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Peter Kane

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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings
— John Muir

Portland Metro

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971-413-1192

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Peter earned his undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Puget Sound. After several travel adventures and trying his hand working in the business world he earned his Master’s in Education from Antioch University. Peter found he enjoyed the transformative nature of learning, both in his own personal development, and in others, to be energizing. Peter has been working in schools for 25 years having taught elementary, middle and high school. For the last 15 years he has been a school principal, mostly in alternative schools. He has great interest in connecting student learning of skills and knowledge to work and careers. Peter lives outside Portland with his wife, two very active sons and their dog. 

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.

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.

Amy Mulvihill

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Comparison is the thief of joy
— Theodore Roosevelt

Central Oregon

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971-413-1543
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Amy Mulvihill is entering her ninth year of teaching and loves encouraging students to be curious, try their best, and care about others. She graduated from Taylor University in 2009 with a double major in Sociology and Social Studies Education. Before moving to Oregon, she taught at international schools in Russia, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Amy is currently pursuing a M.Ed in Educational Leadership through Concordia University. Outside of school, Amy enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and cooking.

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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.

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. 

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.

Metta Hallgarth

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

Eastern Oregon

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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. 

Lynsey Martin

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
— Helen Keller

Willamette Valley

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541-519-6502
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Lynsey Martin is on faculty in the Willamette Valley Region. She has worked in a multitude of teaching & instructional roles throughout her educational career. Highlights include teaching performance art in tap, jazz, contemporary, & creative movement at multiple studios, high school dance programs, & pre-professional dance collaboratives. She is a 20 year veteran staff member at Thunderbird Dance Camp, which coordinates upwards of 1100 Oregon high school dancers at Pacific University each summer. She spent two years in the North Clackamas School District as an instructional assistant with a focus on positive behavior, and reading strategy interventions. Lynsey oversees many of Baker Web Academy's social science electives such as Sociology & Peer Counseling. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Portland State University, and hopes to pursue a counseling credential in the future. Her passions include her kids, nieces, nephews, and BWA students, as well as early intervention, executive functioning, and the whole child. Lynsey has enjoyed her years with Baker Web Academy, loves being a Mom more than anything, and feels grateful to work with such a creative and positive group of people every day.

Coleen McGhee

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Portland Metro

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503-444-1430
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Coleen McGhee earned a Bachelor of Social Sciences in 1994 and worked in the juvenile justice field and justice system for eight years. She worked directly with youth, families and community members to help each individual youth move toward becoming a positive member of the community. While working as a juvenile probation officer, Coleen taught classes for the juvenile department. She realized how much she enjoyed teaching and moved on to get her masters in education. Over the last ten years, she has taught mainly in alternative education programs working with students who are credit-deficient or who have already dropped out of high school (teaching language arts, social studies, health, science and math). She has also taught traditional college preparatory high school classes in a high school setting (both brick and mortar and online) and college preparatory classes at colleges. Along with teaching, Coleen has been a track and cross country coach. Aside from teaching, Coleen enjoys being a mom of two little boys (twin two year olds) and going on hikes. Finally, she truly enjoys helping each person she teaches be successful in his or her endeavors.

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. 

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

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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.  

 

Kate Ryder

Central Oregon

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541-663-6232
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Prior to becoming a high school teacher for BWA in Social Studies and Language Arts, Kate lived many lives: working for a senator and in national health policy in Washington, DC; as a copywriter and editor in Hong Kong and Scotland; and as a jewelry designer and art dealer in San Francisco and Hawaii. Inspired by her volunteer work with children, she decided to move north to Oregon to follow the family tradition of teaching history and government. Kate is thrilled to be a part of the Baker family and values her relationships with students and their families immensely. She has worn many hats in her time with our school, including as the summer school coordinator, lead teacher in Central Oregon, and chair of the Social Studies department. Kate received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her Masters in Teaching from Concordia University in Portland.

Andrea Schenk

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.
— Maya Angelou

Portland Metro
 

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503-936-0997

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Andrea Schenk earned a BA in History from Gonzaga University.  Following graduation, she was hired to work in the field of Human Resources for Providence Health System.  She worked her way up to a position as a Healthcare Recruiter HR, specializing in employment and placements for all clinical areas except nursing.  While in this role, she continued to be “teaching” or training others.  Feeling like education was her calling, she transitioned into education to pursue a Masters in Education from Portland State University. 
Since obtaining her license in 2003, Andrea has taught mainly in alternative education programs working with students who are credit deficient or who have already dropped out of high school (teaching primarily social studies, but tutoring in most other areas).  In addition, Andrea has helped students work on completing graduation requirement components (senior projects, CRLEs and Work Samples), and has much experience working to help those students successfully complete HS and move on to their next steps. Along with teaching, Andrea previously served as a board member of Smile Oregon from 2009-2015, a non-profit dedicated to the support of children affected by craniofacial conditions.
Aside from teaching, Andrea enjoys being a wife to her English teacher husband, and mother to her two daughters.  A native Oregonian, she enjoys traveling with her family and going on new adventures. She feels it is a great reward to see her students graduate and take their next steps in the world!

 

Carissa Shaw

There is, in fact, no teaching without learning. One requires the other.
— Paulo Freire

Willamette Valley

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541-519-6315
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Carissa Shaw has taught language arts, social studies, math, and science, and enjoys learning other languages (currently dabbling in Spanish, Swahili, and Arabic) and visiting warmer locales, as well as hiking with her pups, and attempting to convince her parrot to say absolutely anything on command.  

Barbara Smith-Gillespie

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
— Paul, from his 1st-century letter to the early Christian church in Rome.

Willamette Valley
 

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541-519-5893

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Mrs. Smith-Gillespie has a BA in American Studies from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, and a Masters in Secondary Education with History sub-field from Arizona State University.  Nicknamed "Mrs. SG" by her first public school students in Arizona, she moved to Oregon in 1999 and taught History, Government and Language Arts in both alternative and private schools, prior to joining BWA.   When not teaching, Mrs. SG loves spending time with her family,  traveling or on the ski slopes.