Rachel Weeks

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

Portland Metro

Faculty
541-519-3768
email
rweeks@bakercharters.org

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

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

Willamette Valley

Early College Counselor
503-949-0615
email
cbrantner@bakercharters.org

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

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Stay positive, work hard, make it happen.

Eastern Oregon

CFO/Business Manager
541-519-2977
email
kaverett@bakercharters.org

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

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

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-246-0691
email
jnewbold@bakercharters.org

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

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

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-8522
email
arowan@bakercharters.org

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

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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

Faculty
541-419-5184
email
csundstrom@bakercharters.org

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

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

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-8513
email
jsells@bakercharters.org

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

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

Southern Oregon

Faculty
541-671-8723
email
djones@bakercharters.org

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

Faculty
503-314-5291
email
jwelch@bakerschools.org

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

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

North Coast

Faculty
971-286-0400
email
wlewis@bakercharters.org

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

Staff
541-419-5373
email
achroninger@bakercharters.org

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

Faculty
503-314-6171
email
nlasha@bakercharters.org

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

Faculty
503-3124-6052
email
sroth@bakercharters.org

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

Faculty
503-680-7591
email
crunco@bakercharters.org

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

Faculty
458-209-4438
email
Ksmith@bakercharters.org

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.

Meagan Briery

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Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops
— Henry Brooks Adams

Salem

Faculty
503-314-5590
email
mbriery@bakercharters.org

Meagan came to Baker after 12 years of teaching Spanish and Language Arts in public schools. She received her bachelors degree from the University of Oregon and her Masters in Teaching from Pacific University. Originally from southern Oregon, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling with her family and working on her farm. She’s excited to teach in an online setting and looks forward to working one-on-one with students to help them accomplish their goals.

Jennifer Fager

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Love well; Live well.
— Unknown

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-8506
email
jfager@bakercharters.org

Jenni's path in the field of education has taken many unexpected twists and turns. Upon graduating from Eastern Oregon University, she fully expected to get a classroom of her own and stay there for the duration of her career, but she quickly discovered life doesn't always unfold as one might expect! Yes, she has loved teaching in her own public school classrooms, but she has also taught in private, university and homeschool settings as well. She has additionally spent a large portion of her career working as an education writer, where she authored publications that include research, marketing, and curriculum.

Jenni is passionate about investing in quality relationships with her students and their families, knowing this is a key component to student success. When not teaching, Jenni is a mom and wife who loves to bake, read, write, and have long conversations with her family under the big tree in their back yard.

Suzy Kottek

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Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain...To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it
— Kevyn Aucoin

Salem

Administrative Assistant
503-509-0266
email
skottek@bakercharters.org

Suzy comes to Baker Web Academy with a broad experience in the education field. She has worked as an instructional assistant in special education, worked as a behavior intervention trainer and been a high school registrar serving 1700 students. Suzy has a passion for education and being a support to the education system and the administration, teachers and families in order to give students the same passion she feels.

Britten Clark-Huyck

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Here is my secret, it is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery

Salem

Faculty
541-602-4999
email
bclarkhuyck@bakercharters.org

Britten has been fascinated with how children learn since her undergraduate research work which explored cognition in early childhood. After receiving her Bachelors in Physical Anthropology (1997) she went to Loyola to receive her Master of Education (1999). In 2010 she returned to school to earn her Master of Science Education from Oregon State University.

In all her classrooms she strives to reduce barriers so all students can access their education. Britten has worked extensively with special education students, families, and staff to build trust and proficiency in understanding how assistive technology can open doors for reading and writing supports. She holds a particular passion for helping students to find their way while at the same time building-up their confidence. She is thrilled to join BWA as a Special Education diagnostician and science teacher.

Charles Lauer

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The two most important days in your life are the day you are born and the day you find out why
— Mark Twain

Southern Coast

Faculty
541-435-5561
email
CLauer@bakercharters.org

Charles earned Master’s in Education from Cleveland State University and has taught 6th through 12th grade social studies. He loves impacting the lives of his students, and he is looking forward to building meaningful relationships with all of them. He recently moved from Ohio to Oregon and has found Oregon to be beautiful. Outside of school, Charles enjoys spending time with his family, golfing, swimming, and hiking.