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Jaymie Leach

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I can accept failure; everyone fails at something. I cannot accept not trying again
— Michael Jordan

Southern Oregon


Jaymie was born and raised in Roseburg, OR. She received her Bachelor's degree in Elementary Education from University of Nevada - Las Vegas while on an athletic scholarship with the UNLV Rodeo team. Jaymie moved to Central OR in 2012 to get her Master's in School Counseling from Oregon State University - Cascades. She has been a school counselor in Culver, OR for the past 5 years and is excited to join the Baker team!

Jennifer Tracewell

Tell me, what is it you plan to do with your one wild and precious life?
— Mary Oliver

Central Oregon

BCS College and Career Counselor

Jennifer works as a college/career counselor for Baker Early College and Baker Web Academy, and a Language Arts teacher for BWA. Prior to joining Baker Charter Schools, Jennifer worked as a teacher and administrator at two K12 online schools, taught high school Health and PE, and taught across elementary and middle school levels. She graduated from Western Michigan University with majors in Political Science and French, attended the University of Oregon School of Law, earned her Master of Arts in Teaching from Pacific University, and her administrative license from U of O. Jennifer loves living in Central Oregon where she enjoys spending time with friends and family, traveling, running, hiking, skiing, paddle boarding, biking, and supporting her four kids with their busy schedule of activities. Jennifer is passionate about building strong relationships with students and their families to help them achieve their goals and be prepared for a successful college or career life.  

Richelle Colenso

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
— Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!

Portland Metro

Baker Early College Advisor

Richelle’s career is focused on helping people develop into their potential.  Since becoming a school counselor in 2007, she finds much joy in navigating high school and beyond with students and their families.  Prior to that, she dedicated years working for a Fortune Global 500 company in Human Resources, so she understands the work-world after high school and what it takes to get there. 

Richelle obtained an M.A. in School Counseling from George Fox University and has a B.S. in Human Resources from Oakland University.  Her roots are in Michigan, but considers Portland, Oregon home after more than a decade.  Her personal interests include hiking, camping, dog sitting, mystery shopping, researching vacation destinations and raising her two very active boys with her husband.

Richelle is eager to help Baker students find their academic path and succeed in life.

Shelley Penny

Whatever you are, be a good one
— Abraham Lincoln

Portland Metro

Baker Web Academy Counselor 7th/8th Grade

Shelley Penny has been a School Counselor for the last 14 years schools in Portland. She has worked teaching classroom guidance, small groups, and individual counseling. She has also worked on career-college-life planning curriculum. Shelley has experience teaching parent education classes and continuing education courses also. She has spent some time teaching overseas in international education as well. Shelley is from Oregon and currently lives in Portland with her husband Brian and son and daughter. They are avid travelers, sports fans, and enjoy nature. Shelley enjoys reading, learning Spanish, and has a passion for helping others with their life plans and goals. She looks forward to working with Baker Web Academy Students

Robert Williams

Unless you try to do something beyond what you have already mastered, you will never grow.
— Unknown

Central Oregon

College and Career Counselor/Baker Early College Advisor

Rob Williams has been a school counselor since 2014. His primary work has been with elementary students in the Seattle area of Washington State. Rob's undergraduate degree is in psychology from the University of Oregon. He obtained a master's degree in School Counseling from Oregon State University. Rob enjoys helping students explore their talents and interests and is looking forward to being a resource for students in his new role as college and career counselor. Rob enjoys a good cup of coffee and being outdoors hiking and exploring new trails whenever possible. Rob currently lives in Bend. 


Stormy Ballenger

Today for Show and Tell, I’ve brought a tiny marvel of nature: a single snowflake. I think we might all learn a lesson from how this utterly unique and exquisite crystal turns into an ordinary, boring molecule of water, just like every other one, when you bring it in the classroom. And now, while the analogy sinks in, I’ll be leaving you drips and going outside.
— Calvin, from Calvin & Hobbes comic

Southern Oregon

Baker Early College Advisor

Stormy is an adaptable and empathetic counselor/teacher who loves to inspire students to engage their strengths and passions. She loves integrating the natural world into her work whenever possible. Stormy is resourceful and creative, and she takes special pride in the meaningful relationships that are built with students and families. 

Dr. Daniel Huld

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Portland Metro


The roots of education are bitter, but the fruit is sweet.
— Aristotle 

Dr. Huld is the Superintendent of the two Baker Charter Schools and has spent the last decade building up Virtual and Early College programs all over Oregon; he is also currently the President of the Oregon Digital Leaders Coalition, an advocacy group for online learning in Oregon.  He believes in the work we do and strives to support staff and students to achieve their best.  Prior to working in the virtual charter school world he was a math/science teacher and alternative school program director in North Clackamas School District. 

