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Kim Smith

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Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow.
— Albert Einstein

Southern Oregon

Faculty
458-209-4438
email
Ksmith@bakercharters.org

Kim was born and raised in Albuquerque, NM where she eventually earned a Bachelor of Science degree in teaching with a dual licensure in both general and special education from the University of New Mexico (UNM). Since moving to Oregon in 1997, she has worked in the field of education for 21 years in a variety of roles from teaching to administration. During that time she completed her Masters of Education degree at Gonzaga University and Administrative Licensure through Concordia University.

She believes that all students can achieve their dreams and aspirations in life and is committed to helping them reach their full potential. She is looking forward to working with our students.

Jennifer Fager

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Love well; Live well.
— Unknown

Eastern Oregon

Faculty
541-519-8506
email
jfager@bakercharters.org

Jenni's path in the field of education has taken many unexpected twists and turns. Upon graduating from Eastern Oregon University, she fully expected to get a classroom of her own and stay there for the duration of her career, but she quickly discovered life doesn't always unfold as one might expect! Yes, she has loved teaching in her own public school classrooms, but she has also taught in private, university and homeschool settings as well. She has additionally spent a large portion of her career working as an education writer, where she authored publications that include research, marketing, and curriculum.

Jenni is passionate about investing in quality relationships with her students and their families, knowing this is a key component to student success. When not teaching, Jenni is a mom and wife who loves to bake, read, write, and have long conversations with her family under the big tree in their back yard.

Karen Lewis

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

Portland Metro

Faculty
503-577-4773

KLewis@BakerCharters.org

Karen has been a substitute teacher for the past 10 years. Karen holds a Bachelors degree in Social Science from Portland State University and a Masters in Art's and Teaching from Oregon's Pacific University.

Ashley Chandler

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

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.

 

Jill Denbrook

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.
— Dr. Seuss

Portland Metro

Faculty
541-519-1695
jidenbrook@bakercharters.org

Jill Denbrook has taught children all over the world, including Germany and Japan. Stateside, she has taught fourth grade, fifth grade, and kindergarten, and spent four years helping struggling students learn to read. Jill lives near Portland, with her husband and two small children, where they adventure outdoors any chance they get.

Chris Gurney

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

Central Oregon

Faculty
541-519-6286
cgurney@bakercharters.org

 

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.

Stephanie Hedin

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You never fail until you stop trying.
— Albert Einstein 

Portland Metro

Vice Principal: West Portland
541-663-6621
shedin@bakercharters.org


Stephanie Hedin oversees the West Portland Student Center and teaches Odyssey Language Arts, Science, and Social Students for grades 3-5. For 10 years Stephanie has taught in the elementary classroom--nine of those being online with Baker Web. Stephanie holds a Bachelor's of Science in Human Development and Family Science from Oregon State University and a Master's of Arts in Teaching from Oregon's Pacific University. Currently, she is attending Concordia University to obtain her Initial Administrative Licensure.

Katie Kaaen

The mind is not a vessel to be filled, but a fire to be kindled.
— Plutarch

Eastern Oregon


Faculty
541-519-6482
kkaaen@bakercharters.org

Katie Kaaen loves working with the students and families of Baker Web Academy to help create and individualize their learning experience. Prior to joining the Baker Web Academy, she taught in a 5/6 grade blended classroom, Kindergarten, and 1st grade. Katie has a Masters in Elementary Education from Eastern Oregon University and a Bachelors from Western Oregon University. She is a life-long learner and continues to study education with both of these Universities. She believes the love of learning is am important quality to possess. Outside of education she loves skiing, hiking, paddle-boarding, and spending time with family.

Susan Wagstaff

You can never be overdressed or overeducated.
— Oscar Wilde

Portland Metro


Faculty
503-348-3635
swagstaff@bakercharters.org

As an inspirational, enthusiastic, and dedicated educator, Susan demands the best from herself and her students. Susan is recognized for her innovations and creativity in our school, and she makes positive contributions in the greater educational community. She has diverse skills such as coaching, private education, and management and is also conversant in Vietnamese. Susan is open to new experiences in education as well as furthering her own education. As a newly-certified reading specialist, Susan is already looking forward to her next adventures in making a great impact in education. 

Star Williams

Life is 10% what happens to you and 90% how you react to it.

Eastern Oregon

Choice Curriculum Specialist
503-758-3636
swilliams@bakercharters.org


Star Williams graduated from Whitworth College in Spokane, with a major in Elementary Education and a minor in Special Education and Health.  She went on to obtain her Masters of Arts in Teaching from Grand Canyon University.  The first six years of her career she taught pre-school, kindergarten and first grade.  She left the public school to homeschool with her family of four children, at least for part of their education.  She began working for Baker Web Academy in 2008.  

Marci Young

The only way out is through.

Portland Metro

Faculty
971-266-7830
myoung@bakercharters.or

Marci has been teaching for 11 years. She has primarily taught 4th - 6th grade during that time and absolutely loves that age of students. Marci has a theater background and has also taught and directed drama for jr. high students as well. She graduated from Warner Pacific College in 2003 with her Bachelor's in Human Development and Education. She received her Masters in Curriculum Instruction and Reading in 2014 from Concordia University. Marci loves reading and teaching others about reading and igniting a passion for books in her students.