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.

Cathi Von

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Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
— Henry Ward Beecher

Salem

Technology Administrative Assistant
503-509-0809
email cvon@bakercharters.org

An avid reader and lifelong learner, Cathi graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Graphic Design. After being self employed for years, Cathi decided to move into the technology side of things. She has worked with students and educators for an online school, troubleshooting and assisting with all kinds of technology. She loves being the detective and solving technology mysteries. Cathi is married, has two sons, enjoys traveling and the outdoors.

 

Jennifer Tracewell

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Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
— Mary Oliver

Central Oregon

BCS College and Career Counselor
541-923-5218
email
jtracewell@bakercharters.org

Jennifer works as a college/career counselor for Baker Early College and Baker Web Academy, and a Language Arts teacher for BWA. Prior to joining Baker Charter Schools, Jennifer worked as a teacher and administrator at two K12 online schools, taught high school Health and PE, and taught across elementary and middle school levels. She graduated from Western Michigan University with majors in Political Science and French, attended the University of Oregon School of Law, earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University, and her administrative license from U of O. Jennifer loves living in Central Oregon where she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, running, hiking, skiing, paddle boarding, biking, and supporting her four kids with their busy schedule of activities. Jennifer is passionate about building strong relationships with students and their families to help them achieve their goals and be prepared for a successful college or career life.  

Peter Kane

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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings
— John Muir

Portland Metro

Faculty
971-413-1192

pkane@bakercharters.org

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

Faculty
503-575-8165

soverby@bakercharters.org

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.

Karen Lewis

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

Portland Metro

Faculty
503-577-4773

KLewis@BakerCharters.org

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.

Amy Jones

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Failing to plan is planning to fail
— Unknown

Eastern Oregon

Staff
541-519-9741
ajones@bakercharters.org

Amy Jones was raised in Baker City, but left after graduation in 1996. When she returned in 2010 she brought an English degree, husband, and two amazing boys with her. She has spent five of the last seven years teaching a wide variety classes at Harvest Christian Academy. She enjoys helping her husband, Jebron, with their youth group (He's a youth pastor), supporting her boys in sports, and writing. Amy joins our office staff as a support person with hopes of helping students with English and writing in the future. She will be working part time until the fall of 2018. She's excited to be part of such an amazing team.

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

kembertson@bakercharters.org

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!

Alexis Quinonez

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

Portland Metro

Faculty
971-413-5094
aquinonez@bakercharters.org

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.

Morgan Willnauer

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We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day
— Richard Scott

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-519-9964
mwillnauer@bakercharters.org

Morgan Willnauer has recently graduated with his Masters of Arts in Teaching. He enjoys traveling the world and learning from other cultures. He loves incorporating those learnings and different perspectives into his classes. 

 

Dawn Tornquist

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

Portland Metro

Faculty
971-334-4109
dtornquist@bakercharters.org

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.

Malynda Shook

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We cannot see well but with the heart; the essential is invisible to the eyes
— Atoine de Saint Exupery

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-231-3395

mshook@bakercharters.org

Ms. Shook has spent years teaching middle school English and Language Arts in Oregon. She has Bachelors in Fine Art and English Literature from Oregon State University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from George Fox University. Additionally, she spent a year teaching Highschool Art in Istanbul, Turkey.