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Amy Jones

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Failing to plan is planning to fail
— Unknown

Eastern Oregon

Staff
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.

Jill McKinley

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

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
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.  

Sarah Hall

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Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

— Marie Curie, Physicist

Eastern Oregon

Baker Web Academy Counselor M-Z
541-519-9735
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After teaching science for 10 years, Sarah followed her passion for helping students and families by becoming a school counselor. Sarah believes all students can achieve academic success, and is excited to support them through their journey with the Baker Web Academy.

Sarah completed research internships in Montana State University’s Biofilm Engineering  and Physics departments, presented at the Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice, and earned technology and literacy grants.

Sarah has a M.A.T from Lewis and Clark College and B.S. in Biology from Pacific University. She lives in Eastern Oregon with her family.

Shauna Altman

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
— J. Barrie Bio

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-1616
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Shauna Altman has been passionate about learning and technology for as long as she can remember.  She started teaching elementary students in Eugene, Oregon after graduating with a bachelor's degree in elementary education Northwest Christian University in 2003. Three years later, she moved to Pendleton, Oregon, where she worked as a literacy coach, a music teacher, and a reading support specialist before finding her way back into the second grade classroom again.  At every opportunity, Shauna learned more about personalizing education and about integrating technology into the classroom.  Her desire to teach with technology led her to earn her master of education degree from Lesley University in the spring of 2011, while continuing to teach for the Pendleton School District.  

After taking some time off to stay home with her young children, Shauna finally found her school "home" at Baker Web Academy.  She works part time from her home in Pendleton, traveling regularly to the Hermiston area for home visits with her advisory students.  She teaches language arts for both elementary and middle school students, and has launched the online spring piano recital, the elementary technology class, and the middle school science fair.  Shauna Altman loves being part of a school where she can personalize education, problem solve with families, and use technology enrich the lives of her students. She looks forward to continued learning and growth at Baker Web Academy.

Tish Bloomer

Your attitude determines your direction

Eastern Oregon

Special Education
541-519-5587
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Tish has been teaching special education for 16 years, including 14 years at the high school level, and 2 at the elementary level.  

She values bringing a team of people together to work collaboratively on meeting student's needs. Always with an eye on the future, she developes innovative ways to provide services and build independence and confidence in her students. Also holding an endorsement in physical education, Tish believes in helping students to become healthy, life-long learners and happy, productive members of our communities. 

Tamarack Grammon

Any good teacher knows how important it is to connect with students and understand our culture
— Adora Svitak

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-7408
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Tamarack has a masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Tamarack also has a K-12 licensure in English Language Arts. Tamarack's love for diversity and culture can be seen in her experience of learning and living in Thailand and Israel.

Metta Hallgarth

You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-8724
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Metta is an experienced educator who leverages her passion for learning and students to make the world a better place. She believes in opportunity for all and is committed to every student, treating them with respect and dignity. She provides tools that will not only make each student an academic learner but a life learner as well. 

Roland Hobson

Make every moment count!

Eastern Oregon

Principal
541-519-6225

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Roland's first career opportunity was working in the elementary classroom. He taught most all grades K-6 working for North Clackamas School District. While teaching he returned to the university classroom and received his Administrative License in 2012. After weighing different options he took a leap and moved to Baker City to take on the role of Principal of Baker Web Academy. 

Susan Irby

Nothing Ventured, Nothing Gained.
— Benjamin Franklin

Eastern Oregon

Special Education Department
541-519-7407
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Susan is in her 40th year of working in Special Education.  She taught in a middle school setting for 36 years before moving to an elementary school
and then joining Baker Charter Schools. Susan has had numerous experiences in special education; life-skills classes and inclusions settings, teaching reading, math, and language arts, tutoring high risk students. She has worked with students of of autism, learning disabilities, other health impairment, fetal alcohol syndrome, and Down syndrome.  Susan coordinates special education services  
of new and returning students with parents and staff, facilitating IEP meetings to meet student needs including accommodations and modifications.

Katie Kaaen

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
— Plutarch

Eastern Oregon


Faculty
541-519-6482
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Katie Kaaen loves working with the students and families of Baker Web Academy to help create and individualize their learning experience. Prior to joining the Baker Web Academy, she taught in a 5/6 grade blended classroom, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. Katie has a Masters in Elementary Education from Eastern Oregon University and a Bachelors from Western Oregon University. She is a life-long learner and continues to study education with both of these Universities. She believes the love of learning is am important quality to possess. Outside of education she loves skiing, hiking, paddle-boarding, and spending time with family.

Katie Kahn

Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.
— Mahatma Gandhi

Eastern Oregon

SPED Office Assistant
541-519-5664
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Katie Kahn graduated from Southern Oregon University with a Degree in Communication Studies. She currently resides in Baker City with her family.

