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Ellery Garrison

... 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


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. 

Mollie Kottek

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That is to have succeeded
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Portland Metro


Mollie Kottek has always enjoyed working with youth. She has spent time as a lifeguard, a camp counselor, volunteering in schools, and substitute teaching. She attended the University of Oregon and earned both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Chemistry. After working as a research scientist, she decided that the classroom was where she belonged. Thus returning to the University of Oregon to attain her K-12 teaching license, she became a teacher. 


Care'e DeMoss

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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!

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


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.

Stephani Rasmussen

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

Eastern Oregon


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.

Kate Ryder

Central Oregon



Prior to becoming a high school teacher for BWA in Social Studies and Language Arts, Kate lived many lives: working for a senator and in national health policy in Washington, DC; as a copywriter and editor in Hong Kong and Scotland; and as a jewelry designer and art dealer in San Francisco and Hawaii. Inspired by her volunteer work with children, she decided to move north to Oregon to follow the family tradition of teaching history and government. Kate is thrilled to be a part of the Baker family and values her relationships with students and their families immensely. She has worn many hats in her time with our school, including as the summer school coordinator, lead teacher in Central Oregon, and chair of the Social Studies department. Kate received her Bachelor of Arts in History from the University of Maryland, College Park, and her Masters in Teaching from Concordia University in Portland.

Andrea Schenk

You may encounter many defeats, but you must not be defeated. In fact, it may be necessary to encounter the defeats, so you can know who you are, what you can rise from, how you can still come out of it.
— Maya Angelou

Portland Metro


Andrea Schenk earned a BA in History from Gonzaga University.  Following graduation, she was hired to work in the field of Human Resources for Providence Health System.  She worked her way up to a position as a Healthcare Recruiter HR, specializing in employment and placements for all clinical areas except nursing.  While in this role, she continued to be “teaching” or training others.  Feeling like education was her calling, she transitioned into education to pursue a Masters in Education from Portland State University. 
Since obtaining her license in 2003, Andrea has taught mainly in alternative education programs working with students who are credit deficient or who have already dropped out of high school (teaching primarily social studies, but tutoring in most other areas).  In addition, Andrea has helped students work on completing graduation requirement components (senior projects, CRLEs and Work Samples), and has much experience working to help those students successfully complete HS and move on to their next steps. Along with teaching, Andrea previously served as a board member of Smile Oregon from 2009-2015, a non-profit dedicated to the support of children affected by craniofacial conditions.
Aside from teaching, Andrea enjoys being a wife to her English teacher husband, and mother to her two daughters.  A native Oregonian, she enjoys traveling with her family and going on new adventures. She feels it is a great reward to see her students graduate and take their next steps in the world!