Jenny Caughlin

People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously
— Eleanor Roosevelt

Willamette Valley


Originally from Bend, Oregon, Jenny moved to Eugene in 2010 to complete her B.A. in History. After undergrad she spent time focusing on agriculture, working on Willamette Valley farms and teaching farming and sustainability courses through the University of Oregon. She later achieved her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching from the UO and has since been teaching Social Studies and English at middle and high schools in the area.

Jenny likes to spend her time hanging out with her two kids, exploring the captivating natural world, growing food and flowers in her garden, checking out excessive numbers of books from the library, and sharing her delight for the human experience with others.

Katie Ford

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love
— Mother Theresa

Central Oregon


Katie was born and raised in Walla Walla, Washington. Post college, Katie spent a few years skiing in the Teton Mountains and traveling the world before moving to Central Oregon for a middle school math position. In Katie’s 8 years of teaching experience she has taught in Switzerland, China and Bend; everything from kindergarten, middle school math, FACS and physical education to high school oral English. Katie loves building relationships with her students and helping them achieve their goals is of high priority. In Katie’s free time, she enjoys traveling, being active in the outdoors, crafting and cooking.

Betsy Dixon

The best view comes after the hardest climb.
— Unknown

Willamette Valley


Betsy Dixon was raised in Portland, OR, but moved to Eugene after graduating from college and getting married. She spent her first years in Eugene substitute teaching, ending up in 4th and 5th grade at a local elementary school. She took a break from full time teaching after having children, but continued to substitute. Betsy has experience in the homeschool community, public schools, as well as teaching at a virtual charter school. Her passion is to help each student reach their individual potential and see the joy in learning. Outside of school, she enjoys being outdoors with the animals on her farm, reading, and spending time with family.

Inna Perepechkin

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

Portland Metro

Administrative Assistant/Russian Translator

Inna is one of our administrative assistants in the Portland Metro region who also helps us with Russian translation.

Gabby Quinones

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

Southern Region

Administrative Assistant

Gabby is our amazing administrative assistant at our Southern Region Student Center.

Rachel Weeks

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them
— Walt Disney

Portland Metro


Rachel has been a teacher for five years in the public school system. She and her family spent 4 years in rural Arizona where she taught first grade for four years. Being a native Oregonian, her family decided to move back home where she taught one year in the fourth grade.

Rachel has her Bachelor's degree in Social science from Portland State University and completed her Master's degree in Teaching at Warner Pacific College. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Instructional Leadership at Concordia University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children. Some favorite activities include going to the river and hiking!

Corrinne Brantner

Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”!
— Audrey Hepburn

Willamette Valley

Early College Counselor

Corrinne graduated in 2010 with a bachelors in Biology and Psychology from Oregon State University, Go Beavs! She swam all four years for OSU. After coaching for a few years, she decided she wanted to go into the counseling field. She completed her Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2015. The last two years she worked as a middle school counselor at another virtual charter school. She fell in love with the virtual education world and saw it do wonders for students and their success. She is currently back in school obtaining her Masters in School Counseling. The early college program is such an amazing opportunity for students, she is looking forward to helping these students along their journey.

In her spare time she enjoys crafting, eating, sleeping, and traveling. She currently lives in Sandy with her Husband, 1 year old son Brixton, and their two dogs, Cooper and Cash.

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Karla Averett

Stay positive, work hard, make it happen.

Eastern Oregon

Chief Financial Officer

Karla serves as Chief Financial Officer for Baker Charter Schools. She has worked in the finance field for education since 2000. Prior to that she was in newspaper management. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Oregon Association of School Business Officials. Karla enjoys the opportunity to be part of a team that is committed to maximizing financial resources for the benefit of students and staff.

Jamie Newbold

Kid, you’ll move mountains!
— Dr. Seuss

Willamette Valley


Jamie Newbold lives and works in the Willamette Valley region with her husband (who is also a teacher) and her son and daughter. Jamie graduated from Pacific University with a Bachelor’s in Education & Learning and a Master’s in Education with a Special Education focus. She has taught a variety of grades and has worked with students of all ages in general education, English Language Development and distance learning classrooms. Jamie’s passions are her kids, her nieces and nephews, and her students! She’s also passionate about traveling, languages and cultures. She would love to be multi-lingual and a world traveler someday! Jamie remembers being 5-years-old telling her mom she hoped to be a teacher when she grew up. She is living out her dream working alongside her Baker students and colleagues!

Ann Rowan

The only person you should try to be better than is the person you were yesterday
— Matty Mullins

Eastern Oregon


Ann received a BA in elementary education and an MA in special education from Boise State University. During the past 36 years she has been a second and third grade classroom teacher and an elementary special education teacher. Her career started in the Boise School District, and she just completed 19 years with Baker School District 5J. Ann is looking forward to the challenges and new experiences of being a member of the Baker Web Academy team.
When she is not teaching she enjoys time with family, gardening, outdoor activities and travel. Ann and her husband, Ron, have two grown children.

Char Sundstrom

Come to the edge,” he said.
”We can’t, we’re afraid!” they responded.
”Come to the edge,” he said.
”We can’t, We will fall!” they responded.
”Come to the edge,” he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.
— Guillaume Apollinaire

Central Oregon


Char Sundstrom grew up in Portland, Oregon where she graduated from Warner Pacific with her BA in Human Development and a minor in Education. She taught Kindergarten in Oregon City for 9 years before moving to Central Oregon in 2006. Once in Central Oregon, Char took several years off until her youngest child entered Kindergarten. Since then she has taught at Sisters Elementary and Sisters Christian Academy while going back to school to earn her Masters in Reading and Literacy. This year she celebrated 25 years with her husband Nick. She enjoys spending time with her 3 children ages 19, 16, and 13 and running with her dog Enzo.

