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Shauna Altman

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

Eastern Oregon

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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.

Brooke Armstrong

Get rid of things or you’ll spend your whole life tidying up.
— Marguerite Duras

Southern Oregon

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541-291-2877
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An English Language Arts teacher for the last 18 years, Brooke has taught in a variety of environments. From a traditional high school, to helping open a middle school, a technology high school, and now in the online world, she enjoys working with students and families to learn new things and create success. She moved to Oregon in 2006 and loves it here.

Care'e DeMoss

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If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn
— Ignacio Estrada

Willamette Valley

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541-852-9423
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Care'e DeMoss graduated from the University of Oregon with a double major in Spanish and Psychology in 2002. She continued on with her education and earned a Master's of Education degree from Pacific University. She most recently finished her Administrator's Program from Concordia University in 2015 and hopes to become an administrator in the near future. Care'e has taught in many different settings from a private/Catholic high school where she herself graduated from, to also teaching in alternative ed as well as online. She feels like Baker Web Academy is her home, and really appreciates working with such supportive staff members. Care'e was recently married and has really been enjoying newlywed life with her husband Dustin!

Jacob Denbrook

Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference
— Mark Twain

Portland Metro

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971-347-8570
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Jacob Denbrook spent time teaching in Japan, Oregon, and Wyoming, and has been an educator for about 8 total years.  You'll see him out hiking, snowboarding, shooting landscape photography, playing basketball, playing several instruments, and coaching.  I like to think a "vacation" is composed of a 12 mile hike into alpine territory with 3,500 feet of elevation gain, and I like to drag my wife and children along on these endeavors. I truly believe in the that life's pleasures are better earned when accompanied by some pain.  My wife is Jill, and my children are Henry (5) and Evelyn (2.5).  

Randell Embertson

Favorite Quote: If your actions inspire others to dream, learn more, do more, and become more you are a leader.  
— John Quincy Adams

Southern Oregon

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541-519-6092
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Randell has a Master's in Education from Oregon State University and experience teaching in grades K-10. He has lived on multiple continents learning and experiencing European, Middle Eastern and South American cultures and languages. Prior to teaching, Randell was a construction project manager overseeing the building of homes and subdivisions. He is married to an amazing wife, Kaaren of 15 years. He appreciates and enjoys a good adventure, cooking, learning about history, reading a good book, listening to classical music, playing chess and having fun in the great outdoors.

Anna Gilbert

No one is you, and that is your power.
— Dave Grohl

Portland Metro

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503-444-1437
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Anna Gilbert is a University of Oregon English major with a Masters in Teaching from Pacific University. She is a High School Language Arts and Music teacher living in Portland, Oregon. When Ms. Gilbert is not working with the amazing students and families at BWA, she is performing music professionally around the state of Oregon as a singer-songwriter. Before joining the staff at BWA, Gilbert resided in Nashville and worked as a recording artist and professional songwriter for publishing companies. After winning Nashville's coveted "Indie Heaven Inspirational Artist of the Year" award, she moved back to Oregon to pursue her love of teaching. Gilbert organized children's choirs, gave voice and piano lessons, and taught language arts a local high school in Eugene before joining the teaching team at BWA in Portland. Gilbert feels called to teaching and helping families, hoping to impart a passion for creativity and a love for learning to each and every one of her students. 

Tamarack Grammon

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

Eastern Oregon

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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.

Luke Gunnarson

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Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
— Teddy Roosevelt

Central Oregon

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541-519-7370
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Luke Gunnarson has a unique academic past that informs his approach to kids from all backgrounds. From teaching kindergarten in Korea, to freshman writing at Montana State, to several years of high school classroom instruction, Luke has worked with many age groups and demographics. His interest in education started when he began volunteering at an after school "homework house" while he was a student at Azusa Pacific University.
As a reflective educator, he is not content with accepting things as they are; he wants to challenge students to be the best they can be. Outside of school, he enjoys hanging out with his family, raising a toddler, swimming, and "iron chef" culinary creations. As a Baker Web Academy teacher, Luke enjoys building English courses and is as passionate as ever about helping students write with confidence.

Nick Osborn

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.
— Albus Dumbledore

Portland Metro

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541-663-6636
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Mr. Osborn grew up in a small farm town in Idaho working the land with his family. He is a fourth generation farmer and continues to work over the summer on the homestead. 
He has worked for Baker Web Academy for six years as the language arts teacher. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Lizzy, his infant son Finn, and his dog ZZ. Nick loves to check out all of the weirdness that is Portland and plays rugby in his down time. 

Richard Ritter

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

Eastern Oregon
 

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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.

Paul Shorey

“Ancora imparo” translated as “I am still learning.
— Michelangelo Buonarroti

Central Oregon

Early College Counselor
541-588-2731
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Paul works half time as a BWA teacher and half time as an Early College Counselor. After receiving an undergraduate degree in Prehistorical Anthropology with a minor in Philosophy from the University of Oregon, Paul worked as a carpenter for almost two decades to support his world travel habit. In 2012, Paul returned to school to earn a Master's of Education from the University of Oregon with an emphasis in English Literature. 

Paul grew up in Baker City and graduated from Baker High School. After college graduation, Paul visited more thirty countries and six continents, including two tours working as a carpenter at the McMurdo and South Pole Stations in Antarctica. Paul loves working for Baker Charter Schools and living in Bend with his wife, Jessica, and their dog, River. Central Oregon offers all things outdoors that they enjoy, especially kayaking and rafting rivers, camping, hiking, snowboarding, and fly fishing.