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Jenny Caughlin

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

Willamette Valley


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.

Jeff Welch

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Education is not preparation for life; education is life itself
— John Dewey

Portland Metro


Jeff Welch has extensive experience teaching both online and face to face classes. He has taught history, photography and video production to middle school and high school students. He has also taught for the Brandman University teacher education program. He has an MA in history from California State University, Stanislaus, a BA in history from Westmont College, and teaching credentials history/social studies in both Oregon and California. He is currently enrolled in an Ed.D. program in educational leadership at the University of Portland. He is a Google Certified Trainer and a Google Certified Innovator #LON17. Jeff lives in the Portland metro area with his wife and twin boys. They enjoy travel, the outdoors, and spending time together as a family.

Nathan Lasha

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Not all who wonder are lost
— J. R. R. Tolkien

Portland Metro


After fourteen years in Las Vegas, Nathan decided that it was time to come home to the Pacific Northwest. He has been a teacher for 10 years and has taught social studies and science classes at the high school level for most of that time. Nathan earned his BA in Social Science Education and continued his own education, earning MA's in both Biology Education and Geoscience Education. Nathan loves science and history and loves to engage with others over these topics.

Nathan is a nerd through and through, loving sci-fi and fantasy, boardgames and comics but he is also a product of the Pacific Northwest and loves to camp, hike and fly fish.

Meagan Briery

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Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops
— Henry Brooks Adams



Meagan came to Baker after 12 years of teaching Spanish and Language Arts in public schools. She received her bachelors degree from the University of Oregon and her Masters in Teaching from Pacific University. Originally from southern Oregon, she enjoys being outdoors, traveling with her family and working on her farm. She’s excited to teach in an online setting and looks forward to working one-on-one with students to help them accomplish their goals.

Peter Kane

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Climb the mountains and get their good tidings
— John Muir

Portland Metro


Peter earned his undergraduate degrees in Political Science and Public Administration from the University of Puget Sound. After several travel adventures and trying his hand working in the business world he earned his Master’s in Education from Antioch University. Peter found he enjoyed the transformative nature of learning, both in his own personal development, and in others, to be energizing. Peter has been working in schools for 25 years having taught elementary, middle and high school. For the last 15 years he has been a school principal, mostly in alternative schools. He has great interest in connecting student learning of skills and knowledge to work and careers. Peter lives outside Portland with his wife, two very active sons and their dog. 

Sarah Overby

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



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.

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.

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.


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.

Jacob Denbrook

Never argue with a fool; onlookers may not be able to tell the difference
— Mark Twain

Portland Metro


Jacob Denbrook spent time teaching in Japan, Oregon, and Wyoming, and has been an educator for about 8 total years.  You'll see him out hiking, snowboarding, shooting landscape photography, playing basketball, playing several instruments, and coaching.  I like to think a "vacation" is composed of a 12 mile hike into alpine territory with 3,500 feet of elevation gain, and I like to drag my wife and children along on these endeavors. I truly believe in the that life's pleasures are better earned when accompanied by some pain.  My wife is Jill, and my children are Henry (5) and Evelyn (2.5).  

Randell Embertson

Favorite Quote: If your actions inspire others to dream, learn more, do more, and become more you are a leader.  
— John Quincy Adams

Southern Oregon


Randell has a Master's in Education from Oregon State University and experience teaching in grades K-10. He has lived on multiple continents learning and experiencing European, Middle Eastern and South American cultures and languages. Prior to teaching, Randell was a construction project manager overseeing the building of homes and subdivisions. He is married to an amazing wife, Kaaren of 15 years. He appreciates and enjoys a good adventure, cooking, learning about history, reading a good book, listening to classical music, playing chess and having fun in the great outdoors.

