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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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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. 

Karen Lewis

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

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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.

Alexis Quinonez

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

Portland Metro

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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.

Dawn Tornquist

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

Portland Metro

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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.

Richelle Colenso

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

Baker Early College Advisor
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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

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

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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. 

Kelli Tinker

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

Portland Metro

Administrative Assistant

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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.

Mollie Kottek

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That is to have succeeded
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Portland Metro


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Mollie Kottek has always enjoyed working with youth. She has spent time as a lifeguard, a camp counselor, volunteering in schools, and substitute teaching. She attended the University of Oregon and earned both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Chemistry. After working as a research scientist, she decided that the classroom was where she belonged. Thus returning to the University of Oregon to attain her K-12 teaching license, she became a teacher. 


Danielle Coughlin

The best way to predict your future is to create it
— Abraham Lincoln

Portland Metro

Baker Web Academy Counselor
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Danielle received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Oregon State University and went on to complete her Masters of Science in Counseling. Her passion for school counseling stems from the joy she receives supporting students through their personal and academic growth. Danielle has worked with a diverse group of students from both Salem-Keizer and the Portland area. She is excited to expand that group to include students from all over the state of Oregon. In her free time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her 2 year old son, her husband, and their two dogs.

Shelley Penny

Whatever you are, be a good one
— Abraham Lincoln

Portland Metro

Baker Web Academy Counselor 7th/8th Grade
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Shelley Penny has been a School Counselor for the last 14 years schools in Portland. She has worked teaching classroom guidance, small groups, and individual counseling. She has also worked on career-college-life planning curriculum. Shelley has experience teaching parent education classes and continuing education courses also. She has spent some time teaching overseas in international education as well. Shelley is from Oregon and currently lives in Portland with her husband Brian and son and daughter. They are avid travelers, sports fans, and enjoy nature. Shelley enjoys reading, learning Spanish, and has a passion for helping others with their life plans and goals. She looks forward to working with Baker Web Academy Students

Lael Bingham

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Portland Metro

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Mrs. Bingham went to school at Oregon State University to become a secondary math teacher. In 2007, she graduated with a Masters Degree in Mathematics Education, and she has been happily teaching math to high school and middle school students since that year. Currently, she teaches Geometry for the Web Academy and Early College.

Jacob Denbrook

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

Portland Metro

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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).  

Jill Denbrook

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
— Dr. Seuss

Portland Metro

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Jill Denbrook has taught children all over the world, including Germany and Japan. Stateside, she has taught fourth grade, fifth grade, and kindergarten, and spent four years helping struggling students learn to read. Jill lives near Portland, with her husband and two small children, where they adventure outdoors any chance they get.

Dr. Shawn Farrens

A life is not important except in the impact that it has on other lives.
— Jackie Robinson

Portland Metro

Vice Principal/HR Administrator: East Portland
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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.

Ryan Gates

Do or do not, there is no try.
— Yoda

Portland Metro

Tech Director
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Ryan joined Baker Web Academy as a science teacher but quickly transitioned to Technology Director as the school continued to grow. Not only does Ryan love Science and Technology but he loves to play, coach and watch soccer. He currently coaches High School Soccer and is an avid Timbers Fan, travelling around the country to see them play. 

Ryan received his Bachelors from Utah Valley University in Biology Education. He then received his Masters through an online program from Oregon State University. 

Anna Gilbert

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

Portland Metro

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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. 

Liz Hankins-Osborn

It’s useful to go out of this world and see it from the perspective of another one
— Terry Pratchett

Portland Metro

Student Services Coordinator
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Liz graduated from the University of Idaho and lives in Portland with her husband Nick Osborn and their infant son. She helps manage the East Portland BCS Student Center as well as a broad range of administrative tasks across the state.


Stephanie Hedin

You never fail until you stop trying.
— Albert Einstein 

Portland Metro

Vice Principal: West Portland
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Stephanie Hedin oversees the West Portland Student Center and teaches Odyssey Language Arts, Science, and Social Students for grades 3-5. For 10 years Stephanie has taught in the elementary classroom--nine of those being online with Baker Web. Stephanie holds a Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Science from Oregon State University and a Master's of Arts in Teaching from Oregon's Pacific University. Currently, she is attending Concordia University to obtain her Initial Administrative Licensure.

Dr. Daniel Huld

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Portland Metro

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The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
— Aristotle 

Dr. Huld is the Superintendent of the two Baker Charter Schools and has spent the last decade building up Virtual and Early College programs all over Oregon; he is also currently the President of the Oregon Digital Leaders Coalition, an advocacy group for online learning in Oregon.  He believes in the work we do and strives to support staff and students to achieve their best.  Prior to working in the virtual charter school world he was a math/science teacher and alternative school program director in North Clackamas School District. 

Dr. Huld has an Associate's of Arts Degree with Honors from Clark College, Bachelors of Science from Cascade College in Biology and Secondary Education Magna Cum Laude, a Master's Degree from Mississippi State University in Geoscience, has completed both the Initial/Continuing Administrator Programs and his Educational Doctorate from Portland State University.  

Amy Kennedy


Portland Metro

Baker Web Academy Counselor A-M Counseling Department Chair
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I’ve learned that our background and circumstances may have influenced who we are, but we are responsible for who we become.
— Anonymous

Amy Kennedy has been a school counselor since 2006. Her primary work has been with high school students. Amy's undergraduate degree is in Behavioral Science from Northwest University. She obtained a master's degree in both School and Professional Counseling from New Mexico Highlands University. Amy has worked with a diverse population of students from intercity Albuquerque, to a tiny community in southern Oregon. She currently works with students from all over the state. Amy finds her work with students both rewarding and exciting. She thoroughly enjoys helping students succeed academically and in life. Amy resides in Portland with her family.