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Ingrid Bornstedt

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Be mindful. Be grateful. Be positive. Be true. Be kind
— Roy T. Bennett

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-419-0921
email
ibornstedt@bakercharters.org

Ingrid grew up in both Springfield and Enterprise, Oregon. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in education from Eastern Oregon University. She has substitute taught grades K-12, stayed at home with her three children, and taught 4th grade full time. It is her passion to teach children, build relationships, impact lives, and to help students grow and achieve success. She is excited to join this amazing team and is looking forward to supporting the students at Baker Web Academy.

When not teaching, Ingrid enjoys spending time with her family, watching her children’s sporting events, going for walks, hiking, and picking huckleberries.

Shawna Kirch

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Kind words are like honey, sweet to the soul and healthy to the body
— proverbs 16:24

Salem

Faculty
503-679-3954
email
skirch@bakercharters.org

Shawna has been teaching elementary for ten years in the public and private school systems. She graduated from Eastern Washington University with a B.A. in Elementary Education majoring in reading and minoring in special education. She obtained her M.S. in Curriculum and Instruction from Western Governor's University. She lives in the Keizer area with her husband Ryan, who is a high school teacher and basketball coach. They are beyond excited to welcome their first daughter in August this year! In their spare time, the Kirch family loves to go for hikes, get outside, cook, host game nights, spend time with family and friends, and travel, especially up to Washington to visit Shawna's family. Shawna is passionate about teaching and making learning a fun adventure! She fully believes that it's all about relationships and loves the bond between each student and herself. She is thrilled to be a part of the Baker Charter team!

Shelby Grant

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An Arch consists of two weaknesses, which, leaning on each other, become a strength
— Leonardo da Vinci

Salem

Faculty
503-679-4038
email
sgrant@bakercharters.org

Shelby grew up in the Portland metro area and chose to stay close to home as she explored higher education; attending nearby Oregon State University. When looking closely at what she wanted from her career, there was little doubt that she wanted to pursue education and make a difference in shaping young lives. Once teaching became her goal, Shelby received her Master's in Teaching from George Fox University.
Shortly after graduating, she traveled to Quito Ecuador where she volunteered in a school for working boys and their families and helped foster education in the school and homes.
Shelby has joined Baker Web Academy after being a classroom teacher for 20 years, where she taught various grade levels from first grade to fifth grade. Shelby took the opportunity to specialize as well, as she became a math intervention specialist for several years.
Shelby lives in the Portland metro area with her husband (high school sweetheart), their three your children, and the family dog Bella. In her spare time she enjoys running and stand up paddle boarding, but you can usually find her at a nearby field (or court) cheering her kids on at their many sporting events.
Shelby is exited to take on a new challenge and continue to evolve online teaching and learning with Baker. But most importantly, she is looking forward to making personal connections with students and their families.

Rachel Weeks

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All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them
— Walt Disney

Portland Metro

Faculty
541-519-3768
email
rweeks@bakercharters.org

Rachel has been a teacher for five years in the public school system. She and her family spent 4 years in rural Arizona where she taught first grade for four years. Being a native Oregonian, her family decided to move back home where she taught one year in the fourth grade.

Rachel has her Bachelor's degree in Social science from Portland State University and completed her Master's degree in Teaching at Warner Pacific College. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Instructional Leadership at Concordia University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children. Some favorite activities include going to the river and hiking!

Jamie Newbold

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Kid, you’ll move mountains!
— Dr. Seuss

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-246-0691
email
jnewbold@bakercharters.org

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!

Char Sundstrom

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Come to the edge,” he said.
”We can’t, we’re afraid!” they responded.
”Come to the edge,” he said.
”We can’t, We will fall!” they responded.
”Come to the edge,” he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.
— Guillaume Apollinaire

Central Oregon

Faculty
541-419-5184
email
csundstrom@bakercharters.org

Char Sundstrom grew up in Portland, Oregon where she graduated from Warner Pacific with her BA in Human Development and a minor in Education. She taught Kindergarten in Oregon City for 9 years before moving to Central Oregon in 2006. Once in Central Oregon, Char took several years off until her youngest child entered Kindergarten. Since then she has taught at Sisters Elementary and Sisters Christian Academy while going back to school to earn her Masters in Reading and Literacy. This year she celebrated 25 years with her husband Nick. She enjoys spending time with her 3 children ages 19, 16, and 13 and running with her dog Enzo.

