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Jamie Newbold

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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!

Sarah Overby

The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
— Mark Twain



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.

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


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. 


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


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.

Zach Grammon

There are times when I feel like I’m in a big forest and don’t know where I’m going. But then somehow I come to the top of a hill and can see everything more clearly. When that happens it’s really exciting
— Maryam Mirzakhani (2014 Fields Medal winner)

Willamette Valley


Zach Grammon is a native Oregonian who came to teaching after a variety of other career paths, including working as an electronics technician in the US Coast Guard, a field technician in natural resources, and as an addictions counselor at a state prison. Minoring in Mathematics as an undergraduate he went on to complete a Masters of Arts in Teaching Secondary Mathematics. He enjoys hanging out with his wife and two kids, playing with electronics, chess, bicycling, hiking, camping, and anything on the water.


Jerry Von

Begin each day with a grateful heart
— Unknown

Willamette Valley


Jerry obtained his Masters in Teaching from Oregon State University and his Bachelor of Science Degree from California State University, Fullerton. Jerry loves traveling the world, playing guitar, pursuing business ventures, and the outdoors. You may find him backpacking, canoeing, fly-fishing, or somewhere on his adventure motorcycle.
His motto is "never stop learning!" As a long-time teacher in Oregon, he really enjoys working with students and their families. His love for the outdoors, sports, and music make him a unique blend… think “Bear Grylls” meets “The Voice!”

Nicole Pratt

Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army
— Edward Everett

Willamette Valley


Nicole has a Bachelors is in Elementary Education and has experience in teaching in the homeschool enviornment. In addition to teacher Nicole has experience with high school transcripts, state test coordination, and being a mentor to new teachers.

Mandy Cramer

If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done
— Unknown

Willamette Valley


Despite graduating with a music degree from Linfield College, Mandy always knew she wanted to pursue a future in education. After attending Willamette University and earning a Master’s of Arts in Teaching, she began her career teaching for the Salem-Keizer School District. During her 9 years at Salem-Keizer, she was blessed to have taught in many capacities which include, Secondary Math, Health and Family and Consumer Studies. This is Mandy’s first year with Baker Web Academy; she is most looking forward to getting to know and support students and their families. 

Hayley Orton

Good. Better. Best. Never let it rest. ‘Til your good is better and your better is best
— St. Jerome

Willamette Valley


Hayley grew up in Canby, OR. She graduated Oregon State University with a Bachelors Degree in Human Development and Family Science and is a proud Beavers fan! In 2008 she completed her Masters in Arts and Teaching at Pacific University.
In the fall you can find her salmon fishing in Tillamook, during the winter she is cheering on Mr. Orton’s basketball team. Come springtime she practices her photography hobby, and during the summer she soaks up sunshine; playing with her own children. 

Cheri Bullock

Willamette Valley


Bachelor of Science in Zoology - Oregon State University Master of Science in Animal Science with a minor in Molecular Biology - Oregon State University Thesis work - Maternal Diet and Essential Fatty Acid Metabolism in Progeny Chickens - Oregon State University Master of Arts in Teaching - Willamette University Teaching experience in AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and Accelerated Biology. Hobbies; Horseback riding, baking, canoeing with the world's best dog, Bolt.

Ashley Chandler

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.
— William Butler Yeats

Willamette Valley



Ashley Chandler has always loved teaching and helping others take charge of their learning, so she knew what path she wanted to take for college. She graduated high school in Springfield, Oregon, and obtained her bachelor of arts in Spanish at the University of Oregon. She continued her education at Warner Pacific College, studying Music Education and then went to George Fox University to get her Master of Arts in Teaching, with endorsements in Math, Science, Spanish and Music. She has now been teaching for almost seven years and is excited to continue learning and building relationships with students.

Jodi Coleman

Favorite Quote: You miss 100 percent of the shots you never take.
— Wayne Gretzky

Willamette Valley


Jodi has been drawn to teaching her whole life. Her formal career began with teaching swimming lessons when she was 13. Before getting her formal teaching certificate, Jodi taught native children swimming in rural Alaska, she traveled the world for fun, she taught 5th and 6th graders at outdoor schools in California and Oregon, and she even got PAID to travel throughout the US and Canada taking foreigners on camping trips. Jodi’s first formal public school teaching job was in a tiny village called Supai in the bottom of the Grand Canyon. Nothing will ever compare to her 8-mile hiking commute to get to the village! In total, Jodi spent 10 years teaching 3rd, 4th, and 5th grades in Arizona, Washington, and Oregon. After getting married and having her own children, Jodi moved out of the classroom and dabbled in parenting education and early childhood education for several community colleges, where she thoroughly enjoyed working with the whole family, often in the home environment. At Baker Web Academy Jodi LOVES the variety in her home visit caseload and is regularly inspired by her students, their families, and her incredible colleagues. What other job allows a teacher to spend one hour working with teaching a kindergartener their letters, and the very next hour teaching the Pythagorean Theorem to a 10th grader? Jodi currently lives in a cohousing community in Corvallis with her husband, her two daughters, and her very cute dog.


