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Katie Harris

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Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed
— Thich Nhat Hanh

Portland East


Katie was born and raised in Southern California. After receiving her B.A. from UC Berkeley, she moved to Portland.
Katie has worked with children and families for over ten years as a parent educator, skills trainer, and advocate.
She lives with her partner, son, and mini schnauzer. In her spare time she enjoys the outdoors, live music, soccer, and roller skating.

Inna Perepechkin

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

Portland Metro

Administrative Assistant/Russian Translator

Inna is one of our administrative assistants in the Portland Metro region who also helps us with Russian translation.

Rachel Weeks

All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them
— Walt Disney

Portland Metro


Rachel has been a teacher for five years in the public school system. She and her family spent 4 years in rural Arizona where she taught first grade for four years. Being a native Oregonian, her family decided to move back home where she taught one year in the fourth grade.

Rachel has her Bachelor's degree in Social science from Portland State University and completed her Master's degree in Teaching at Warner Pacific College. She is currently pursuing her Doctorate in Instructional Leadership at Concordia University. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her husband and three young children. Some favorite activities include going to the river and hiking!

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.

Sac Roth

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Learn from yesterday, live for today, look to tomorrow, rest this afternoon
— Charles M. Schulz

Portland Metro


Originally from Ventura, California, Sac received his bachelor’s degree in Radio and Television from San Francisco State University. In 2007, after working in radio for a few years, he began substitute teaching throughout San Francisco in classrooms across the gradespan. Since earning his teaching license in math in 2011, Sac has taught in both middle and high schools in San Francisco, Salem and Portland, where he strives to empower students through their academic study. Outside of the classroom, Sac can be found in the record store, library or airport.

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. 

Karen Lewis

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

Portland Metro


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.

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.

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.

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.

Kelli Tinker

Nothing ever goes away until it teaches us what we need to know
— Pema Chodron

Portland Metro

Administrative Assistant

Kelli Tinker comes to us with years of experience in Sales, Marketing and Community Relations.  Her experiences have utilized Kelli’s ability to create strong positive relationships in the workplace.  Kelli is a motivated person who enjoys being apart of a team and personally challenging herself to reach new goals on a daily basis.

Kelli is passionate about cultivating and protecting the spirit of our youth and is making it her mission to help the next generation develop through volunteering with youth programs as well as supporting under privileged children when the opportunities arise. She is also an avid reader, photographer and enjoys creating art in her available time.

Mollie Kottek

To know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. That is to have succeeded
— Ralph Waldo Emerson

Portland Metro


Mollie Kottek has always enjoyed working with youth. She has spent time as a lifeguard, a camp counselor, volunteering in schools, and substitute teaching. She attended the University of Oregon and earned both a Bachelor's and a Master's degree in Chemistry. After working as a research scientist, she decided that the classroom was where she belonged. Thus returning to the University of Oregon to attain her K-12 teaching license, she became a teacher. 


Danielle Coughlin

The best way to predict your future is to create it
— Abraham Lincoln

Portland Metro

Baker Web Academy Counselor

Danielle received her Bachelors of Science in Psychology from Oregon State University and went on to complete her Masters of Science in Counseling. Her passion for school counseling stems from the joy she receives supporting students through their personal and academic growth. Danielle has worked with a diverse group of students from both Salem-Keizer and the Portland area. She is excited to expand that group to include students from all over the state of Oregon. In her free time, Danielle enjoys spending time with her 2 year old son, her husband, and their two dogs.

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

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.

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).  

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


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.

Dr. Shawn Farrens

A life is not important except in the impact that it has on other lives.
— Jackie Robinson

Portland Metro

Vice Principal/HR Administrator: East Portland


Dr. Farrens serves as Vice Principal for the East Portland Area.  His previous administrative experience, prior to coming to Baker Charter Schools, includes serving as the Superintendent of another virtual school in Oregon.  Before he became an administrator he was a Resource Room teacher at the K-8 level for 9 years in the Portland area and taught 4th-8th grade in a two-room schoolhouse in a very remote part of Southeastern Oregon for a year.  

He earned a B.A. from Hope International University, a M.A.T. from Concordia University, his special education endorsement as well as his administrative license from the University of Portland, and earned his Doctorate degree from Walden University.  His dissertation research focused on determining the various roles virtual secondary teachers fill as well as what training is needed for incoming virtual secondary teachers to be successful teachers in the virtual environment.

Prior to his career in education he joined the U.S. Army and served as an infantryman for 4 years (99-03).

Currently, he lives on 2.5 acres in rural Multnomah county with his wife and 4 year old son.  They have a dog, 8 chickens, a large garden, grape vines, blueberries, raspberries, and several apple trees, all of which keeps them very busy.  Beyond working on their small farm, they love to travel and play strategic board games.