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Jerry Von

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Begin each day with a grateful heart
— Unknown

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-519-5970

jvon@bakercharters.org

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!”

Tish Bloomer

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Your attitude determines your direction

Eastern Oregon

Special Education
541-519-5587
tbloomer@bakercharters.org
 

Tish has been teaching special education for 16 years, including 14 years at the high school level, and 2 at the elementary level.  

She values bringing a team of people together to work collaboratively on meeting student's needs. Always with an eye on the future, she developes innovative ways to provide services and build independence and confidence in her students. Also holding an endorsement in physical education, Tish believes in helping students to become healthy, life-long learners and happy, productive members of our communities. 

Jessica Groom

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As fast as we can but as slow as we must

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-852-9391
jgroom@bakercharters.org

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. 

Luke Gunnarson

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Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
— Teddy Roosevelt

Central Oregon

Faculty
541-519-7370
lgunnarson@bakercharters.org

Luke Gunnarson has a unique academic past that informs his approach to kids from all backgrounds. From teaching kindergarten in Korea, to freshman writing at Montana State, to several years of high school classroom instruction, Luke has worked with many age groups and demographics. His interest in education started when he began volunteering at an after school "homework house" while he was a student at Azusa Pacific University.
As a reflective educator, he is not content with accepting things as they are; he wants to challenge students to be the best they can be. Outside of school, he enjoys hanging out with his family, raising a toddler, swimming, and "iron chef" culinary creations. As a Baker Web Academy teacher, Luke enjoys building English courses and is as passionate as ever about helping students write with confidence.

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.  

Kim Morris

When you can do the common things of life in an uncommon way, you will command the attention of the world.
— George Washington Carver

Portland Metro

Admissions Specialist
541-519-6499
kmorris@bakercharters.org

Kim has worked in the field of education for over 23 years and finds working with students to be both fulfilling and inspirational.  She has a passion for students and families that fuels her dedication to her job.  Her early years were spent in a kindergarten classroom, followed by years of substituting in classrooms for students with special learning needs, and then onto a teacher role.  After several years in various support roles, Kim has found her home in being the Admissions Specialist for Baker Web Academy.  Kim enjoys supporting students and their families by introducing them to BWA and walking them through the enrollment process.  Hearing our students' unique stories and celebrating their successes completes her day.  In her spare moments, she can be found enjoying her family, cooking, decorating, entertaining and event planning.

Stephani Rasmussen

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No matter what your current ability is, effort is what ignites that ability and turns it into accomplishment.
— Carol Dweck

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-4048
srasmussen@bakercharters.org

Stephani graduated from Linn Benton Community College with an A. A. and then went on to receive a Bachelor's degree in Social Studies from Oregon State University. After moving to Eastern Oregon, she pursued her Master's of Arts in Teaching from Eastern Oregon University. Stephani has experience working in a multitude of educational settings throughout her career. What she enjoys most as an educator for Baker Web Academy and Baker Early College is building close relationships with students and their families, as well as teaching classes that allow students to explore their future college/career options and prepare them for success in the workforce.

Richard Ritter

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Teaching is the one profession that creates all other professions.
— (Unknown)

Eastern Oregon
 

Faculty
541-519-5485
rritter@bakerchaters.org

 

Having graduated from Eastern Washington University in 1994, Richard Ritter spent the next 22 years in various business positions. He has experience in sales, customer service, management, executive management, international sales, national account sales, advertising and marketing. The industries he worked in primarily were the equipment rental, crane, electronic components, and safety fields. With a vast array of experiences, and in-depth knowledge of business, Mr. Ritter is enjoying a new career direction.

His passion for Literature, Poetry and Art is a major reason for his life-altering change in career path. Having coached and been a part of the Cub Scouts of America, Mr. Ritter is excited to help children of all ages find the practical importance of education in a modern technological society. With work experiences in Arizona, Washington, North Carolina and throughout Oregon, Richard is versed in guiding people with various backgrounds with a positive approach. His humor and passion for helping young people of all ages, spills into his personal life where he is a father of three. After family and literature, his passion for football and activities keep him connected to his community.

Geoffrey Robinson

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Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.
— Hunter S. Thompson
Nobody’s paying you or me to think about it. Let’s get it done.
— Geoffrey Robinson

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-5486
grobinson@bakercharters.org
 

Geoffrey is a graduate of Eastern Oregon University with a Master's Degree in Education including licensure in social studies. He is also licensed in special education and school administration through California State University.

Geoffrey taught in Southern California before moving back to Eastern Oregon to work in special education and health. Currently, Geoffrey teaches middle school social sciences for Baker Web Academy.  

 

Jennifer Seretan

Everything will be alright in the end. If it is not alright, it is not the end.

Portland Metro
 

Faculty
541-519-6004
jseretan@bakercharters.org

 

Jennifer Seretan has been working in the education field for over 35 years in everything from intensive instruction for preschool children with developmental disabilities to teaching inter-age classes for a homeschool co-operative, from a fourth-grade class in the Kingdom of Tonga to adult education workshops throughout Oregon. She aims to make every topic relevant to the student, whether she is addressing individuals in their home or energetic large groups on field trips. She has been teaching in the hybrid virtual environment for the past eight years and loves the opportunity to work closely with students and families. 

Jennifer has a wide variety of interests especially in the outdoors where she canoes, bikes, hikes, camps, skis and rows. She also loves to garden, cook, knit, and play her flute. Whenever she can, she travels the world with her daughter and husband. Most of all, she loves teaching children about the world around them and sharing her love of learning.