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Katie Ford

Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love
— Mother Theresa

Central Oregon


Katie was born and raised in Walla Walla, Washington. Post college, Katie spent a few years skiing in the Teton Mountains and traveling the world before moving to Central Oregon for a middle school math position. In Katie’s 8 years of teaching experience she has taught in Switzerland, China and Bend; everything from kindergarten, middle school math, FACS and physical education to high school oral English. Katie loves building relationships with her students and helping them achieve their goals is of high priority. In Katie’s free time, she enjoys traveling, being active in the outdoors, crafting and cooking.

Char Sundstrom

Come to the edge,” he said.
”We can’t, we’re afraid!” they responded.
”Come to the edge,” he said.
”We can’t, We will fall!” they responded.
”Come to the edge,” he said.
And so they came.
And he pushed them.
And they flew.
— Guillaume Apollinaire

Central Oregon


Char Sundstrom grew up in Portland, Oregon where she graduated from Warner Pacific with her BA in Human Development and a minor in Education. She taught Kindergarten in Oregon City for 9 years before moving to Central Oregon in 2006. Once in Central Oregon, Char took several years off until her youngest child entered Kindergarten. Since then she has taught at Sisters Elementary and Sisters Christian Academy while going back to school to earn her Masters in Reading and Literacy. This year she celebrated 25 years with her husband Nick. She enjoys spending time with her 3 children ages 19, 16, and 13 and running with her dog Enzo.

Lani Chroninger

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Making mistakes is proof that you are trying
— Unknown

Central Oregon


Lani (sounds like Lonnie-it’s Hawaiian) was born and raised in Oregon with a childhood dream of becoming a teacher. After a summer living in Hawaii teaching preschool and adventure camps she pursued her teaching goals and headed off to Western Oregon University, where she earned her BS degree in Education. Along with her husband they graduated and started their teaching careers in Southern California. 4 years later and a growing family led them back home to raise their family of 3 boys in an outdoor playground-Central Oregon! Lani earned her MAT degree along the way and has continued teaching in the elementary grades with a passion for reading and writing. On her downtime you can find Lani cheering on her boys in a variety of sports and activities, camping, water sports, taking dance fit classes or snuggling her labradoodle!

Charlotte Runco

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A mind is like a parachute. It doesn’t work unless it is open
— Frank Zappa

Central Oregon


Ms. Runco is from a small town in Canada, where she grew up speaking English and French. Following high school graduation she spent a few years working, traveling & exploring the world. Her travels took her to Central America, Turkey, Europe & North Africa. It was in Libya where experiences teaching English sparked an interest in education as a career. Upon returning home, she enrolled and received her Bachelors of Science, a Masters in Education as well as a Masters in Global Education. She has taught Science and World Issues for 10 years at both the high school and university level. She has had the privilege of working with schools in Canada, Costa Rica, Uganda & The United States. Wherever she has had the privilege to teach, Ms. Runco has focused on ways in which to connect classroom content to the real world as well as to students’ experiences in order to make learning meaningful to them.

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.

Patrick Kailey

Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire
— William Butler Yeats

Central Oregon


In 2016, Pat moved back home to Bend, Oregon after spending 8 years in New Zealand. While in NZ, Pat earned a Phd researching landslides, taught earth science at the community college level, and started a youth and teen fitness program. These experiences convinced him to follow his passion for teaching and working with kids by pursuing his Masters in teaching through Oregon State University Cascades. Since then, he taught a range of science and engineering classes at the middle and high school level. Pat is excited to continue his love of teaching and learning at Baker Charters. 

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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.


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. 


Luke Gunnarson

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Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure... than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.
— Teddy Roosevelt

Central Oregon


Luke Gunnarson has a unique academic past that informs his approach to kids from all backgrounds. From teaching kindergarten in Korea, to freshman writing at Montana State, to several years of high school classroom instruction, Luke has worked with many age groups and demographics. His interest in education started when he began volunteering at an after school "homework house" while he was a student at Azusa Pacific University.
As a reflective educator, he is not content with accepting things as they are; he wants to challenge students to be the best they can be. Outside of school, he enjoys hanging out with his family, raising a toddler, swimming, and "iron chef" culinary creations. As a Baker Web Academy teacher, Luke enjoys building English courses and is as passionate as ever about helping students write with confidence.

Chris Gurney

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

Central Oregon



Chris Gurney began her post high school education in England, at an international college. She then travelled through Europe, Greece, Israel and Egypt. The following year she attended George Fox University and there graduated with her teaching degree. Chris has a heart for helping others. She  spent time in Latvia working in the orphanages and has led numerous support groups for middle and high schoolers in the US. Chris has been teaching for over 10 years and loves working with Baker Charter Schools.

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

Peggy Miller

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent.
— Elenor Roosevelt

Central Oregon


Peggy Miller has taught school in various situations including teaching English in Japan. She has taught public and private intermediate classes and middle school. Peggy has also been principal at two private schools. Teaching gives her pleasure!

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.

Casey Mulvihill

Dogs are forever in the pushup position.
— Mitch Hedberg

Central Oregon


Casey enjoys outdoor sports and can be seen snowboarding, mountain biking, hiking, camping, and fishing. He has been involved with music performance and engineering for most of his life and has toured and recorded with multiple bands.

In his past positions over seas as tech coordinator, he helped develop school technology vision, implemented new technologies in the classroom, started multiple pilot programs, and facilitated choosing a new learning management system and its seamless rollout. As a Media Integration Specialist and Instructional Technology Specialist, he worked with teachers and administration in one-on-one, small group, and team teaching scenarios. He has also provided consultation to teachers when writing technology into their lesson plans.

Gwen O'Neal

Education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world.
— Nelson Mandela

Central Oregon

Vice Principal

Gwen has 14 years of experience teaching middle school and high school science, and an additional eight years in administration as high school assistant principal and primary school principal. Her higher education started at Oregon State University and as included work at Portland State University and Lewis and Clark College to complete her M.Ed. in Educational Administration. She is excited to work with Baker Web Academy students and their families!

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.

Annie Winter

Let them eat cake

Central Oregon


Annie is a Brit who has embraced living in the Pacific Northwest. Her teaching career began in Botswana, followed by the UK, California, and Central Oregon. She is a High School science teacher and also a P.E. teacher. In her spare time she coaches the Sisters High School OHSET team and runs the local branch of the Pony Club.

Gaye Woomer

Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away.

Central Oregon


Gaye Ann Woomer was born and raised in Michigan and moved to Eugene upon graduating high school.  Preferring the sunshine over the rain, she moved to Central Oregon where she has resided for a quarter of a century.  Gaye is a highly effective, dependable Paraprofessional with years of extensive experience. She loves the challenges of working in education and the diverse groups of people that she is fortunate to work with.  Believing in the mission of Baker Web Academy to empower the next generation through innovative, personalized and rigorous educational options, motivates her.  The heart of success for Baker Charter Schools is helping all students become motivated, INDEPENDENT learners in an environment of INNOVATION, individualized education, and personal INTERACTION; this vision statement guides her.
Gaye is a mother of two beautiful, intelligent teenagers one of which is a Baker Early College student and a former Baker Web Academy student.  Her favorite pastime is cooking and going for long walks with Bjorn, the family's golden retriever and a future therapy dog.