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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.  

Richelle Colenso

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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
971-413-2343
rcolenso@bakercharters.org

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.

Danielle Coughlin

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

Portland Metro

Baker Web Academy Counselor
971-413-2866
dcoughlin@bakercharters.org

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

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Whatever you are, be a good one
— Abraham Lincoln

Portland Metro

Baker Web Academy Counselor 7th/8th Grade
971-413-1078
spenny@bakercharters.org

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

Robert Williams

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Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
— Unknown

Central Oregon

College and Career Counselor/Baker Early College Advisor
541-519-2422
rwilliams@bakercharters.org

Rob Williams has been a school counselor since 2014. His primary work has been with elementary students in the Seattle area of Washington State. Rob's undergraduate degree is in psychology from the University of Oregon. He obtained a master's degree in School Counseling from Oregon State University. Rob enjoys helping students explore their talents and interests and is looking forward to being a resource for students in his new role as college and career counselor. Rob enjoys a good cup of coffee and being outdoors hiking and exploring new trails whenever possible. Rob currently lives in Bend. 

 

Sarah Hall

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Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.

— Marie Curie, Physicist

Eastern Oregon

Baker Web Academy Counselor M-Z
541-519-9735
shall@bakercharters.org

After teaching science for 10 years, Sarah followed her passion for helping students and families by becoming a school counselor. Sarah believes all students can achieve academic success, and is excited to support them through their journey with the Baker Web Academy.

Sarah completed research internships in Montana State University’s Biofilm Engineering  and Physics departments, presented at the Northwest Conference on Teaching for Social Justice, and earned technology and literacy grants.

Sarah has a M.A.T from Lewis and Clark College and B.S. in Biology from Pacific University. She lives in Eastern Oregon with her family.

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

Baker Early College Advisor
541-450-3549
sballenger@bakercharters.org

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. 

Amy Kennedy

 

Portland Metro

Baker Web Academy Counselor A-M Counseling Department Chair
971 325 6920
akennedy@bakercharters.org

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.  

Suzanne Moore

The best preparation for tomorrow is doing your best today.
— H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

Central Oregon

Baker Early College Advisor
541-663-6488
smoore@bakercharters.org

 

Suzanne Moore has worked with Baker Charter Schools as an online teacher, serving as a highly qualified teacher in math and science, and as our Early College advisor in central and eastern Oregon.

Prior to joining Baker Charter Schools, Suzanne taught math and science overseas for 10 years in Turkey, Malaysia, and India.  She spent her first five years teaching math, science, music and speech at a middle school in Beaverton, Oregon.

Furthermore, Suzanne has served as a Clinical Supervisor for Western Governor’s University, as well as teaching Pharmacy Calculations at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon.

She is active in her local community, volunteering and interning at local high schools, as well as serving on her local PTSO.  When not learning, teaching or advising, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her family and friends, learning to play the cello and exploring central Oregon.

Kate Scheideman

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
— Mark Twain

Portland Metro

Baker Early College Advisor
541-519-6127

kscheideman@bakercharters.org
 

Kate completed her Bachelor of Arts in History from Pacific Lutheran University and went on to complete her Master of Science in Counseling from Oregon State University. Having experience in both school and mental health counseling, Kate is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Kate is deeply passionate about college counseling, and she is excited to share that passion with her students. Things that bring Kate great joy include her family, good coffee, and the Green Bay Packers.

Jennifer Vesbit

Portland Metro
 

Student Services Advisor
541-213-6135
jvesbit@bakercharters.org

Favorite Quote: "Without courage, we cannot practice any other virtue with consistency. We can't be kind, true, merciful, generous, or honest"

~Maya Angelou

Jennifer is passionate about working with people and helping students achieve their academic goals. She has spent the last 15 years working at colleges and universities in California and Michigan, where she obtained her MA in Counseling. She has also lived in Rhode Island, Maine, New Hampshire and Japan, and is now happily settled down in her home state of Oregon. When she's not working, she's busy raising her young twins. She also loves to laugh, read, dance, travel, and spend time in nature.