Dr. Huld has an Associate's of Arts Degree with Honors from Clark College, Bachelors of Science from Cascade College in Biology and Secondary Education Magna Cum Laude, a Master's Degree from Mississippi State University in Geoscience, has completed both the Initial/Continuing Administrator Programs and his Educational Doctorate from Portland State University.  

Kimberly Linn

Portland Metro


Kimberly has spent nearly 20 years working in education in various roles. She has been with the Baker Early College from the beginning and has a strong commitment to the program and has thoroughly enjoyed playing a role in its growth. Her greatest passion is her family, she is a proud mother of two kids. Kimberly and her husband spend most evenings and weekends with their son and daughter, cheering them on in their many activities. As a family, they love to travel and spend quality time together.

Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love.
— Mother Teresa

Jen Long

Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all
— Aristotle

Eastern Oregon


Jen grew up in Parma, Idaho, and played basketball at Northwest Nazarene University.  She graduated in 1997 with a Bachelors Degree in Community/Commercial Recreation and moved to Baker City, Oregon, and worked as a Transitional Coordinator in Special Education for 5 years at Baker High School.  When her first son was born she became a stay-at-home mom and stayed home to raise her three sons for ten years.  
Most recently, Jen serves as the Registrar for Baker Charter Schools.  She is organized and loves entering data on spreadsheets (really!).  She also loves to draw, cook good food, and spend time with her husband and boys. 

John Martin

With self-discipline, most anything is possible. Great achievement and success are largely the consequence of self-discipline.
— Theodore Roosevelt

Willamette Valley


John Martin, the Principal at Baker Web Academy, says his passion for online schools started back in 2009, and he earned his Master's in Teaching from George Fox a few years later. His passion to increase student's self-efficacy became the perfect fit of online Math coach with BWA in 2012. He then moved his family in 2015 from the town of Milwaukie to the Eugene area in an effort to keep up with Baker Web Academy's growth. He accepted the Dean of Students position while finishing his initial administrative license at Portland State University. The best part of his job is putting his heart into building relationships with all of Baker Charters' students, parents, and staff!

Suzanne Moore

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

Central Oregon

Baker Early College Advisor


Suzanne Moore has worked with Baker Charter Schools as an online teacher, serving as a highly qualified teacher in math and science, and as our Early College advisor in central and eastern Oregon.

Prior to joining Baker Charter Schools, Suzanne taught math and science overseas for 10 years in Turkey, Malaysia, and India.  She spent her first five years teaching math, science, music and speech at a middle school in Beaverton, Oregon.

Furthermore, Suzanne has served as a Clinical Supervisor for Western Governor’s University, as well as teaching Pharmacy Calculations at Central Oregon Community College in Bend, Oregon.

She is active in her local community, volunteering and interning at local high schools, as well as serving on her local PTSO.  When not learning, teaching or advising, Suzanne enjoys spending time with her family and friends, learning to play the cello and exploring central Oregon.

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 Scheideman

Always do right. This will gratify some people and astonish the rest.
— Mark Twain

Portland Metro

Baker Early College Counselor

Kate completed her Bachelor of Arts in History from Pacific Lutheran University and went on to complete her Master of Science in Counseling from Oregon State University. Having experience in both school and mental health counseling, Kate is also a National Certified Counselor (NCC). Kate is deeply passionate about college counseling, and she is excited to share that passion with her students. Things that bring Kate great joy include her family, good coffee, and the Green Bay Packers.

Kelly Spike-Melo

Always Stay Humble and Kind

Eastern Oregon

Office Support

Kelly grew up and graduated from a small high school in Echo, Oregon. She attended K-12 on the same block in Echo, graduating with a whopping 13 in her class!! Kelly played volleyball and basketball all four years and was awarded the scholar athlete award. Kelly received a full ride scholarship to BMCC, where she started as the setter on the volleyball team. 

Kelly has worked many different trades: from coaching volleyball and basketball to designing and installing sprinkler systems, driving farm equipment, being a stay-at-home mom, waitressing and much more.  Kelly is an honest, hard-working mother of 3, married to a rancher. She loves spending time with her family and friends. She is always looking for a way to improve herself as an overall person and is always searching for a way to keep that much-needed balance in her life. Kelly emphasizes that it is best to surround ourselves with those that make us happy and remind us everyday that life is just too short to not live in the moment.