed.

When she's not teaching, Jill supports her husband in his coaching endeavors, takes in all her own children's activities (usually coaching a few along the way), plays softball, hunts, fishes, reads, and drinks way too much coffee.  

Jerry Von

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Begin each day with a grateful heart
— Unknown

Willamette Valley

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541-519-5970

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Jerry obtained his Masters in Teaching from Oregon State University and his Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University, Fullerton. Jerry loves traveling the world, playing guitar, pursuing business ventures, and the outdoors. You may find him backpacking, canoeing, fly-fishing, or somewhere on his adventure motorcycle.
His motto is "never stop learning!" As a long-time teacher in Oregon, he really enjoys working with students and their families. His love for the outdoors, sports, and music make him a unique blend… think “Bear Grylls” meets “The Voice!”

Richelle Colenso

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You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
— Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Portland Metro

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971-413-2343
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Richelle’s career is focused on helping people develop into their potential.  Since becoming a school counselor in 2007, she finds much joy in navigating high school and beyond with students and their families.  Prior to that, she dedicated years working for a Fortune Global 500 company in Human Resources, so she understands the work-world after high school and what it takes to get there. 

Richelle obtained an M.A. in School Counseling from George Fox University and has a B.S. in Human Resources from Oakland University.  Her roots are in Michigan, but considers Portland, Oregon home after more than a decade.  Her personal interests include hiking, camping, dog sitting, mystery shopping, researching vacation destinations and raising her two very active boys with her husband.

Richelle is eager to help Baker students find their academic path and succeed in life.

Scott Jones

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I’m going to work so hard that it’s a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one that can win it
— Steve Prefontaine

Portland Metro

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971-413-2793

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Mr. Jones is a native Oregonian who was born and raised in Damascus Oregon. He attended Mount Hood Community College on a track and field scholarship and continued his sport career at University of Oregon while studying Political Science with a focus in Law and minoring in Education. Since then he has many years experience teaching and in other educational positions, as well as coaching high school sports.

Mr. Jones lives in Gresham, with his wife Tabitha, and their son Owen. As a family they enjoy hiking, camping, spending time with family and friends, playing board games, doing puzzles, volunteering and being an active part of their community. 

Ellery Garrison

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... education doesn’t need to be reformed —it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions
— Sir Ken Robinson, "The Element"

Southern Oregon

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541-200-4372

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Ellery Garrison is originally from Southern California (though don't hold that against her) and taught there for 8 years as a Language Arts Specialist for K-8th graders. Then, after moving to Southern Oregon, she started homeschooling and eventually was running a school with 24 students. Her love of this environment has brought her to Baker Web and looks forward to sharing her love of learning and discovery with your family. 

Valerie Shelton

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Wherever you go, go with all your heart
— Confucius

Central Oregon

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541-588-2732

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Valerie earned a Master's in Education from Oregon State University Cascades Campus and has taught 7th through 12th grade social sciences. She loves getting to know her students and helping them achieve their goals. She has lived in Redmond since 2008 and enjoys spending time with her family, including the two dogs, camping, kayaking, golfing, biking, cooking, and crafting.

Kelli Tinker

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Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know
— Pema Chodron

Portland Metro

School Support
971-413-2079

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Kelli Tinker comes to us with years of experience in Sales, Marketing and Community Relations.  Her experiences have utilized Kelli’s ability to create strong positive relationships in the workplace.  Kelli is a motivated person who enjoys being apart of a team and personally challenging herself to reach new goals on a daily basis.

Kelli is passionate about cultivating and protecting the spirit of our youth and is making it her mission to help the next generation develop through volunteering with youth programs as well as supporting under privileged children when the opportunities arise. She is also an avid reader, photographer and enjoys creating art in her available time.

Patrick Kailey

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Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire
— William Butler Yeats

Central Oregon

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541-527-5595

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In 2016, Pat moved back home to Bend, Oregon after spending 8 years in New Zealand. While in NZ, Pat earned a Phd researching landslides, taught earth science at the community college level, and started a youth and teen fitness program. These experiences convinced him to follow his passion for teaching and working with kids by pursuing his Masters in teaching through Oregon State University Cascades. Since then, he taught a range of science and engineering classes at the middle and high school level. Pat is excited to continue his love of teaching and learning at Baker Charters. 

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Angie Miller

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It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer
— Albert Einstein

Southern Oregon

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541-601-6846

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Angie Miller teaching experience includes teaching Middle School, High School, and Community College mathematics. She is a North Medford High and University of Oregon grad who loves her native Southern Oregon. Raising her 2 children (Makayla & Colton) with her husband, Mark, is her favorite part of each day. Angie is looking forward to helping students succeed in this up and coming world of online education!