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Burke Smejkal

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When there’s a fork in the road, take it!
— Yogi Berra

Willamette Valley

Faculty
458-209-4437
email
bsmejkal@bakercharters.org

Burke has taught STEM and CTE for 10 years in traditional, alternative, and virtual schools in Oregon and Idaho. He is currently working for Baker Charter Schools developing an online project-based learning program for students grades 5th - 9th grade. Aside from education, Burke enjoys playing music, mountain biking, permaculture and travel. Above all, he relishes time spent with his family, living, learning and loving life.

Jenny Caughlin

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People grow through experience if they meet life honestly and courageously
— Eleanor Roosevelt

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-731-1402
email
jcaughlin@bakercharters.org

Originally from Bend, Oregon, Jenny moved to Eugene in 2010 to complete her B.A. in History. After undergrad she spent time focusing on agriculture, working on Willamette Valley farms and teaching farming and sustainability courses through the University of Oregon. She later achieved her M.Ed. in Curriculum and Teaching from the UO and has since been teaching Social Studies and English at middle and high schools in the area.

Jenny likes to spend her time hanging out with her two kids, exploring the captivating natural world, growing food and flowers in her garden, checking out excessive numbers of books from the library, and sharing her delight for the human experience with others.

Betsy Dixon

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The best view comes after the hardest climb.
— Unknown

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-780-3168
bdixon@bakercharters.org

Betsy Dixon was raised in Portland, OR, but moved to Eugene after graduating from college and getting married. She spent her first years in Eugene substitute teaching, ending up in 4th and 5th grade at a local elementary school. She took a break from full time teaching after having children, but continued to substitute. Betsy has experience in the homeschool community, public schools, as well as teaching at a virtual charter school. Her passion is to help each student reach their individual potential and see the joy in learning. Outside of school, she enjoys being outdoors with the animals on her farm, reading, and spending time with family.

Corrinne Brantner

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Nothing is impossible, the word itself says “I’m possible”!
— Audrey Hepburn

Willamette Valley

Early College Counselor
503-949-0615
email
cbrantner@bakercharters.org

Corrinne graduated in 2010 with a bachelors in Biology and Psychology from Oregon State University, Go Beavs! She swam all four years for OSU. After coaching for a few years, she decided she wanted to go into the counseling field. She completed her Masters in Mental Health Counseling in 2015. The last two years she worked as a middle school counselor at another virtual charter school. She fell in love with the virtual education world and saw it do wonders for students and their success. She is currently back in school obtaining her Masters in School Counseling. The early college program is such an amazing opportunity for students, she is looking forward to helping these students along their journey.

In her spare time she enjoys crafting, eating, sleeping, and traveling. She currently lives in Sandy with her Husband, 1 year old son Brixton, and their two dogs, Cooper and Cash.

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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!

Sarah Overby

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The secret of getting ahead is getting started.
— Mark Twain

Salem

Faculty
503-575-8165

soverby@bakercharters.org

Sarah Overby was raised in Damascus, OR, but moved to Salem in order to pursue a degree in Language Arts Education from Corban College. She spent her first years teaching Language Arts, Yearbook, and Family Life at Salem Academy as well as hosting international students in her home with her husband (her high school sweetheart). She loves traveling, and taught English in the Czech Republic and also helped lead a European tour for her students. Later she earned her master's degree in Curriculum and Instruction from George Fox. Once she started her family, she took a break from teaching, but spent some time subbing. Being the oldest of 6 kids, teaching has always been a part of life, and she is excited to join this team.

Morgan Willnauer

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We become what we want to be by consistently being what we want to become each day
— Richard Scott

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-519-9964
mwillnauer@bakercharters.org

Morgan Willnauer has recently graduated with his Masters of Arts in Teaching. He enjoys traveling the world and learning from other cultures. He loves incorporating those learnings and different perspectives into his classes. 

 

Malynda Shook

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We cannot see well but with the heart; the essential is invisible to the eyes
— Atoine de Saint Exupery

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-231-3395

mshook@bakercharters.org

Ms. Shook has spent years teaching middle school English and Language Arts in Oregon. She has Bachelors in Fine Art and English Literature from Oregon State University and a Masters of Arts in Teaching from George Fox University. Additionally, she spent a year teaching Highschool Art in Istanbul, Turkey.

Zach Grammon

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There are times when I feel like I’m in a big forest and don’t know where I’m going. But then somehow I come to the top of a hill and can see everything more clearly. When that happens it’s really exciting
— Maryam Mirzakhani (2014 Fields Medal winner)

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-519-9716

zgrammon@bakercharters.org

Zach Grammon is a native Oregonian who came to teaching after a variety of other career paths, including working as an electronics technician in the US Coast Guard, a field technician in natural resources, and as an addictions counselor at a state prison. Minoring in Mathematics as an undergraduate he went on to complete a Masters of Arts in Teaching Secondary Mathematics. He enjoys hanging out with his wife and two kids, playing with electronics, chess, bicycling, hiking, camping, and anything on the water.

 

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!”

Nicole Pratt

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Education is a better safeguard of liberty than a standing army
— Edward Everett

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-519-9912

npratt@bakercharters.org

Nicole has a Bachelors is in Elementary Education and has experience in teaching in the homeschool enviornment. In addition to teacher Nicole has experience with high school transcripts, state test coordination, and being a mentor to new teachers.

Mandy Cramer

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If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done
— Unknown

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-519-9984

acramer@bakercharters.org

Despite graduating with a music degree from Linfield College, Mandy always knew she wanted to pursue a future in education. After attending Willamette University and earning a Master’s of Arts in Teaching, she began her career teaching for the Salem-Keizer School District. During her 9 years at Salem-Keizer, she was blessed to have taught in many capacities which include, Secondary Math, Health and Family and Consumer Studies. This is Mandy’s first year with Baker Web Academy; she is most looking forward to getting to know and support students and their families. 

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. 

Cheri Bullock

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-609-1383
cbullock@bakercharters.org

Bachelor of Science in Zoology - Oregon State University Master of Science in Animal Science with a minor in Molecular Biology - Oregon State University Thesis work - Maternal Diet and Essential Fatty Acid Metabolism in Progeny Chickens - Oregon State University Master of Arts in Teaching - Willamette University Teaching experience in AP Biology, Anatomy and Physiology, Biology, and Accelerated Biology. Hobbies; Horseback riding, baking, canoeing with the world's best dog, Bolt.

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.

 

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

Faculty
541-852-9423
cdemoss@bakercharters.org

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!

Alayna Grady

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Conformity is the jailer of freedom and the enemy of growth.
— JFK

 

Willamette Valley

Faculty
541-519-2552
agrady@bakercharters.org

Alayna Grady is originally from Oklahoma and is a proud University of Oklahoma Sooner football fan. She has a Bachelor's degree in Spanish and a Master's degree in Educational Instructional Psychology and Technology. Alayna has taught in K-12 public schools in Oklahoma and Texas. She has also taught at the community college and university level. With over 15 years of experience in education and instructional design, Alayna brings a creative and enthusiastic approach to her students.

Tamarack Grammon

Any good teacher knows how important it is to connect with students and understand our culture
— Adora Svitak

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-7408
tgrammon@bakercharters.org

Tamarack has a masters in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Tamarack also has a K-12 licensure in English Language Arts. Tamarack's love for diversity and culture can be seen in her experience of learning and living in Thailand and Israel.

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.