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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.

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.  

Kaaren Embertson

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance
— Solomon

Southern Oregon


Kaaren grew up in Southern California where she played soccer, volleyball, basketball, and track; studied abroad in Australia; and visited England, Scotland, Canada, and Norway with her family. She moved to Oregon where she completed her BS at Oregon State University; worked in several supervisorial roles; traveled to Brazil; and married the most wonderful man in 2001! Kaaren and her husband secured their Masters of Teaching (Kaaren's was MS of Ed.); they were house parents to 50 colleges students for several years, taught overseas in the United Arab Emirates; and have traveled around the United States of America, to Israel, Canada, Switzerland, Austria, and Sri Lanka. Kaaren has several hobbies: quilting, scrapbooking, photography, health and fitness, animals, personal business training, and essential oils!

Alexis Quinonez

The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams
— Eleanor Roosevelt

Portland Metro


Alexis Quiñonez (key-nyo-nez) grew up in San Diego, CA. She earned her Bachelor's from Biola University in Intercultural Studies and Elementary Education. Through Biola, Alexis completed an internship in Thailand teaching the English Language (She absolutely loves Thai food). Miss Q had completed a Master's degree in Teaching and Elementary Education with a Mild to Moderate Special Education teaching credential. She speaks Spanish and often works with students who are learning English.

Miss Q can be found in around Portland, OR hiking and participating in dog sports with her crazy Australian cattle dog named Koda. She loves finding new places to draw or paint.

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


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. 


Dawn Tornquist

Just because you can doesn’t mean you should
— Sherrilyn Kenyon

Portland Metro


Dawn Tornquist has a diverse background in education. She has taught at both at traditional brick and mortar schools and online academies. Her endorsments are in English Language Arts and Business, but she also has a Bachelors in Management and Business Information Systems. While Dawn loves teaching she also loves her family; she has a husband of 23 years and two children and enjoys traveling with them. She also studies natural healing methods in her spare time.

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


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

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


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.


Jill McKinley

Whatever your 100% looks it!
— Unknown

Eastern Oregon


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.  

Jerry Von

Begin each day with a grateful heart
— Unknown

Willamette Valley


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!”

Scott Jones

I’m going to work so hard that it’s a pure guts race at the end, and if it is, I am the only one that can win it
— Steve Prefontaine

Portland Metro


Mr. Jones is a native Oregonian who was born and raised in Damascus Oregon. He attended Mount Hood Community College on a track and field scholarship and continued his sport career at University of Oregon while studying Political Science with a focus in Law and minoring in Education. Since then he has many years experience teaching and in other educational positions, as well as coaching high school sports.

Mr. Jones lives in Gresham, with his wife Tabitha, and their son Owen. As a family they enjoy hiking, camping, spending time with family and friends, playing board games, doing puzzles, volunteering and being an active part of their community. 

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. 

Valerie Shelton

Wherever you go, go with all your heart
— Confucius

Central Oregon


Valerie earned a Master's in Education from Oregon State University Cascades Campus and has taught 7th through 12th grade social sciences. She loves getting to know her students and helping them achieve their goals. She has lived in Redmond since 2008 and enjoys spending time with her family, including the two dogs, camping, kayaking, golfing, biking, cooking, and crafting.

Angie Miller

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It’s not that I’m so smart, it’s just that I stay with problems longer
— Albert Einstein

Southern Oregon


Angie Miller teaching experience includes teaching Middle School, High School, and Community College mathematics. She is a North Medford High and University of Oregon grad who loves her native Southern Oregon. Raising her 2 children (Makayla & Colton) with her husband, Mark, is her favorite part of each day. Angie is looking forward to helping students succeed in this up and coming world of online education!


Mandy Cramer

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

Willamette Valley


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

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

Willamette Valley


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. 

Amy Mulvihill

[Kids] don’t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.
— Jim Henson

Central Oregon


Amy Mulvihill is entering her tenth year of teaching and loves encouraging students to be curious, try their best, and care about others. She graduated from Taylor University in 2009 with a double major in Sociology and Social Studies Education. Before moving to Oregon, she taught at international schools in Russia, South Korea, and Saudi Arabia. Amy is recently earned her M.Ed in Educational Leadership through Concordia University. Outside of school, Amy enjoys spending time with family, traveling, and cooking.


Shauna Altman

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.
— J. Barrie Bio

Eastern Oregon



Shauna Altman has been passionate about learning and technology for as long as she can remember.  She started teaching elementary students in Eugene, Oregon after graduating with a bachelor's degree in elementary education Northwest Christian University in 2003. Three years later, she moved to Pendleton, Oregon, where she worked as a literacy coach, a music teacher, and a reading support specialist before finding her way back into the second grade classroom again.  At every opportunity, Shauna learned more about personalizing education and about integrating technology into the classroom.  Her desire to teach with technology led her to earn her master of education degree from Lesley University in the spring of 2011, while continuing to teach for the Pendleton School District.  

After taking some time off to stay home with her young children, Shauna finally found her school "home" at Baker Web Academy.  She works part time from her home in Pendleton, traveling regularly to the Hermiston area for home visits with her advisory students.  She teaches language arts for both elementary and middle school students, and has launched the online spring piano recital, the elementary technology class, and the middle school science fair.  Shauna Altman loves being part of a school where she can personalize education, problem solve with families, and use technology enrich the lives of her students. She looks forward to continued learning and growth at Baker Web Academy.

Brooke Armstrong

Get rid of things or you’ll spend your whole life tidying up.
— Marguerite Duras

Southern Oregon


An English Language Arts teacher for the last 18 years, Brooke has taught in a variety of environments. From a traditional high school, to helping open a middle school, a technology high school, and now in the online world, she enjoys working with students and families to learn new things and create success. She moved to Oregon in 2006 and loves it here.

Lael Bingham

Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Portland Metro


Mrs. Bingham went to school at Oregon State University to become a secondary math teacher. In 2007, she graduated with a Masters Degree in Mathematics Education, and she has been happily teaching math to high school and middle school students since that year. Currently, she teaches Geometry for the Web Academy and Early College.