Jessica Sells

Accept what is, let go of what was, and have faith in what will be
— Sonia Ricotti

Eastern Oregon


Jessica a in her 11th year of teaching. All those years were have been in the special education area. She has taught K-12 and most recently 9-12 life skills. Jessica lives in Baker City, Oregon with her husband Teron and son Owen, who is a lively 2 year old. Jessica finished her undergraduate at Eastern Oregon University and then continued on to obtain her endorsement in Special Education.

Debbie Jones

...Anything can happen, child. Anything can be
— Shel Silverstein

Southern Oregon


Debbie has been working in schools in Oregon and Hawaii for the past 14 years. She has experience teaching Elementary, High School Math, Special Education and RTI Reading. After working in marketing, Debbie was drawn to teaching because of her strongly-held belief that all children can succeed. She works hard to help her students develop the self confidence in their own abilities. Debbie has two grown daughters, and a one year old grandson and enjoys exploring the beautiful Southern Oregon coast that she is lucky to call home.

Jeff Welch

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Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself
— John Dewey

Portland Metro


Jeff Welch has extensive experience teaching both online and face to face classes. He has taught history, photography and video production to middle school and high school students. He has also taught for the Brandman University teacher education program. He has an MA in history from California State University, Stanislaus, a BA in history from Westmont College, and teaching credentials history/social studies in both Oregon and California. He is currently enrolled in an Ed.D. program in educational leadership at the University of Portland. He is a Google Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator #LON17. Jeff lives in the Portland metro area with his wife and twin boys. They enjoy travel, the outdoors, and spending time together as a family.

Wendee Lewis

Tell me and I forget. Teach me and
I will remember. Involve me and I
will learn.
— Benjamin Franklin

North Coast


In 2002 Wendee graduated with a BA in Writing/Literature from George Fox University. She later enrolled in the MAT program at the University of Arkansas, graduating in 2004.

Wendee has taught in a variety of settings. For the past four years, she has taught 7th, 9th, and 11th grade English at a private school in Beaverton. She recently moved to Rockaway, Oregon, where she she is excited to begin a new chapter encouraging students and helping them to thrive independently.

As a family, the Lewis' (including their two dogs) love eating ice cream while watching the sunset at the beach, making breakfast for dinner, and exploring new places.

Wendee looks forward to partnering with Baker Web Academy and the families within the program.

Lani Chroninger

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Making mistakes is proof that you are trying
— Unknown

Central Oregon


Lani (sounds like Lonnie-it’s Hawaiian) was born and raised in Oregon with a childhood dream of becoming a teacher. After a summer living in Hawaii teaching preschool and adventure camps she pursued her teaching goals and headed off to Western Oregon University, where she earned her BS degree in Education. Along with her husband they graduated and started their teaching careers in Southern California. 4 years later and a growing family led them back home to raise their family of 3 boys in an outdoor playground-Central Oregon! Lani earned her MAT degree along the way and has continued teaching in the elementary grades with a passion for reading and writing. On her downtime you can find Lani cheering on her boys in a variety of sports and activities, camping, water sports, taking dance fit classes or snuggling her labradoodle!

Nathan Lasha

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Not all who wonder are lost
— J. R. R. Tolkien

Portland Metro


After fourteen years in Las Vegas, Nathan decided that it was time to come home to the Pacific Northwest. He has been a teacher for 10 years and has taught social studies and science classes at the high school level for most of that time. Nathan earned his BA in Social Science Education and continued his own education, earning MA's in both Biology Education and Geoscience Education. Nathan loves science and history and loves to engage with others over these topics.

Nathan is a nerd through and through, loving sci-fi and fantasy, boardgames and comics but he is also a product of the Pacific Northwest and loves to camp, hike and fly fish.

Sac Roth

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Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon
— Charles M. Schulz

Portland Metro


Originally from Ventura, California, Sac received his bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University. In 2007, after working in radio for a few years, he began substitute teaching throughout San Francisco in classrooms across the gradespan. Since earning his teaching license in math in 2011, Sac has taught in both middle and high schools in San Francisco, Salem and Portland, where he strives to empower students through their academic study. Outside of the classroom, Sac can be found in the record store, library or airport.

Charlotte Runco

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A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work unless it is open
— Frank Zappa

Central Oregon


Ms. Runco is from a small town in Canada, where she grew up speaking English and French. Following high school graduation she spent a few years working, traveling & exploring the world. Her travels took her to Central America, Turkey, Europe & North Africa. It was in Libya where experiences teaching English sparked an interest in education as a career. Upon returning home, she enrolled and received her Bachelors of Science, a Masters in Education as well as a Masters in Global Education. She has taught Science and World Issues for 10 years at both the high school and university level. She has had the privilege of working with schools in Canada, Costa Rica, Uganda & The United States. Wherever she has had the privilege to teach, Ms. Runco has focused on ways in which to connect classroom content to the real world as well as to students’ experiences in order to make learning meaningful to them.

Kim Smith

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Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
— Albert Einstein

Southern Oregon


Kim was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM where she eventually earned a Bachelor of Science degree in teaching with a dual licensure in both general and special education from the University of New Mexico (UNM). Since moving to Oregon in 1997, she has worked in the field of education for 21 years in a variety of roles from teaching to administration. During that time she completed her Masters of Education degree at Gonzaga University and Administrative Licensure through Concordia University.

She believes that all students can achieve their dreams and aspirations in life and is committed to helping them reach their full potential. She is looking forward to working with our students.