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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.

Dr. Dave Courtney

When a good leaders work is done all the people say, “He did it!. When a great leaders work is done all the people say, “We did it!

Southern Oregon

Vice Principal

Dr. Courtney has worked in education for 30+ years. Fifteen of those years have been as Superintendent serving schools in Oregon. He believes that a quality education teaches students skills for their post-high school lives such as communication, collaboration, creativity, and critical thinking. 

Dr. Shawn Farrens

A life is not important except in the impact that it has on other lives.
— Jackie Robinson

Portland Metro

Vice Principal/HR Administrator: East Portland


Dr. Farrens serves as Vice Principal for the East Portland Area.  His previous administrative experience, prior to coming to Baker Charter Schools, includes serving as the Superintendent of another virtual school in Oregon.  Before he became an administrator he was a Resource Room teacher at the K-8 level for 9 years in the Portland area and taught 4th-8th grade in a two-room schoolhouse in a very remote part of Southeastern Oregon for a year.  

He earned a B.A. from Hope International University, a M.A.T. from Concordia University, his special education endorsement as well as his administrative license from the University of Portland, and earned his Doctorate degree from Walden University.  His dissertation research focused on determining the various roles virtual secondary teachers fill as well as what training is needed for incoming virtual secondary teachers to be successful teachers in the virtual environment.

Prior to his career in education he joined the U.S. Army and served as an infantryman for 4 years (99-03).

Currently, he lives on 2.5 acres in rural Multnomah county with his wife and 4 year old son.  They have a dog, 8 chickens, a large garden, grape vines, blueberries, raspberries, and several apple trees, all of which keeps them very busy.  Beyond working on their small farm, they love to travel and play strategic board games.

Ryan Gates

Do or do not, there is no try.
— Yoda

Portland Metro

Tech Director

Ryan joined Baker Web Academy as a science teacher but quickly transitioned to Technology Director as the school continued to grow. Not only does Ryan love Science and Technology but he loves to play, coach and watch soccer. He currently coaches High School Soccer and is an avid Timbers Fan, travelling around the country to see them play. 

Ryan received his Bachelors from Utah Valley University in Biology Education. He then received his Masters through an online program from Oregon State University. 

Stephanie Hedin

You never fail until you stop trying.
— Albert Einstein 

Portland Metro

Vice Principal: West Portland

Stephanie Hedin oversees the West Portland Student Center and teaches Odyssey Language Arts, Science, and Social Students for grades 3-5. For 10 years Stephanie has taught in the elementary classroom--nine of those being online with Baker Web. Stephanie holds a Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Science from Oregon State University and a Master's of Arts in Teaching from Oregon's Pacific University. Currently, she is attending Concordia University to obtain her Initial Administrative Licensure.

Roland Hobson

Make every moment count!

Eastern Oregon


Roland's first career opportunity was working in the elementary classroom. He taught most all grades K-6 working for North Clackamas School District. While teaching he returned to the university classroom and received his Administrative License in 2012. After weighing different options he took a leap and moved to Baker City to take on the role of Principal of Baker Web Academy. 

Dr. Daniel Huld

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Portland Metro


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

Dr. Huld is the Superintendent of the two Baker Charter Schools and has spent the last decade building up Virtual and Early College programs all over Oregon; he is also currently the President of the Oregon Digital Leaders Coalition, an advocacy group for online learning in Oregon.  He believes in the work we do and strives to support staff and students to achieve their best.  Prior to working in the virtual charter school world he was a math/science teacher and alternative school program director in North Clackamas School District. 

Dr. Huld has an Associate's of Arts Degree with Honors from Clark College, Bachelors of Science from Cascade College in Biology and Secondary Education Magna Cum Laude, a Master's Degree from Mississippi State University in Geoscience, has completed both the Initial/Continuing Administrator Programs and his Educational Doctorate from Portland State University.  

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!

Gwen O'Neal

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

Central Oregon

Vice Principal

Gwen has 14 years of experience teaching middle school and high school science, and an additional eight years in administration as high school assistant principal and primary school principal. Her higher education started at Oregon State University and as included work at Portland State University and Lewis and Clark College to complete her M.Ed. in Educational Administration. She is excited to work with Baker Web Academy students and their families!

Patrick Williams

Do or do not, there is no try.
— Yoda

Willamette Valley

Salem Dean of Students/Faculty

Patrick has been a high school math and science teacher for over 20 years.  He currently teaches Biology and is also leading Baker Web Academy's Response-to-Intervention team for Math.  The goal of the Math RTI team is to identify students that are struggling in math and provide the tools and support necessary to get up to pace with their peers.