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Kaaren Embertson

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Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance
— Solomon

Southern Oregon

Faculty
541-357-1817

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Kaaren grew up in Southern California where she played soccer, volleyball, basketball, and track; studied abroad in Australia; and visited England, Scotland, Canada, and Norway with her family. She moved to Oregon where she completed her BS at Oregon State University; worked in several supervisorial roles; traveled to Brazil; and married the most wonderful man in 2001! Kaaren and her husband secured their Masters of Teaching (Kaaren's was MS of Ed.); they were house parents to 50 colleges students for several years, taught overseas in the United Arab Emirates; and have traveled around the United States of America, to Israel, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, and Sri Lanka. Kaaren has several hobbies: quilting, scrapbooking, photography, health and fitness, animals, personal business training, and essential oils!

Ellery Garrison

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... education doesn’t need to be reformed —it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions
— Sir Ken Robinson, "The Element"

Southern Oregon

Faculty
541-200-4372

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Ellery Garrison is originally from Southern California (though don't hold that against her) and taught there for 8 years as a Language Arts Specialist for K-8th graders. Then, after moving to Southern Oregon, she started homeschooling and eventually was running a school with 24 students. Her love of this environment has brought her to Baker Web and looks forward to sharing her love of learning and discovery with your family. 

Angie Miller

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It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer
— Albert Einstein

Southern Oregon

Faculty
541-601-6846

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Angie Miller teaching experience includes teaching Middle School, High School, and Community College mathematics. She is a North Medford High and University of Oregon grad who loves her native Southern Oregon. Raising her 2 children (Makayla & Colton) with her husband, Mark, is her favorite part of each day. Angie is looking forward to helping students succeed in this up and coming world of online education!

 

Brooke Armstrong

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

Southern Oregon

Faculty
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.

Stormy Ballenger

Today for Show and Tell, I’ve brought a tiny marvel of nature: a single snowflake. I think we might all learn a lesson from how this utterly unique and exquisite crystal turns into an ordinary, boring molecule of water, just like every other one, when you bring it in the classroom. And now, while the analogy sinks in, I’ll be leaving you drips and going outside.
— Calvin, from Calvin & Hobbes comic

Southern Oregon

Early College Advisor
541-450-3549
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Stormy is an adaptable and empathetic counselor/teacher who loves to inspire students to engage their strengths and passions. She loves integrating the natural world into her work whenever possible. Stormy is resourceful and creative, and she takes special pride in the meaningful relationships that are built with students and families. 

Malcolm Brown

Let there be light.

Southern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-6279
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Malcolm Brown was born at a very early age in a nameless state south of Oregon. (The hospital was subsequently torn down, the sidewalks rolled up and the town renamed.) After a K-12 cold war education, Junior College and then University studies, Malcolm migrated over the Siskiyou Summit to a short-lived stint as a subsistence farmer in Southern Oregon. This was soon followed by a call to the Fire Service, where he rose to Senior Shift Engineer and retired with full faculties still intact. In due course and after a short but gainful career as a "before" model for hair products, he spent many productive years writing riveting ad copy for a prominent Real Estate firm. Having home-schooled his daughter in conjunction with and cooperation of his dedicated wife, Malcolm advanced his educational expertise by becoming a teacher aiding other home school families and then moved to Baker Charter Schools where he continues to be dedicated to the service of families who value schooling at home and those students who will inherit the world.

 

Dr. Dave Courtney

When a good leaders work is done all the people say, “He did it!. When a great leaders work is done all the people say, “We did it!

Southern Oregon

Vice Principal
541-519-6180
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Dr. Courtney has worked in education for 31 years. Fifteen of those years have been as Superintendent serving schools in Oregon. He believes that a quality education teaches students skills for their post-high school lives such as communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. 

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

Faculty
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.

Carissa Shaw

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

Willamette Valley

Faculty
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.