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Shawna Kirch

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



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

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



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.

Meagan Briery

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Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops
— Henry Brooks Adams



Meagan came to Baker after 12 years of teaching Spanish and Language Arts in public schools. She received her bachelors degree from the University of Oregon and her Masters in Teaching from Pacific University. Originally from southern Oregon, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling with her family and working on her farm. She’s excited to teach in an online setting and looks forward to working one-on-one with students to help them accomplish their goals.

Suzy Kottek

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Today I choose life. Every morning when I wake up I can choose joy, happiness, negativity, pain...To feel the freedom that comes from being able to continue to make mistakes and choices - today I choose to feel life, not to deny my humanity but embrace it
— Kevyn Aucoin


Administrative Assistant

Suzy comes to Baker Web Academy with a broad experience in the education field. She has worked as an instructional assistant in special education, worked as a behavior intervention trainer and been a high school registrar serving 1700 students. Suzy has a passion for education and being a support to the education system and the administration, teachers and families in order to give students the same passion she feels.

Britten Clark-Huyck

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Here is my secret, it is very simple. It is only with the heart that one can see rightly. What is essential is invisible to the eye
— Antoine de Saint-Exupery



Britten has been fascinated with how children learn since her undergraduate research work which explored cognition in early childhood. After receiving her Bachelors in Physical Anthropology (1997) she went to Loyola to receive her Master of Education (1999). In 2010 she returned to school to earn her Master of Science Education from Oregon State University.

In all her classrooms she strives to reduce barriers so all students can access their education. Britten has worked extensively with special education students, families, and staff to build trust and proficiency in understanding how assistive technology can open doors for reading and writing supports. She holds a particular passion for helping students to find their way while at the same time building-up their confidence. She is thrilled to join BWA as a Special Education diagnostician and science teacher.

Cathi Von

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Where is human nature so weak as in the bookstore?
— Henry Ward Beecher


Technology Administrative Assistant

An avid reader and lifelong learner, Cathi graduated from Cal State Fullerton with a degree in Graphic Design. After being self employed for years, Cathi decided to move into the technology side of things. She has worked with students and educators for an online school, troubleshooting and assisting with all kinds of technology. She loves being the detective and solving technology mysteries. Cathi is married, has two sons, enjoys traveling and the outdoors.