 

Eric Layton

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

Eastern Oregon
 

Faculty
541-519-6409
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A native Oregonian, Eric has a degree in Environmental Science from Oregon State University.  He earned his Master's in Education at Portland State University.  He comes to BWA having taught biological and physical sciences in the classroom for 7 years.  He also brings experience as a science education intern with Idaho National Laboratory, and post-graduate microbiology research at Pacific University.  He has worked at BWA as a coach of math and physical science.  Students looking for extracurricular learning opportunities should contact him regarding the Oregon Envirothon Student Competition.    www.oregonenvirothon.org    

Jen Long

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all
— Aristotle

Eastern Oregon

Registrar
541-519-9496

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Jen grew up in Parma, Idaho, and played basketball at Northwest Nazarene University.  She graduated in 1997 with a Bachelors Degree in Community/Commercial Recreation and moved to Baker City, Oregon, and worked as a Transitional Coordinator in Special Education for 5 years at Baker High School.  When her first son was born she became a stay-at-home mom and stayed home to raise her three sons for ten years.  
      
Most recently, Jen serves as the Registrar for Baker Charter Schools.  She is organized and loves entering data on spreadsheets (really!).  She also loves to draw, cook good food, and spend time with her husband and boys. 

Mike Long

As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-3869
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Mike has been an educator and coach since graduation from NNC in Nampa, Idaho, with a degree in Social Studies Education. He has taught mainly science, but also math, social studies, and PE at Baker Middle School in Baker City for 12 years and for Baker Web Academy for five years. He has worked with Young Life Clubs in Baker City and is in his 23rd year of coaching basketball. He has also coached football, golf and tennis in Baker City. Mike enjoys the outdoors, playing golf, and general construction and loves living in Baker City, Oregon, with his wife and three boys age 14, 10, and 9.

Stephani Rasmussen

No matter what your current ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.
— Carol Dweck

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-4048
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Stephani graduated from Linn Benton Community College with an A. A. and then went on to receive a Bachelor's degree in Social Studies from Oregon State University. After moving to Eastern Oregon, she pursued her Master's of Arts in Teaching from Eastern Oregon University. Stephani has experience working in a multitude of educational settings throughout her career. What she enjoys most as an educator for Baker Web Academy and Baker Early College is building close relationships with students and their families, as well as teaching classes that allow students to explore their future college/career options and prepare them for success in the workforce.

Richard Ritter

Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.
— (Unknown)

Eastern Oregon
 

Faculty
541-519-5485
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Having graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1994, Richard Ritter spent the next 22 years in various business positions. He has experience in sales, customer service, management, executive management, international sales, national account sales, advertising and marketing. The industries he worked in primarily were the equipment rental, crane, electronic components, and safety fields. With a vast array of experiences, and in-depth knowledge of business, Mr. Ritter is enjoying a new career direction.

His passion for Literature, Poetry and Art is a major reason for his life-altering change in career path. Having coached and been a part of the Cub Scouts of America, Mr. Ritter is excited to help children of all ages find the practical importance of education in a modern technological society. With work experiences in Arizona, Washington, North Carolina and throughout Oregon, Richard is versed in guiding people with various backgrounds with a positive approach. His humor and passion for helping young people of all ages, spills into his personal life where he is a father of three. After family and literature, his passion for football and activities keep him connected to his community.

Geoffrey Robinson

Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.
— Hunter S. Thompson
Nobody’s paying you or me to think about it. Let’s get it done.
— Geoffrey Robinson

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-5486
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Geoffrey is a graduate of Eastern Oregon University with a Master's Degree in Education including licensure in social studies. He is also licensed in special education and school administration through California State University.

Geoffrey taught in Southern California before moving back to Eastern Oregon to work in special education and health. Currently, Geoffrey teaches middle school social sciences for Baker Web Academy.  

 

Katrina Rudolph-Wise

Success is a journey, not a destination.

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-3824
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Katrina Rudolph-Wise holds a BA in Liberal Studies with minors in Spanish, English, Bilingual Education and Secondary Education from Eastern Oregon University. She also holds a MA in Educational Leadership and Organization from UC Santa Barbara. Katrina taught Spanish and English as a Second Language in California beginning in 1993. She began teaching Spanish at BWA in 2011 and enjoys getting to work with Eastern Oregon students as well as improving and expanding the Spanish program.

Rebecca Smith

No matter how busy you may think you are, you must find time for reading, or surrender yourself to self-chosen ignorance.
— Confucious

Eastern Oregon

State testing coordinator
541-519-9019
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Rebecca Smith loves to travel and learn new skills. She lived for a time in Paris, France, before graduating from Brigham Young University with a Bachelors in Geography and a minor in French. After graduating, she taught English in elementary schools in Taiwan, then French at a private school in Utah while taking more classes at BYU. She now resides in Baker City, Oregon and teaches French for Baker Web Academy.

Kelly Spike-Melo

Always Stay Humble and Kind

Eastern Oregon

Office Support
541-519-7412
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Kelly grew up and graduated from a small high school in Echo, Oregon. She attended K-12 on the same block in Echo, graduating with a whopping 13 in her class!! Kelly played volleyball and basketball all four years and was awarded the scholar athlete award. Kelly received a full ride scholarship to BMCC, where she started as the setter on the volleyball team. 

Kelly has worked many different trades: from coaching volleyball and basketball to designing and installing sprinkler systems, driving farm equipment, being a stay-at-home mom, waitressing and much more.  Kelly is an honest, hard-working mother of 3, married to a rancher. She loves spending time with her family and friends. She is always looking for a way to improve herself as an overall person and is always searching for a way to keep that much-needed balance in her life. Kelly emphasizes that it is best to surround ourselves with those that make us happy and remind us everyday that life is just too short to not live in the moment.