Vice Principal/HR and PD Administrator: East Portland
Dr. Farrens serves as Vice Principal for the East Portland Area. His previous administrative experience, prior to coming to Baker Charter Schools, includes serving as the Superintendent of another virtual school in Oregon. Before he became an administrator he was a Resource Room teacher at the K-8 level for 9 years in the Portland area and taught 4th-8th grade in a two-room schoolhouse in a very remote part of Southeastern Oregon for a year.
He earned a B.A. from Hope International University, a M.A.T. from Concordia University, his special education endorsement as well as his administrative license from the University of Portland, and earned his Doctorate degree from Walden University. His dissertation research focused on determining the various roles virtual secondary teachers fill as well as what training is needed for incoming virtual secondary teachers to be successful teachers in the virtual environment.
Prior to his career in education he joined the U.S. Army and served as an infantryman for 4 years (99-03).
Currently, he lives on 2.5 acres in rural Multnomah county with his wife and 4 year old son. They have a dog, 8 chickens, a large garden, grape vines, blueberries, raspberries, and several apple trees, all of which keeps them very busy. Beyond working on their small farm, they love to travel and play strategic board games.