Anna Gilbert

No one is you, and that is your power.
— Dave Grohl

Portland Metro


Anna Gilbert is a University of Oregon English major with a Masters in Teaching from Pacific University. She is a High School Language Arts and Music teacher living in Portland, Oregon. When Ms. Gilbert is not working with the amazing students and families at BWA, she is performing music professionally around the state of Oregon as a singer-songwriter. Before joining the staff at BWA, Gilbert resided in Nashville and worked as a recording artist and professional songwriter for publishing companies. After winning Nashville's coveted "Indie Heaven Inspirational Artist of the Year" award, she moved back to Oregon to pursue her love of teaching. Gilbert organized children's choirs, gave voice and piano lessons, and taught language arts a local high school in Eugene before joining the teaching team at BWA in Portland. Gilbert feels called to teaching and helping families, hoping to impart a passion for creativity and a love for learning to each and every one of her students. 

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.

Metta Ringer

You’re off to great places. Today is your day. Your mountain is waiting. So get on your way.
— Dr. Seuss

Eastern Oregon


Metta is an experienced educator who leverages her passion for learning and students to make the world a better place. She believes in opportunity for all and is committed to every student, treating them with respect and dignity. She provides tools that will not only make each student an academic learner but a life learner as well. 

Lynsey Martin

If you see someone without a smile, give them one of yours
— Dolly Parton

Willamette Valley


Lynsey Martin has a rich teaching history spanning many settings over the past twenty years. Her love of the performing arts and coaching aspiring dancers of all ages and skill sets has always been a large part of her life. Completing a Bachelors of Science degree in Psychology from Portland State University was the catalyst for her to pursue meaningful work in education with a focus on behavior and early intervention. She has worked with Baker Web Academy as a Service Learning Coordinator and Advisory Teacher for 7 years, and her passion for children and their parents has directed her into the new Parent Support Liaison position at our school. A mother herself to two teenagers, she understands “the wild ride” of parenting at all stages of development and the joys and challenges it brings with it. Originally from Portland, OR, she currently resides with her husband, John, and children in Springfield, OR. This season of life for them includes camping, endless home improvement projects, and lots of sports!

Coleen McGhee

“The only thing we have to fear is fear itself.”
— Franklin D. Roosevelt

Portland Metro


Coleen McGhee earned a Bachelor of Social Sciences in 1994 and worked in the juvenile justice field and justice system for eight years. She worked directly with youth, families and community members to help each individual youth move toward becoming a positive member of the community. While working as a juvenile probation officer, Coleen taught classes for the juvenile department. She realized how much she enjoyed teaching and moved on to get her masters in education. Over the last ten years, she has taught mainly in alternative education programs working with students who are credit-deficient or who have already dropped out of high school (teaching language arts, social studies, health, science and math). She has also taught traditional college preparatory high school classes in a high school setting (both brick and mortar and online) and college preparatory classes at colleges. Along with teaching, Coleen has been a track and cross country coach. Aside from teaching, Coleen enjoys being a mom of two little boys (twin two year olds) and going on hikes. Finally, she truly enjoys helping each person she teaches be successful in his or her endeavors.

Nick Osborn

Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic. Capable of both inflicting injury, and remedying it.
— Albus Dumbledore

Portland Metro


Mr. Osborn grew up in a small farm town in Idaho working the land with his family. He is a fourth generation farmer and continues to work over the summer on the homestead. 
He has worked for Baker Web Academy for six years as the language arts teacher. He lives in Portland, Oregon with his wife Lizzy, his infant son Finn, and his dog ZZ. Nick loves to check out all of the weirdness that is Portland and plays rugby in his down time. 

Geoffrey Robinson

Anything worth doing, is worth doing right.
— Hunter S. Thompson
Nobody’s paying you or me to think about it. Let’s get it done.
— Geoffrey Robinson

Eastern Oregon


Geoffrey is a graduate of Eastern Oregon University with a Master's Degree in Education including licensure in social studies. He is also licensed in special education and school administration through California State University.

Geoffrey taught in Southern California before moving back to Eastern Oregon to work in special education and health. Currently, Geoffrey teaches middle school social sciences for Baker Web Academy.  


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.