Care'e DeMoss

If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn
— Ignacio Estrada

Willamette Valley


Care'e DeMoss graduated from the University of Oregon with a double major in Spanish and Psychology in 2002. She continued on with her education and earned a Master's of Education degree from Pacific University. She most recently finished her Administrator's Program from Concordia University in 2015 and hopes to become an administrator in the near future. Care'e has taught in many different settings from a private/Catholic high school where she herself graduated from, to also teaching in alternative ed as well as online. She feels like Baker Web Academy is her home, and really appreciates working with such supportive staff members. Care'e was recently married and has really been enjoying newlywed life with her husband Dustin!

Alayna Grady

Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.


Willamette Valley


Alayna Grady is originally from Oklahoma and is a proud University of Oklahoma Sooner football fan. She has a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and a Master's degree in Educational Instructional Psychology and Technology. Alayna has taught in K-12 public schools in Oklahoma and Texas. She has also taught at the community college and university level. With over 15 years of experience in education and instructional design, Alayna brings a creative and enthusiastic approach to her students.

Jessica Groom

As fast as we can but as slow as we must

Willamette Valley


Jessica Groom has an M.Ed. in Elementary Education and a  K-12th grade Reading Specialist endorsement, with a particular focus on instruction for students with dyslexia.  She is trained as an Orton-Gillingham tutor and has worked for the past 16 years as an Elementary Teacher,  Reading Specialist, Reading Intervention provider, and private tutor for students with dyslexia and related learning disabilities.   She is particularly delighted to be a teacher at Baker Web Academy, where individualized instruction can be integrated so thoroughly into every student's curriculum. 

John Martin

With self-discipline, most anything is possible. Great achievement and success are largely the consequence of self-discipline.
— Theodore Roosevelt

Willamette Valley


John Martin, the Principal at Baker Web Academy, says his passion for online schools started back in 2009, and he earned his Master's in Teaching from George Fox a few years later. His passion to increase student's self-efficacy became the perfect fit of online Math coach with BWA in 2012. He then moved his family in 2015 from the town of Milwaukie to the Eugene area in an effort to keep up with Baker Web Academy's growth. He accepted the Dean of Students position while finishing his initial administrative license at Portland State University. The best part of his job is putting his heart into building relationships with all of Baker Charters' students, parents, and staff!

Lynsey Martin

Alone we can do so little; together we can do so much.
— Helen Keller

Willamette Valley


Lynsey Martin is on faculty in the Willamette Valley Region. She has worked in a multitude of teaching & instructional roles throughout her educational career. Highlights include teaching performance art in tap, jazz, contemporary, & creative movement at multiple studios, high school dance programs, & pre-professional dance collaboratives. She is a 20 year veteran staff member at Thunderbird Dance Camp, which coordinates upwards of 1100 Oregon high school dancers at Pacific University each summer. She spent two years in the North Clackamas School District as an instructional assistant with a focus on positive behavior, and reading strategy interventions. Lynsey oversees many of Baker Web Academy's social science electives such as Sociology & Peer Counseling. She holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Portland State University, and hopes to pursue a counseling credential in the future. Her passions include her kids, nieces, nephews, and BWA students, as well as early intervention, executive functioning, and the whole child. Lynsey has enjoyed her years with Baker Web Academy, loves being a Mom more than anything, and feels grateful to work with such a creative and positive group of people every day.

Laura Saxe-O'Brien

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

Willamette Valley


Since she was 19, Laura has taught a wide range of classes including English as a Second Language, Biology, AP Biology, Food Science, Crop Science, World Agricultural Systems, AP Environmental Science, Earth Science, and Physical Science. Laura graduated from Whitman College as a History major and Japanese Language minor. After living in Sichuan Province, People’s Republic of China for two years, she returned to the United States and earned master’s degrees in International Agricultural Development, Agricultural Ecology, and Science Education. Laura’s interests include cooking, gardening, following her favorite soccer and basketball teams, and backpacking.


Barbara Smith-Gillespie

If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.”
— Paul, from his 1st-century letter to the early Christian church in Rome.

Willamette Valley


Mrs. Smith-Gillespie has a BA in American Studies from Hobart & William Smith Colleges in Geneva, NY, and a Masters in Secondary Education with History sub-field from Arizona State University.  Nicknamed "Mrs. SG" by her first public school students in Arizona, she moved to Oregon in 1999 and taught History, Government and Language Arts in both alternative and private schools, prior to joining BWA.   When not teaching, Mrs. SG loves spending time with her family,  traveling or on the ski slopes.


Emily Williams

I’ve missed more than 9000 shots in my career. I’ve lost almost 300 games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed.
— Michael Jordan

Willamette Valley


Emily Williams, born and raised in Oregon, studied Science & Math Education at Oregon State University. She came to Baker Web Academy after 13 years of serving students in traditional high school and middle school classrooms. Over the years, Emily has realized that she most enjoys building relationships and supporting her students as individuals. For this reason, BWA is a great fit for Emily and she truly values the relationships she builds with our families. She looks forward to supporting your educational endeavors as an Advisor Teacher or Math Teacher. Please feel free to call or message her anytime!