Lani Chroninger

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Making mistakes is proof that you are trying
— Unknown

Central Oregon

Staff
541-419-5373
email
achroninger@bakercharters.org

Lani (sounds like Lonnie-it’s Hawaiian) was born and raised in Oregon with a childhood dream of becoming a teacher. After a summer living in Hawaii teaching preschool and adventure camps she pursued her teaching goals and headed off to Western Oregon University, where she earned her BS degree in Education. Along with her husband they graduated and started their teaching careers in Southern California. 4 years later and a growing family led them back home to raise their family of 3 boys in an outdoor playground-Central Oregon! Lani earned her MAT degree along the way and has continued teaching in the elementary grades with a passion for reading and writing. On her downtime you can find Lani cheering on her boys in a variety of sports and activities, camping, water sports, taking dance fit classes or snuggling her labradoodle!

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.

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.

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.

Jill McKinley

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Whatever your 100% looks like....do it!
— Unknown

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-9946

jmckinley@bakercharters.org

Born and raised in rural Oregon, Jill attended Eastern Oregon University on their Eastern Enrichment Scholarship. She finished her teaching credentials in Southern California and has been living it up in upper elementary for 12 years. She has a passion for all subject areas and believes that reading is the foundation that allows all other courses to be accessed.

When she's not teaching, Jill supports her husband in his coaching endeavors, takes in all her own children's activities (usually coaching a few along the way), plays softball, hunts, fishes, reads, and drinks way too much coffee.  

Ellery Garrison

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... education doesn’t need to be reformed —it needs to be transformed. The key to this transformation is not to standardize education, but to personalize it, to build achievement on discovering the individual talents of each child, to put students in an environment where they want to learn and where they can naturally discover their true passions
— Sir Ken Robinson, "The Element"

Southern Oregon

Faculty
541-200-4372

egarrison@bakercharters.org

Ellery Garrison is originally from Southern California (though don't hold that against her) and taught there for 8 years as a Language Arts Specialist for K-8th graders. Then, after moving to Southern Oregon, she started homeschooling and eventually was running a school with 24 students. Her love of this environment has brought her to Baker Web and looks forward to sharing her love of learning and discovery with your family. 

Hayley Orton

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

Willamette Valley

Faculty
971-413-2126

horton@bakercharters.org

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. 

Ashley Chandler

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

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-519-6057
achandler@bakercharters.org

 

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

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

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-519-7373
jcoleman@bakercharters.org

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.

 

Jill Denbrook

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
— Dr. Seuss

Portland Metro

Faculty
541-519-1695
jidenbrook@bakercharters.org

Jill Denbrook has taught children all over the world, including Germany and Japan. Stateside, she has taught fourth grade, fifth grade, and kindergarten, and spent four years helping struggling students learn to read. Jill lives near Portland, with her husband and two small children, where they adventure outdoors any chance they get.

Chris Gurney

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

Central Oregon

Faculty
541-519-6286
cgurney@bakercharters.org

 

Chris Gurney began her post high school education in England, at an international college. She then travelled through Europe, Greece, Israel and Egypt. The following year she attended George Fox University and there graduated with her teaching degree. Chris has a heart for helping others. She  spent time in Latvia working in the orphanages and has led numerous support groups for middle and high schoolers in the US. Chris has been teaching for over 10 years and loves working with Baker Charter Schools.

Stephanie Hedin

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You never fail until you stop trying.
— Albert Einstein 

Portland Metro

Vice Principal: West Portland
541-663-6621
shedin@bakercharters.org


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.

Katie Kaaen

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The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
— Plutarch

Eastern Oregon


Faculty
541-519-6482
kkaaen@bakercharters.org

Katie Kaaen loves working with the students and families of Baker Web Academy to help create and individualize their learning experience. Prior to joining the Baker Web Academy, she taught in a 5/6 grade blended classroom, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. Katie has a Masters in Elementary Education from Eastern Oregon University and a Bachelors from Western Oregon University. She is a life-long learner and continues to study education with both of these Universities. She believes the love of learning is am important quality to possess. Outside of education she loves skiing, hiking, paddle-boarding, and spending time with family.

Susan Wagstaff

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
— Oscar Wilde

Portland Metro


Faculty
503-348-3635
swagstaff@bakercharters.org

As an inspirational, enthusiastic, and dedicated educator, Susan demands the best from herself and her students. Susan is recognized for her innovations and creativity in our school, and she makes positive contributions in the greater educational community. She has diverse skills such as coaching, private education, and management and is also conversant in Vietnamese. Susan is open to new experiences in education as well as furthering her own education. As a newly-certified reading specialist, Susan is already looking forward to her next adventures in making a great impact in education.